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Housing loans with a green touch

The Seattle Times: Housing loans with a green touch

If you’ve been looking for a way to pay for energy improvements to your house, two little-publicized new mortgage programs could provide the cash you need.

Both the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and mortgage investor Fannie Mae recently launched startups in the energy-conservation arena.

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Buyers should do homework early on home warranties

The Seattle Times: Buyers should do homework early on home warranties

Home sellers hoping to close a deal sometimes agree to purchase home warranties to give their buyers peace of mind.

Prospective homeowners, however, should do their homework to make sure the policies, which typically cover the major mechanicals and appliances for one year after the sale, will actually help, say consumer-protection experts.

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BofA opens office for foreclosure alternatives



The Seattle Times: BofA opens office for foreclosure alternatives

Bank of America announced Wednesday it had opened an office in Seattle to allow distressed homeowners whose mortgages it services to meet face to face with specialists and consider alternatives to foreclosure.

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Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage falls to 4.78%

MSNBC: Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage falls to 4.78%

Fixed mortgage rates dipped this week, with the rate on the 30-year loan staying under 5 percent and the 15-year loan falling below 4 percent.

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Home prices ebb further as industry struggles

MSNBC: Home prices ebb further as industry struggles

Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and at least 10 major markets are at their lowest point since the housing bubble burst.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index shows price declines in 19 cities from January to February. The index fell for the seventh straight month.

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