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April home prices rise in Seattle and other U.S. cities, but analysts cautious

April home prices rise in Seattle and other U.S. cities, but analysts cautious

Home prices in Seattle and most major U.S. metropolitan areas rose in April from the previous month — the first gain in eight months — boosted by an annual wave of spring buying. Analysts cautioned, however, that the increases may be temporary and don’t signal a rebound for the depressed home market.

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MetLife rises to top of reverse mortgage business

MetLife rises to top of reverse mortgage business

“MetLife, the biggest U.S. life insurer, is poised to become the No. 1 reverse-mortgage lender as Wells Fargo and Bank of America leave the market….

Demand for reverse mortgages contracted from record sales in 2009 after the housing slide eroded the home equity that seniors draw on to qualify for loans.”

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5 Home Upgrades That Add Value to Your Property

5 Home Upgrades That Add Value to Your Property

Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Naturally you want to do things not only to help maintain its value but possibly to increase it. Here are five home upgrades worth making, and most of them aren’t terribly expensive or difficult to do yourself—or with a little help.

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Freddie and Fannie offer summer deals

Freddie and Fannie offer summer deals

Looking for a deal where the home seller pledges in advance to contribute potentially thousands of dollars to your closing costs? If so, check out the summer sale terms available from two of the largest and most motivated sellers of foreclosed homes in the country: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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What to do when foreclosure looms

What to do when foreclosure looms

“Something unexpected and financially overwhelming has happened — you’ve gotten sick or your hours have been cut at work or you’ve taken on the increasingly expensive care of an elderly parent.

You may be able to keep up with the bills for a few months more, but unless the picture changes, you might miss a monthly mortgage payment very soon.

What should you do?”

Click here to read The Seattle Times story.

Be sure to also check out our Avoiding Foreclosure information for Washington Homeowners.