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Tiff over mortgage insurance refund

Q: My husband and I purchased a home in October of 2010 using an FHA mortgage through Bank of America. We had a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a PMI requiring "up-front" money of $4,635.61 and a monthly premium. Luckily we were able to sell our previous home which was mortgage free and, together with savings, paid off this mortgage in February 2013 - about 28 months into the 30-year commitment. Looking at the FHA/HUD website it states that a refund of some of the premium money is available if the following three criteria are met:

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Construction spending up 0.5% n May

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spending on residential housing rose in May to the highest level in 4½ years, helping to send overall construction spending higher despite a big drop in nonresidential activity.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Rylan Tinsley of the Weston Ranch Major All Stars beats the throw to Trent Prokes on Wednesday in a

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government said Monday that it has received $66.3 billion in dividend payments from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after both reported stronger earnings at the start of the year.

July 04, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Oakwood Shores obtains $9.4M construction loan

Sabal Financial Group, a diversified financial services firm specializing in real estate, lending and banking, has closed a construction loan in the amount of $9.4 million for Manteca's gated Oakwood Shores community.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Home prices will again reach 2006 levels

If the gains of the past 12 months in housing prices throughout the 209 region occurred prior to 2006, there would be dancing in the streets.

June 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE

Home prices rise in April by most in 7 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, the most since March 2006. More buyers and a limited supply of available homes have lifted prices in most cities across the country, a sign of a broad-based housing recovery.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Mortgage rates jump to 2-year high of 4.46% adding thousands to cost of buying home

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage rates have suddenly jumped from near-record lows and are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of buying a home.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Signed contracts for buying existing homes at 6-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years, a sign home sales will probably rise in the months ahead.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

How can lender dictate commission agreeement?

Q: I am a real estate lawyer in practice for over 36 years and in the last three months encountered a new situation for which I find troubling. Both closings I conducted were lot purchases as part of a construction/perm loan. In both cases the realtors were to split a 10% commission. The lenders were not the same. The lenders, citing a fed regulation said the commission could not exceed 8%. How can a lender dictate the commission agreed to by the seller and realtors neither of whom have any relationship with the lenders? Hal.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

New home sales hit fastest pace in 5 years; up 2.1% from April

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

What’s the deal with ‘Coming Soon’ signs?

Boys: And I start with just 'boys' to see if you both are men enough to put my letter in print. Here goes my question for you... I have seen over the last few years different real estate signs in front of homes that say "COMING SOON" and very often never see a real "FOR SALE" sign go up. Honestly, I very seldom, if ever, thought much about the coming soon until my husband and I recently began searching for a home to buy. We saw a coming soon sign in a neighborhood in which we have always wanted to ...

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Improvements for multi-generational smart homes

The American family continues to evolve, with multiple generations living under the same roof in more households than any time since the Great Depression. Of America's 76 million households, 5.6 percent (4.3 million) were multi-generational as of 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeowners are finding it's more important than ever to ensure every home improvement project delivers benefits for every member of the family - children, parents and grandparents.

June 27, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Cool ways to enjoy your outdoor spaces through heat of summer

When warm weather arrives, does your family head outdoors to enjoy your patio or deck? Do they then turn around and head right back into the air-conditioned comfort when summer sun and temperatures make outdoor living spaces too hot to handle?

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

30-year loan rate falls to 3.93%

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. mortgage rates fell for the first time in seven week, keeping the average on the 30-year fixed loan just under 4 percent. But rates are expected to surge next week, as markets respond to Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments that the Federal Reserve will likely reduce its bond purchases later this year.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Banks fall short in effort to help struggling owners

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation's top mortgage servicers, according to a report released Wednesday. Such delays can plunge borrowers deeper in debt.

June 20, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

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USA housing recovery divided on age, race, place

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the most profitable time to sell a house since the Great Recession started in late 2007. But first-time buyers are increasingly ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Average rate on 30-year mortgage jumps to 3.87%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose sharply this week amid growing expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Wood improves indoor air quality

A recent Life Cycle Analysis of wood flooring conducted by the University of Wisconsin supports this belief. The study compared five different floor coverings in ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Wells Fargo to pay $81.6M to homeowners in bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $81.6 million to settle claims that it failed to notify homeowners in bankruptcy of ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Water damage caused by you cleaning appliances can clean out wallet

Being a homeowner means being vigilant. From the roof to the foundation, you need to keep a close eye on your house to guard against ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Fannie Mae posts $2B profit for 3Q

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $2 billion for the July-September period, down from $3.9 billion a year earlier.

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Natural light helps save money

Wild seasonal temperature changes and the high utility bills extreme temperatures can cause - no wonder a change in season can make many Americans feel down ...

November 06, 2015 | | HOME SCENE


With sales of new and existing homes remaining slow nationwide, many homeowners are looking for ways to add value now. Installing stylish interior doors and ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Home rental prices rose at slower pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. home rental market cooled in September. The slowdown hit major hubs of the energy industry such as Dallas, Houston and ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

In San Francisco, high rents matched by rising incomes

WASHINGTON (AP) - San Francisco has outlandishly high rents - among the highest in the nation - yet a striking number of tenants there can afford to plunk ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

US home values and rents defying global slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. housing appears to be insulated so far from the cooling global economy.

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Turn to nature for color inspiration

The colors are blooming outside and chances are you're feeling inspired to add some color inside your home as well. Using nature as your ...

October 30, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Wright house aimed at wider audience rediscovered in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Linda McQuillen long wondered whether her 1917 home had any connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, thinking at best maybe one of his ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

Chef-centered kitchen

Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades ...

October 09, 2015 | | HOME SCENE

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