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Home Equity Loans - Beware of Appraisal Fraud
A new report by the independent Demos group has revealed what may not be a surprise to many people - corruption is rampant in the home appraisal industry. The bust in the dot-com market of some five years ago has left would-be lenders with a surplus of cash to lend. This has led to a huge boom in both mortgage and home equity loan lending. That's not a bad thing; a record 69% of Americans now own their own homes. Owning a home is easier than ever; in 2004 the average down payment was a record low of only three percent.
Ultimately, if you take out a home equity loan or a mortgage for more than your home is worth, you are the one that suffers. That can be easily avoided if you simply pay more attention to the process and educate yourself about the possible pitfalls. The last thing you want to lose is your home.
ęCopyright 2005 by Retro Marketing. Charles Essmeier is the owner of Retro Marketing, a firm devoted to informational Websites, including http://www.End-Your-Debt.com/ and http://www.HomeEquityHelp.net/
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Buying A Holiday Home in Rural Ireland
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Inspecting Your New Home - 17 Areas You Must Inspect Before Taking Possession
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Is It Wise to Take My Home Off the Market for the Holidays?
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Selling Property - Valuing Your Property
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Tax Deferred Exchanges of Investment and Business Real Estate
The Primary Residence taxation, the Residential Replacement Rollover, Sec. 1034 exception is gone.
Water, Water Everywhere on the Waterfront
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5 Things to Look for in a Property Appraiser
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Real Estate Investing - Free Vacations While Searching for Real Estate Acquisitions
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Regarding Real Estate On Leased Land
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Selling Houses: Design Psychology Works!
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Seller Objections To Lease Purchase
A large percentage of the mail we receive are from people that complain that sellers don't want to do a lease purchase, they just want to sell their house. Or sellers come up with too many objections.
What is Tax-Deferred Exchange?
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Much Ado About Mansionization?
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Buying To Let Top Ten Tips
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Secrets of Making Money from Real Estate - Part 1
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