(MCT)—Cabin fever is taking hold across a huge chunk of the country these days. In communities such as mine, where plowing is what you do to the north 40 in early spring and salt is shaken only on food, confinement because of icy streets and sidewalks can be prolonged. And long-term confinement increases exposure to…
Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates mixed with the fixed-rate products moving higher for the fourth consecutive week, while adjustable rate mortgages eased. Results show that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.37 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February…
A: Yes. A comparative market analysis and an appraisal are the two most common and reliable ways to determine a home’s value. Your real estate agent can provide a comparative market analysis, an informal estimate of value based on the recent selling price of similar neighborhood properties. Reviewing comparable homes that have sold within the…
The national negative equity rate ended 2013 below 20 percent for the first time in years, dipping to 19.4 percent of all homeowners with a mortgage, according to the fourth quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. Nationally, more than 9.8 million homeowners remain underwater, owing more on their mortgage than their home is worth. Negative equity…
By Camille Salama The share of U.S. homeowners who owe more on a home than it’s worth has dropped below 20 percent for the first time in years, according to Zillow’s fourth quarter Negative Equity Report. As home values have continued to rise over the past year, millions of so-called “underwater” homeowners have come…
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San Pedro's own Keller Williams LA Harbor Realtor, Catherine Bennison was recently featured on the popular HGTV series House Hunters Renovation, as she deftly leads a young couple through the purchase and remodel of their first home in the South Shores area of San Pedro, CA.
"In the episode entitled 'A Shabby Kitchen Gets a Part-Modern, Part-Beachy Overhaul,' we find…Continue
The 1950's. Now that was an era. I think today's America, the new America, was actually born in the '50s. I was fortunate enough to be born in Burbank, CA on April 4, 1950 and I still remember much of the '50s.
We lived in North Hollywood, CA and grew up just like the kids in the movie "Sandlot" (1993). It was pick-up baseball games, football,…Continue
When President Obama was pressed by Barbara Walters in a November 22nd interview about the failed roll-out of Obamacare and his legacy, he responded by saying "the good thing about when you're down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up."
His response begs the question, where do Americans go when they're down? What do we do? How do we…Continue
AtHomeSense.com Guest Contributor - The U.S. government has just passed a new law called: "The affordable boat act" declaring that every citizen MUST purchase a new boat, by April 2014. The online Affordable Boat Exchange (ABE) website has been set up for all to register for a boat at their convenience. We have hired the most incompetent federal lobbing companies to setup the Affordable…Continue