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topStories Tuesday, December 20, 2016
     
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Should You Pre-pay Your Mortgage?
Is the Bubble Out West about to Burst?
Home prices in San Jose, Calif.—one of the nation's leading markets since the bust—posted negative 0.3 percent last quarter, marking the area's first foray into the red in five years with currently the lowest quarterly growth rate in the country, according to Clear Capital's recent Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report. With the San Jose area leading price movement in California, is the bubble out West about to burst? "San Jose going negative over the last quarter is a huge deal, although no surprise given that growth in this market, and the Bay Area region as a whole, has greatly slowed over the last couple of years," says Alex Villacorta, vice president of Research and Analytics at Clear Capital. "Rapid price growth combined with lagging, sticky income levels quickly pushed home prices out of the affordable ...
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Building and Maintaining Relationships
In the following interview, Stephanie and Keoki McCarthy, broker/owners of Real Living Northwest, REALTORS® in Bothell, Wash., discuss the benefits of the Real Living network... READ MORE >
Natural Fit: Corporate Mobility, Discard/Donate and Staging Services
When transferees prepare their homes for sale, it often includes activities such as removal of excess furnishings and priming of interior spaces. Professional discard/donate... READ MORE >
New Fannie, Freddie Program Offers Relief to Delinquent Borrowers
A new program offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will provide delinquent borrowers relief through a 20 percent mortgage payment reduction, the enterprises recently... READ MORE >
Zillow: Underwater Homeowners Continue Drop-Off
Eleven percent of homeowners are underwater, or owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, according to Zillow®'s third quarter Negative Equity Report... READ MORE >

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Ugly Sweaters Infiltrate the Holidays
By Brittany Britto
(TNS)—Keisha Jones, 32, of Mitchellville, Md., dons a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" Christmas T-shirt decorated with pizza slices, a nod to her favorite childhood cartoon and her shirt of choice for her friend's annual ugly sweater party. Jennifer Eisenberg, 23, of Federal Hill, wears a black sweater with glimmering mistletoe and a reindeer with pursed lips that reads "Kiss Me."
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Brand Report: Home Sales Buck Seasonal Trend

Realty ONE Group Celebrates 2016 Network Achievements

Consumers Expect Expanded Credit Access as Year Turns

Research: Few Young Student Loan Debtors Have Mortgages

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