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Why Everyone Is Talking About Mortgage Rates

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages haven’t been this low since May 2013, as home buyers and refinancers look to take advantage of the lower borrowing...

NAR Fights Patent Trolls with 'Super Coalition'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:00

NAR is joining a large coalition of companies in lobbying for patent reform legislation. “REALTORS® have become targets of frivolous...

CFPB’s New Mortgage Tool Sparks Outrage

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:00

Several mortgage groups are calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to remove its newly released mortgage education tool, the “...

More Home Owners Are Remodeling Again

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:00

The home remodeling market is showing signs of a rebound. From large additions to small remodels to maintenance and repairs, a new index shows...

Study: Buyers Willing to Pay Extra for Solar

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:00

A new study shows there is high demand among home buyers for solar energy homes, and they’re willing to pay more for an equipped home too....

High Court: Owners Can Rescind Their Loans

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

If lenders don't provide proper disclosures, home owners have the right to cancel their mortgages, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week.

Mortgage Giants Urged to Ease Up on Credit

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced several steps designed to loosen tight mortgage standards and help more potential buyers qualify for...

Court: Owners Can Rescind Their Loans

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

If lenders don't provide proper disclosures, home owners have the right to cancel their mortgages, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week.

Tech Industry's Influence on Housing Shift

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

Markets that are strongholds for technology jobs are changing as the industry evolves.

The Prime Time to List a Home

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

When's the most popular day of the week to put a property on the market?

'Worst Is Over' for Collapse in Lending

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

Mortgage lending plunged 36 percent last year, marking the industry's worst showing in about 17 years. But here's why economists say...

Dip in Foreclosures Could Turn Up in Spring

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:00

Last year, foreclosure filings reached their lowest annual total since 2006, prior to the financial crisis, but "deferred distress"...

FHA Fee Cuts Likely to Lure More Buyers

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

The FHA’s mortgage premium reduction likely will help more than 2 million borrowers save an average of $900 annually over the next three...

Loan Demand Posts Biggest Leap in 6 Years

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

Consumers who saw rates plunge last week responded enthusiastically as mortgage applications drew markedly higher activity.

More HOAs Foreclose on Late-Paying Owners

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

Condo homeowner associations are more and more willing to trigger foreclosures against late owners who have fallen behind on their HOA fees. But...

Buyers Turn to Credit Unions for Mortgages

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

Credit unions have quadrupled their market share since 2006, offering home buyers another option from the traditional mortgage lender. 

Phone Separation May Make You Stupid

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:00

You may often be tethered to your smartphone to stay connected to your business—and a new study suggests why you may want to keep that phone...

Smaller Remodeling Jobs Get Better ROI

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:00

As the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report makes clear, large-scale jobs...

A Guide to Finding Mortgage Savings

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:00

Many borrowers are spending too much in mortgage payments because they didn't shop around for lenders enough. The Consumer Finance Protection...

The Days When the Most Closings Occur

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:00

The most popular days for closings tend to be Fridays and the last business day of the month, according to NAR. But which months see more closings...

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