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Mortgage ‘borrower health’ on the mend

One of the primary reasons the housing recovery is hot to trot in some states is that those states have home buyers with the financial prowess buyers don’t have in still struggling markets. LendingTree recently released a report that analyzed the financial health of prospective borrowers, based on a “borrower health score.”

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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


Demystifying real estate terminology for homebuyers

KRISTIN BROWN - First-time home buyers can have a tough time sorting through real estate terms spewed by real estate agents, lenders, real estate attorneys and other real


Real estate transactions go green

KIM CLARK - It's easier than ever to put a green spin on housing, but not always quite how you may think. "Green" real estate often refers to planet-friendly


How to get your home purchase offer declined

Web sites and news publications are loaded with tips on how to get your home purchase offer accepted. In a strong seller's market home buyers would do well to


SF Bay Area home prices rise, sales fall as distressed share shrinks

San Francisco Bay Area home prices haven't been higher since 2008, but market conditions are less favorable for home sales. SF Bay Area home prices continued to rise in


Silicon Valley’s housing recovery, by the numbers

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


Contingencies for real estate contracts

LILLIAN MONTALTO - Anticipate potential problems, include these contingencies in your offer and, whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned homebuyer, you'll save yourself some headaches. A contingency is


Home buyers’ interactive, online tool sorts 230 CA home buyer asssitance programs

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


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


Home much home can you afford? Redux

CHIP POLI – As long as Americans have had enjoyed the opportunity for homeownership, they've had to consider how much they can afford to spend on what's likely


How to house hunt with kids in tow

HANS BRINGS - Buying a house is equally exhilarating and nerve wracking. Unless you have that perfect house just waiting for you, financing ready to go, and no competing


Need a school to go with that new home? Do your homework

KRISTIN BROWN - If you're planning to move and you have children, you certainly want to learn all you can about the school districts in your desired home


First-timers, existing homeowners driving the housing recovery

Forget the golden goose investor-element that's helping fuel the housing recovery. Potential buyers? Your fence sitting days are numbered. Many investors are largely bottom feeders (buy low, rent and or


Pause for the clause; a little something extra for sales contracts

Even in a sellers' market as hot as it is today, contractual risks lurk, but there are ways sellers can contractually protect themselves. Conventional home sale contracts typically include

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