Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Real Estate

HOME VALUESHousing's hottest markets

REAL ESTATEHome prices dip Existing-home prices fell in August for the first time in 11 years.•

Bakersfield once hot, now cold

Census survey looks at the biggest winning cities in home values from 2000 to 2005.• Ready for 'me' time at homeFishy rehab-at-closing schemeThe condo-investment hangover

TRENDSLiving it up by living smallDefying trends, some homeowners have decided to do more with less.• Using design to ease downsizingThe weeHouse way

INSURANCEOverpaying on the house Homeowners' claims behavior may be costing them hundreds of dollars on policies.

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MORTGAGESShouldering a big burden
Facing payments that could double, holders of option ARMs now find their choices limited.• Legal cash back at closing

Senate hears of loan confusion

Dip in gas prices should ease winter heating bills WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The recent drop seen in natural gas prices is likely to help soften U.S. consumer heating bills this winter, the

American Gas Association said at a briefing on Monday.

Realty Q&A: More tricky ways mortgage fraudsters seek to prosper WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Question: I have read your articles and enjoy them and learn from them. Now I have a question. A "friend" has $300,000 in equity in his house. A broker asks him to flip to another mortgage, guaranteeing him a $6,000 dollar profit every three months if every three months he agrees to do this. Also, the broker agrees to take care of all the cost; "friend" pays nothing, zip, zero, nada. How is it possible? Sean.

U.S. mortgages hold at 7-month lows CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Mortgage rates held at seven-month lows this week, propelling a round of refinancing, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey released Thursday.

Who's exposed to the housing chill? Look around your home SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- It's not just homeowners and homebuilders that have a lot to lose if tremors roiling the real estate market turn into a full-scale quake.Contractors see their prices rising faster than inflation Pending-home sales rise 4.3% in August Can U.S. curb the mortgage frenzy that puts homeowners at risk?
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