Real Estate News – July 22-23, 2011



Property taxes haven’t been raised fast enough by many local governments, who are now feeling the squeeze in their budgets. Property tax revenues have decreased for two consecutive quarters, which hasn’t happened since 1963, according to the Census Bureau (via REALTORMag): http://bit.ly/oec3jI


Government Weighs Turning Foreclosures Into Rentals (via blogs.WSJ.com): http://on.wsj.com/ny6uWB


A push by U.S. banks to win broad liability releases has become one of the main obstacles in talks to resolve a nationwide probe of mortgage-servicing and foreclosure practices, two people briefed on the matter said (via sfgate.com): http://bit.ly/o1cuQx


Texas Man’s $16 Property Seizure Throws Obscure Law Into Spotlight (via foxnews.com): http://fxn.ws/riITWF


Cases of alleged real estate kickbacks raise questions about what’s allowed (via WashingtonPost.com): http://wapo.st/qhSfvs


Nationwide, the average origination and title fees on a $200,000 purchase mortgage totaled $4,070, according to Bankrate’s annual survey of closing costs. That’s an 8.8 percent jump compared to 2010 when the average closing costs totaled $3,741 (via today.msnbc..msn.com): http://on.today.com/nfFuAZ



 

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