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Boston Nonprofit's War Against Blight

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

A nonprofit group in Boston is offering a national model for mortgage buy-back programs that aims to reduce struggling home owners' costs and...

Pending Home Sales Take Unexpected Turn

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

Following three consecutive months of gains, pending home sales slipped in June.

Realtor.com® Debuts Instant Pre-Approval Tool

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

Realtor.com® announces a new free tool at its site that allows consumers to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan and select a lender.

Why Buyers Are Annoyed With New Homes

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

An increasing labor shortage among homebuilders reportedly is causing more new homes to be delivered late, and buyers say builders don't come...

Zillow to Pay $3.5B in Trulia Acquisition

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:00

The deal will maintain both the Zillow and Trulia consumer brands under one company, and is expected to close in 2015.

Increase in FHA Fees is Sinking Deals

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:00

A new survey of mortgage originators estimates that between 200,000 and 250,000 home sales have been lost due the increase in FHA fees. 

Recycled Commercial Buildings Enjoy New Life in Residential Rehabs

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:00

Remodelers are taking former barns, churches, and factories and converting them into unique, multi-million dollar homes. 

Can a Mortgage Rate Buy-Down Save a Deal?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:00

As home sales slow in some markets, more sellers may consider hooking potential buyers by offering to lower their mortgage rate.

'Spec' Office Construction Back in Demand

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:00

As the office recovery broadens, more lenders and investors are banking on speculative ventures in a handful of large metros.

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. 

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