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Closing Costs Checklist

Many of the home buyers and sellers have questions about closing cost.  I just found a website called Closing.com that provides very easy to understand explanations.

Closing Costs Checklist | ClosingTalk.

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7-1-10 Market Matters Newsletter

Welcome to C.A.R.’s Market Matters, your weekly market response guide.

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CNN Money

Home buyer credit extension heads to Obama

Congress passed a bill this week extending the deadline to close escrow and qualify for the federal home buyers tax credit.  President Obama is expected to sign the bill extending the deadline to Sept. 30, 2010, instead of its original June 30 deadline.

MAKING SENSE OF THE STORY FOR CONSUMERS

  • The bill extends the deadline to close escrow for home buyers who entered into a home purchase contract by the April 30 deadline.  First-time buyers may be eligible to receive up to $8,000 and qualified existing homeowners may receive up to $6,500 if the home buyer closes escrow by Sept. 30.
  • Home buyers entering into sales contracts May 1 or later are not eligible for the federal tax credit, but they may qualify for the California home buyer tax credit.
  • The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® worked closely with members of Congress to extend the deadline.  Estimates from NAR show nearly 180,000 home buyers nationwide would have missed out on the tax credit if the deadline was not extended, including nearly 17,700 home buyers in California.
  • Many of the home buyers who would have missed out on the tax credit are in the midst of purchasing a short sale or foreclosure, which generally take longer to close due to the amount of paperwork involved in the transaction.

To read the full story, please click here:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/30/news/economy/homebuyer_tax_credit/index.htm

In Other News…

The Los Angeles Times

Deeds-in-lieu gain favor with lenders as alternative to foreclosure
Short sales have been the hot solution for financially stressed homeowners and their lenders for the last year, but there’s another potent foreclosure alternative that’s about to take center stage: Deeds-in-lieu.

To read the full story, please click here:

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-harney-20100627-5,0,370257.story

The Sacramento Bee

California to offer program to trim underwater mortgages

Lots of people will want to get in on this one: California is going to use federal money to pay down the mortgages of struggling homeowners.

To read the full story, please click here:

http://www.sacbee.com/2010/06/24/2844866/california-to-offer-program-to.html

The New York Times

VA loans harder to get

Military veterans have long been accustomed to a relatively easy mortgage process.  Even borrowers with no down payment or a low credit score were usually granted VA loans, in large part because the Dept. of Veterans Affairs insures a quarter of the loan amount.

To read the full story, please click here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/realestate/27mort.html?ref=realestate

Bloomberg

IRS audits block 10 percent of first-time home buyer credits

The Internal Revenue Service blocked almost 10 percent of U.S. claims for the first-time home buyer tax credit after receiving erroneous or fraudulent filings, according to a report today.

To read the full story, please click here:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-23/irs-blocks-almost-10-of-first-time-u-s-homebuyer-tax-credits-after-audit.html

The Wall Street Journal

How far underwater do borrowers sink before walking away?

At what point do borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth decide to stop paying the mortgage?

To read the full story, please click here:

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2010/06/28/how-far-underwater-do-borrowers-sink-before-walking-away/

CNN Money

Home prices up 3.8 percent in April – but don’t celebrate

Home prices rose 0.8 percent in April compared with March and were up 3.8 percent from a year ago, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of 20 major housing markets.

To read the full story, please click here:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/29/real_estate/april_home_prices/index.htm?hpt=T2

The Los Angeles Times

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Importance of Home Warranty – Make sure to put it in on ALL of your offers

I am a BIG believer in Home Warranty.  I encourage all of my buyers and sellers to obtain home warranties simply because the GOOD warranty companies can save the buyers and sellers a lot of headaches during and after a transaction.

Many home sellers might not know that they are actually eligible for purchasing a seller’s policy that will cover the property during escrow period if they do not already have home warranty for their home.

I personally have home warranty on the house that we live in.

Feel free to ask Madelyn or me if any of you have any questions.

 
 
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