The Home Front


December 2009


Home Buyer Discounts Keep Shrinking

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As the market shows signs of stabilizing, buyers are continuing to lose leverage in home price negotiations, according to new data from real estate company Zillow. Home buyers squeezed a median of 2.7 percent off listing prices in October, or $5,741. That's down from 2.9 percent the previous month ...

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3 Mortgages Get Worse For Each 1 that Improves

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One of the big headaches the Obama administration faces in rescuing troubled homeowners is that the size of the problem doesn't seem to stop growing. Even as some struggling borrowers find ways to make mortgage payments again, a great deal more fall further behind. Lender Processing Services'

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What the FHA's New Criteria Mean for Housing

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After the real estate crash decimated the mortgage market, a tiny government agency has assumed an outsize role in the housing recovery. In 2006, the Federal Housing Administration—which insures home loans against default—backed just 3 percent of new home-purchase mortgages. But today, the agency ...

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