Americans say now is good time to sell their home

Americans are more confident about housing, as sentiment levels returned to the previous high. The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment index increased 2.1 percentage points to 88.3 in June, matching the all-time high set in February. The increase is due to four of the...

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How to get rid of PMI mortgage insurance

If you bought a house with a down payment of less than 20 percent, your lender required you to buy mortgage insurance. The same goes if you refinanced with less than 20 percent equity. Private mortgage insurance is expensive, and you can remove it after you have met...

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homebuyers move at a fastest pace than ever

Housing inventory fell 8.9% from last year in the second quarter of 2017, sending homebuyers scurrying to beat the rising competition. Housing inventory dropped for nine consecutive quarters, and is currently down a full 20% from inventory levels five years ago. And...

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Are minority borrowers getting a break for new loans in 2017?

Imagine mortgage credit standards as a roadway, connecting lenders with potential borrowers who dream of owning a home. What in the mid-2000s was a wide-open superhighway with few barriers became, after the 2008 housing crash, a one-lane path open only to the most...

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Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac: New Rules For Mortgages for 2017

During late 2016 and early 2017, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made some changes to their processes. Since these two organizations back about half of all mortgages in the US, it's a big deal. Here are some important things to know about conforming 2017 mortgages. You May...

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This is how much you need to buy a home in these top 10 cities

It’s not hard to find headlines of home prices reaching new heights in metros across the country. And even rising mortgage rates isn’t enough to slow down home prices, the Federal Housing Finance Agency showed in its fourth quarter 2016 House Price Index report. But...

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Things to do in San Diego November 2016

November 1 - January 2 Animals: Machines in Motion Location:  Downtown San Diego Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs stronger than steel? See why every living thing is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore how these marvels of...

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End of Year 1031 Tax Exchange Real Estate selling Issues

There are two issues that come up toward the end of the calendar year relating to 1031 Exchanges.  The first has to do with the time allocated to complete the 1031 Exchange. Issue #1 The tax code requires that a 1031 Exchange be completed within 180 days after the...

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