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Archive | October, 2011

It’s Simple: Now Is the Time to Buy a Home

“The millionaire says to a thousand people, ‘I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.’ Guess how many go out and get the book? Very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why wouldn’t everyone get the book? A mystery of life.” – Jim Rohn

Mr. Rohn explains that if we want to make the right financial decisions in our lives, we should depend on the same sources the wealthy read. This past month four different iconic financial resources said the same thing:

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Underwater Refinance Program Expanded

At a campaign stop in Nevada on Monday, President Obama announced an expansion of the HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) which would eliminate the current maximum LTV of 125%. The initiative is being looked at as a way to reward those homeowners who have been good payers of their mortgages but, because of declining home values, they could not take advantage of today’s lower interest rates.

While the actual details on the program will not be released until next month, here’s the buzz:

  • It will only pertain to loans currently being serviced by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
  • Because of the removal of the LTV cap, appraisals may not be required
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Will the 30 Year Mortgage Disappear?

The federal government is reconsidering their involvement in the home mortgage process. They plan to still ‘guarantee’ certain mortgages. However, they appear to be redefining what they consider a ‘qualified purchaser’. They are discussing stricter lending guidelines in four different areas:

  1. The type of mortgage
  2. The minimum down payment
  3. The debt ratios of the buyer
  4. The FICO score of the purchaser

Today, we want to look at #1.

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Housing Affordability: Price to Income

Today, we are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit

Dr. Johnson will also be speaking at NAR’s Conference and Expo in Anaheim. For more information click here. – The KCM Crew

The Research

The resale of existing homes fell 3 percent in September according to the National Association of Realtors.[i] A new wave of foreclosures is scheduled to hit the U.S. housing markets.[ii] Homeownership levels experienced their largest decline since the Great Depression.[iii] Is there any good news about housing? Are there any signs of life in the U.S. property markets?

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Long Term Benefits of Buying vs Renting [INFOGRAPHIC]

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