Posts by: Anna Platz

Anna Platz is an Editor at ForTheBestRate.com, a leading mortgage rate research website, as well as the Lead Contributor to GoodCentsSavings.com, a blog about budgeting and personal finance. Anna is immersed in the world of real estate, mortgage, and home financing and is here to provide valuable resources for homeowners and soon-to-be-homeowners on buying and selling real estate, researching a mortgage broker or lender, and securing a home loan. Check back often for news, updates, and remember that you can find today's current mortgage rates at ForTheBestRate.com. My Google Profile+

Real Estate

Buying and Selling a Home During the Fall

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Ask any real estate professional which times of year are the busiest and the majority will answer spring and summer. Great weather, flowers in bloom, kids out of school, vacation...

Personal Finance

Is the Housing Market Recovering?

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All summer long, reports have been trickling in that the housing crisis is finally on the mend. Surely market data gathered from such reliable sources as the NAR, NAHB, FHFA,...

Living

Location Most Important for International Home Buyers

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In June, the NAR published its latest “Profile of International Home Buying Activity.” It is a detailed analysis of property purchases that took place from March 2011 through March 2012....

Real Estate

Real Estate Inventory Declines

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On July 23rd, the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, Lawrence Yun, posted his observations about the current low real estate inventories on the NAR’s blog. An analysis...

Mortgage

Tight Lending Continues to Impact Housing Market

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Real estate professionals across the country were queried recently as part of the NAR’s Realtors Confidence Index. Over 50,000 took part in the study which was conducted from June 25th...

Real Estate

Residential Rental Prices Continue to Rise

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In the latest Realtors Confidence Index, it was reported that in much of the country, the price of rent is going up. For the NAR’s survey, which was conducted from...

Living

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season – Checklist

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Even if you live hundreds of miles from any coastline, it pays to be prepared during hurricane season. More than once, changing weather conditions have turned storms inland, surprising non-coastal...

Mortgage

The Principal Deduction Debate

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Those that support mortgage prime deduction strongly believe it will counteract the housing crisis. Those opposed view it as one more handout that the nation’s already burdened taxpayers will be...