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Does Starbucks Brew Higher Home Values?

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 00:00

Does a Starbucks shop coming to town equate with “venti-sized home-value appreciation?”

Inventory Problems Stall Home Sales

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

“With interest rates at lows not seen since early 2013, the strength in existing-sales in upcoming months will largely depend on the...

Mortgage Rates Up for the First Time This Year

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages reversed course this week, inching up, following weeks of declines.

Home Ownership Rate Falls to 20-Year Low

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

But the decade-long decline in home ownership may now be drawing to an end. Find out why economists are so upbeat. 

Report: Home Remodeling Is Surging

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

More home owners are sprucing up their properties, which could lift the home improvement business to record levels this year. 

Squatters Block Detroit’s Big Housing Clean Up

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

Detroit city officials are on a mission to clear tens of thousands of abandoned, dilapidated houses throughout its city, but squatters are...

5 Cutting-Edge Design Trends for 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 00:00

These five architectural design trends are set to impact 2015.

Rupert Murdoch: 3 Reasons I Bought Realtor.com®

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

News Corp founder and executive chairman Rupert Murdoch took the stage at Inman Connect in New York on Thursday to explain why Move Inc., the...

2015: The Breakout Year for Sellers?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

Could this finally be the year that more home sellers make their move? NAR researchers talk about the “pent-up seller” demand that is...

5 Ways to Raise the Value of Your Listing

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

A new Consumer Reports survey of real estate professionals reveals which upgrades can boost a home’s selling price by up to 12 percent.

Builders Increase Spec-Home Supply for Spring

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

In anticipation of a hot spring-buying season, homebuilders are increasing their building of speculative homes, those built without a buyer in...

FHA Fee Cuts Expected to Boost Home Sales

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

What type of impact will the Federal Housing Administration’s move to lower insurance premiums really have on the housing market? 

Rebounding Sector: Office Space Is in Demand

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

Demand for office space is expected to remain at post-recession highs for the next two years.

3 Big Trends in Residential Design

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

How are foodies, smart-home devices, and staging ideas going to change the way we live in 2015? We came back from this year's International...

10 Cities Expected to Bloom in 2015

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

Forbes released its annual list of the fastest-growing cities this year. Will their housing markets follow?

Mortgage Applications Cool Off

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

After recent highs—driven mostly by a refinancing rush—mortgage applications reversed course, according to the Mortgage Bankers...

More Buyers in House-Hunting Mode

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

It may be mid-winter, but the latest housing reports show an uptick in home searches ahead of the typical spring rush.

FHFA Defends Lower Down Payments

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

The director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency assured lawmakers Tuesday that new programs backing mortgages with down payments as low as 3...

Sales of New Homes Post End-of-Year Jump

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

The National Association of Home Builders confirms the uptick is in line with what their members are seeing on the ground, including increased...

Can Home Staging Really Win Over Buyers?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

A new survey released by NAR offers an inside look into staging, including how many agents use it as a marketing tool, the cost, and the influence...