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Mortgage rates falling; 30-year drops to 3.78%, Freddie Mac says

by Mario Acosta March 19, 2015 Various Topics

Long-term interest rates declined this week, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering conventional 30-year mortgages at an average of 3.78%, down from 3.86% a week ago.

The average for 15-year fixed home loans slipped from 3.1% to 3.06%, Freddie Mac said in its weekly report, released Thursday. The initial rate on loans fixed for five years …

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A Sherman Oaks Home Buyer Can Increase Negotiating Leverage

by Mario Acosta October 18, 2013 Buyers

Steps That Boost an Area Home Buyer’s Negotiating Power

When a Sherman Oaks home buyer first finds that single-family homes and condominiums have been getting pricier, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Nationally, the median sales price is still well below the record $230,400 reached at the height of the housing boom but that gap is …

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Sherman Oaks MLS Listings Plus Your Agent Make a Dynamite Combo!

by Mario Acosta October 10, 2013 Buyers

Sherman Oaks MLS Listings Put You in the Thick of the Chase

Believe it or not, it takes home-seekers an average of 12 weeks to find a home. To shorten that time, there is nothing more useful than the Internet’s Multiple Listing Service.

When you are working with a buyer’s agent, the lion’s share of the work …

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Buying A Home – What You Need To Know – Sherman Oaks Real Estate

by Mario Acosta May 5, 2011 Buyers

The Home Buying Process

Here’s a list of important things to know before buy Sherman Oaks real estate.

Get Pre-Approved

The first step in buying a home is to find out how much you can afford or qualify for.  Check your credit report to know your credit worthiness.  Clear up problems if any before going to …

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