CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - In the last century, Californians have said yes to every request for money to help veterans buy homes. Since 2000, they have signed off on $1.4 billion in bonds for that purpose. But most of that money remains untapped. In fact, the state's home loan program for veterans, run by the agency known as Cal-Vet, is doing less and less each year to help servicemen and women returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Yet there's more money available for the program than in the agency's annual operating budget.
September 5, 2012 |
Since 2007, 5.66 million troubled homeowners have had their mortgages modified and the vast majority of them took place outside the Obama administration's signature foreclosure rescue program, a new report shows. Hope Now -- a Washington group composed of counselors, mortgage companies and investors -- said in its report Wednesday that since 2007 a total of 4.62 million homeowners had received so-called "proprietary" loan modifications -- meaning loans that are not offered through the Obama administration's Home Affordable Modification Program.
June 4, 2009 |
Applications for home loans fell more than 16% last week as interest rates rose, according to a Mortgage Bankers Assn. survey released Wednesday. As expected, a drop-off occurred among people seeking to refinance their homes, because the benefits of refinancing are driven by rate trends. The trade group said the average rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 5.25% from 4.81% a week earlier -- the biggest weekly increase since October.
September 18, 2012 |
Things are looking up for homebuilders, who are in their best collective mood in six years, according to an index from the National Assn. of Home Builders and Wells Fargo. In September, a gauge of builder sentiment rose to 40 from 37 in August, reaching the highest reading since June 2006. The index has risen for five straight months. A measure of their expectations for the next six months rose to 51, up from 43 to another six-year high. Any reading above 50 represents positive feelings about the housing market for new, single-family homes.
December 11, 2012 |
Accusing Wells Fargo & Co. of reneging on a sweeping mortgage-modification deal, a lawyer for troubled homeowners is trying to reopen a lawsuit involving risky "pick-a-pay" loans written during the housing bubble. Legal filings last week said Wells had failed to provide wide-ranging reductions of loan balances to delinquent borrowers, as it had promised two years ago, when it settled a combined national class-action suit. A bank spokeswoman disputed the filing, calling it riddled with errors.
January 9, 2014 |
Mortgage rates leveled off in familiar territory this week, home finance giant Freddie Mac said, with lenders offering 30-year fixed loans to solid buyers at an average of 4.51%, down from 4.53% last week. Fifteen-year fixed mortgages, popular with homeowners trying to pay off their housing debts, averaged 3.56%, up from 3.55% last week, Freddie Mac said in its weekly report, issued Thursday. The average start rate for adjustable mortgages that are fixed for the first five years was 3.15%, up from 3.05%.