Monthly Archives: October 2012

HARP 2 : Typical HARP Refinance Lowers Mortgage Payments 34%

In an effort to reach more U.S. homeowners, the government revamped and relaunched its Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) October 24, 2011 — one year ago last week. By all accounts, “HARP 2.0” has been a success. More than 1,000,000 underwater homeowners

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New Home Sales : Builders Hold Back Inventory, Home Prices Rise

With sales of newly-built homes soaring and average homes prices rising, it’s no wonder builder confidence is at a 5-year high. Unfortunately for today’s home buyers, however, the market shift portends fewer “great deals” into 2013. Click here to get

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Home Remodeling at Highest Level in Seven Years

As many homeowners opt to stay in their homes longer during the recession rather than buying a news home, remodelers are reaping the rewards. Home remodeling up considerably According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Remodeling Market

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Home Prices Continue Slowly Inching Upward

While housing has a long way to go until it is recovered, new data reveals that one economic indicator continues slowly improving – home prices. Housing on the right path According to new data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency

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Study: The Effect of Homeownership on Children

Homeownership has been threatened in America in recent years, with staggering foreclosure rates, which has many wondering what role homeownership actually plays in a child’s life. New study about homeownership’s effects on children Over the years, various independent researchers have

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Home Sales Drop, Prices Continue Rising, Days on Market Plummet

The long road to a housing recovery is now showing signs of promise, but with tight lending and inventory levels, sales continue to decline. Home sales down, prices up According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), September existing-home sales

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San Francisco Suburb Bans Smoking Inside All Condos, Apartments

What do you think?!  Is this smoking ban fair?! In a unanimous vote, the city of San Rafael joins various other California cities to ban smoking inside of any multi-family home. No butts about it, smoking in apartments is illegal

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