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Loan Demand Surges on Fear of Rising Rates

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:00

Sudden increases in interest rates can boost the homebuying market because it gets buyers off the fence before they go any higher, one lender says...

Freddie Mac Names New Chief Economist

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:00

Sean Becketti, an executive who has broad experience in the private sector, will become the voice of the mortgage giant. 

Who Can Make Housing Affordable?

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:00

Many Americans remain pessimistic about the ability to afford a home in the future, and they're not sure whether the government can do...

How Music Enriches the Showing Experience

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:00

Drown out the awkward sounds of heels clattering across floors or hallow echoes in empty rooms with background music. But don't automatically...

Appraisal Management Company Not Paying Reasonable Fees, Agency Says

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:00

An appraisal management company has agreed to pay a $5,000 administrative fee and adopt a fee schedule after an investigation by the Louisiana...

The Most Common Delays Toward Closing

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:00

The majority of contracts are settling on time, but find out what some REALTORS® identified as the biggest sticking points in their contracts...

Fannie: 'Things Are Looking Up for Housing'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:00

Job growth is driving meaningful income growth as well as helping to boost the outlook for the housing market, according to Fannie Mae's...

Police Release Video of Real Estate Gunman

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:00

Police have released surveillance video of a man who they say robbed two real estate agents at gunpoint in Florida last week. Police are asking...

Distressed Market to Reach 'Normal' by 2017?

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:00

Distressed sales continue to fall with markets shifting away from REO sales as home prices show improvement.

Loan Mods May Not Save These Home Owners

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:00

An alarming number of borrowers who are delinquent on their mortgages have already undergone some form of home retention program, but are still...

Mortgage Rates Fall Into 'Panic Mode'?

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The period where borrowers could lock in a 3.5 percent rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage may have ended. Mortgage rates are showing signs of...

Renters, Owners Bullish on Prices

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

Renters and home owners both expect prices to continue to increase in the coming year, but renters expect to face the highest prices, a new survey...

10 Housing Markets Fueled by Job Growth

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

Nearly 3 million jobs have been created in the past 12 months. Find out where jobs are increasing the most and home appreciation is following....

Many Retirees Still Struggling with Mortgages

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The number of seniors still making house payments into retirement has grown following the recession. 

CFPB: Reverse Mortgage Ads Are Misleading

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning the public about ads touting reverse mortgages as tax-free money that can help you achieve a...

4 Networking Tips to Work a Room

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

Whether you're at a work event or social gathering, finding yourself in a room where you don't know anyone can be stressful. Here's...

Home Buyers Make Less of a Down Payment

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Down payments in the first quarter indicate that first time home buyers are finally starting to come out of the woodwork, although gradually,...

Mortgage Rates Hover Around 2015 High

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Brace your buyers: More rises in mortgage rates are likely, as bond yields inch up. 

6.6M Homes at Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

A new report shows that more than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge this year.

Can I Offer You Pizza for That House?

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Under a hot housing market where multiple offers are common, one buyer decided to add to her offer something the seller couldn't possibly...

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