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Homes Getting Less Affordable for Many

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:00

Home prices are rising faster than wages in 61 percent of markets, a new report reveals. Find out which metro areas are the least affordable.

Could Bots Be Targeting Your Website?

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:00

Real estate websites saw a 300 percent jump in bad bot activity last year alone. Here’s what you need to be on guard about with your website...

Agent Uses 'Property Drama' to Market Home

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:00

“If you can entertain people with storytelling while showing a house, the more eyeballs you’re going to draw to that property, the...

HUD Offers Up $100M for Lead Paint Clean Up

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:00

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering grants to help low-income families remove dangerous household hazards from their...

Don’t Use E-mail to Manage Transactions

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

As hackers continue to use fraudulent online messages to steal money from unsuspecting home buyers, it's vital you take steps to secure your...

Mortgage Giants to Reduce Loan Balances

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

Some critics say that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s new program to help underwater home owners falls short. 

The Best Time to Charge Your Phone

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

How low should you let your battery go? A new study reveals the optimal time to plug in.

Pros and Cons of 6 Common Roof Types

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

Learn to identify roof types so you can speak intelligently with your clients about this vital home feature.  

Loan Demand Eases, Refinancers Recede

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

Mortgage rates didn't fluctuate much last week, but that didn’t keep applications from tumbling once again. 

Renters Say They’ll Pay More for Green

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

Learn about the impact of environmentally friendly features, such as LEED certification and recycling programs, on rental premiums.

6 Ways to Explain Low Inventory

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 00:00

Everyone knows there's a shortage of sellers. But what are the underlying reasons, and when will these barriers be resolved?

First-Time Buyers May Face a Difficult Spring

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00

Your first-time buyers will likely face some steep competition for homes this spring. Make sure they’re ready. 

‘Shame Campaign’ to Speed Foreclosures?

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00

A lawmaker is posting signs in the lawns of foreclosed homes in Buffalo, N.Y., to try to publicly humiliate lenders and get them to move faster on...

Days to Close Speeds Up

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00

Those spring transactions may move faster. The average number of days to close on a home purchase finally reversed last month. 

Remodeling by Going Modular

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00

Find out why many owners are deciding to expand their homes through customizable modular construction.

5 Home Fixes Not Worth It at Resale

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00

If you’re hoping for a boost on the sale price of a home, you may want to avoid these remodeling projects in favor of some others. 

How Does Your Electric Bill Stack Up?

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 00:00

View an infographic to see how the electric bills in your state compares to other states. 

Sales Tumble Amid Alarmingly Low Inventories

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 00:00

Heading into the spring housing market, “the main issue continues to be a supply and affordability problem,” says NAR’s...

A Warning to Your Buyers: Closing Scam

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 00:00

Home buyers could lose their entire down payment in a flash under this latest closing cost scam. You’ll want to warn your clients about this...

Cities to Watch: 2016's Fastest-Growing Places

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 00:00

More residents are flocking to these cities. Will their housing markets soon get hotter?

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