FHA mortgages are poised to get more expensive

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plans to impose significant restrictions on the amount of money that sellers can contribute at closing in the near future. The FHA also will be raising its mortgage insurance premiums during the coming weeks, increasing charges for new purchases across the board. Making sense of the story: One reason for …

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Stronger Lure for Prospective Home Buyers

Owning Continues to Become More Affordable Relative to Renting, but Several Obstacles Prevent Many From Biting Home prices and mortgage rates have fallen so far that the monthly cost of owning a home is more affordable than at any point in the past 15 years and is less expensive than renting in a growing number …

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California real estate market “struggling to gain momentum”

California home sales are expected to remain essentially flat this year and rise slightly in 2012, according to a housing market forecast from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. The trade group predicted California home sales this year will stay roughly flat compared with 2010, at 491,100 units — a relative improvement given the 10 percent …

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Break on larger loans near end

Price limits for cheaper rates to expire Oct. 1 The chief economist of the California Association of Realtors says her group is resigned to seeing high-dollar limits on lower-cost “conforming” loans expire on Oct. 1, resulting in greater financing costs for people buying pricier homes. Leslie Appleton-Young said Realtors fought to extend the limit, but …

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