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Have Americans lost hope? The trust-deficit between them and their policymakers is distressingly large, with only 19 percent, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always or most of the time.
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Arizona’s economy continues to mend, spurred largely by people buying cars and parts. Newly released figures from the Department of Revenue show retail sales reported to the state in September topped $4.2 billion. That reflects purchases made in August.
Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made them more willing to invest in renovations that could boost the value of their homes even more in a rising market.
Once again, the sun is shining on the housing market in Phoenix. Arizona is attractive once again to buyers with retirement, and a warmer climate, on the horizon. In 2012, domestic migration climbed high as it had been in the past five years as Arizona welcomed 26,000 migrants from other states. Across the state, as mortgage rates are decreasing and home values rising, the housing market is enjoying an influx as baby boomers choose our sunny skies. Even local retirees are opting to downsize, placing their current homes up for sale in favor of less maintenance.
Do you belong to a union? Take advantage of your union membership and get money back when you buy a home. If you are an active or retired union member or the parent or child of one, you may be eligible for exclusive home financing benefits through a major lender.
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A recent change in federal housing guidelines could set the stage for up to 2.5 million formerly foreclosed homeowners and short salers to re-enter the housing market sooner rather than later.
How can you save $5,000 when you close on your new home and continue the savings for the life of the loan? It is very easy. FHA loans have become more and more expensive, so lenders have come up with conventional options to FHA financing. FHA continues to increase the cost of mortgage insurance premiums, which adds hundreds of dollars to the monthly mortgage payment pricing some buyers out of the market for a new home. Lenders are now offering 3 percent down conventional loans, which do not require 1.75 percent of the loan amount up front.
Rates are down and values are up, which most of us know is generally a good sign that it might be time to consider a refinance. However, there are several less obvious factors to consider that may also indicate that it’s a great time to refinance. Here are just a few:
Wells Fargo contributed $41,000 to 10 nonprofits to recognize the contributions the company’s Arizona team members have made to the groups. The contributions are made through Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Service Award program.
Ahwatukee Foothills has a great mix of housing products from condominiums to million-dollar custom estates. The overall market has seen an incredible bounce back in the last 12 months. The “Luxury Market” was the last to be hit and has been the last to recover. You may wonder how this segment of the market fares in comparison to performance across median single-family homes across the Valley.
You probably have thought about what you’d like to do during your retirement years. But all your plans probably depend, to at least some extent, on your financial situation. What happens if you reach the age at which you wish to retire and you just don’t have the money you thought you’d have?
Fall is almost officially here — and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering how summer went by so fast. Those trips to the lake or the beach are fading in memory now, giving way to helping kids with homework, raking leaves and the other rites of autumn. And just as your day-to-day tasks change with the seasons, so, too, will your money management and investment activities at different phases of your life.
Making the decision to purchase or refinance a home is one of those major decisions most of us only make a few times in our life. With so many mortgage options available to you, choosing the right lender can be agonizing.
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Americans’ confidence in the economy inched closer to a 5 1/2-year high on growing optimism that hiring and wages could pick up in coming months.
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 2013, file photo, a realty sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Gilbert, Ariz. Freddie Mac reports on mortgage rates for the past week on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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The program is called “Home in Five for Maricopa County.”
In the past month, there were only 162 new homes up for sale in Ahwatukee. Compared to 180 homes that came on the market in July of 2012, that is a 10 percent reduction in the number for homes priced up to $599,999.
President Barack Obama detailed his plan for helping the middle class achieve home ownership through five steps in front of a crowd of local political leaders and high school students at Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee Foothills today.
The number of homes sold in Ahwatukee this past month of June was slightly less than the previous month. We also saw about 18 percent less than the number of homes sold in June last year (2012).
The news continues to be good with our market trending upward. Combining the three area ZIP codes of 85044, 85045 and 85048, June property sales totaled 174, down 13 percent from last month but up 30 percent over June of 2012. The Median Sales Price in June was $263,900, up 9 percent over the prior year. Currently, the medium list price is $349,900, which is up 4 percent over last month and 31 percent over prior year same month (PYM). June 2013’s average sales price was $311,835, even with last month and up 14 percent over PYM. June 2013 sales were at their highest level compared to June of 2012 and 2011. June YTD sales of 910 are 11.2 percent ahead of last year’s year-to-date of 818 sales.
The final chapter of the Phoenix foreclosure saga is ending, according to a new report from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.