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Buying Your Own Home? Read This First

It seems nothing can stop Americans from wanting to buy their own homes. It’s almost as if the credit crisis didn’t happen, even though not too long ago we were bombarded daily with stories about crashing prices, underwater mortgages and home foreclosures. It was an American nightmare, not the American Dream. But if you think […]

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Buying A New Home? Some Common Misconceptions About Financing It

Due to a combination of low interest rates and improving household balance sheets, the housing market is heating up. For example, in the San  Francisco Bay Area, it isn’t uncommon for final sale prices  to end up to 25% over asking prices. Due to this competitive environment, it pays to understand home financing and not […]

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Underwater on Your Mortgage? You May Have Another Chance to Refinance for a Lower Payment

On October 24, 2011, President Obama announced changes to HARP (Homeowner Affordable Refinance Program) to allow more underwater homeowners to qualify for the benefit. This new program was dubbed HARP 2.0. Each mortgage lender was allowed to set its own schedule for implementing the enhancements. For example, lenders needed to re-program their automated underwriting systems […]

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Walking Away from a Mortgage – Is It a Viable Option?

During the peak of the real estate buying frenzy (2005–2007) many Americans decided to invest in real estate other than their homes in the hopes of capital gains. Unfortunately, when the bubble burst, the ensuing credit crisis left these investors with a moral dilemma. Many of these investors are just ordinary folks who pay their […]

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