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Industry News From REALTOR® Magazine

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Updated: 23 hours 51 min ago

Fannie Offers Closing Cost Aid to First-Timers

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced a new program that allows first-time home buyers of its properties to receive up to 3 percent of the purchase...

Best Places to Score Deals on Fixer-Uppers

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

For buyers in search of that diamond in the rough, they may want to look in these cities to land the biggest discounts on a home. 

Children Get Richer From Home Prices Too

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

Home prices can influence a home owner's child’s future income, a new study finds.

A Big Mistake Mortgage Shoppers Make

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

Many mortgage shoppers, particularly first-time home buyers, are leaving money on the table.

Speedy Investors Shutting Out Buyers?

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

With limited housing supplies this spring in many markets, investors are realizing they need to act fast, and some are willing to make an offer...

Foreclosures Plunge 67% From Peak

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

Foreclosure inventories are slowly drying up across the country as more Americans stay current on their mortgages. 

Home Staging Basics for Clients

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

From first impressions to possible layouts, home staging can provide buyers with a visual representation of the home and can help sell it faster...

Signs Now Point to a ‘Sustainable’ Recovery

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:00

Last year, the spring selling season failed to meet market expectations, but here's why 2015 will be different. 

3 Mistakes Sellers Often Make

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:00

Here are a few mistakes sellers often make in letting emotions override logic during a transaction.

Lenders to Get Stricter With Reverse Mortgages

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:00

The federal government is imposing tougher credit standards for reverse mortgages that go into effect April 27.

Rent vs. Buy: How to Overcome Buyer Concerns

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:00

Here's a chart to help you respond to buyer concerns over: "I can’t afford to buy!"

Mortgage Assistance Plays with Country Music?

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:00

For fans of country music, they may be able to get a mortgage payoff, at least for a year.

Buying Is Cheaper Than Renting in Most Places

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:00

From an affordability standpoint, renters who have saved enough to make a 10 percent down payment are better off buying in the majority of markets...

Real Estate Likely to Ride a 3-Year Wave

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:00

Economists and housing analysts predict that this year will kick off "three more years of smooth sailing for U.S. real estate,"...

Will Lenders Take Foreclosed Owners Back?

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:00

Home owners who lost their home to foreclosure during the financial crisis are slowly trying to step back into home ownership. But a critical...

Mortgage Rates Take Another Dip

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:00

Average fixed-rate mortgages moved lower this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage now averaging 3.66 percent.

'Tiny' Condos Are Selling for a Premium

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:00

Don't judge a condo by its size. That's the lesson some home shoppers are getting this spring, where some of the tiniest residences are...

America's 10 Healthiest Cities

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:00

These 10 cities in the U.S. succeed at providing a high quality of health care and supporting a healthy lifestyle to residents, according to a new...

The 20 Most Active Housing Markets

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:00

Sold signs are going up fast in these cities. Find out where homes are selling the fastest, sometimes even in less than a month. 

Office Rents Soar to 10-Year High

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:00

An improving job market is propelling an increased demand for office space.

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