What Parents Look for When Shopping for a New Home

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Open floor plans help parents keep tabs on kids, while a mudroom and home office nook offer more interaction with less clutter. Today’s family is looking for more than just a good school system or upscale neighborhood. The layout of the home is fast becoming a top priority. While square footage and outdoor areas have always been major considerations, the configuration of the home is now taking precedence. According to Marketwatch, a leading innovator in business news and personal finan...
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FHA ANNOUNCES NEW LOAN LIMITS TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1ST

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188 Counties Loan Limits rose from the 2015 Limit WASHINGTON - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced the agency's new schedule of loan limits for 2016. These loan limits are effective for case numbers assigned on or after January 1, 2016, and will remain in effect through the end of the year.  Read FHA's mortgagee letters (for forward and reverse mortgage programs). Due to changes in housing prices, the maximum loan limits for forward mortgages increased in 188 counties....
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Is The Sacramento Housing Market Inching Closer to Stability

According to a resent story from DSNEWS.com Following a slower than expected summer, the U.S. housing market made up some ground in September as most major indicators inched closer to stability. Freddie Mac released its latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), revealing a 0.5 percent uptick in September to a reading of 74.4 after months of slight declines. The most recent improvement puts the index a few points short of the lower threshold for a market considered to be in "stable" territor...
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RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon takes flight for Field and Fair Day in Lodi

By Christina Cornejo/News-Sentinel Staff Writer| 1 comment In the early hours of Labor Day morning, visitors young and old watched a large hot air balloon slowly inflate. A blue, white and red RE/MAX balloon was laid out in the center of the West Lawn at Hutchins Street Square. Volunteers stretched out what is known as the envelope — the part that fills with hot air — while a powerful fan pushed air inside. Pilot Dave Wakefield walked around inspecting each side and pulling the vinyl fabric o...
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RE/MAX Gold Agent Jan Zebley celebrates her 25th year in real estate.

What's in a Team? Team Zebley knows...it's hard work. For the Jan Zebley Team of RE/MAX Gold in Roseville, 'Hard Work Never Goes Out Of Style' Jan Zebley and her professional team are committed to serving buyers and sellers with integrity, hard work, and dedication. 2014 marks a milestone in Jan’s career as she celebrates her 25th year in real estate. This 25th anniversary brings much celebration with the recent announcement that Zebley has sold more homes than any other woman belonging t...
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CoreLogic: Falling Foreclosure Inventory in June

CoreLogic published its monthly National Foreclosure Report with data from June 2014, which indicates that foreclosure inventory is down 35 percent from June last year. Foreclosures fell from 54,000 to 49,000 on a year-over-year basis. The report further indicated that foreclosure inventory in the United States shrank for 17 consecutive months as of June 2014 and fell below 650,000 homes by the end of that month, but the month-over-month rate of decline in inventory is not expected to last. ...
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Will Aging Baby Boomers Downsize from Single-Family Homes?

Baby Boomers, as a focus of study for their effect on the housing market, have been an underserved population, according to a blog post written by Trulia's Jed Kolko. He investigated whether baby boomer downsizing—selling a single-family home in order to move into a multi-family unit—could be a future trend in the housing market. He believes that this shift away from single-family homes is unlikely for two reasons: baby boomers are still years away from the age of downsizing, and long-term tren...
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312,000 Properties Regain Equity in Q1 2014

CoreLogic released an analysis of residential properties in the first quarter of 2014, focusing specifically on homes with negative equity. The company found that more than 300,000 homes returned to positive equity in the quarter, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity to more than 43 million. Negative equity, more commonly known as a home being "underwater," means borrowers owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth. The company cites decline...
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‘I’m too afraid to sell my home’

In hot real estate markets all over the country, homeowners are feeling stuck: They know they can get top dollar if they sell their home, but fear they will have no place to go if they leave. The concern: An ongoing shortage of available homes for sale in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., has made it extremely difficult for buyers to find homes they want to move into -- or can afford. "One of the things we hear all the time is, 'I'm afraid to se...
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Cash Sales Made up 40 Percent of Total Home Sales.

Cash sales made up 40.2 percent of total home sales in February 2014, down from 43.7 percent the previous year and 40.8 percent the previous month. Cash sales share comparisons should be made on a year-over-year basis due to the seasonal nature of the housing market , and by that measurement, the trend in cash sales is clearly down. Prior to the housing crisis, the cash sales share of total home sales averaged approximately 25 percent. The peak occurred in January 2011, when cash transactions ma...
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