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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Thirty-Year Fixed-Rate Matches All-Time Low

Fixed mortgage rates started the year at or near their all-time record lows, according to market data published by Freddie Mac Thursday. The GSE reports the interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 3.91 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending January 5, 2012. That’s down from 3.95 percent the previous week and matches …

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Congressman Suggests Extension of Conforming Loan Limit

Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-New York) sent a letter to House Appropriators Thursday urging them to extend the temporarily increased conforming loan limit that will otherwise expire October 1. Ackerman was joined by 36 members of Congress in his request. Ackerman suggested the conforming loan limit extension be built into the continuing resolution that will keep …

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O.C. hottest housing? Easily, Newport Beach 92660

From the Orange County Register: If you want to understand Orange County’s housing slump at its simplest, please note that just one ZIP code of the county’s 83 major ZIPs enjoyed both rising sales and an increased median selling price in the first half of 2011 vs. the year before. And that ZIP was, according …

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