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Maybe Staging Isn't That Important...

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 00:00

A new study shows that buyers are inclined to pay the same amount for a home staged with "ugly" furniture versus "good furniture,...

Association-Wide Shaming for Ethics Violators

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 00:00

In a new pilot program, The California Association of REALTORS® will soon publish the names and photos of members who violate the Code of...

Home Sales, Inventories Reach a Turning Point?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:00

Existing-home sales posted the first rise of the year in April, with improved inventory levels. Sales are expected to trend upward from this point...

Mortgage Rates Fall to 7-Month Low

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages reached new lows for the year this week. It is the fourth consecutive week that mortgage rates have dropped.

The State With the Fastest Housing Market Growth Is…

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:00

For the third consecutive year, this state has stunned the nation with its soaring housing growth. Can you guess which state it is?

Credit Counseling to Lower FHA Borrowers’ Payments

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:00

Federal Housing Administration borrowers may be able to lower their mortgage insurance premiums if they agree to undergo housing counseling,...

Top 10 Best Cities for Kids

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:00

The majority of parents of school-aged children make their home-buying decisions with their kids in mind. Find out if your town made Livability....

Townhouse Market Softens With Fewer First-Time Buyers

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:00

Despite sluggish demand lately, economists are optimistic about the future of the townhouse sector, given a large number of buyers who say they...

Sellers Have Nowhere to Go After the Sale

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:00

With low inventories and quickly rising home prices, many sellers are becoming less confident that they will be able to find another home at an...

Survey: Most Parents Make Home-Buying Decisions Around Their Kids

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:00

Sixty-seven percent of Millennial parents and 64 percent of Gen X parents say they are most concerned about the immediate impact of a move on the...

Housing Picture Remains 'Worrisome,' Fannie Mae Says

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:00

"We believe this year will likely be a bump in the long-term road back toward normal levels, which we continue to expect sometime in late...

The Main Culprit Behind Housing's Slowdown?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:00

Changes in mortgage rates can account for much of the sluggishness in existing home sales over the past year, according to a new report by a...

More Home Owners Remodel to Raise Home’s Value

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:00

Home owners are remodeling their homes to increase the value, but they also are showing more desire to stay and enjoy their remodels before they...

How to Take a Good Head Shot

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:00

Ron and Alexandra Seigel, managing partners of Napa Consultants, International in California, encourage agents to smile with their eyes to...

REALTORS® See Growing Incomes for Third Year in a Row

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:00

With a rise in sales and home prices, REALTORS® are seeing a boost to their incomes.

Mortgage Giant Tweaks 5 Projections for Housing in 2014

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:00

“While we still see an improving trajectory for the housing market, we're pushing it out a few months from our earlier forecast,”...

Housing Affordability Slips, But Not Everywhere

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:00

In some parts of the country, home shoppers are able to qualify for a mortgage with salaries of $21,000 or less. But in some high-end markets, you...

CitiGroup Wants to Increase Its Mortgage Business

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:00

“We think today we are below our natural market share,” says the CEO of Citi Mortgage about the bank’s falling market share in...

Mortgage Applications Rise 0.9% in Latest Week

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:00

For the third consecutive week, mortgage applications rose as interest rates dropped, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. ...

When the Chicken Doesn't Dare Cross the Road

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 00:00

A blog has identified eight street crossings in the United States that require lengthy detours to avoid lethal consequences.