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Author Archives: Graziella Steele

Zillow launches predictive tool on home values (access required)

Zillow has released a new predictive tool that helps consumers estimate the future value of a home. Called the Zestimate forecast, the tool predicts a home’s value change over the next 12 months in both dollars and as a percentage. ...

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Mixed messages from Americans on housing (access required)

Despite continued improvement in the housing market, Americans’ attitudes about the health of the economy and housing reflect continued uncertainty. In its monthly survey, Fannie Mae asked 1,000 consumers about their feelings about homeownership and their household finances. Overall, the ...

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Banks target retailers for credit fraud losses (access required)

Like bankers across the country, Dan Price saw Mountain West Bank take a direct hit after security breaches at Target and other retailers in recent months. Mountain West had to replace about 2,800 credit and debit cards after it was ...

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Loan program’s payment resets may lead to foreclosures (access required)

Some homeowners who got a lifeline from the federal government through a loan modification program are about to get a rude awakening as interest rates on the loans – and the payments – start to rise this year. Most payments ...

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National Association of Realtors wants lenders to loosen up (access required)

As the housing market continues to recover, tough mortgage requirements are preventing some buyers from entering the market, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. In its 2013 profile of homebuyers and sellers, the association found that ...

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