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Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

From young, qualified first-time home buyers to 50-and-olders, moving, up, over or down, a new breed of buyer is descending upon the Silicon Valley Housing market. 

They’ve worked hard to save, they have solid jobs and they are qualified to buy big.

But offer them what they can really afford and they’ll give you the thumbs down.

They are the new financial conservatives.

They’d rather not be house poor.

They can afford much more, but they want less — less square footage, a smaller energy bill, fewer cleaning and maintenance headaches, but most importantly, less to pay out on the monthly mortgage.

They want a simpler, smaller American Dream.

It’s all about the “more” that comes with the “less.”

Read More on Realty Times…

The Changing Landscape of Single-Family Homes

The Changing Landscape of Single-Family Homes

As household spending and income adapt to meet the needs of today’s economic conditions, new single-family home have followed suite. In a surprise divergence from recent trends, homes seem to be on a growth spurt again.

According to the latest Census Bureau data homes for the first half of 2011 new home being built were following this surprising trend. Data found that in comparison to 2010 the average size of homes grew along with the number of four+ bedroom homes.

This data is surprising considering that many potential homebuyers have been sidelined by high unemployment and weak economic growth…

Read More on Realty Times…

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac balk at mortgage-debt forgiveness

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac balk at mortgage-debt forgiveness

Nongovernment holders of delinquent mortgages are offering more payment plans with debt forgiveness as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac resist, according to the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Principal reductions were granted in 8.5 percent of the 116,153 delinquent mortgages that received permanent modifications in the fourth quarter, according to a report by the unit of the Treasury Department…

Debt forgiveness was included in 16 percent of loans held by private investors, 25 percent of loans held in bank portfolios and in none owned by the government-run companies.

Read More on The Seattle Times…

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