Monday, April 25, 2011

6 real estate headlines: 25-April

A daily dose of headlines for real estate agents, mortgage lenders, homebuyers and home sellers.

7 basic facts about home insurance
: Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a veteran homeowner, understanding home insurance is critical for protecting your investment.
4 costly homebuying contract errors
: When buying a home, mean what you say and say what you mean when filling out the contract.
How solar panels affect home value
DC Urban Turf
: The value of adding solar panels to your home is two-fold: yearly savings on your utility bills and the value the panels add to the home if you plan on selling it.
Senate report lays bare mortgage mess
Wall Street Journal
: The report shows Wall Street in gritty, day-to-day detail, angling to profit from a booming mortgage market, and then scrambling to cope with its collapse.
New apps help homebuyers
Market Watch
: Instead of jotting down notes on paper while walking through an open house, buyers are bringing up listings on their iPads and sending e-mails to their agents.
FHA vs. private loan insurers
Washington Post
: It's true that the FHA has just gotten a little more expensive, but it may still have the total package you need to do the deal.

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