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Manufactured Housing: A Messy Picture
May 19, 2003, Revised February 14, 2005 What Is a Manufactured House? A manufactured home is built entirely in a factory, transported to a site, and installed there. It is distinguished from "modular", "panelized", and "pre-cut" homes, ... more...

Lies Mortgage Shoppers Hear
    December 2, 2002, Revised July 16, 2004 "I am about to shop the market for the mortgage I need to finance my home purchase.  Is there a danger that people won?t tell me the truth?  Any lies I should look out for in particular ... more...

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Shared Appreciation Mortgage, SAMt
Shared Appreciation Mortgage, SAM A mortgage in which a borrower receives a below-market interest rate in return for which the lender (or another investor such as a family member or other partner) receives a portion of the future appreciation in the value of the property. May also ... more...

Section 8 Housing
Section 8 Housing The Section 8 program began during the Great Depression to increase the housing choices available to very low-income households by making privately-owned rental housing affordable to them. It provides rent subsidies, either rental certificates or vouchers, on ... more...

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First-time House Buyers: to Buy or Not to Buy; that is the Question
Buying your first house is always a difficult time. There are so many important decisions to make, and problems to be solved, which combine to make it one of the most stressful events that will occur in most peoples lives.Some of the most obvious problems include the need to:* find a suitable ... more...

The US Dollar Is Not Weak
In 2004, The USD Was Falling, But the Dollar Was Never Weak!Germany's long term economic policy has been to cultivate a permanent trade surplus by saving more, and consuming less. But there is another side to their trade surplus/high savings rate story. Growth in Germany is 1/3rd that in the US, ... more...

Mortgage Glossary - A Glossary of Mortgage Terms You Should Know
Acceleration Clause A clause in a mortgage defining that the entire outstanding balance can become due and payable should mortgage default occur. If the entire balance is not paid, the property will be foreclosed.Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) Mortgage with interest rates that may be adjusted by ... more...

Mortgage and UK Housing Markets Experience Fluctuations
Mortgage lenders and property agencies have just released their latest figures for the UK housing market displaying some conflicting results but the overall mood from analysts appears to be one of optimism for improvements in housing market activity. Property prices are on the rise again ... more...

Hurricane Katrina And The Impact On Real Estate Prices
In the wake of Hurricane Katrinas wide path of destruction, the real estate market will be affected perhaps in ways not fully understood or expected. If recent hurricane recovery history holds true there will be several good things to come out of all destruction. Lets hope so as those who live in ... more...

First-time House Buyers Still Finding It Tough to Get into the Market
Buying a house in the current housing market is tough. Becoming a first-time house buyer is very tough. Recent research by the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru (CIH) has show just how difficult it has become for people in Wales aged 20-39 to get a foothold on the housing ladder, as the gap ... more...

Housing Bubble, Interest Rates, Timber Costs; What Has Changed?
What has really changed in the housing market with regards to timber dumping from Canada, lumber costs since the Professional Building Magazine issue in Sept. 2001. How is this affecting the housing market or the predicted housing bubble burst which was suppose to cripple the economy. We have seen ... more...

Housing Bubbles and You
Are we in a housing bubble? To answer that question first we need to understand what a housing bubble actually is. A housing bubble is what happens when the there is a significant rise in the market that is mostly due to the expectation that the prices will continue to rise. The bubble will not ... more...

The Wealth Effect and Real Estate: the Pro's and Con's
Consumerism these days in both the United States and Canada is at its peak in light of the buoyant real estate market. Consumerism is a side-effect of capitalism - the good capitalism as Adam Smith might have called it. Consumerism is that particular economic niche where you find wealthy consumers ... more...

The Real Estate Cycle
The real estate cycle, like the business cycle, refers to the activity of the real estate market as it reacts to the forces of supply and demand.Supply and demand.When demand for a product, such as housing, exceeds the supply, the price for the product tends to increase. In real estate this ... more...

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