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interest_alexandrgordeev_450realtor.com - The new year is starting with a gift to home buyers: lower-than-expected interest rates.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.73%, the lowest it’s been since May 2013, according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. During the last week of 2014, the rate averaged 3.87%. It was as high as 4.51% a year ago at this time.

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houseinhand_voronin_450homes.yahoo.com - Underwater on your mortgage and still haven't refinanced? You may think that you missed the window or are not eligible, but with interest rates still near historic lows and an expanded Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) it may be within your reach.

While it's true that home prices have risen steadily over the past year and a half, approximately 24 percent of American homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages. This is especially true of those living in areas hardest hit by the housing and economic crisis. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) estimates that there are between 1 million and 2 million borrowers eligible for HARP who are underwater are paying above-market interest rates. You could be one of them.

To

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interest__max5128_450homes.yahoo.com - If you don't have 20 percent to put down on a new home, that doesn't mean you can't buy one. Does that surprise you? Then listen to this: there are all kinds of strategies for prospective home buyers who can't get the cash together for the traditional 20 percent down.

In fact, homebuyers could get a loan with as little as 3.5 percent down through the Federal Housing Administration, says Joe Parsons, senior loan officer with PFS Funding in Dublin, CA and author of "Growing Equity: A Guide for the Hopeful Investor." 

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interest__max5128_450realtor.com - Interest rates on key loans had trended downward over the last month because of ongoing recovery concerns, particularly the Fed’s decision to continue its bond-buying stimulus program. The latest increase is attributed to the fact that the government shutdown has prevented the release of various economic reports that influence the bond market and mortgage rates.

The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage loan rose 0.01 percentage point this week, according to the latest survey from mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. After dropping to 4.22 percent a week ago, its lowest mark since June 20, the 30-year fixed is now trending at 4.23 percent. It had previously fallen for three consecutive weeks. A year ago, the 30-year average was 3.39 percent – a

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Home prices are still surging, but the pace of the gains has steadied as interest rates continue to rise.

Prices for homes in the nation's 20 largest cities in June rose 12.1% over the last year, according to a report Tuesday from S&P/Case-Shiller home price index.

While that gain is still robust, it didn't quite match the gain of 12.2% reported for May. Rising mortgage rates may be to blame.

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homes.yahoo.com - If you think you may have missed the boat on getting a lower mortgage rate, you may think it's too late to refinance - especially when you see interest rates rising every week.

In fact, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), on July 5, 2013, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.68 - an increase of .10 percent from June 28th. This is the highest rate since March 2012. 

Though this news may dishearten homeowners who didn't jump at the chance to refinance when rates were at rock bottom, our experts say not to give up on the idea of refinancing just yet.

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money.cnn.com - After years of decline to rock-bottom levels, interest rates are on the rise. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage was recently 4.35%, more than a point above the 2012 low of 3.3%.

Whether you're buying, selling or refinancing a home, here's how to navigate the new environment. 1. No more record rates, but still cheap loans  2. The refi window is starting to close  3. Higher rates won't scuttle the housing recovery  4. Once you're ready to buy, lock in  5. Fixed loans usually beat adjustables

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Now that home prices have been rising, and buyers are getting off the sidelines (particularly as interest rates creep up), you may be more inclined to list your home — finally! Just make sure you do it the right way:

Price home to sell - A recent poll shows that 75 percent of homeowners think their agent’s listing price is too low! If you’re trying to cash in on the momentum that’s been building, and you think that a higher price is the answer, think again.

Think: Web appeal - Glam up your house for pictures before you post your listing online, as that’s where 90 percent of buyers start their search — on the Web!

Professional photos sell! - The bottom line is that low-quality photos make bad first impressions.

Choose the right agent - When it

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forbes.com - Insanely low mortgage interest rates—and the knowledge that they’ll eventually go up again—make a lot of people feel like it’s time to buy a house right now. And maybe it is … if you go about it the right way.

Buying a home is a major purchase (to put it mildly), and there are plenty of ways to trip up. But don’t worry—we’ve got your primer right here. 1. Don’t … buy a house if you’re planning to move again soon.  2. Don’t … bust your budget.  3. Don’t … forget about added costs.  4. Don’t … put down a nominal down payment.  5. Don’t … neglect to get everything in writing.  6. Don’t … skip the inspection.  7. Don’t … think a brand-new home entitles you to brand-new everything.

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Anxious for interest rates to rise in 2013? Take a chill pill.

money.cnn.com - The low rates of the past few years -- which have warmed the hearts of mortgage applicants but been cold comfort to savers -- are unlikely to budge soon. For that, thank (or blame) the Federal Reserve.

To spark growth, the Fed is aiming to keep the influential rate at which banks lend one another money between 0% and 0.25%, and it expects that number to be "exceptionally low" until at least mid-2015.

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