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Property Know-it-All: RPR® Debuts Tablet App

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00

Show off a snapshot of a property's history from your tablet when touring homes with clients. Here's how. 

Seller, Buyer Confidence Dips Slightly

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Economists believe the latest stumble in consumer attitudes toward home buying and selling may be temporary.  

3.8M Homes Stand Vacant

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

The 3.8 million vacant homes are nearly twice as many as the total listings that are currently for-sale on the nation's MLSs. 

Economist: It's Not Easier to Get a Mortgage

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Limited credit availability is at least partly to blame for the tight supply that's leading to higher prices and higher rents, notes...

5 Cheapest Places to Close on a Mortgage

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Greater competition among lenders is helping mortgage costs to fall, proving it can be smart for buyers to shop around. Here's where mortgage...

New-Home Market Expected to Strengthen

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Builders are predicting a pick up in new-home sales in the coming months, but expect there will be some "bumps along the road."

9 Markets With the Highest Share of Equity

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

As home prices rise, more home owners are seeing gains in equity. Find out where. 

3 Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

Find out how big data is set to transform the commercial real estate industry.

Real Estate Firms Upbeat About Profitability

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

Ninety-five percent of real estate firms are confident that their net income will increase or stay the same in the next year, according to NAR...

Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4% Again

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

For the third consecutive week, averaged fixed mortgage rates edged down, but the drop will likely be temporary. 

CFPB Urges Industry to Embrace eClosings

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging the mortgage industry to move to electronic closings following its recent pilot program showed...

20% of Housing Markets Return to 'Normal'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

Seventy-five metro areas out of 360 examined nationwide have returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing...

Don't Call Millennials a 'Renter Generation'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

For those who've cast millennials as a generation of renters, more surveys are showing that not to be true. Young adults are the most...

Many Owners May Underestimate Their Equity

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

A large number of home owners may be erroneously perceiving themselves as underwater on their mortgage, according to a new report.

Banks Are Loosening Up on Jumbo Loans

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

The jumbo loan market is getting bigger as banks loosen up underwriting standards to attract more of the high-end housing market. 

Survey Reveals How Buyers Size Up Homes

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

What are the two chief motivators for house hunters in choosing the right home? A survey reveals what the majority of buyers are looking for....

House Flipping Loses Traction

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

The percentage of homes being flipped by investors fell to 4.5 percent of all single-family home sales in the second quarter, despite an increase...

Freddie: 3%-Down Loans Make Strong Debut

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

Freddie Mac reported a $4.2 billion total profit during the second quarter, citing a strong start to its new 3 percent down payment product....

7 Places Sellers Forget to Clean

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

There are common blind spots where dirt likes to gather, and they also happen to be places buyers might be scrutinizing. Share quick tips with...

More States Break Previous Home Price Peaks

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:00

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia soared to new highs in home prices in June.