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Lenders Show Divergence in Standards

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage executives say it’s difficult for consumers to get a mortgage today, but that difficulty might depend on the size of the lender.

What Will Get Home Buyers Moving?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00

Home buyers share 10 factors that are making them jump off the sidelines and back into the housing market. 

New-Home Sales Post Biggest Drop in a Year

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00

"The numbers are a little disappointing … but our surveys show that builders are confident about the future,” says the chair of...

Freddie: Many Housing Markets Are Stalling

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00

While more markets are moving into stable range, the housing market is showing mixed signals, according to a new report by the mortgage giant....

Mortgage Rates Hover Near Yearly Lows

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages remained mostly unchanged this week, with borrowing costs just slightly above their lows for 2014.

Remodeling Rising: More Home Owners Spruce Up Properties

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00

"With many home owners on better financial footing, home remodeling has become more popular," according to a new remodeling index...

Cell Towers, Antennas Problematic for Buyers

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:00

Home buyers and renters say they are less interest and would pay less for properties located near cell towers and antennas, according to a June...

This Is Where Millennial Home Buyers Are Heading

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00

While first-time home buyers’ presence in the housing market has been subdued in recent years, some metro areas are poised to soon see an...

Report: 17% of Homes Still Underwater

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00

The road back to equity for many home owners has slowed in recent months, but the number of underwater home owners is down 9 percent from a year...

Authorities Uncover Growing Mortgage-Relief Scams

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00

Federal and state officials have filed dozens of lawsuits against companies they say have been duping a growing number of home owners who are...

Home Owners Say if They Had to They’d Cut Housing Costs By …

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00

A new survey finds out what home owners would do with their home if faced with an unexpected financial burden. 

Fastest-Moving Real Estate Markets

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00

Properties are selling fastest in these 10 metro areas, according to ZipRealty's second quarter report. Can you guess where?

Campaign Puts a Face to Homelessness and Goes Viral

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00

A campaign called “Rethink Homelessness” by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness has already generated more than 1 million...

3 Challenges Still Facing the Housing Market

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:00

Existing-home sales picked up momentum in June, but the housing market still faces challenges that are subduing a more robust recovery.

The Real Reason for an Inventory Shortage?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:00

While the number of homes for sale nationwide is showing signs of inching up, inventories still remain constrained in many places. Here’s...

Majority of Buyers Unaware of True Costs of Home Ownership

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:00

Many home buyers recently surveyed say they find the financing process overwhelming, according to a new poll. 

Refis Drive Rise in Mortgage Applications in Latest Week

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:00

More borrowers submitted mortgage applications to refinance their homes, even though mortgage rates barely budged during the week.

The 7 Most Energy-Efficient States

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:00

California gets edged out this year as the top state for energy efficiency. Find out which state claimed the top spot this year.

3 Ways to Turn Home Owners Into Sellers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:00

Today’s low interest rates may be spooking potential move-up buyers. Learn how you can help home owners see beyond the percentage points.

Should You Team Up With Other Agents?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:00

Real estate professionals who are struggling to get everything done despite working 80 hours a week should consider incorporating a team-based...