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2015: year of the first-time buyer

April 4 , 2015 | | In: Home Buying

2015: year of the first-time buyerArticle from KARE:The Twin Cities housing market is really picking up. thanks to rising rents, lower unemployment, and looser lending standards. KARE
Katherine R Ulmer, KARE 2:49 p.m. EDT April 4, 2015

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Business briefs: Broker and loan officer to hold home-buying seminarArticle from Steamboat Pilot & Today:Steamboat Springs — Broker and loan officer to hold home-buying seminar
Martin Dragnev, broker/owner of Colorado Group Realty, and Kathryn Pedersen, loan officer of Fidelity Mortgage in Steamboat Springs, announce a first-time home buyer’s seminar.
First-time home buyers are […] Continue Reading…

5 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

March 28 , 2015 | | In: Home Buying

5 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to AvoidArticle from Motley Fool:Source: Flickr user Mark Moz.

The busy summer season is almost here, and many people will begin looking for their first home soon. While the process of buying your first home should be an enjoyable one, it’s important to do your homework so you know exactly what you’re getting into, and how to save yourself headaches down the road.
With that in mind, here are five common mistakes of first-time homebuyers, and why it’s so important to avoid making them.
1. Get pre-approved Before you begin shopping for your first home, you should meet […] Continue Reading…

Home Buyer Expo to be held on Saturday

March 25 , 2015 | | In: Home Buying

Home Buyer Expo to be held on SaturdayArticle from Parsippany Focus:PARSIPPPANY — Join the Housing Partnership for a day of FREE information and workshops at our Annual Home Buyer Expo to be held on Saturday, March 28 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Parsippany PAL, 33 Baldwin Road.
The event  toward providing information to anyone considering the purchase of their first home. Over 25 exhibitors will be present with information and resources to those considering homeownership as well as current homeowners.

This is your opportunity to gather information on programs that exist in your community that can help you get closer […] Continue Reading…

Price Chopper ready to enter Hy-Vee’s home turf

March 25 , 2015 | | In: Home Buying

Price Chopper ready to enter Hy-Vee’s home turfArticle from DesMoinesRegister.com:Tour a Price Chopper grocery store in Overland Park, Kan.

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A Price Chopper grocery store in Overland Park Kansas Wednesday, March 18, 2015.(Photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register)Buy Photo

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Home Appraisal Comes in Below Your Sales Price, Now What?Article from ABC News:

Housing market trends bode well for sellers this spring, but some may encounter hurdles even after they land a buyer.
Rising home values and a lack of inventory in many markets could set them up to receive competing offers, but that dynamic could […] Continue Reading…

Tips on scoring the best rate on a home loan

March 22 , 2015 | | In: Home Financing

Tips on scoring the best rate on a home loanArticle from Poughkeepsie Journal:ALEX VEIGA 9:33 p.m. EDT March 21, 2015

Getting the best deal on a mortgage isn’t just about the rate.(Photo: Denise DeVore/Poughkeepsie Journal file)

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Nasdaq delivers stern warning to Home Loan Servicing SolutionsArticle from HousingWire:The storm clouds hanging over Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) just got a whole lot darker.
Late Friday, Nasdaq notified HLSS that the company is no longer in compliance with the stock exchange’s rules for continued listing due to HLSS “not having timely filed” […] Continue Reading…

Mortgage rates falling; 30-year drops to 3.78%, Freddie Mac saysArticle from Los Angeles Times:

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Long-term interest rates declined this week, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering conventional 30-year mortgages at an average of 3.78%, down from 3.86% a week ago.

The average for 15-year fixed home loans slipped to 3.06% from 3.1%, the mortgage financing giant said in its weekly report, released Thursday. The initial rat…………………continues on Los Angeles Times
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Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. Receives Expected Nasdaq Notification of …Article from Nasdaq:
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Third Federal offering $ 1000 in cash to consumers buying homes this springArticle from cleveland.com:Plain Dealer file photo 
What would you do with $ 1,000?
If you’re a home buyer, you could probably think of a long list of things to spend that kind of money on.
Third Federal Savings is hoping that $ 1,000 could be enough to get some prospective home buyers off the fence. The Cleveland-based bank today said it has launched a new program for home buyers: Anyone who buys a home in Ohio or Florida this spring and gets his mortgage through Third Federal […] Continue Reading…

Rumors swirl around sale of Waimanalo estate

March 19 , 2015 | | In: Home Buying

Rumors swirl around sale of Waimanalo estateArticle from KITV Honolulu:A well-known Waimanalo home has been sold, but the big question is who is the buyer?

The talk around town points to President Barack Obama, and there is a connection between the president and the buyer of this multi-million dollar estate.
Click here to watch Paul Drewes’s report.
Waimanalo is known for its friendly atmosphere and beautiful Windward Oahu beaches.
“We enjoy this. I don’t know if it will be the same. If it’s the same, it’s all good,” said Waimanalo resident Uncle Nawai.
The sale of the Waimanalo property named Pahonu has people talking […] Continue Reading…

Indy’s federal home loan bank still admitting REITs

March 17 , 2015 | | In: Home Financing

Indy’s federal home loan bank still admitting REITsArticle from Indianapolis Business Journal:The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis is again admitting mortgage-investment firms as members, even as the overseer of the government-chartered system of 12 regional lenders considers barring such companies.The FHLB in Indiana recently accepted another insurer owned by a real-estate investment trust, spokeswoman Carrie O’Connor said, after holding off on such approvals while its regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, gathered comments through January on its proposed ban. She wouldn’t name the REIT that joined Ladder Capital Corp. and Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc., which have units as […] Continue Reading…

Tips on scoring the best rate on a home loan

March 16 , 2015 | | In: Home Financing

Tips on scoring the best rate on a home loanArticle from Tribune-Review:Mortgage interest rates have hovered near historic lows in recent years, but change may be on the horizon.
The Federal Reserve is considering increasing the short-term interest rate it controls as early as June. That could send mortgage rates moving higher again.
For now, rates remain homebuyer-friendly. The national average rate for a 30-year, fixed mortgage fell to 3.75 percent last week. It was 4.28 percent a year ago.
That’s good news for homebuyers, who despite signs that the economy is recovering are always looking for ways to save.
Still, landing the […] Continue Reading…