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  Foreclosure activity continues to drop nationwide. Based on data from foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings nationwide fell below 220,000 in April 2011, a 9 percent decrease from March. A “foreclosure filing” is defined as any foreclosure-related action including Notice of ...
05/12/2011
When a mortgage applicants chooses an adjustable-rate mortgage over a fixed-rate one, he accepts a risk that — at some point in the future — the mortgage’s interest rate will rise. Lately, though, that hasn’t been the outcome. Since mid-2010, conforming mortgages have adjusted below their initia...
05/11/2011
With housing prices down across the country, there are a lot of homeowners in Laguna Beach barely breaking even on their respective home sales. Some are even losing money. You may find yourself in that position, too; wanting to sell, but worried about bringing cash to your own closing. It creates...
05/10/2011
Mortgage markets improved last week on a bevy of economic and geopolitical news. Conforming mortgage rates in Laguna Beach improved, falling to their lowest levels of 2011. It’s a welcome development for home buyers and rate shoppers nationwide. Mortgage rates were expected to rise throughout mos...
05/09/2011
In an echo of February’s Case-Shiller Index report, the government’s own home price-tracker — the Home Price Index — showed home values slipping between January and February 2011. The Federal Home Finance Agency data had home values down 1.6 percent nationwide in February, on average, marking th...
05/08/2011
Be prepared for Friday morning. Mortgage rates and home affordability could worsen quickly. At 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April Non-Farm Payrolls report and momentum has been strong. The monthly jobs report is a market-mover and analysts expect that 196,000 new jobs w...
05/05/2011
Home remodeling projects are expected to top $130 blllion this quarter, their highest total since Q1 2008. A likely catalyst is that the average cost of a home improvement project is falling fast. With the economy loosening up and contractor costs on a downswing, some in Newport Coast homeowners ...
05/04/2011
Among the most challenging aspects of shopping for a mortgage is how rates change constantly. It’s hard to pin them down. For example, in 2011, mortgage rates have expired every 3-and-a-half hours, on average. That’s fast. There’s two main catalysts for changing mortgage rates. The first can be g...
05/03/2011
Mortgage markets improved last week overall. Bigger concerns for Eurozone debt combined with lesser concerns for domestic inflation to push U.S. mortgage rates lower. Last week marked the 3rd consecutive week through which conforming mortgage rates dropped, the longest such streak since February....
05/02/2011
The National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index rose for the third straight month last month. A “pending home sale” is a home under contract to sell, but not yet closed. The Pending Home Sales Index rose 5 percent in March, posting its second-highest reading since April 2010. Not c...
04/29/2011
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