Interesting Housing News Links (April 17, 2009)

* Sure, rates are low, but refinancing isn’t for everyone (Herb Weisbaum, KPIC)

Uncle Sam wants you to refinance. President Barack Obama on Thursday urged homeowners to jump at low interest rates and refinance their home loans. But refinancing is not for everyone.

* Mall operator files for bankruptcy protection (Alex Veiga, The Herald)

The nation’s second-largest shopping mall owner, General Growth Properties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday in a tough bargaining move to restructure its $27 billion in debt.

* Regional housing giant Pulte to buy rival builder, Centex (Jim Wasserman, Sacramento Bee)

In a historic move by two of the capital region’s largest publicly traded home builders, Michigan-based giant Pulte Homes announced Monday it will buy rival Centex Corp., headquartered in Dallas, in a $1.3 billion stock deal.

* I Do, I Do: Every dog has his day – Cooper’s was a wedding (M. C. Finotti, Florida Times-Union)

Patrick Rumble and Kimberly Stokes haven’t even been married two months, but they already have a child.

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