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2017 Mortgage Loan Limits — With Charts

2017 Mortgage Loan Limits — With Charts

For the first time in 10 years mortgage loan limits will increase, a step that will help borrowers and sellers in high-cost areas nationwide. The increase is not large — $424,100 in 2017 for most single-family homes versus $417,000 in 2016 — but it’s a step which many in the real estate industry welcome. Why […]

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Is Mortgage Shopping Too Quick?

Is Mortgage Shopping Too Quick?

Has mortgage shopping become too quick and easy? Or, are speedy mortgages a good thing, evidence that automated loan services are a growing success, making it easier to get financing with fewer hassles? “On average,” reports Zillow, in a just-released study, “Americans spend just eight hours researching their home loan, and obtain just four quotes […]

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Real State Borrowers Face New Mortgage Scams

Real State Borrowers Face New Mortgage Scams

While borrowers worry about mortgage rates they sometimes forget that real estate financing takes place in the real world – a world filled with predators and mortgage scams. The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors are now advising borrowers to be on the look-out for scammers who will empty your bank-account with […]

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Real Estate: Was Moving To Pensacola A Mistake?

Real Estate: Was Moving To Pensacola A Mistake?

Pensacola got hit with a tornado last week, an event which raises a question: Was moving eight months ago to a place with great beaches and no state income tax a mistake? Surely that’s a question which must have occurred to someone. After all, a tornado that squashed an apartment building, uprooted trees and damaged […]

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Real Estate Stats Super Bowl Refs Don’t See

Real Estate Stats Super Bowl Refs Don’t See

What really happened in real estate between the first Super Bowl in 1967 and the 50th version which just took place in San Francisco? Figures from the Census Bureau and other sources tell us that in many cases measurable things are vastly better — and in other situations not so much. The first Super Bowl […]

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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 […]

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Mortgages: Why The 1 Percent Sometimes Get A Loan

Mortgages: Why The 1 Percent Sometimes Get A Loan

According to the National Association of Realtors the typical existing home sold for $228,700 in August, a curious figure given that a large percentage of all mortgages are substantially larger. Even if we consider new homes, which now have a typical sale price of $292,700, lots of Americans are still in the market for very […]

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Is It Time To Downsize Mortgage Debt?

Is It Time To Downsize Mortgage Debt?

Question: We want to buy a first home. We have a joint income of $80,000 a year and no debts of any kind. A loan officer says with $25,000 for the down payment and closing costs we could get a $250,000 mortgage. We have the cash but our problem is the monthly cost: $2,000 — […]

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Real Estate: The $100 Million House Is Here

Real Estate: The $100 Million House Is Here

Homes selling for $100 million or more hardly seem real. Isn’t $100 million the type of number usually associated with a missile defense program or the national debt of a small UN member? And yet they’re here. According to the latest luxury homes report from Christie’s International Real Estate, “more properties than ever were both […]

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Is The Gyrocopter Hero A Bad Guy?

Is The Gyrocopter Hero A Bad Guy?

Before you get angry with Douglas Mark Hughes, the Florida letter carrier who landed a gyrocopter on the west lawn of the Capitol, you might want to think about what he did — and why. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Hughes explained that he objects to the importance of political donors and […]

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