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Which Real Estate Markets Should You Speculate In?

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  Notice the title of this article: I did not say, “invest,” I said, “speculate.” There is a big difference between the two. In terms of investments in the real estate space, we already know where the hotspots are. These are markets like Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco that have shown very robust growth rates in average home ... Read More »

Three Signs Tech Stocks Can Trigger the Next Market Collapse

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Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average seems to be racking up records almost every single week (before dropping), it’s natural for market players to start thinking of the next phase in the market. The next phase is no surprise. We’re talking about a correction. What’s left to be determined is the type of correction. We’ve had corrections that led ... Read More »

Precious Metals Show Exciting Signs

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In addition to the Netherlands withdrawing its gold deposits from overseas storage facilities, Germany has followed suit. Normally, this kind of news would simply be another blip on the global financial radar. Most investors would probably overlook this development. However, these latest moves do signal that something strange and exciting is afoot in the global precious metals market. The sector ... Read More »

Existing Home Sales Hit One-Year High

Existing Home Sales Hit One-Year High

Sales of existing homes in the U.S. reached their highest level in a year last month in the latest sign that the housing market is finally shaking off the shock of last year’s climb in mortgage rates. Sales of existing homes rose 1.5% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million, according to the National Association of ... Read More »

Mortgage Rates Today: Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Sun Trust Bank (November 20)

Mortgage Rates Today: Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Sun Trust Bank (November 20)

  Mortgage rates have moved lower for many popular loan products this week, particularly fixed-rate mortgages. Thursday Bank of America Mortgage Rates Bank of America advertises the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage today at 4.000% with a 4.112% APR. The 20-year fixed loan is published at a lower 3.875% on Thursday with a 3.997% APR. Buyers can lock into a shorter-term ... Read More »

Today’s Mortgage Rates at Bank of America, Sun Trust and Wells Fargo (November 19)

Today's Mortgage Rates at Bank of America, Sun Trust and Wells Fargo (November 19)

  Mortgage rates are largely flat on Wednesday, November 19, although rates have moved down slightly this week for some fixed-rate loans. Today’s Bank of America Rates Bank of America advertises both the 30-year and 20-year fixed rate mortgages at 4.000% today, although the shorter-term loan carries a slightly lower APR. The popular 15-year fixed purchase loan is published at ... Read More »

Dollar At Seven-Year High Versus Yen

Dollar At Seven-Year High Versus Yen

The dollar strengthened to a seven-year high against the yen while Treasuries dropped as investors speculated Federal Reserve minutes will indicate policy makers are optimistic about the economy. Meanwhile, U.S. stocks dropped from all-time highs. “The yen has not been so weak against the dollar in real terms — that is, if you factor in inflation — since the 1980s,” ... Read More »

FHA Loan Insurance Fund is in the Black Again

FHA Loan Insurance Fund is in the Black Again

The federal government’s mortgage insurance premium posted the first positive balance in two years following several increases to premiums charged to homeowners and cutting losses on mortgages. The Federal Housing Administration projects a $4.8 billion value for the 2014 fiscal year, an independent analysis said this week. The FHA’s balance sheet moved back into the black after the Mutual Mortgage ... Read More »

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