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The Wild Ride of Interest Rates

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By Jason O’Neil Sit tight. Last week mortgage interest rates jumped drastically. Some say without warning, but then again, most have been preaching for months, if not years, that rates can’t stay this low. Can they? Why did they rise? Is Wall Street fed up? Was the Federal Reserve testing the market’s tolerance with some well thought out comments?  “The …

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Quick Facts You Need To Know About The Mortgage Interest Deduction

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By Sam DeBord When talking to associates and the public about real estate topics, it’s important to be educated on the issues that we value most as REALTORS®.  Government fiscal and tax policy can be confusing issues that many REALTORS® don’t feel they have time for. Still, anyone working in the industry is bound to strike up a conversation that leads …

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Don’t Write Off Mortgage Write-Offs

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By Brent Wayne As one of the most effective tax shields of any deduction, the mortgage insurance tax write-off is essential to the protection of the middle class, especially in a volatile economy of uncertainty. Despite their considerable differences on other issues, the legislative and executive branches seemed to come together to protect the mortgage insurance write off for the …

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Free Tips Help Buyers Find the Right Home Loan

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By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic Fixed- or adjustable-rate mortgage? How do you answer that perennial buyer question? Get the 411 on finding the right home loan—including eight questions buyers should ask themselves before choosing an adjustable-rate mortgage—from the free August “Financing Your Home Purchase” article package now at the REALTOR® Content Resource. Here’s just some of the information …

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Tricks and Treats for the Real Estate Market

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By Heather Soldonia More scary than mummies, black cats, or cobwebs is the looming question: Has the real estate market bottomed out? We REALTORS® have been asking Congress “Trick or Treat? … Please come up with some creative ways to revive the real estate market. Pretty please?” When Forbes reported the 10 worst real estate markets of 2009, eight were …