Local Banks May Hold Recovery Key

By Mike Colpitts The banks that didn’t get the U.S. into the financial crisis may be the avenue to help the housing market, according to the National Association of Realtors president. Local community banks may hold the key to the nation’s future for home mortgage lending. “Buyers may be able to find more favorable credit… Continue reading Local Banks May Hold Recovery Key

Low Mortgage Rates Drive Few to Buy

By Mike Colpitts Mortgage rates are at near record lows again for the first time since last October when rates hit an all-time record low, but the lower rates seem to be doing little other than driving some homeowners to refinance their mortgages. Built up anxiety over troubles with the U. S. economy, consumer debt… Continue reading Low Mortgage Rates Drive Few to Buy

Real Estate Broker Pleads Guilty in Straw Buyer Scheme

By Mike Colpitts A former real estate broker pled guilty to fraud charges in relationship to a mortgage scheme that involved more than $12 million in mortgages, straw borrowers that operated over a course of seven years and real estate investors. The plea was entered after federal prosecutors worked out a deal with Alexander O.… Continue reading Real Estate Broker Pleads Guilty in Straw Buyer Scheme

Home Prices Rising in Dakotas, Alaska, Texas

By Mike Colpitts In places where jobs are more plentiful and workers are in demand local economies are doing much better than the majority of the U.S. and many housing markets are beginning to even see home prices rise. North Dakota, which now produces the fourth largest amount of oil in the country, Alaska and… Continue reading Home Prices Rising in Dakotas, Alaska, Texas

Home Sales Decline Slightly in April

By Kevin Chiu Home sales declined slightly in April, despite favorable home buying conditions, falling just 0.8% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.05 million units annually, but are still nearly 13% off the pace of last year when the home buyer tax credit was in effect, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing… Continue reading Home Sales Decline Slightly in April

New Homebuilders Brighter Future

By Kim Olson With the real estate market soft many homebuilders, especially large corporate homebuilders are still struggling. Real estate analysts say that the recovery will continue to be slow through 2011, and may in fact be a bit longer. Inventory of newly built homes is still high, with pending and closed sales down. Prices… Continue reading New Homebuilders Brighter Future

FHA Hike Triggers Home Buyers Surge

By Mike Colpitts A surge in home buying activity is expected to develop as a result of the Federal Housing Administration’s announcement that it will increase charges to home buyers for upfront mortgage fees. The cost of mortgage insurance premiums will rise by 75 basis points April 1st. The increase translates to $750 for every… Continue reading FHA Hike Triggers Home Buyers Surge