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FHA Cuts Mortgage Insurance… this is not good news.

Yeah, cutting mortgage insurance is the last thing we need.

mortgage insuranceSo the mortgage insurance rates got cut again. Of course nobody seems to want to talk about what the money is for, or why the rates were raised a few years back. Why cover all those pesky facts that we seem to refuse to want to learn a lesson from. It’s just nuts. In todays show we are going to dissect this move and explain why on EVERY – SINGLE – LEVEL it is stupid and hurts more than it helps. Yeah, not even good for the folks who will want to do an FHA loan as a result. I cannot imagine how anyone who lived through the last downturn could possibly think that this move makes any sense. Particularly when this just increases the demand for homes in a market where there is already not enough supply to satisfy the number of buyers that are already out there. Join me in todays show for all the annoying details.

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Worrisome housing trends

PLUS: Condo horror stories

Builder confidence is being reported as on the upswing in a big way. Odds are, you will see that headline across tons of different news outlets. Funny thing about that, while confidence for builders is high, none of the things you would expect a confident builder to do are happening.

Today we will review the shocking reality of what is actually happening in terms of homes being constructed. When we look at this information compared to past decades, it is very revealing and more than a little shocking.

We are also going to take a minute to discuss some condo horror stories and see if we can come up with a few more ideas on how to protect ourselves from potentially buying into a community that could kill us financially.

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FHA loans growing?

A listener comments on FHA loans

hud.FHA.sealToday we are covering a question that a member of the audience posted via Facebook. Apparently, word is that FHA loans are making up the vast majority of loans in Phoenix. We have talked quite a bit about low down loans and how they just might prime the pump for another down turn. Should we be worried about what is going on in Phoenix? Is this a local thing or is this trend more widespread? We will discuss all that in todays show.

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Is it Condo time?

Should you be including condos in your search for an investment?

Time are changing and many of the things that kept condos out of the reach of some buyers are being chipped away. Changes to FHA rules are making condos a very real option for millions of buyers.

So does this signal a time when investors should make condos a potential part of their investment portfolio? Sure, but you need to be extra diligent with these properties and make sure that they are going to have the best chance to hold their value as a strong investment.

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Should We Be Worried About Fannie Mae?

Some familiar and scary signs that maybe we should.

I am seeing some interesting exchanges happening out in the wild world web. Some of them, strange reminders of what I was seeing just before the big real estate bubble popped. Whenever I see one writer get in a very heavy huff over some other personality showing concern about things relating to real estate, I tend to take notice – because it is VERY similar to what was happening back in 2007. Some folks were worried about what was going on in real estate and the reactions were loud and all tended to accuse those folks of fear mongering. Of course, the fear mongers turned out to be right. For those of you that have been listening to me for a while, you know that my concerns are less about real estate specific things causing the next problem and more about things external to real estate. However, there are signs out there – right in the middle of the places that caused so much trouble last time – that mistakes are being repeated. Will take some time to discuss that today.

In other news, we will discuss the price to rent ratio and point you toward a great site to help you with deciding if you should rent or buy.

Builders continue to build bigger more expensive homes. Does this strategy fit with what we have seen in the market over the last year?

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