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The Weekend Poll: Who has it made in the shade?

It used to be assumed that a vacation-home owner was in a better position than vacation renters. Given the price declines of recent years, that's not necessarily so. Who fares better now?

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Buying , Poll , Weekend Poll  
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30-year mortgage rates hit another low

How low can they go? Freddie Mac reported this morning that average rates on a 30-year fixed mortgage sank to 4.58 percent, blowing past last week's record low of 4.69 percent by 11 basis points. Meanwhile, news just out from the National Association of Realtors is hardly encouraging. Pending home sales, based on homes going under contract in May, fell 30 percent from April and were 15.9 percent below a year ago.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 1, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Buying , Statistics , The economy , The market , Weekend Poll  
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Closing deadline will be extended to Sept. 30

Both houses of Congress have now passed an extension to Sept. 30 of the closing deadline to qualify for the homebuyer tax credit.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 1, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying , Taxes , The economy , The market  
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House acts on tax credit deadline but June 30 still stands

The House voted Tuesday to give home buyers who want to take advantage of a lucrative federal tax credit three extra months to complete their home purchase. The measure, which passed 409 to 5, is now headed to the Senate.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 29, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tick, tock ... tax credit deadline looms

How's it going out there, racing to close home purchases by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday? That remains the deadline to qualify for the homebuyer's tax credit of up to $8,000. A measure extending the closing deadline to Sept. 30 is pending in Congress--but it has not been passed. (

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 29, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Weekend Poll: Extend the tax credit deadline?

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) introduced a proposal to extend the closing deadline for the homebuyer's tax credit to Sept. 30. What do you think about extending the deadline?

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 11, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Older Entries in This Category »

The Weekend Poll: After the tax credit, Elizabeth Razzi , April 30, 2010
The Weekend Poll: Open houses?, Elizabeth Razzi , April 9, 2010
HUD to study housing discrimination toward gays , Elizabeth Razzi , March 18, 2010
The Weekend Poll: After the tax credits?, Elizabeth Razzi , February 19, 2010
Mortgage rates still under 5 percent, Elizabeth Razzi , February 18, 2010
Realtors launch their own free iPhone app, Elizabeth Razzi , January 12, 2010
Trying out an alternative to iPhone's Zillow app, Elizabeth Razzi , January 7, 2010
Is Washington turning into a seller's market?, Elizabeth Razzi , November 13, 2009
Have you refinanced yet?, Elizabeth Razzi , November 12, 2009
Washington home sales and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , November 6, 2009
First-time buyer credit and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , October 30, 2009
AIG Headquarters Going Condo?, Elizabeth Razzi , October 13, 2009
What's the Mortgage-Interest Deduction for That Yacht?, Elizabeth Razzi , October 13, 2009
It's Official: We're Hot and Hip, Elizabeth Razzi , September 30, 2009
What Boomers--and Others Want in a Home, Elizabeth Razzi , September 29, 2009
What's the Line on Extending the $8,000 Tax Credit?, Elizabeth Razzi , September 15, 2009
Bring on the Mums! And The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , September 11, 2009
We're Messing Up the Mortgage Interest Deduction, Elizabeth Razzi , September 1, 2009
Appraisers Say 'Don't Blame Us', Elizabeth Razzi , August 26, 2009
Foreclosure Info via iPhone and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , August 14, 2009
New Survey Ranks Moving Companies, Elizabeth Razzi , August 13, 2009
Short Sale Plan Coming, and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , August 7, 2009
Chat Plus: This is What Change Looks Like, Elizabeth Razzi , July 27, 2009
Home Sales Increase and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , July 24, 2009
Freddie Mac's Having a Foreclosure Sale, Elizabeth Razzi , July 22, 2009
Appraisal Quality Getting More Attention, Elizabeth Razzi , July 16, 2009
Google Buffs Up Its Real Estate Listings, Elizabeth Razzi , July 8, 2009
What Metro Adds to Home Values, Elizabeth Razzi , June 29, 2009
New Web Site Takes Mystery Out of Closing Costs, Elizabeth Razzi , June 18, 2009
Pessimists vs. Optimists and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , June 12, 2009
Buyers and Sellers at a Standoff?, Elizabeth Razzi , June 11, 2009
Discrimination Complaints Hit a Record, Elizabeth Razzi , June 10, 2009
Price Reductions, Savings and the Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , June 5, 2009
Come n' Get Yer Foreclosures!, Elizabeth Razzi , June 4, 2009
Chat Plus: Perils of a Damp Basement, Elizabeth Razzi , June 1, 2009
Chat Plus: Talk About That $8,000 Tax Credit, Elizabeth Razzi , May 18, 2009
Foghorn Leghorn in the Yard; Weekend Reading , Elizabeth Razzi , May 15, 2009
Market Up, or Down, Or?, Elizabeth Razzi , May 12, 2009
Are Matchmaking Sites the Future?, Elizabeth Razzi , May 11, 2009
Discriminatory Housing Ads Proliferate Online, Elizabeth Razzi , May 5, 2009
Take a Spin with Frank and Take the Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , April 24, 2009
Searching for Homes With Price Cuts, Elizabeth Razzi , April 23, 2009
Chat Plus: What's the First Step in Buying a Home?, Elizabeth Razzi , April 20, 2009
Vacation Homes And the Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , April 17, 2009
Long & Foster Adds Job-Loss Protection , Elizabeth Razzi , April 16, 2009
Complete this Sentence Game, Realtor Edition, Elizabeth Razzi , April 13, 2009
Gay Marriage and Homeownership, Elizabeth Razzi , April 8, 2009
Chat Plus: How Much is That House Worth?, Elizabeth Razzi , April 6, 2009
Layoff Worries vs. Buyer Incentives, Elizabeth Razzi , March 24, 2009
The Market's Spring Thaw?, Elizabeth Razzi , March 23, 2009
Nosing Around Model Homes, Elizabeth Razzi , March 13, 2009
 
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