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The Seattle Times Real-Estate Calendar – January

The Seattle Times Real-Estate Calendar – January

Click here for information on upcoming real-estate classes, seminars, and events for the January and beyond in 2012. Includes first-time homebuyer classes, foreclosure solutions, and listings for non-profit housing assistance.

Experts see rebound in home prices by 2013

Experts see rebound in home prices by 2013

 … The Zinths are wading back into a U.S. housing market where prices may fall further under the weight of foreclosures and not rebound until 2013, even as the economy builds momentum and mortgage rates fall to record lows, according to a survey of 109 economists released this week by Seattle-based Zillow.

When values do rise, the gains probably won’t match those seen in the years before the bursting of the bubble in 2006….

Read Story on The Seattle Times…

Mortgage deals available might surprise you

Mortgage deals available might surprise you

Could gloomy popular assumptions about how tough it is to get approved for a mortgage be scaring away large numbers of people who are qualified from even applying?

Could the same worries — I can’t come up with the big down payment I need, my credit scores are too low, my bank account has almost none of the “reserves” lenders want to see — put a needless damper on a housing recovery in the new year?

You bet. Lenders and economists will tell you flat out: The lack of accurate information about the availability of loan programs that are designed to address special needs is discouraging far too many consumers from even considering an application, much less shopping around.

Read More on The Seattle Times…

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Home prices keep falling in Seattle, October index shows

Home prices keep falling in Seattle, October index shows

Any momentum that the beleaguered Seattle housing market might have built up over the summer seems to have evaporated, according to a closely watched index of home prices.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index, released Tuesday, showed that prices in Seattle slipped an additional 1 percent in October from September, bringing the local index back down to where it was this spring…

… But Seattle wasn’t alone: Home prices fell in October in 19 of the 20 major cities tracked by the Case-Shiller index. And the October decline locally was a bit less than the 1.2 percent average drop.

Read More on the Seattle Times…

Sometimes it makes sense to refinance into an ARM

Sometimes it makes sense to refinance into an ARM

Low mortgage rates have many homeowners rushing to refinance, and the vast majority of those borrowers opt for fixed-rate home loans. Yet for some homeowners, an adjustable-rate mortgage can be a financially savvy choice.

Nowadays, adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, appeal to two groups of borrowers. The first group consists of homeowners who need jumbo loans, above the conforming loan limit of $417,000 in most markets or $625,500 in high-cost housing markets. Many of these borrowers want to keep their payments as low as possible when they refinance, so they’re attracted to lower-rate ARMs.

The second group comprises homeowners who have firm plans to sell their homes in a few years because of scheduled job transfers or retirement.

Read More on The Seattle Times…

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