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HUD Lowers Mortgage Insurance Premiums for Most FHA Loans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Monday that they plan to reduce the Mortgage Insurance Premium for FHA mortgage loans. Since 2012, the Federal Housing Administration’s(FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance(MMI) Fund has gained $44 billion, and is now 32 basis points above the 2 percent threshold level required by Congress. This is ~$13 billion more …

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Conforming Loan Limits Set To Increase For 2017

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced that it is increasing the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgage loans beginning in 2017.  A mortgage loan is considered “conforming” when it is eligible to be acquired by Fannie Mae and/or Freddie Mac. (Mortgages are often sold to Fannie or Freddie so that a lender has the liquidity/money available …

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Buying Still Cheaper Than Renting

Even in light of rising home prices, Trulia‘s October 2016 “Rent vs. Buy Report” successfully argues that owning your home with a conventional 30-year fixed rate mortgage costs less than renting in major US metros, even in high priced areas like Honolulu, HI (which sees 17.4% cost reduction over renting). The highest difference was 53.2% in Miami, FL …

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Leaves and Trends Change Colors Every Fall: Pantone’s Fall Colors for 2016

Fall brings changes to the colors outdoors, but it doesn’t stop there. Pantone releases their fall colors annually. According to Pantone, this year’s fall color palette represents “a unity of strength, confidence and complexity.” The colors, inspired by “the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism” are led by the Blue family. Each of the individual …

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Appraisal Shortage Causing Delays In Home Sales

CNBC published an article on their Real Estate blog entitled, “‘Massive’ shortage of appraisers causing home sales delays” Below are a few quotes that summarize the story quickly, in case you don’t have the time or patience to read the article yourself. “The appraisal shortage is massive. You’re seeing significant delays, you’re seeing cost increases, …

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