California housing stuck in a standstill

California housing stuck in a standstill California’s housing market remains stuck in a standstill, with August’s sales numbers showing a weakening market. According to PropertyRadar’s August Real Property Report, California single-family home and condominium sales fell 13.1% to 36,733 in August from 42,261 in July but were up 3.1% from 35,613 in August 2014. The yearly increase in […]

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The 3 Types of Buyer-Broker Contracts

Buying a home comes with a lot of responsibilities: You need to figure out the right community, the right size of house, the location, and especially the price. You have to negotiate with sellers and real estate agents. To cut down on the time it takes to do this, you might want to hire a real estate […]

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Bad Credit Can Make Your Mortgage More Expensive

onventional loans are crème de la crème of the mortgage market. This loan type offers the best possible terms and fees as well as relatively sustainable long-term affordability. However, those who come to the table with little equity and lower credit scores may find that a conventional loan costs them more than other alternatives. Here’s how to […]

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Are you in a buyer’s or seller’s housing market?

Housing supply is tight in most cities across the United States, but that does not mean that every market is a seller’s market. Today’s homebuyers are a finicky lot and a mortgage-dependent lot and a confidence-lacking lot; they may want to buy a house, but they’re not as willing to be as “house poor” as […]

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LOWER YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENT

There are two kinds of homebuyers: those for whom the sales price is the main consideration, and those who are mostly concerned with what it will cost them per month. If you’ve already bought a house, there isn’t anything you can do about the sales price. But there may be ways to lower what you […]

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3 Tips for Spring Home Buying in a Sellers’ Market

An Economist’s 3 Tips for Spring Home Buying in a Sellers’ Market In many parts of the country, the busy spring home-buying season is already underway—March typically ushers in a significant increase in home searches online. This year, even more people than last year are jumping into the search process as a result of improving financial circumstances, like […]

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