Foreclosure Activity By Metro Area, Q3 2010

October 29, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

Foreclosures are a big part of the housing market, with distressed properties accounting for 35 percent of all home resales last month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. But for as common as foreclosures can be, they remain a localized concern.

New Home Housing Stock Drops To A 5-Month Low

October 28, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

After improving 1 percent in August, New Home Sales popped another 7 percent in September. It’s no wonder homebuilder confidence is at a 5-month high.

Home Values Up 0.4 Percent In August, On Average

October 27, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Home Finance Agency’s data showed values up 0.4 percent nationwide, on average. Region-by-region, however, the results were scattered. Coastal states tended to perform poorly. Plains states tended to perform well.

Existing Home Sales Jump; Housing Market Shows Spark

October 26, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

“Deals” were in ample supply this summer and eager home buyers snatched them up.

How To Clean Window Blinds

October 25, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

In this 2-minute video from HowCast, you’ll learn the basics of blind-cleaning with nothing more than a dust cloth and towel, a sponge and all-purpose cleaner, and ordinary dryer sheets.

Time To Refinance? Mortgage Rates Down 1.00 Percent Since April.

October 22, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

The rate-and-fee combination you’d get in your home state is different from the rate-and-fee combination you’d get if you lived somewhere else. In the West, rates are low and fees are high; in the Southeast, it’s the opposite.

See How Credit Missteps Lower Your Credit Score

October 21, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

The company behind the popular FICO scoring model has published a “What If?” series for common, specific credit missteps.

Housing Starts Jump In September, Buoyed By Homebuilder Confidence

October 20, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the Commerce Department, the number of single-family Housing Starts increased to 452,000 units in September, a 19,000 improvement over August.

As Buyer Foot Traffic Rises, So Does Homebuilder Confidence

October 19, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the NAHB, October’s HMI reading of 16 is its highest value in 5 months. The uptick hints that the market for newly-built homes may rebound more quickly that this summer’s weak new homes sales figures would otherwise suggest.

As Buyer Foot Traffic Rises, So Does Homebuilder Confidence

October 19, 2010 by John · Leave a Comment 

According to the NAHB, October’s HMI reading of 16 is its highest value in 5 months. The uptick hints that the market for newly-built homes may rebound more quickly that this summer’s weak new homes sales figures would otherwise suggest.

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