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Builders Increase Spec-Home Supply for Spring

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

In anticipation of a hot spring-buying season, homebuilders are increasing their building of speculative homes, those built without a buyer in...

FHA Fee Cuts Expected to Boost Home Sales

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

What type of impact will the Federal Housing Administration’s move to lower insurance premiums really have on the housing market? 

Rebounding Sector: Office Space Is in Demand

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

Demand for office space is expected to remain at post-recession highs for the next two years.

3 Big Trends in Residential Design

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

How are foodies, smart-home devices, and staging ideas going to change the way we live in 2015? We came back from this year's International...

10 Cities Expected to Bloom in 2015

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

Forbes released its annual list of the fastest-growing cities this year. Will their housing markets follow?

Mortgage Applications Cool Off

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

After recent highs—driven mostly by a refinancing rush—mortgage applications reversed course, according to the Mortgage Bankers...

More Buyers in House-Hunting Mode

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

It may be mid-winter, but the latest housing reports show an uptick in home searches ahead of the typical spring rush.

FHFA Defends Lower Down Payments

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

The director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency assured lawmakers Tuesday that new programs backing mortgages with down payments as low as 3...

Sales of New Homes Post End-of-Year Jump

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:00

The National Association of Home Builders confirms the uptick is in line with what their members are seeing on the ground, including increased...

Can Home Staging Really Win Over Buyers?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

A new survey released by NAR offers an inside look into staging, including how many agents use it as a marketing tool, the cost, and the influence...

Shrinking Inventory May Raise Prices Again

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

“More inventories are needed, not less. Or else, home prices could re-accelerate,” according to NAR’s chief economist. 

Get Ready for the Return of 7.3M Ex-Owners

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

The first wave of home owners who had lost their home to foreclosure or a short sale during the foreclosure crisis are re-emerging. Are you...

Millennials to Drive Down Home Sizes

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

A growing number of first-time buyers will likely lead to smaller homes – a downsizing home trend that may start showing itself in 2015 even...

FHA: Lower Premiums Will Not Cost Taxpayers

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Administration’s new lower annual premiums on insurance for home buyers will not come at the cost of another taxpayer...

REALTOR Magazine Q&A with Move/realtor.com CEO Ryan O’Hara

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

REALTOR® Magazine catches up with Move Inc.’s new CEO Ryan O’Hara on the eve of Real Estate Connect to learn more about both his...

Housing Demand Rises, Supply Is Bigger Issue

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

“Supply is quickly becoming the biggest concern for healthy growth in home sales in 2015,” says the chief economist of realtor.com...

Smaller Down Payments Lure More Buyers

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Some home buyers are stepping off the sidelines as more lenders require less money up-front on a home purchase. 

The ‘Equity Rich’ Home Owner Is Back

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

About 20 percent of all properties with a mortgage are now considered “equity rich,” with home owners who have at least 50 percent...

60% of U.S. Cities Still in Recovery Mode

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

Many of U.S. cities are still playing catch up to their pre-recession levels. 

ListHub Updates Customers Ahead of Zillow Split

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:00

In a letter sent out today, ListHub detailed the terms proposed to Zillow before the third-party portal announced in January that it would halt...

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