Gen Yers buying homes sooner than expected in Silicon Valley

Generation Y or Gen Y, also known as the Millennial Generation is poised to be the next big demographic to enter the housing market. In Silicon Valley and other tech centers, Gen Yers are ahead of the curve.

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NAR: The Digital House Hunt

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS - The National Association of Realtors, in conjunction with, recently released "The Digital House Hunt: Consumer and Market Trends in Real Estate" to


Silicon Valley doubles down on small spaces as market posts gains in condo sector

MLSLISTINGS, INC. - Four years after the crash, housing's "new normal" is anything but. With double-digit price increases and multiple competing offers the talk of the Bay Area


Fannie Mae tightens underwriting rules for condo, refinance loans, borderline borrowers

Fannie Mae is putting the squeeze on underwriting guidelines this fall, making it tougher for some condo, borderline and refinancing borrowers to land a home loan. Effective Oct. 20,


San Jose outdoor smoking ban extended to patios, waiting lines, condo commons

NEIGHBORWEBSJ - This summer, smokers enjoying a cup of coffee or a cocktail at a restaurant outdoor patio will not legally be able to light up. Patio smoking will


Will the FHA ease condo certification rules, allow more condo buyers to use low-down payment FHA loans?

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) guidelines for condominium loans continue to depress condo sales at a time when the more buyers could seek out condos as a more affordable


FHFA rule restricts mortgages for properties with private transfer fees

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has sent a final rule to the Federal Register on private transfer fees. The final rule limits Fannie


Trayvon Martin death puts HOA’s and Neighbor Watch programs on notice

Even if George Zimmerman is never charged with or convicted of Trayvon Martin's death in a criminal trial, Zimmerman's homeowners association (HOA) could be open to a Martin


Killer weed in the common area?

PAUL WINDUST ESQ - Community associations increasingly face issues with medical marijuana. It is a confusing area because federal and state laws conflict and social mores are in


Condos that come with $1,500 in paid dues

In another effort to unload government-owned homes, Freddie Mac is offering to pay $1,500 worth of homeowner association dues for qualified condo buyers who buy Freddie Mac homes. The


Freddie Mac condos come with $1,500 in paid HOA dues

In another effort to unload government-owned homes, Freddie Mac is offering to pay $1,500 worth of homeowner association dues for qualified condo buyers who buy Freddie Mac homes. The

Homeowner associations’ special disaster preparedness needs

If you live in a condo, townhome or other community governed by homeowners association (HOA), take a lesson from Judy Rosen who lives in a 70-unit HOA in

Tough economic times for homeowner associations

More than half of the nation's community associations struggle with financial issues associated with the mortgage foreclosure crisis and related economic downturn, according to a national survey by

CAI, CPCF: Don’t ban private transfer fees

Banning private transfer fees on home sales could dam up the sale of some 11 to 12 million properties, according to a major homeowner association group and a

Coalition, Congress joins Fed effort to ban private transfer fees on home sales

A real estate industry coalition is cheering Congress for picking up the banner in the fight to end private transfer fees, fees that give builders and developers a

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