International buyers in U.S. real estate markets

10 U.S. real estate markets drawing international buyers Inman News report features data trends, analysis, commentary on popular areas By Inman News Affluent international buyers, attracted by fire-sale prices, are snapping up real estate in some U.S. markets. In a report released today, Inman News identifies 10 markets where public records indicate foreign buyers make …

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What you should know about balloon loans

A balloon mortgage is one on which the outstanding balance is due at some point before amortization has paid off the balance in full. Aside from the repayment obligation, balloon loans are identical to standard fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs). For example, if a five-year balloon loan for $100,000 is at 5 percent for 30 years, the …

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Another Drop in Home Prices in 2011

Home prices in 2011 fell by 4.7 percent, according to CoreLogic–for the fifth straight year.  However, that decrease is due in large part to distressed sales, since once CoreLogic excluded short sales and REOs, prices declined only by 0.9 percent. Year-end data from CoreLogic shows home prices fell by 4.7 percent over 2011. It marks …

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Pending Home Sales Highest in Over a Year-and-a-Half

Pending home sales continued to rise in November, reaching their highest level in 19 months, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported late last week. The trade group’s index of signed sales contracts jumped 7.3 percent between October and November and is 5.9 percent above its level a year earlier. The last time the index …

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