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Housing surges back

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The U.S. economy is getting a strong boost from the current housing market. Home prices in March jumped 10.2 percent from one year earlier, marking the biggest gain since 2006, reports The Wall Street Journal. Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller national index … Continue reading Continue reading
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Low interest rates help buyers and owners

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Interest rates for 15- and 30-year fixed mortgages continue to stay low, reports CNN Money. Last year, the 15-year fixed rate averaged 3.07 percent, but last week, it dipped to 2.56 percent. The 30-year fixed rate averaged 3.35 percent, which … Continue reading Continue reading
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HARP 2.0 more effective than previous version

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The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) underwent some significant changes in 2012, evolving into HARP 2.0 and spurring a surge in refinances under the government-run program. Based on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) 2012 report, HARP volume represented 22 … Continue reading Continue reading
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Are banks in a lending mood?

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Historically low mortgage interest rates and relatively low housing prices have created a real win-win situation for home buyers. But some would-be buyers have run into credit challenges with stricter lending standards. That could be changing, based on the quarterly … Continue reading Continue reading
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