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People are freaking out over possible loss of mortgage deductions

It’s not going to happen. But people are freaking out anyway about the possible loss of their mortgage-interest tax deductions. OK, maybe Congress will do something sensible, like limiting the deductions to primary homes only. But let’s face it: Americans would go bonkers if they didn’t have that deduction. Therefore … File under: End of […]



WSJ: Median down payments on the rise

From today’s Wall Street Journal article “Banks Push Home Buyers To Put Down More Cash”: The median down payment in nine major U.S. cities rose to 22% last year on properties purchased through conventional mortgages, according to an analysis for the Wall Street Journal by real-estate portal Zillow.com. That percentage doubled in three years and […]



Unique financing behind Quincy $1.3 billion downtown renovation

The website Real Estate Channel has a concise piece on Quincy’s huge downtown renovation plan. The piece sheds a little more light on the financing of the plan, which calls for the city to overtake project debt only after revenue is generated from tenants, parking fees, etc. It’s probably not totally unique, but it is […]



Appraisal problems

Rona has an interesting post on the crazy appraisal market out there. But there seems to be one missing component in the final analysis: Sellers who have overly high expectations about prices. Whether as a buyer, seller or appraiser, what are you seeing out there in the appraisal market? It seems to be a little […]



More post-tax credit numbers (sigh)

First the good news: Mortgage refinancing applications are up, thanks to low interest rates and improved fluidity in the markets. Now the bad news: New-purchase mortgage applications are down, despite low interest rates and improved fluidity in the markets. File under: April’s showers bring May flowers drought… Continue reading



Lower mortgage rates: Unlikely to help

Mortgage rates continue to fall. Will they significantly boost home sales? Not likely, says this Barrons report. In the past, current and potential homebuyers would have jumped at these rates, the piece says. But we’re now in a deflationary period, and people are reluctant to buy if they think the value of their underlying asset […]



Mortgage-delinquency rate hits record high

The mortgage-delinquency rate may be easing across the country, but not in Massachusetts. It’s once again at a record high. What gives? Isn’t the Massachusetts housing market supposed to be in better shape than the rest of the nation? There might be an explanation: MBA researcher Mike Fratantoni blamed Bay State borrowers’ blues on everything […]



The Taxman cometh and goeth

Scott unloads on the IRS for launching a crackdown on abuses of the new home tax-credit program. It seems millions of dollars have been lost to scammers across the country who took the money and scrammed. So what does the IRS do? It cracks down on everyone else. Some of its new filing procedures are […]



‘Barney Frank: Fannie, Freddie Bye Bye’

Congressman Barney Frank of Newton wants to abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That’s not a big surprise. But it’s not clear how they might be replaced, if at all, and the impact on the entire housing industry… Continue reading



Missing documents

Have you ever wondered why it’s been so hard and slow to sort out the mortgage foreclosure mess in the U.S.? Part of the reason can be summed up in two words: missing documents. Two European banks have sued Bank of America over their mortgage investments, claiming they at least want back some of the… […]



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