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Help Your Buyers Reduce Closing Costs

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Many factors can increase the closing costs buyers face — but they can control some of them. Give your buyer clients more money at the table...

New-Home Market on Slow Route to Recovery

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Construction in the new-home market fell last month, but analysts describe it more as a temporary blip after several months of increases rather...

Agents Still Rely on Print Marketing

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Even though print marketing isn’t returning the same sales lead success as online promotions, real estate pros say they’re not giving...

Loan Apps Drop Again, Despite Low Rates

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

The season's slow momentum is hard to fight: Even as mortgage rates fell to their lowest level since May 2013, applications dropped 3.3...

Report: Fannie, Freddie's Role Is Shrinking

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

With the private sector increasing its involvement, GSEs Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are likely to guarantee fewer and fewer loans over the next...

Coming Soon: The Laptop-Powered Home?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

IBM researchers have found that discarded laptop batteries still pack enough power to light up many homes. Where will this green technology...

Are Builders Too Confident?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

"Home builders are smiling like it is the 2005 boom. They are building like it is the 2008 bust," reports The Wall Street Journal.

Determine Whether You're a Team Player

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

Look at your brand, brokerage, and goals to determine whether a team model is right for you.

Americans Are 40% Poorer Today

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

The net worth of American families has plunged 40 percent since 2007, right before the financial crisis struck, according to the Pew Research...

10 Priciest Markets for Renters

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

In these 10 cities, renters can expect to face some of the steepest rental costs in the country.

Lenders Eased Standards in November

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage availability rose last month, showing signs that the credit box is gradually opening for borrowers — but not all banks are opening...

8 Things People Say Their Homes Don't Have

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:00

The majority of Americans say they are living in less-than-ideal housing and neighborhoods, according to a new report identifying the top unmet...

Winter Is Best Time to Sell, Study Shows

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:00

Why sellers shouldn’t hibernate in the winter: A new study finds that colder months often offer the best chances to sell in the quickest...

NYT: Blame Banks, Not Borrowers

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:00

The New York Times editorial board said the idea that borrowers brought foreclosure on themselves ignores evidence to the contrary. They also...

MLSs Promote Accessibility Features

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:00

A move to highlight a home’s accessibility features—everything from extra-wide doorways that can accommodate wheelchairs to first-...

Did New-Home Price Increases Go Too Far?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:00

Some builders are wondering if last year's hikes ended up shutting too many out of the market. 

More Worry About Home's Health

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:00

About a quarter of home owners express some level of concern about their house negatively impacting the health of their family, a new survey finds...

FHFA Seeks to Bolster Affordability

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is reinstating the program that allocates millions of dollars a year to spur development in affordable housing...

Mortgage Rates Up, But Remain Below 4%

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 00:00

Home buyers and refinancers are locking in big savings. 

FAA Drone Rules Delayed to 2017

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 00:00

Real estate pros who were hoping to use drones to capture aerial photos of their listings may have to wait a lot longer than previously thought....

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