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Mortgages: Do We Need Inflation? By Peter Miller, Contributor November 4, 2014 Real estate needs a pick-me-up, something of a surprise considering that home values remain below 2007 prices and mortgage rates continue to hover around 4 percent. The Biggest Drag on Homeownership: Down Payments or Debt? By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President November 4, 2014 RealtyTrac recently analyzed affordability in more than 500 counties nationwide, looking at the impact of lowering the down payment for conventional loans from 20 percent to as low as 3 percent Can ‘Lower Wealth Borrowers’ Save Real Estate? By Peter Miller, Contributor October 27, 2014 We’re soon going to help “lower wealth borrowers” by making mortgages available with just 3 percent down. That’s the word from Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. 8.1 Million U.S. Residential Properties Seriously Underwater in Third Quarter, Lowest Level in Two Years By RealtyTrac Staff October 22, 2014 8.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater, representing 15 percent of all properties with a mortgage and an estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity. Nevada HOA Liens Extinguish First Deed of Trust By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer October 22, 2014 Las Vegas real estate investors and mortgage lenders are squaring off in Nevada in a dispute that could ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Should You Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA? By Joshua Geary October 15, 2014 In order to make a real estate investment with your IRA, you need to make sure your IRA is with the right type of custodian, one that will allow you to make alternative investments. Will Fewer Mortgages Drive Immigration Reform? By Peter Miller, Contributor October 15, 2014 When it comes to real estate it seems foolish to leave $500 billion on the table but that’s pretty much the situation. Why? Because of the failure to attract more Hispanic buyers, the one group most likely to power future home sales and mortgage borr Real Estate Crowdfunding Poised to Re-invent Private Money Financing By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President October 14, 2014 Jilliene Hellman founded the real estate crowdfunding website RealtyMogul in 2013, not long after legislation passed making it easier to raise funds for business ventures through the Internet. New HUD Chief Castro Promoting Homeownership By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer October 13, 2014 Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro wants to make it easier for more Americans to buy a home. Best College Towns for Buying Rentals, Flipping in 2014 By Ginny Walker October 7, 2014 RealtyTrac has ranked the top 10 college towns for buying rental properties, and the top 10 college towns for flipping in 2014. See if your favorite college town made the list. Print Email

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