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One in three mortgage holders still underwater

One in three mortgage holders still underwater

Got that sinking feeling? Amid signs that the U.S. housing market is finally rising from a long slumber, real estate Web site Zillow reports that homeowners are still under water.

Nearly 16 million homeowners owed more on their mortgages than their home was worth in the first quarter, or nearly one-third of U.S. homeowners with mortgages. That’s a $1.2 trillion hole in the collective home equity of American households.

Despite the temptation to just walk away and mail back the keys, nine of 10 underwater borrowers are making their mortgage and home loan payments on time. Only 10 percent are more than 90 days delinquent.

Read More on MSNBC…

Are you a struggling homeowner? Check out our Avoiding Foreclosure section for resources and tips.

Housing market shows early signs of healing

Housing market shows early signs of healing

A spring growth spurt continues to bloom in the housing market.

Existing-home sales rose 3.4 percent from March to April with tight supplies in markets like Miami helping to seed the rejuvenation, according to National Association of Realtors data released today.

Year over year, home sales were 10 percent higher in April while median home prices touched $177,400, a 10.1 percent spike from April 2011, the NAR said.

Read More on MSNBC…

Are you planning to buy a home? Now is a great time with this market and interest rates so low! Check out our Homeownership Simplified section a for information & tips on buying a house in Washington State as well as our handy calculators to figure out potential mortgages, closing costs, and more!

US sales of previously occupied homes up in April

US sales of previously occupied homes up in April

Americans bought more previously owned homes in April, a hopeful sign that the weak housing market is gradually improving.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that home sales rose 3.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million.

Home sales have rebounded after falling in March and are near the pace from January and February, which was the best winter for sales in five years. Still, sales are well below the nearly 6 million per year that economists equate with healthy markets.

Read More on The Seattle Times…

Two easy ways to pay your mortgage off early

Two easy ways to pay your mortgage off early

A lot of homeowners want to pay off their mortgages before the end of the loan term. This is especially true for borrowers who want to repay their home loans before retirement. There are a number of ways to accomplish a mortgage payoff.

The two easiest ways to put more money toward a mortgage are to set up automatic payments from a bank account or use the lender’s website, explains Jerald Banwart, senior vice president of customer operations at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines, Iowa.

Read More on the Seattle Times…

Helpful Information About Closing Costs and Escrow!

Helpful Information About Closing Costs and Escrow!

Confused about closing costs, escrow, and all that fun stuff?

Check out our helpful video and follow the adventures of Bob and Sally as they learn about all the closing costs involved in buying a home!

Click here to learn even more about Closing Costs and Escrow!