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2nd Annual E-Waste Event

Save the date! September 13, 2014 from 10-12 at 20951 Brookhurst Street, Huntington Beach, California Star Real Estate is holding it’s 2nd Annual E-Waste Event.

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5 Home Smart Renovations

1. Upgrade the Siding When your siding has seen better days, upgrading it just may be one of the best investments you can make for your home, no matter what the economic climate. Since siding functions as a shield for the materials it covers, the better siding you have, the longer those materials are likely to last….

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14 Sneaky Mistakes that Can Decrease Your Home’s Value

Thinking of selling your home…even one day? Real estate experts weigh in on the unexpected little details that could cost you big time in the long run. 1. Choosing a crazy exterior color “Curb appeal is huge, don’t pick a paint color that isn’t common in your neighborhood or doesn’t fit the style of your…

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOUSING MARKET SETTLES TO A STABLE PACE

Home prices grew again in May, but not at last spring’s frenzied pace…there are fewer foreclosures to buy. More home sellers are testing the market, and bidding wars are less frequent. All of it signals a housing market that’s settling to a more stable, even healthy, pattern, which analysts say is a notable change from…

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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates at six-month low

Mortgage rates edged down a hair this week, hovering at the lowest level in six months, with Freddie Mac reporting that lenders were offering 30-year fixed home loans at an average of 4.2% compared to 4.21% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year fixed loan dropped from 3.32% to 3.29%, according to Thursday’s…

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U.S. PENDING HOME SALES JUMP

According to an April 28 article released by Reuters, contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose in March for the first time in nine months, in the latest sign the housing market was stabilizing after a recent wobble. The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in…

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Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

Many homeowners are gearing up to list their homes in what is expected to be a very busy and competitive selling season. Here are a few tips to consider to maximize your potential profit. DECLUTTER – Begin by cleaning and eliminating clutter. Buyers need to imagine that they are already living there, and things like…

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Last chance for mortgages below 5%?

Last year’s 3.5% mortgage rates are long gone — and experts say consumers who hold off buying or refinancing homes in hopes that sub-4% interest levels will return could miss out on today’s sub-5% rates, too. “We think 3.5% rates are in the rearview mirror now,” says Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers…

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2014 Housing Outlook

If you’re looking to sell a home, 2014 will be a good year though probably not as good as what we’ve experienced in the last two years. If you’re looking to buy however, 2014 will likely be a better year than 2013. These are just some of the expectations shared by Jonathan Miller, President and…

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Change is Coming To Next Year’s Mortgage Landscape

There are new factors in the Buyer’s ability to purchase in 2014. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the government’s insurer of home loans, just announced it would be lowering its loan limit in the very highest cost areas from $729,750 to $625,000, starting Jan. 1, 2014. The FHA has already raised premiums and fees, and…

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