Want A Real Valuation? Don’t Rely On Zillow

How accurate is Zillow’s Zestimate? Not very, says one Washington-area agent.David Howell is executive vice president and chief information officer at McEnearney Associates. Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow and architect of the Zestimate, responds to Howell’s criticisms in his own commentary. To read Zillow’s rebuttal, click here.

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Mortgage Rates Hit 3 Month Low according to WSJ

Mortgage Rates Hit Three-Month LowAverage mortgage rates fell to the lowest level since mid-November last week as unease over economic growth in the U.S. and market turmoil abroad prompted investors to load up on government bonds, pushing down long-term interest rates. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.47% last week, down from 4.52% the week before, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

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Shamokin & Coal Township Get Help in Fighting Blight

Fighting the Blight in Northumberland CountySHAMOKIN – Several communities in Northumberland County are cracking down on blight thanks in part to $500,000 in state grant money. Take a walk down Bear Valley Avenue in Shamokin and you’ll see several rundown buildings. It’s something that upsets Louise Gotaskie and other neighbors. “I take pride in my house.

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Bankrate.com 2013 Mortgage Rates Forecast

2013 Mortgage Rates Forecast | Bankrate.comPolyana da Costa covers mortgages and housing topics for Bankrate.com. She has been interviewed as a real estate expert by various news outlets, including ABC News Radio, CBS Radio and local NBC affiliates. She also has been cited by Forbes.com and quoted by U.S. News & World Report, the Fiscal Times and TheStreet.com among others.

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