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housemoney_volff_450homes.yahoo.com - Timing is everything when it comes to a lot of things - baking a soufflé, fertilizing your lawn, and buying a home. Not so sure about that last one? With interest rates going up and housing prices on the rise, you may think that it might not be the best time to purchase a home or even refinance the one you've got. But experts disagree.

Click the link below for the five major reasons why mortgage experts believe that there is no better time than the present to get that dream house you've always wanted:

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bank__olegdoroshin_450money.cnn.com - New mortgage lending rules are going into effect Friday that aim to put an end to the worst mortgage lending abuses of the past.

The new rules are designed to take a "back to basics" approach to mortgage lending and lower the risk of defaults and foreclosures among borrowers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which issued the new rules.

"No debt traps. No surprises. No runarounds. These are bedrock concepts backed by our new common-sense rules, which take effect today," said CFPB director Richard Cordray in remarks prepared for a hearing Friday.

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The home buying season shifted into high gear last month as inventory and home list prices on realtor.com® increased by 4.12 percent and 2.63 percent, month over month, respectively. As of April, homes are on the market nationwide approximately 81 days—a decrease of nearly 11 percent since April 2012—highlighting that while new homes are entering the market they are not available for long.

Despite the increase in inventory month over month, nationwide inventory declined year over year in all but 11 of the 146 markets realtor.com® monitors. Approximately 36 markets registered a decrease of listings by 20 percent or more, still highlighting near records lows of available homes.

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realtor.com - You’re ready to dive into the real estate market; you’ve seen the stories about low inventory; and you know you need to move quickly. Open houses can be a great place to get a head start, by literally getting your foot in the door first!

Being prepared is the key to turning an open house visit into a home purchase.  

Here are four steps to ensure that you find a home you love and find it first.

Time your search to find the most open houses.  Explore the area you are interested in and plan your itinerary.  Take notes and rate homes while they are still fresh in your mind.  Save the listings you like and set up alerts to go right to your device.

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Every year, it seems, architects start a new race to see who can create the wildest building in the world. And 2012 was no different.

This year, we saw everything from dancing buildings to bow-tie structures and wacky "forests" of jagged condos. Our friends at Curbed wrapped up the wildest buildings from starchitects across the world to hit the architecture scene in 2012, and they are definitely some of the strangest we've ever seen.

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10. A real estate agent knows the real estate market in your area, has access to data about recent sales in your neighborhood, and can help you price your home accordingly.

9. A real estate agent has access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The MLS is a database of current homes for sale. By hiring a broker, information about your home will be instantly available to agents all across your area. They can conduct searches in the MLS for potential buyers to locate properties the buyers might be interested in.

8. If you try to sell your home by yourself, you might not be listed in the MLS and buyers' agents won't bring your home to their clients' attention. Also, some buyers are not comfortable about looking at your house while you're there too,

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Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages ticked up from record lows last week. Cheaper mortgages are fueling a modest housing recovery that could help the broader economy.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 3.39 percent from 3.36 percent. The previous week's rate was the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

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usatoday.com - The nation has fewer homes for sale, and that's helping prices in markets where low supplies are meeting strong demand.

The U.S. had 2.37 million existing homes for sale at the end of March. That was down 22% from a year ago and 41% from the peak in mid-2007, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday.

 

First-quarter home sales, meanwhile, were up 5.3% from a year ago.

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