Things You Should Know…

• Prospective borrowers worried about the foreclosure crisis should obtain pre-purchase homeownership counseling. A Harvard University analysis found that borrowers who received classroom and individual counseling were, respectively, 23 percent and 41 percent less likely to become 60 days delinquent than equivalent borrowers who did not undergo counseling.

• Calling the market low is a difficult task, and it’s most often spotted in the rear-view mirror, according to MSN. While prices in many markets have not yet hit their lowest point, the bottom may be near. And in other areas, only the pace of sales has been affected; prices have held firm or increased. Waiting for the absolute bottom puts consumers at risk of missing the best prices and getting caught up in a market on the upswing.

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