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Meet REALTOR® University's First MRE Graduates

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

Seven REALTORS® have paved the way for REALTOR® University's Master of Real Estate program, becoming the first class of graduates.

2 Things Luxury Buyers Want Most

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

A new realtor.com® survey reveals what high-end buyers are looking for in the homes they purchase. Square footage takes a backseat to these...

Mortgage Rates Rise Across the Board

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.33 percent this week, nearly a full percentage higher than a year ago, Freddie Mac reports. 

4 Types of Homes That Won't Sell

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

More than half of all existing homes are unlikely to be put up for sale anytime soon, unless there are significant changes in the housing market,...

Housing Recovery Ending? Not Yet

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

Several housing reports out this week have shown a sluggish start to the spring selling season, but experts point to signs of continued strength...

Home Owners Think Twice About Short Sales

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

A sharp drop in short sales began at the start of the year, as the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act forces distressed owners...

REALTOR® Confidence Edges Up, Concerns Remain

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:00

REALTORS® are more upbeat about current conditions in the housing market, but the recent uptick in their optimism may reflect the seasonal...

Tight Credit Continues to Plague New-Home Sales

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:00

New-home sales experienced a double-digit drop in March as tight credit conditions are preventing many first-time buyers and younger families from...

Buyers Face More Competition Again as Bidding Wars Rise

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:00

In several markets, buyers are finding they’re up against multiple bids for a home as bidding wars start to edge up again. Find out which...

Electronic Mortgage Closings Next Hot Thing?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it plans to run pilot tests of eClosings over the next 15 months to gauge the benefits to borrowers...

Housing Markets Improve in Majority of States

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:00

More than half of U.S. states — as well as more than half of the top 50 metros in the country — saw their housing markets improve in...

Home Sales Mark Sluggish Start to Spring

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

“With ongoing job creation and some weather-delayed shopping activity, home sales should pick up, especially if inventory continues to...

Real Estate IQ Test Shows Gap in Consumers’ Housing Knowledge

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

Home owners who purchased a home within the past year scored five points lower on a real estate IQ test than those who had bought a home more than...

Realtor.com(R) Rolls Out Preferred Pricing for Listing Enhancements

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

Realtor.com® has raised the nonmember pricing of its agent listing enhancement product, while REALTORS® will continue to receive a...

Do Green Homes Fetch Higher Sales Prices?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

In one recent analysis, the median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features was $47,600 higher than for homes without any green...

Mortgage Applications Drop as Borrowing Costs Rise

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

For the first time in six weeks, applications for home purchases, viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales, fell, the Mortgage Bankers...

Fracking: A Growing Threat to Home Values?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

Fracking is being linked to declines in property values of up to 15 percent for nearby homes.

Is Your Commute a Mortgage Killer?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

While some lenders do consider commuting costs into home buyers' expenses, many don't. Smart buyers should understand how their commute...

Study: Words in Listing Ads Can Boost Sales Price

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

A new study suggests placing greater focus on listing all of the features and architectural details of a home in your listing ads could be time...

10 Markets Where Homes Are Selling the Fastest

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

The national average for days on the market is 102 days, but in some markets, many listings are on the market for a month or even less. 

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