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NAR to Congress: Ease Up on Mortgage Credit

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

"No one wants to see a return to the unscrupulous, predatory lending practices that caused the Great Recession," but the pendulum in...

Fannie, Freddie to Cut Mortgage Fees, Slightly

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is expected to announce a reduction in mortgage fees that some borrowers pay, but some housing advocates say...

Housing Starts Rise, Builders Remain Cautious

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The new-home market continues to make gains, albeit at a gradual pace as "some price sensitive buyers remain on the fence," according to...

Mortgage Rates Hover Near 2015 Lows

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.67 percent this week, remaining near the lowest average of the year, Freddie Mac reports. 

Police Make Arrest in Ariz. Open House Attack

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

An Arizona real estate professional recently came forward to warn her peers about a man who assaulted her during an open house. Police say that...

Should Retirees Remodel or Relocate?

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The decision on whether to renovate or relocate in retirement can be complex and emotional. Here are some guidelines to consider the best option...

CFPB Sets Rules For Housing Counseling Lists

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued guidance on how to provide mortgage applicants with a list of local home ownership counseling...

The Real Reason Millennials Aren't Buying

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

Millennials lack urgency when it comes to home ownership, housing analysts say. 

The 5 Hottest Single-Family Markets Are…

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

The national housing market is regaining steam after a slowdown in late 2013 and early 2014, and these areas are seeing some of the highest surges...

Builders Are More Upbeat About Sales

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

Builder confidence in newly constructed single-family homes was on the rise in April, showing more optimism in the spring selling season.

CFPB Sets New Rules Housing Counseling Lists

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued guidance on how to provide mortgage applicants with a list of local home ownership counseling...

Sunshine Favors These Markets

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

Which U.S. cities have the highest number of sunny days? Here's a bright selling point for these places.   

10 Greenest Cities in the U.S.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:00

These 10 major cities offer the healthiest and most environmentally friendly experience, according to a recent survey.

The 20 Most Popular Housing Markets Online

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

The spring selling season has brought more house hunters online. Find out which areas are attracting the most attention. 

Baby Boomers to Face Big Housing Problem

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

Researchers point to concerns about how the nation will meet this population’s affordable housing needs. 

What Lenders Are Looking for: The 4 C's

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

Here's a breakdown of what lenders are evaluating when deciding to grant a home buyer a loan. 

Loan Demand Softens as Rates Rise

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

Though mortgage demand was lower this week, applications for home purchases remains elevated over year-ago levels. 

Best and Worst Trees for a Listing

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

Trees make a difference in curb appeal, but the wrong planting choices can cause headaches. These lists of the best and worst trees to plant will...

Fannie Offers Closing Cost Aid to First-Timers

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:00

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced a new program that allows first-time home buyers of its properties to receive up to 3 percent of the purchase...

Best Places to Score Deals on Fixer-Uppers

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:00

For buyers in search of that diamond in the rough, they may want to look in these cities to land the biggest discounts on a home. 

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