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The Mortgage Collaborative Adds 12 New Lender Members for Q4/2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation’s only independent mortgage lending cooperative, recently added …

Is It Better To Rent Or To Buy?

It's a difficult, confusing and often frustrating process trying to decide whether to buy or to rent. For most consumers, purchasing a home is the …

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Seven Habits Of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Banks offering mortgages with only 5% down payments

Good news for homebuyers who don't have a lot of cash on hand: Banks are offering loans with down payments of just 5%.<p>After the housing bubble burst, buyers needed to come to the table with as much as 20% down or they had to turn to the Federal Housing Administration for a low down-payment loan.<p>But …

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Median Home Price Increases to $440,000 in December

San Diego’s median price for a house increased by $10,000 from November to December to $440,000. That was 4.8 percent above the median price in …

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El Cerrito Tagged as Nation's Most Popular Neighborhood

The most popular neighborhood in the nation is El Cerrito in East San Diego, says Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate brokerage.<p>Redfin based the …

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Christie Brinkley Selling Her Island Home at a Discount

The model's three-bedroom beachfront home is available at a discount.<p><i>The Wall Street Journal</i><p>The price is down for the Uptown Girl's island getaway, which she's lowered to $9 million after initially listed at $10.75 million in late 2013. The 3,400-square-foot home, known as "Lucky House," has three …

Marlon Brando's Former Hollywood Home Is Now For Sale

The legendary actor's former home exudes Hollywood glamour and has breathtaking views of LA.<p>Marlon Brando has been a mainstay in Hollywood for decades, and as a member of Hollywood royalty, it's no surprise that one of his house resembles a castle. The Hollywood Hills estate that Brando once called …

FHA to lower mortgage insurance fees

President<p>Obamasaid Wednesday that theFederal Housing Administrationwill lower its high fees for mortgage insurance, a bid to encourage more purchases by first-time and middle-income home buyers.<p>The agency will drop its annual premiums on new mortgages to 0.85% from 1.35% of the total loan amount, …

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10 Cheap Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

Little details go a long way.<p>1. Update hardware.<p>Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for an new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.<p>2. Use lighter colors.<p>A light color on the walls …

Elvis's Extravagant Palm Springs Pad Is Up For Auction

Elvis Presley's oh-so-seventies Palm Springs ranch home (also known as Graceland West) is up for auction after nine months on the market.<p><i>NBC / Group Egan</i><p>After nine months spent languishing on the open market, the LA Times reports that "Graceland West," Elvis Presley's former Palm Springs retreat, …

A Sneak Peek At The Kitchen Of 2025

What will your dream kitchen look like in 11 years? One company strives to give you a preview.<p>It's exciting to imagine the kind of comforts and improvements that technology will bring in years to come—especially in a room as widely-used and adored as the kitchen. While appliances such as …

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The 24 Coolest Small Businesses In San Diego

In celebration of the upcoming San Diego Entrepreneur Day (September 27-28), we found the 24 coolest small businesses in San Diego.<p>There's a sandwich shop that fills its sandwiches with local fish found in San Diego waters, a candy store that draws on flavors from south of the border, and a hair …

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Homes are getting harder to afford

Affording a home is getting more difficult these days.<p>According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), nearly 62% of all homes sold nationwide last quarter could be afforded by a family earning the national median income. Two years ago -- when …

Inside the Most Charming Apartment in Venice

Designed with a sense of drama.<p>Designed with a sense of drama, Matthew White's petite, 950-square-foot Venetian retreat fulfills a fantasy.

6 Historic Luxury Mansions You Can Buy for Under $300,000

Would you like a 9-bedroom, tudor estate built for a licorice tycoon for only $299,000?<p>Have you ever dreamt of owning a sprawling estate fit for a Dowager Countess, but sighed thinking it was hopeless without an extra inheritance to spare? As it turns out, it isn't (as long as you're willing to …

The Grandest Home To Ever Be Squeezed Into 550 Square Feet

Tiny, but grand in spirit.<p>Designer Peter Dunham's apartment may be tiny but it's grand in spirit, packed with exuberant patterns and colorful personality.

Approved Moments in Cleavage History, From Sophia Loren to Beyoncé

Photo: Photofest<p>This week, the Internet was rife with retellings of **Sophia Loren’**s memorable 1957 interaction with a sensationally dressed Jayne Mansfield. As seen in a photograph (shown above), the generously curved beauties shared a table at a Paramount party, where Loren was captured casting …

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This House Is Not for the Faint of Heart

But someone really does live there.<p>If someone suggested that you take up residence in a home perched precariously on a rock pillar, you'd probably balk. Sure, you can't beat the sweeping mountain views, but the phrase "don't look down!" doesn't really inspire a comfortable, welcoming vibe.<p>But for …