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What to Expect When Selling a Home in Winter

02/16/2017

While homeowners traditionally wait for spring to list their home, there are many good reasons to sell in the winter.  Here’s what you can expect.

Source: RIS Media’s House Calls.


CFPB Hits Brokers for Marketing Agreements

02/03/2017

On January 31st, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined a mortgage lender, two real estate brokerages, and a mortgage servicing company for referral arrangements the companies had entered into that CFPB says are prohibited under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).  Read more.


40,000 Could Lose Out in FHA Suspension

02/01/2017

The Trump Administration’s suspension of reduced FHA mortgage insurance premiums is the top story in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR.  As many as 40,000 households could be priced out of home buying if the suspension remains in place, NAR says.  Other segments look at the 10-year high in home sales in 2016, what’s happening with the Ben Carson nomination for HUD secretary, and how clients can use a reverse mortgage to buy a home.  video link.

 


Mortgage Money

01/26/2017

After peaking at 40.8 million in 2007, the number of tax returns claiming the mortgage interest deduction has steadily fallen, and as of 2013, the latest year from which data is available, stands at just 33.3 million. Not surprisingly, the amount of mortgage interest paid also peaked in 2007 at $491 billion and is now $296 billion, while the average amount of MID claimed/filer has fallen from $12,052 to $8,900.

Source:
Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D
elliot@graphsandlaughs.net
www.econ70.com