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  • Qualifying for reverse mortgages will become harder

    Qualifying for reverse mortgages will become harder
    Are reverse mortgages headed in reverse? Based on forthcoming federal rule changes for seniors who expect to apply for one, you might think so. But as a taxpayer, you might say bravo: Toughening up qualification standards — including such basics...
  • Loan limits raised in four California counties by Fannie, Freddie

    Loan limits raised in four California counties by Fannie, Freddie
    In the realm of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, California tends to fall into two categories -- high-cost counties where eligible single-family home loans can't be higher than $625,500 (Los Angeles, Orange) or those with the standard limit...
  • SFH investors have many options for acquiring new properties

    Q: I have a rental property in Dacula, Georgia. The current value, according to a few different websites, is about $170,000. I'm collecting $1,145 per month in rent. I owe $88,479.67 at 3.125 percent with about 18 years left on the loan. I was...
  • Borrowing at low rates better than buying home for cash

    Borrowing at low rates better than buying home for cash
    Q: My wife and I are saving up to buy a vacation property in a resort area. Our plan is to keep socking money away until we find a short sale that we can purchase in cash. We're willing to be patient, but now that the economy is recovering and the real...
  • L.A. a fertile ground for garden apartments

    L.A. a fertile ground for garden apartments
    As you drive around L.A., you may not notice them, but the city's garden apartment complexes are worth notice. Park La Brea, adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, may be the most recognized of the complexes — and one of the largest, at...
  • Housing regulator considers lower down payments

    Housing regulator considers lower down payments
    The regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is considering policy changes that aim to make credit more readily available to potential home buyers, many of whom have been shut out of the market by the stiff lending requirements put in place in...
  • VA, lenders and nonprofits mobilize to help veterans on the home front

    VA, lenders and nonprofits mobilize to help veterans on the home front
    There are fewer military boots on the ground overseas, but here at home there have been major campaigns in the housing market this year directed at veterans. Not only has the Department of Veterans Affairs' VA home-loan program gained significant market...
  • Lower mortgage rates a silver lining of stock market drops

    Lower mortgage rates a silver lining of stock market drops
    If there's an upside to a plunging stock market, it's that mortgage rates are falling too. Investors bailing out on stocks have piled into ultra-safe U.S. Treasury bonds, pushing down the government's long-term borrowing costs on Wednesday to the lowest...
  • For vets, a housing boom

    There may be fewer military boots on the ground overseas, but here at home there have been major campaigns in the housing market this year directed at veterans. Not only has the Department of Veterans Affairs' VA home-loan program gained significant...
  • Dwindling share of first-time buyers slowing housing recovery

    Dwindling share of first-time buyers slowing housing recovery
    The share of first-time homebuyers fell to its lowest level this year in almost 30 years, according to the National Association of Realtors, which is out with its annual survey on the state of the housing market. Only 33 percent of homebuyers in the...
  • Buying home with 5 percent down is hard, but options exist

    Q: I am purchasing a home and want the cheapest payment. I have only 5 percent to put down on the property and can comfortably afford a monthly payment of $1,400 to $1,500, tops. Actually, I'm hoping it will be closer to $1,400. Should I go for a...