Archive for July, 2013


Today’s New Renters Bridge Generation Gaps

The stereotypes are familiar: unemployed twentysomethings living in their parents’ basements, senior citizens trotting off to retirement communities in sunny states – or occupying rocking chairs on the porch of the family home. But new economic realities and changing social dynamics are putting a new spin on the old pictures. Now, millennials and retirees are […]

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Power Companies Challenge Solar Incentives

Who owns the sun? Eco-friendly energy saving upgrades can save money and make properties more saleable – but according to some utility companies around the country, the fledgling solar panel industry also threatens their very existence. And they’re pushing to penalize property owners who opt for renewable energy upgrades and the credits and incentives that […]

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The US Housing Market Welcomes Chinese Investors

A changing economic picture brings new perspectives. A few years ago, Japanese investors with big bucks began snapping up US real estate at ferocious rates and raising fears that Asian investors would end up owning the country. Now, though, as Chinese investors take the lead in foreign investment in US real estate, a shaky housing […]

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Do Short Sales Boost Real Estate’s Recovery?

housing market continues to improve – a trend that signals better health for the economy as a whole. Although that means fewer distressed properties are hitting the market, short sales still pop up in the listings — a process with a bad name that can mean a good property. The number of short sales soared […]

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What’s Ahead For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Venerable home loan servicers Fannie Mae end Freddie Mac have been around so long, it’s hared to remember what their real names are. In spite of a troubled past linked to the subprme mortgage meltdown of a few years ago, these two institutions seem like a permanent part of the US housing landscape. But as […]

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House Republicans Propose a New PATH for Housing

The years after the massive hosing collapse of 2008 saw bill after bill purporting to protect the American home buyer from credit crises, bank abuse and lending policies. Now, as if the Dodd Frank Act and similar, smaller bills weren’t enough, Washington policy makers are once again tackling the sticky issue of reforming government home […]

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Home Finance Reform and the Future of the Fixed Rate Mortgage

Talk of housing finance reform is in the air. And as members of the House financial Services Committee continue debates about creating a more “holistic” housing policy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reminded them in recent remarks to start with a clear decision about what the government’s role in home financing should be. At issue: […]

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The Litecoin: New Digital Currency Challenges the Bitcoin

Bitcoins have only been around for a few years, but they’re already starting to lose their edge and go mainstream. As Bitcoin stock trades first up, then down, along with concerns about porn site links hacked into Bitcoin code, the digital currency pioneer has acquired a rival. Enter the LItecoin, a new digital money with […]

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Do Pocket Listings Manipulate the Market?

The housing recovery seems to be humming along nicely, by many accounts. But the rebound depends on properties made available for sale. A little known and slightly shady practice known as “pocket listings” can skew access to those potential properties, though, as brokers collect bigger commissions by keeping properties out of public access while they […]

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Fewer First Time Buyers Affect the Housing Recovery

By many indications, the hosing recovery is still on the upswing. Mortgage rates remain on the low side and homes are available in most markets. So why aren’t first time buyers taking the plunge into homeownership? The answer, according to a new report from RE Insider, is complex, with broader implications for the rebound of […]

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