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Appraisers less confident about housing market

Appraisers remain mildly encouraged, but less confident than a quarter ago, by the current state of the housing market according to a recent survey that found. 49.6 percent of appraisers were mildly or moderately strongly confident in the housing recovery, down from 54.5 percent.

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Mobile technology dominates home buying process

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS – Demonstrating the proliferation of mobile technology into nearly every facet of our lives, more than eight out of 10 home buyers are accessing


Multifamily dip drives housing starts lower in June

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS - Nationwide housing starts declined 9.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 units in June as construction of multifamily buildings


CFPB proposes modifying mortgage reform rules

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU — Final public comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) proposed clarifications, and some narrow revisions to its January 2013 mortgage reform rules,


SF Bay Area posts record 33.1% home price gain; sales drop 9.4%

DATAQUICK -The median price paid for a Bay Area home rose at its fastest pace on record in June, the result of disappearing distress sales, an improving economy,


Callifornia’s May equity sales up; REO share in single-digits

Prices boom, sales falter   CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS – The share of equity sales in California continued to grow in May, making up nearly four of every five home


South SF Bay Area inventories tight, prices booming

JAMES HARRISON - Silicon Valley's single-family inventories continue to be significantly lower than a year ago, but inventories are on the rise in 2013. Single-family home inventories were up


Racial, ethnic minorities face covert housing discrimination

“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


Housing recovery lures FSBOs

LAURA N. OATLEY - Buyers are pitted against investors scrambling to snatch up flash sales that sell in 24 hours. Pocket listings also never see the light of


Short sale scammers still making the rounds

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


Smooth moves prevent identity theft

EXPERIAN - Moving can be an overwhelming and distracting experience that creates opportunities for enterprising criminals to make you a victim of identity theft. By the way, when someone


VA home loan appraisal standards strict, but not insurmountable

Q: Veterans Affairs loans? Aren't those impossible to get through escrow? A: Not according to the 540,000 people who obtained VA loans in 2012. Q: Doesn't a home have


CFPB amends CARD Act, giving stay-at-home spouses, partners greater access to credit cards

“Stay-at-home spouses or partners who have access to resources that allow them to make payments on a credit card can now get their own cards.” CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU


Cluttering up the American Dream

MEG SULLIVAN | UCLA (Originally published June 12, 2012) - It's the place to look for the plumber's phone number, the date of the next doctor's appointment,


Rental property investments require cash, but much more valuable landlording skills

ADA VASSILOVSKI - In 2012, investment buyers, cashing in on affordable home prices, purchased the second highest share of all new and existing homes sold in a given

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