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Discrimination in housing is becoming a cat-and-mouse game of covert activity as African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians learn about disproportionately fewer housing opportunities than equally qualified whites.
The federal government holds more than 1.7 million properties considered “shadow inventory” properties that many fear could disrupt the housing market if they were suddenly unleashed on the market. To the contrary, tn today’s inventory starved market, the opposite could be true. The shadow inventory could level the playing field for buyers.
Movoto reports brown, tarred, chemical residues of third-hand smoke can send 29 percent of the value of your home up in smoke. Smoking in a home worth $200,000 can shave off $58,000, reducing the value to $142,000. That’s a lot of money to blow.
Decks need regular inspection as well as solid initial engineering to keep them safe and in usable working order, according to Rich Bergman, editor of Ideas For Deck Designs. He offers a load capacity calculator on a web site chock full of safe deck building information.
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rose to 3.98 percent, with an average 0.7 point, the week ending June 13, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 30-year FRM has been rising every week for the past month, and has increased more than half a percentage point since then.
News about the housing recovery is blindingly bright, here in Silicon Valley and throughout much of the nation. Bolstered by burgeoning consumer confidence, rising stock prices and interest rates that remain near historic lows, national property values jumped nearly 11 …
“To detect housing discrimination today, HUD and local fair housing organizations need to conduct proactive testing, especially in the sales market, where discrimination appears higher than in the rental market.” U.S. DEPARTMENT
News about the housing recovery is blindingly bright, here in Silicon Valley and throughout much of the nation. Bolstered by burgeoning consumer confidence, rising stock prices and interest rates that remain near
It was inevitable. For homeowners, the cost of higher home values is higher property taxes. In Silicon Valley, where the tech economy has pushed unemployment levels down to 6.6 percent, home prices are
More than 230 assistance programs in California can help home buyers overcome a top obstacle to home buying - the down payment. But finding them can be a dilemma. That's why the California
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rose to 3.98 percent, with an average 0.7 point, the week ending June 13, according to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 30-year FRM
RAE CATANESE - If you've been struggling with your mortgage payments, miss a few and then get a call from an "investor" claiming a desire to buy your home, beware. A short
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced an extension on the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable (MHAP) Programs including the
The down payment amount home buyers are paying to buy a home is down nearly 10 percent over the past two years, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can fritter away