Thirty-Year Fixed-Rate Matches All-Time Low

Fixed mortgage rates started the year at or near their all-time record lows, according to market data published by Freddie Mac Thursday. The GSE reports the interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 3.91 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending January 5, 2012. That’s down from 3.95 percent the previous week and matches …

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9 Reasons to be Optimistic About Housing

There’s a lot of negative information and news about the real estate market, but not to worry–there is a brighter side to housing! In fact, there are nine reasons to be optimistic! There’s been a lot of positive signs for a housing (and broader economic recovery) coming out lately. Here are nine reasons we might …

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California housing affordability rises in Q3

Housing affordability increased in 22 of the state’s 28 metropolitan areas in the third quarter, according to the California Building Industry Association’s Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). On a statewide basis, the HOI found that a family earning the median income could have afforded 63.5 percent of the new and existing homes that were sold during …

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California home sales increase in October

Home sales increased 8.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 493,240 units in October compared with a year earlier, C.A.R. reported.  On a month-over-month basis, home sales in the state rose 0.9 percent. “Based on preliminary analysis, it appears that the lower conforming loan limits has had a cooling effect on home sales …

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