Real Estate

Sales below 400,000 mark, prices rise less than 2 percent

California home sales posted higher for the second straight month, and while the statewide median home price rose from the previous month as well as a year ago, the pace of appreciation continued to slow, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) recently reported.

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Certain debt-collection activities, medical debts, will no longer affect score quite as heavily as they did

rs of the oft-dreaded FICO score, recently announced that it will stop using what it calls "certain debt-collection activities" when it calculates individual scores. For example debts that go to collection agencies and get repaid will no longer effect FICO scores.

In addition, Fair Isaac said that medical debts will have a smaller effect on its scoring criteria.

Alameda County one off just seven counties not pinched

Lower interest rates in the second quarter of 2014 failed to offset continued home price increases, lowering housing affordability statewide and in 19 of 26 counties in California, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) reported last week.

Oregon Historical Society. In 1867 Carleton Watkins took this photograph of a train coming around what the locals called "Cape Horn" on the portage route between The Dalles and Celilo Falls on the Columbia River. The train belonged to the Oregon Steam Navigation Company.

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