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The interest rate for a large jumbo mortgage is now less than the rate for a smaller conventional loan. The increase in rate for conventional loans, combined with banks seeking jumbo mortgages for their portfolios, has created a situation in ...

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Income of $125,000 needed to buy San Francisco home (access required)

The income required to purchase a median-priced home in today’s market depends largely on location and varies quite a bit across the country. In Cleveland, you could earn $22,000 a year and still afford a house, but in San Francisco, ...

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Seniors healthier when they own home (access required)

A new study has revealed that seniors who own their homes are much more likely to enjoy good health and a generally good life during their senior years than those who rent their residences. The study was sponsored by the ...

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FHA commissioners defend actions (access required)

At a recent gathering of commissioners, strong support for the Federal Housing Administration was expressed. Lawmakers in Congress who are raising alarms about the FHA needing a bailout and supporting legislation to change the way it does business are missing ...

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Refinancing expected to decline by 57 percent (access required)

The volatility of mortgages is clearly seen by the latest origination projections released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The trade group announced recently that it expects to see $1.2 trillion in mortgage originations during 2014, a 32 percent decline ...

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