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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More Californians able to afford homes

Lower home prices and interest rates led to an increase in home affordability in the third quarter, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS┬« reported. Making sense of the story: The percentage of California households that could afford to purchase a median-priced home of $292,120 rose to 52 percent in the third quarter, up from 51 percent …

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Refi before sale can backfire

Homeowners who anticipate that they will be selling their house within a few years want to net as much from the sale as possible. The usage of the verb “net” indicates that what matters is not how much they receive for the house but how much they have left after repaying the mortgage. Real estate …

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First-time Homebuyer Happiness

The first step in the home-buying process is to find out what you can afford to pay for a house, condo or co-op. This will depend on the amount of cash you have available for a down payment, your credit, income, assets, and overall financial situation. Mortgage qualification is easier for buyers who work as …

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