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Really? Voting Iowans enjoy real estate upswing


With the first real voting in the presidential campaign set for Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, and the economy on the everyone's mind, we at "Really" thought we'd take a peek at what's up...


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Selling your house or condo with a tenant still living in your house or condo presents home sellers with a plethora of challenges. When the time comes for you to exit the landlord business and sell your income property, there are some things to considerThe top four are: Making appointments to show the house or condo: Of course, your objective is to make it as easy as possible for .. Read the rest of this entry » Posted in: Our experts | View comments The lowdown on low-down payment loans January 29th, 2015, 6:26 pm by JEFF LAZERSON What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate bumped up to 3.66 from last week’s 3.63 percentThe 15-year fixed worsened as well, going to 2.98 percent from last week’s 2.93 percent. The Mortgage Bankers Association reports a 12 percent drop in loan applications from the previous week. BOTTOM LINE: Last .. Read the rest of this entry » Posted in: Our experts | View comments Modern homes still lack space for some essential items January 25th, 2015, 7:55 am by LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN Houses in Orange County have come a long way since the mid-century moderns made their debut With each progressive phase of construction, we’ve banished the less than optimal designs such as low ceilings, a single bathroom for the entire house and galley kitchens that are cut off from both the dining room and the family room. Yet, even with all of these massive moves forward, there are still some .. Read the rest of this entry » Posted in: Our experts | View comments FHA mortgage insurance cut effective Monday January 22nd, 2015, 12:26 pm by JEFF LAZERSON What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate dropped nicely, again, to 3.63 percent from last week’s 3.66 percentThe 15-year fixed dropped to 2.93 percent from last week’s 2.98 percent. The Mortgage Bankers Association reports a 14 .. Read the rest of this entry » Posted in: Lending/rates • Our experts | View comments Higher density seen as key solution to O.Chousing shortage January 21st, 2015, 1:42 pm by JEFF COLLINS OUR LATEST CENTERPIECE: Experts estimate that Orange County has a deficit of 30,000 to 60,000 homes, with 143,000 new homes needed over the next 25 years to meet future demand. That shortfall affects everyone, from the affluent who pay higher home prices to the poor and middle-class who live in overcrowded homes, pay half their income on rent or mortgage, or commute long distances on congested freeways. Increased density is needed .. Read the rest of this entry » Posted in: industry | View comments « Previous Entries

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