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New Homes Are Getting Bigger Again

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

The average single-family home increased in size at the beginning of this year, showing the desire among buyers for more space.

It's Becoming Easier to Get a Mortgage

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

Several reports are showing a trend that should be welcome news to potential home buyers: Lenders are loosening up on credit. 

Freddie: Rising Rents Won't Push Home Buyers

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

The majority of renters say they're staying put despite rising rents, finds a new survey by the mortgage giant. 

10 Most Active Markets for New-Home Sales

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

New-home sales nationwide remain way below historical averages, but there are pockets of strength across the country, particularly in the South....

In N.Y., Mortgage Firms Take on 'Zombies'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

New York state continues to battle a high number of "zombie" properties and its latest move aims to make sure the abandoned properties...

Home Builders Are Less Confident

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

Builder confidence in the newly built, single-family home market fell this month, but housing analysts are attributing it to overly cautious home...

7 Words to Strike From Your Vocabulary

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

Get to the point faster when speaking with clients by banishing these words, which only serve as conversation filler.

Realogy Commits to More Military Vet Hiring

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

Realogy announced that it seeks to increase the number of its employees who are U.S. military veterans from 2 percent to about 6 percent of its...

NAR Board Approves Nationwide Listing Data Entry System

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

The NAR Board of Directors has voted to approve a partnership that is designed to create a single online portal for all listing data posted by...

Buyers Face Barriers in HOA Neighborhoods

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

Home buyers may soon face more stringent underwriting standards and even higher interest rates when applying for a mortgage to purchase a home...

12 Most Popular New-Home Amenities in 2015

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

Find out the most popular features builders are adding to new homes this year, as well as the amenities that are quickly losing favor.

Owners Turn to HELOCs to Spruce Up Home

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

As home prices inch up, more home owners are tapping into their equity, but this time, mostly using it for home improvement.  

Study: Student Loans Don't Hinder Mortgages

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 00:00

A new study by TransUnion suggests that consumers in their 20s with student loans in repayment are able to access credit at levels similar to...

Tax Reform Expected to Take More Precedence

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:00

The improving federal budget picture and a recent spike in tax revenue could energize lawmakers who are considering making changes to the tax code...

Fannie Mae Hit With Discrimination Claim

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with 19 local fair housing organizations, is accusing the mortgage giant of failing to maintain...

Most Bike-Friendly Town in America

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

Does your city make the list of the top 20 for bikers?

30-Year Mortgage Rates Rise to 2-Month High

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

For the third consecutive week, mortgage rates continue to inch up. 

Multifamily Boom Can't Last Forever

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

At a forum on economic trends in commercial real estate, economists explained that investors should be wary about unbridled optimism in the...

Inventory Shortages Keeping Home Sales Low

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

Until inventory constraints improve, the country’s pent-up demand for home sales can’t be satisfied, according to NAR Chief Economist...

Working Poor Key to Presidential Victory

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

Republican political strategist Ed Gillespie told REALTORS® this week the candidate in the 2016 presidential election who articulates a path...

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