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5 Factors That Decide Your Credit Score.

Credit scores range between 200 and 800, with scores above 620 considered desirable for obtaining a mortgage.

The following factors affect your score:

1. Your payment history. Did you pay your credit card obligations on time If they were late, then how late Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also impact your history.

2. How much you owe. If you owe a great deal of money on numerous accounts, it can indicate that you are overextended. However, it s a good thing if you have a good proportion of balances to total credit limits.

3. The length of your credit history. In general, the longer you have had accounts opened, the better. The average consumer’s oldest obligation is 14 years old, indicating that he or she has been managing credit for some time, according to Fair Isaac Corp., and only one in 20 consumers have credit histories shorter than 2 years.

4. How much new credit you have. New credit, either installment payments or new credit cards, are considered more risky, even if you pay them promptly.

5. The types of credit you use. Generally, it s desirable to have more than one type of credit  installment loans, credit cards, and a mortgage, for example.

For more on evaluating and understanding your credit score, visit www.myfico.com.

Reprinted from REALTOR magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS .
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Real Property Report – California, December 2014

December Sales Up 7 Percent Month-over-Month Sales for All of 2014 Down 11.4 Percent Y-o-Y Median Prices Nearly Unchanged Since May 2014 December California single-family home and condominium sales increased 7.0 percent to 27,770 units, up from 25,964 in November but down 11.4 from 31,340 in December 2013. Total sales for the entire year (January through December) fell 11.7 percent from 2013 and were the lowest since 2007. “As we predicted early in 2014, sales volume stayed near 7-year lows throughout 2014 because prices rose too far too fast in 2012 and 2013,” said Madeline Schnapp, Director of Economic Research...

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Real Property Report – California, November 2014

Normal Seasonal Forces Slow California Real Estate Sales November Sales Tumble 17.6 Percent Month-over-Month Median Prices Flat As is typical during the late fall and winter season, real estate sales declined in November. California single-family home and condominium sales fell 17.6 percent to 27,649 units from 33,561 in October. Year-over-year, sales were down 8.4 percent from 30,184 sales in November 2013. On a regional basis, for the month, sales declined 31.7 percent in the Bay Area, 21.3 percent in Southern California, and 24.8 percent in the Central Valley. “The California real estate market has entered its annual hibernation period characterized...

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Real Property Report – California, October 2014

October Sales Up 4.4 Percent Month-over-Month Median Prices Flat October 2014 California single-family home and condominium sales increased 4.4 percent to 33,376 units from 31,985 in September. Year-over-year, sales were down 5.3 percent from 35,256 sales in October 2013. On a regional basis, for the month, sales were up 2.0 percent in the Bay Area, 4.3 percent in Southern California, and down 1.6 percent in the Central Valley. The median price of a California home in October was 385,000 dollars, unchanged from September. Median prices have been more or less unchanged since June 2014. On a year-ago basis, median home...

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Real Property Report – California, September 2014

California Real Estate Market Stuck in Low Gear September Sales Limited by High Prices and  Relatively Tough Lending Standards  September 2014 California single-family home and condominium sales fell 5.6 percent to 32,017 units from 33,931 in August. In the past 12 months, sales are down 4.4 percent from 33,484 sales in September 2013. September 2014 sales were the lowest September sales since 2007. On a regional basis, over the past 12 months sales are down 3.7 percent in the Bay Area, 4.9 percent in Southern California, and 8.3 percent in the Central Valley. “The California real estate market is stuck...

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Real Property Report – California, August 2014

Bloom Off the California Real Estate Rose August 2014 Sales Down 13.5 Percent from August 2013 Median Prices Fall in Half of California’s Largest 26 Counties   In August 2014, 34,269 California single-family homes and condominiums were sold, down 4.2 percent from July’s total of 35,787 and a decline of 13.5 percent from 39,614 sales in August 2013. August 2014 sales were the lowest August sales since 2010. On a regional basis, over the past 12 months sales are down 15.7 percent in the Bay Area, 16.7 percent in Southern California, and 18.8 percent in the Central Valley. “The bloom is...

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Real Property Report – California, July 2014

Median Prices Fall in 13 of California’s Largest 26 Counties Year-to-Date Sales Lowest Since 2008 California single-family home and condominium sales gained 3.9 percent in July 2014 but were down 9.2 percent from July 2013. Year-to-date sales for the first seven months of the year are the lowest since 2008. The overall decline in sales is due to several factors: the decline in affordability due to rapid price increases, the rise in mortgage interest rates, lack of affordable inventory, and the rapid decline in distressed property sales. Whereas in July 2013 25.6 percent of sales were distressed properties, in July...

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5 Property Tax Questions You Need to Ask

1. What is the assessed value of the property Note that assessed value is generally less than market value. Ask to see a recent copy of the seller s tax bill to help you determine this information.
2. How often are properties reassessed, and when was the last reassessment done In general, taxes jump most significantly when a property is reassessed.
3. Will the sale of the property trigger a tax increase The assessed value of the property may increase based on the amount you pay for the property. And in some areas, such as California, taxes may be frozen until resale.
4. Is the amount of taxes paid comparable to other properties in the area If not, it might be possible to appeal the tax assessment and lower the rate.
5. Does the current tax bill reflect any special exemptions that I might not qualify for For example, many tax districts offer reductions to those 65 or over.

Reprinted from REALTOR magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS .
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

Top 5 Craziest Foreclosure Rescue Attempts

Treasure hunting, demolition, forgery–even a telethon. Our picks for the top five most bizarre foreclosure rescue attempts.

Three years after the recession hit, Americans still are losing their homes to foreclosure in record numbers. Not even celebrities are immune. Wanting to do anything you can to avoid losing your home is only natural. There are a wealth of resources on HouseLogic (http://www.houselogic.com/guides/finances-insurance/home-finance/foreclosure-guide) to help you take action. Still, some homeowners have tried other, less-proven methods. Here’s a countdown of some outlandish foreclosure rescue attempts:

5. I pimped my yard to PETA.
This past March, “Octomom” Nadya Suleman was reportedly approached by PETA when word got out about her mortgage woes. The offer: A billboard sign urging pet owners not to let their dog or cat become an “Octomom” in a campaign to raise awareness about controlling the pet population. Suleman ended up letting PETA advertise on her front yard for $5,000. In April, Suleman reached an agreement (

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/15/entertainment/main6399349.shtml ) with the mortgage holder for a sixth-month extension to pay off the $450,000 debt.

4. God made me do it.
Earlier this month, a Montana man, Brent Arthur Wilson, was convicted for removing For Sale signs and forging ownership papers on a foreclosed home in a bizarre effort (

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38242178/ns/business-real_estate/) to keep a roof over his head. During his trial, Wilson claimed that “Yaweh,” or “the creator,” gave him the home. The jury was out for less than an hour before finding Wilson guilty. He now faces up to 30 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced August 19.

3. Buy my T-shirt, save my house.
To raise the $250,000 he needed to avoid foreclosure on his Port Washington, Wis., pad, former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond sold T-shirts (

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,199934,00.html) with his photo and a caption reading, “I paid $15 to save Screeech’s house.” (The extra “e” in “Screeech” was to get around copyright laws.)

The down-on-his-luck comedian turned his money problems into a publicity ploy, telling his story on The Howard Stern Show and even scheduling an online telethon to raise more money. The appearance was canceled moments before it went on the air. Despite all that, it looks like Diamond is still going to lose his home. Wells Fargo started foreclosure proceedings in April.

2. If I can’t live here, no one can.
This past February, Ohio carpet business owner Terry Hoskins decided that he’d rather bulldoze his $350,000 house to the ground (

http://www.wwlp.com/dpps/news/strange/ohio-man-bulldozes-home-to-avoid-foreclosure-jgr_3244918) than let the bank have it. Hoskins also basically confirmed that he’d do the same to his carpet store if he had to. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that. Although Hoskins didn’t technically break any laws, the bank did hold a sheriff’s auction of his business property to pay off the $600,000 debt he owed.

1. Superman saved our house.
On a more positive note, a rare comic book (

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/27/faster-speeding-bullet-superman-saves-familys-home/) (an Action Comic #1-the issue that introduced Superman to the world) was recently found in the basement of a couple facing foreclosure. Although it hasn’t been valued yet, Stephen Fishler, co-owner of ComicConnect.com, guarantees that the comic will bring in more than enough to pay off the mortgage at auction time. Other rare finds like this have been valued at more than $1 million.

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is dedicated to providing resources that help families facing foreclosure take every step they can to keep their home. To find out how to (legitimately) fight foreclosure, visit the HouseLogic Foreclosure Resource Guide (

http://www.houselogic.com/guides/finances-insurance/home-finance/foreclosure-guide/).

Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Copyright 2010. All rights reserved.

Checklist: 17 Service Providers You ll Need When You Sell

  • Real estate attorney
  • Appraiser
  • Home inspector
  • Mortgage loan officer
  • Environmental specialist
  • Lead paint inspector
  • Radon inspector
  • Tax adviser
  • Sanitary systems expert
  • Occupancy permit inspector
  • Zoning inspector
  • Survey company
  • Flood plain inspector
  • Termite inspector
  • Title company
  • Insurance consultant
  • Moving company

Used with permission from Kim Daugherty, Real Estate Checklists and Systems, www.realestatechecklists.com.

Reprinted from REALTOR magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS .
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.

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