Chase will give customers $1K if it fails to close a mortgage in 21 days



Chase bank reckons it can now close on mortgage applications within just three weeks, and is so confident of its claim that it’s willing to cough up $1,000 if it fails to do so. The offer is being made via Chase’s new “Closing Guarantee” program for existing customers, the Houston Chronicle reported. The program is […]

High credit scores no longer necessary for the best rates, study finds



Experts say that home buyers don’t necessarily need an 800+ FICO score in order to be guaranteed the best rates on their mortgage. These days, some buyers in the 700 FICO score range can also secure the most attractive rates, according to a new analysis of one million loan offers by Lending Tree that was […]

Don’t worry about adjustable-rate mortgages, experts say



Housing analysts have raised concerns that borrowers are becoming increasingly reckless when taking out so-called adjustable-rate mortgages, similar to the way they were abused in the years before the Great Recession more than a decade ago. The problem is that borrowers are asking for much higher loan amounts than they have been in recent years. […]

Japan Real Estate Investment Cooling “Way” Down



According to a recent report by Tokyo-based Urban Research Institute, foreign speculators are more cautious toward Japan’s once-buoyant real estate market.

Room for Luxury Property Pioneers: Vivo Resorts on Oaxaca’s Emerald Coast



Vivo Resorts is pioneering low key luxury in Porto Escondido on Mexico’s west coast while helping investors buy into unique opportunities.

Feds likely to pause interest rate hikes, for now



After raising interest rates several times in 2018, the Federal Reserve seems likely to hold off on any further increases. During the Fed’s latest meeting this month, board members agreed not to raise the benchmark interest rate now or at its next meeting in March. Still, Federal Reserve officials did say they can expect to […]

Chinese interest in U.S. real estate grows



Chinese have ranked as the top foreign buyers of residential homes in the U.S. for six straight years. Traditionally, Chinese buyers have mostly focused on buying higher-end homes, but these days they’re increasingly looking at low-priced properties as well, the National Association of Realtors says. Up until recently, most Chinese buyers have snapped up million-dollar […]

To Really Find the Most Affordable 2nd Home Getaways



Real estate data from Homes.com revealed Turkey and Greece as two of the most economical markets for owning a 2nd home.

How to Remodel the Florida Vacation Home of Your Dreams



Despite the uncertainty and stress that can accompany a home remodel, it is always rewarding to live in a property that is exactly as you envision it. Remodeling your home may even reduce your stress in the long-run. For this to be the case, it is important that you have a clear vision for your […]

Dubai Residential Prices Set to Bottom Out in 2019



Experts are predicting residential real estate prices in Dubai will decline by another 5 to 10 percent as the market heads downward.