Fewer U.S. homes underwater as prices rise

Fewer U.S. homes underwater as prices rise More than 1.3 million U.S. homeowners who owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth have regained equity this year,  Santa Ana-based data firm CoreLogic says. Increases in home values are giving homeowners not only more equity but the ability to refinance. Nationwide, home values saw the biggest annual …

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Housing market strengthening slowly

The year 2011 is ending on a high note as economists anticipate some signs of recovery ahead. Prices appear to be reaching their trough, visible supply is on the decline, and banks are beginning – just slightly – to loosen lending standards, according to a fourth-quarter report from Capital Economics. However, Capital Economics warns these …

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Obama Pledges to Refinance Millions of Mortgages at Today’s Rates

Housing got only a brief mention in President Obama’s highly anticipated jobs speech last Thursday night. But it was a pledge that some pundits say is finally a step in the right direction. Others say it’s likely to have little impact. Obama told Congress that his administration is going to work with federal agencies to …

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Risk of Strategic Default Rising in Low-Risk Areas

Negative equity remains one of the biggest challenges for the housing market. For some borrowers it can become their rationale to stop making mortgage payments and intentionally default on the loan. The risk of such strategic default is rising among loans that have “always performed,” according to the credit analysts at Moody’s Analytics. They say …

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