Mortgage rates could be even lower, but lenders are struggling to keep up with demand

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A sharp drop in mortgage interest rates has sparked a sudden and unexpected refinance boom that has lenders large and small scrambling to handle the volume. That stress on the lending market, as well as increased risk to mortgage investors from all those refinances, is actually keeping mortgage rates higher than they could be. I have spoken to mortgage brokers …

Here’s what the Fed’s surprise interest rate cut means for mortgage rates

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The Federal Reserve just cut its benchmark interest rate — but don’t expect lower mortgage rates as a result of the cut because mortgage rates were already falling prior to any action taken by the Fed. And there are some analysts who expect rates to fall even lower possibly as low as 3% for a 30 year fixed mortgage. Read …

Why Does It Cost $750,000 to Build Affordable Housing in San Francisco?

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SAN FRANCISCO — The average home in the United States costs around $240,000. But in San Francisco, the world’s most expensive place for construction, a two-bedroom apartment of what passes for affordable housing costs around $750,000 just to build. Read the full article here: California’s governor vows to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis…    

Statewide rent control measure heading to November ballot

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The measure would overwrite a 1995 housing law, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, that bans local governments from enacting rent control on housing that became first occupied after 1995. The new measure would allow cities to enact rent control on buildings that are at least 15 years old. Read the full article here: Rent control measure…  

How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a House? Bathroom, Kitchen, and Beyond

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Home renovations and remodeling costs may be a hard pill to swallow after shelling out the purchase price of a new home, but if you’re the proud homeowner of a fixer-upper (or even if you’re the proud owner of an older home that needs some work), you may be itching to make some updates. And that will get you wondering: …