Tuesday, May 3, 2011

6 real estate headlines: 03-May

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

Shopping for title services can save you a bundle
: Lenders normally require borrowers to pay for lender's title insurance, which protects the lender against liens and title defects. Homebuyers can also purchase owner's title insurance to protect their investment.
New federal loans allow homeowners to finance energy efficiency
DC Urban Turf
: Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the loans will offer homeowners up to $25,000 to make energy-efficient improvements.
Can the mortgage industry pull together?
Wall Street Journal
: The Mortgage Bankers Association tapped David Stevens, the former commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration and Obama administration housing adviser, as its new chief executive officer in March.
Grab a second home bargain
CNN Money
: Before leaping in, though, you need to ask yourself two questions: Why is this happening now? And how can I take advantage of it?
4 ways to ace your home inspection
Bankrate.com: Avoiding a money pit is one reason to hire a home inspector, but savvy homebuyers can get more value than that from the building inspection.
10 tips for surviving the housing market
: The economy is starting to improve but the housing market has yet to show any significant signs of recovery, which has homeowners nervous.


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