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California is Slipping and Snipping Profits
Saturday, 02 September 2006
California market has tipped, property flipping in the Golden State dipped to its lowest level in more than three years and in some major regions, profits slipped through the fingers of more than half the flippers.
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Mortgage rates fell for sixth week
Friday, 01 September 2006
The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 6.44 percent, down from 6.48 percent last week. A year ago, 30-year mortgages averaged just 5.71 percent.
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Broker charged in real estate mortgage
Friday, 01 September 2006
A federal grand jury indicted a Turlock man on 122 counts connected to a scheme to cheat homeowners out of millions.  The indictment claims Tony J. Daniloo, 32, secretly embezzled about $7 million from real-estate clients in the East Bay and Central Valley.  Previously the subject of a one-count criminal complaint filed by prosecutors, Daniloo was arrested by federal agents June 29 and remains in Oakland's North County Jail.
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Canadian Real Estate Trust is offered $3 billion by ING
Friday, 01 September 2006
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS -- $2 billion in cash was nearly offered to Canada’s Summit Real Estate.
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Market for estate shows sign of stress
Friday, 01 September 2006

Housing headlines dominates the news these days.  Spectacular price and sales of lots had given way to a falling real estate business.  There had been records of unsold homes, a plunge in housing affordability and flattening out of prices on a nationwide basis.
The big debate is whether housing will a) stabilize at a lower level; b) slide for an extended period; or c) sink fast and take the economy down with it. The length and strength of the housing boom, with its rapidly rising house prices, has enabled many owners to refinance their mortgages and take out a bigger loan, providing an additional ``spending accelerator.''

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Mortgage Refinancing is a Good Saving Idea
Monday, 28 August 2006
Refinancing mortgage helps you to enjoy the benefit of lower interest rates and reduce monthly mortgage repayment amount. Planning to refinance your mortgage needs to consider several things to pick up the best deal available in the financial market.
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Builders woo repulsed real estate agents
Monday, 28 August 2006
Builders are holding wine and cheese parties offering big payouts to agents who can bring in buyers.  Real estate agents who suffered cuts in commissions and low fees paid by builders during the height of the region's housing boom are now being wooed as never before.
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Homes with works of art gets sold faster
Monday, 28 August 2006

WASHINGTON (AFP)-- Real estate agents look for innovative marketing strategies to enhance sales with tumbling ones to a two year low. 

 “Staging” homes is quickly becoming the industry standard in a highly competitive real estate market.  More and more agents are hanging expensive works of art to allure a room. 

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Real Estate Investors fret as the Problem gets Worse:
Monday, 28 August 2006

PRINCETON, NJ -- In July, new home sales cut down and were now at 22% from the same time a year ago.  This was according to the recent Commerce Department report.  The supply of unsold homes strike its highest point in November 1995 with the median price of a new home tumbled $3,800 to $230,000.  The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of previously owned homes went up high on record. 

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Reasons why Real Estate does not smash into
Sunday, 27 August 2006

A basic understanding of real estate and finance would put off fantasy headlines on pessimistic view on real estate. 

Much of the value of the stock market and other financial markets is “good will.” The only solid asset of some companies is the real estate they own. One good scandal, lawsuit, or moronic manager and that “non-real estate” value can go up in a puff of smoke. 

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How to avoid mortgage mistakes
Sunday, 27 August 2006

Applying for a mortgage can be a difficult experience.  Agreeing to take on the biggest debt is not enough.  One is confronted with piles of paperwork, flurries of flees and a tidal wave of terms.  That is, from amortization to title insurance. 

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Handling interest-only loan to free up cash or buy more house
Sunday, 27 August 2006

An interest-only mortgage can significantly lower monthly payment or allow to buy lot more house.  Whether these loans turn out to be a blessing or a curse, though, depends a lot on who's doing the borrowing. 

This can work with disciplined investors, good with money and a risk-taker. 

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Foreclosures: real options and help
Sunday, 27 August 2006

The real estate market slows downs with interest rates going up because of homeowners not being able to make mortgage payments.   "The number of people asking for appointments to talk about foreclosure is definitely up," said Susan Ulaga, the nonprofit service's senior vice president of counseling. Rising rates "are really putting a crunch" on homeowners with adjustable-rate loans. A quarter of the nation’s mortgage have rates scheduled to reset higher payments for millions of homeowners. 

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