Congress votes to restore FHA loan limits

House and Senate leaders signed off on a conference report for a “minibus” appropriations bill that included language restoring FHA’s ability to insure loans of up to $729,750 in high cost markets through 2013. Because the minibus appropriations package also contains a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown and continue federal operations until Dec. …

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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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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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The newest threat to home prices

FORTUNE — The rancorous debate about how to address our escalating national debt has dominated the conversation in Washington lately. What isn’t getting much attention inside the Beltway — but should — is a looming event that could have major consequences not only for your home’s value but also for the overall economic recovery. Barring …

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