Author Archive: Peter G. Miller

Syndicated in more than 125 newspapers nationwide and published in various outlets, media and non-media, online and off, Peter G. Miller is the author of seven books originally published by Harper & Row, including one with a co-author. More than 300,000 Miller books are in print. Mr. Miller has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including Oprah!, the Today Show, This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He was the creator and original host of the AOL Real Estate Center and has also produced a number of major advertorial features for The Washington Post.

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Can You Get FHA Mortgages With Your Credit Score?

Can You Get FHA Mortgages With Your Credit Score?

It’s never been easy to raise a down payment for FHA mortgages and this year is no different. The usual ways to get the money needed to buy a home have been to (1) get help from Mom and Dad; (2) eat hot dogs for six years and live like a hermit; (3) land a […]

Real Estate: Home Heating Costs Fall With OPEC

Real Estate: Home Heating Costs Fall With OPEC

Real estate owners rejoice, home heating costs are falling. The latest information from the US Energy Information Administration shows that home heating costs for many owners will fall by as much as $750 this year — and maybe more. The world is awash with oil and with the end of the Iranian sanctions even more oil […]

2015 Foreclosures Hit Nine-Year Low

2015 Foreclosures Hit Nine-Year Low

Real estate foreclosures hit a nine-year low in 2015, according to the latest annual report from RealtyTrac. “In 2015 we saw a return to normal, healthy foreclosure activity in many markets even as banks continued to clean up some of the last vestiges of distress left over from the last housing crisis,” said Daren Blomquist, […]

Mortgage Rates Defy Fed Increase

Mortgage Rates Defy Fed Increase

Mortgage rates have fallen since the decision of the Federal Reserve to increase interest levels. The Fed announcement came on December 16th. It raised the overnight lending rate for banks by .25 percent and the nation’s banks instantly went into action, increasing the prime rate for borrowers by .25 percent while not touching the measly […]

FHA Mortgages To Have A Banner Year

FHA Mortgages To Have A Banner Year

FHA mortgages will have a banner year in 2016. You can see this coming. It’s a mortal lock. It doesn’t matter whether FHA endorsements go up or down, the program will still have a great year. Here’s why. First, in 2015 the FHA cut its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) for most loans by .5 […]

Ask OurBroker: Are FHA Mortgages A Rip-Off?

Ask OurBroker: Are FHA Mortgages A Rip-Off?

Question: FHA mortgages are government loans. I thought the government was going to help the home buyer and home owners out there to make affordable monthly payments? What’s up with the MIP? This is absolutely a big rip off for the buyer and homeowners. Answer: The FHA program has been around for a long time and […]

The Story of America’s First Christmas Tree

The Story of America’s First Christmas Tree

Christmas trees now sparkle in millions of homes, but did you ever wonder how the tradition began? No doubt there are many stories regarding the start of this custom, and as we do each year here’s one we’d like to pass along. At first, celebrating Christmas in America — with or without a tree — […]

Breaking News: US Real Estate Prices Reach Record High

Breaking News: US Real Estate Prices Reach Record High

With real estate prices consistently rising you knew it had to happen and now it has: According to the federal government US home prices nationwide have finally topped the old record high set in March 2007. The figure comes from the monthly House Price Index (HPI) issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Each […]

What Happened To Real Estate Prices in 2015?

What Happened To Real Estate Prices in 2015?

Real estate values increased substantially in 2015 but did they increase enough? “The median sales price of U.S. single family homes and condos in October was $207,500, up 1 percent from the previous month and up 10 percent from a year ago — the highest year-over-year percentage increase since February 2014,” according to RealtyTrac, the […]

Real Estate, Pensacola & The New American Workplace

Real Estate, Pensacola & The New American Workplace

You can see how part of the new American jobs market is evolving. Just look at the office worker above, toiling away on his latest assignment from that folding chair on Pensacola Beach. The American workplace is changing and with it the needs of business. We’re now into the “sharing economy,” a cutesy term which for […]