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Latest Unemployment Drop May Boost Housing

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00

The latest boost to employment may translate to the strongest spring homebuying season in a decade. 

Why New-Home Buyers May See Longer Waits

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00

Homebuilders across the country say stalled building permits from their local governments are creating delays in their projects. 

Signs of a Bad Moving Company

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00

In preparation for the spring buying season, give your clients these tips about red flags they may spot as they choose a moving company. 

Investors Upbeat, Yet Cautious About 2016

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00

Investors are taking steps to “de-risk” their portfolios as they take a more cautious tone this year. 

Decks vs. Patios: Which Is More Popular?

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00

While one is the clear champ, geographic patterns clearly emerge on preferences for decks and patios. 

Do Emojis Have a Place in Real Estate Ads?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Check out this emoji-laced listing description for the most famous address in the country. Can you decipher what it says?

Mortgage Rates Reverse Course, Inch Higher

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

For the first time in two months, mortgage rates edged higher this week.

Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Kitchen redos can be pricey. That means home owners on a budget must be choosy when trying to decide what kitchen projects to tackle first.

20 Cities Where Remodeling Is Booming

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Home remodeling is soaring in recent months as owners rush to spruce up their homes, particularly in these cities.

Does Home Buyer Education Really Help?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Mortgage giants like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have urged greater home buyer education to help avoid home owners who default. But how effective...

The Evolution of the American Home

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

How has the design of new homes changed over the last fifty years? Robert Dietz, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders...

AARP Strives to Improve Community Livability

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

A new tool from AARP's Public Policy Institute wants to help communities evolve to meet people's needs as they age.

Could Renters Get a Tax Deduction Soon?

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

A new bill hopes to provide some relief to renters who are faced with skyrocketing rental costs – by giving them a tax break. 

Agents Face Closing Doc Hurdles

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

Real estate professionals say several lenders and title companies are refusing to provide copies of final closing documents to them. “We...

As Market Heats Up, Home Flipping Returns

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

A growing number of single-family homes and condo sales are from flipped properties, and in some areas, home flipping is even above former 2005...

3 Ways Lenders May Mislead Borrowers

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

Help your clients be on the lookout for how lenders may sometimes lie to borrowers. 

CFPB Looks to Expand ‘Rural’ Designated Areas

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it is launching a new application process that could add more “rural” areas...

Surprising Tax Credits for Home Owners

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

Make sure your clients know about tax credits available to those who made upgrades to their homes' energy-efficiency in 2015.

Closing Delays Continue Under New Rules

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

More than 75 percent of banks say loan closings have been delayed due to new mortgage rules that took effect last fall, with delays ranging from...

Low Mortgage Rates May Be Losing Pull

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

Mortgage applications are down again. However, this may be because the number of home owners who haven't already refinanced is dwindling,...

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