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Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Insight - Housing Price Indicator

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Insight has a page that provides links to a wide array of data on housing markets and housing finance at:

Meeting Notes from Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Annual Shareholder Meeting with Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

This article was so popular that we decided to start a whole website centered around the concepts of value investing at  It is of course named after the pre-eminent residents of Graham and Doddsville.

Graph of 30 Year, Fixed-Rate Conventional Home Mortgage Commitments

This graph was created from data obtained from the Federal Reserve.  In addtion to the 10 year, month by month fixed rate home mortage interest rate there is a 12 month moving average to provide a smoothed trendline. 

Mortgage Bankers Association

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry.  MBA's research and economics group provides current and comprehensive data and benchmarking tools that make a difference in short- and long-term strategic planning. cover all real estate business areas - economic forecasting, residential, commercial and multifamily.

"Jumbo" Loans vs. Conforming Loans

Katie Wethman's Thoughts on Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Real Estate has an excellent entry on the difference between a Conforming, Jumbo, and FHA loans.  I didn't realize that the point at which a loan became a "Jumbo" loan was when Fannie and Freddie could not buy the loan--the present limit is around $417,000.

What to do if you're in danger of losing your home

Home owners in fear of facing foreclosure and seeking free mortgage counseling assistance should call the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 888-995-HOPE (4673).  Calls to the hotline - provided by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week by

How long with it last: Life expectancy of common household components

An excellent post on the Home Inspection Blog on the life expectancy of some common household items.  Sample life expectancies include:

WSJ Article - Beyond Auctions: Ways to Buy Foreclosure Homes

A good article in the Wall Street Journal on buying foreclosed homes.    It states:


What contributed most to the subprime crisis?: