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Real Estate Newletter Archive



3/16/2013 6:30 PM

Where to Live in NYC: Real-life Advice on Finding an Apartment

Every New Yorker is searching for a great deal on a cool space. Find out where to live in NYC with the help of city dwellers who found stellar, affordable pads.


Forbes > Op-ed


1/1/2013 1:30 PM

Here's The Deal On The Fiscal Cliff

Fiscal cliff battle comes to end with an increase in the tax rate for those making in excess of $450,000.00 and the federal estate tax exemption remaining at $5,000,000.00.


Wall Street Journal > Personal Finance > Real Estate


12/09/2012 3:27 PM

How the Neighbors Can Tank a Condo Loan

Some lenders can make condo buyers with pristine credit feel like rejects. Blame it on the building.


06/03/2012 4:46 PM

Fighting Back Against Lowball Home Appraisals

Low appraisals are making it difficult or even impossible for some home buyers and homeowners looking to refinance to take advantage of record low interest rates.


05/11/2012 3:23 PM

Borrowers Face Big Delays in Refinancing Mortgages

Clogged mortgage pipelines have created headaches for hundreds of thousands of Americans trying to take advantage of low mortgage rates, which averaged 4.05% for the week ending April 27, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.


04/23/2012 6:30 PM

Why It's Time To Buy

Despite all the gloom, there are growing indications that it is a good time to buy. Mortgage rates, according to Freddie Mac, are near 50-year lows, and homes have become more affordable than they have been in years.


Reuters > Real Estate


10/15/2011 1:30 PM

Obama to Announce Actions on Housing, Student Loans

President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official.


New York Times > Real Estate


12/10/2012 3:20 PM

Upshot of the Foreclosure Backlog

Foreclosures are taking significantly longer in states where lenders must go through the courts, and the delay may or may not be good for borrowers. But some researchers say that dragging the process out hurts society at large.


06//07/2012 5:56 PM

Mortgages: The Advantages of Preapproval

Buyers who want a competitive edge will need more than a mortgage prequalification.


03/02/2012 2:47 PM

Does Mortgage Recording Tax Apply in a Refinancing?

Under New York law, a mortgage recording tax must be paid when a new mortgage is created and recorded on a property.


02/26/2012 3:25 PM

Courts Hasten Efforts to Prevent Foreclosures

Under a new program, bank officials with the power to alter homeowners’ loans would have to appear in court.


02/262012 3:15 PM

Points Lose Favor

A trend away from points, which buy down the interest rate in exchange for an upfront fee, reflects borrower sentiment that rates are already low enough, industry experts say.


11/27/2011 10:35 PM

What Lies Beneath, and Behind

Hidden environmental issues such as buried oil tanks and mold can derail or significantly delay a real estate closing.


07/24/2011 9:41 PM

Sorting Through Lending Costs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has opened for business, and one of its first tasks may be to combine the Good Faith Estimate and Truth in Lending forms.


07/07/2011 12:57 PM

Big Banks Easing Terms on Loans Deemed as Risks

As millions of Americans struggle in foreclosure with little hope of relief, big banks are going to borrowers who are not even in default and cutting their debt or easing the mortgage terms, sometimes with no questions asked.


06/16/2011 5:30 PM

The Hunt: A Big-Time Dose of Downsizing

After selling their 3,000-square-foot house in Denver, Jeff Kwong and Bob Moriarty went looking for a one-bedroom in a dog-friendly building.


06/07/2011 11:22 PM

An Unexpected Trend Toward Office Sublets

Major commercial tenants are converting sublease space into direct leases, a trend that is being driven by the tightening commercial real estate market.


06/1/2011 8:30 PM

The Gift Apartment From Mom and Dad

Real estate brokers say in the last year more parents are purchasing apartments for their grown children, taking advantage of low mortgage rates and apartment prices.

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