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Real Estate Investors Rush For HARP Refinancing By Peter Miller, Contributor March 25, 2014 Nearly 370,000 investment properties have been refinanced through the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). Average Building Permit Job Cost Up in 10 of 13 Major Counties By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President March 24, 2014 Our crack data analysis team here took a look at building permit data recently acquired by RealtyTrac to evaluate some of the high-level trends in building permit activity in 13 major U.S. counties. Are 30-Year Mortgages On The Way Out? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 24, 2014 Higher mortgage rates may be forcing investors away from 30-year fixed-rate loans. The problem is that while rates are higher than a year ago they are still not high enough for many investors. Nothing But Net (Profits): The Sweetest Real Estate Markets Among the Sweet 16 By RealtyTrac Staff March 24, 2014 If the Sweet 16 brackets are filled out based on real estate investing metrics, the outcome of each matchup becomes much easier to predict. Good real estate investing is much more science than sport. The Trillion-Dollar Battle For Higher Mortgage Rates By Peter Miller, Contributor March 21, 2014 If you're a mortgage borrower your great goal in life is to get a lower rate. While 2012 saw the lowest mortgage rates in 65 years, 2013 and early 2014 have not been far off the mark. Reforming the GSEs: ‘The Obamacare of Real Estate’ By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 20, 2014 James K. Glassman, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, took a swing at the newly proposed Johnson-Crapo plan to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Mortgage Servicing Shifts to Nonbank Firms By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer March 20, 2014 Increasingly, the $10 trillion mortgage servicing industry is shifting from banks to nonbank firms such as hedge funds, as federal and state regulators increase their scrutiny — and fines — on the banking industry. Will Mortgage Tax Relief Die In 2014 By Peter Miller, Contributor March 19, 2014 An important law which has eased the financial fall-out from the mortgage crisis has ended. Why Real Estate Has Begun To Stabilize By Peter Miller, Contributor March 18, 2014 If you want to make lenders happy — and if you want to enjoy low mortgage rates — then the best and most-certain approach is to avoid delinquencies and foreclosures. How Much Will An End To Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Cost You? By Peter Miller, Contributor March 17, 2014 How does a 20-percent mortgage rate hike sound to you? Print Email

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