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Energy-Efficient Mortgages Gain Popularity

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:00

More home buyers and current home owners are weighing the merits of a "green" mortgage, which allows them to finance home improvements...

Mortgage Applications Off Historical Trend

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases fell nearly 4 percent in the week ending Feb. 21 from the week prior, hitting their lowest level since...

Study: Student Debt Holds Buyers Back, But Doesn't Need To

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

Rising student loan debt continues to hold young Americans back from home ownership, but lenders and real estate professionals say it doesn't...

Average Home Upsized Post-Recession

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

The average new-home size has increased more than 300 square feet since 2009, filling the extra space with more bedrooms, bathrooms, and amenities...

Why Divorcing Couples May Be a Growing Client Base

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

The divorce rate is back on the rise, contributing to the formation of new households and boosting demand for housing. 

5 Housing Markets With Lightest Tax Burdens

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

As tax time approaches, HousingWire takes a look at the housing markets with some of the lightest tax burdens.  

More Home Owners Tap Into Equity Again

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

Home equity lines of credit, once popular during the housing boom days, are back, but home owners are using them more cautiously, lenders say....

Do Energy-Efficient Buildings Have a Downside?

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

Occupants of some retrofitted buildings are finding that mold and bacteria can thrive in some otherwise ideal environments.

Should Google+ Be Part of Your Marketing?

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

According to one tech guru, Google+ is "the most misunderstood social network ever introduced," and he insists that real estate...

NAR: Commercial Recovery Slow But Steady

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

The four major commercial sectors — office, industrial, retail, and multifamily — can expect to see "slow and gradual improvement...

More Foreigners Plant Roots in U.S.

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

These are the top countries of origin for people moving to the U.S. in 2013, as well as the top destinations for U.S. residents moving out of the...

Dramatic Spike in Cost of Home Ownership

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

The estimated monthly house payment for a median-priced three-bedroom home purchased at the end of 2013 was 21 percent higher than it was at the...

Buffett: Real Estate Taught Me How to Invest

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

Billionaire and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett talks about how two small non-stock investments in real estate from years ago were keys to...

Boomerang Buyers Making Moves to Return to Home Ownership

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

Now that the worst of the foreclosure crisis is in the rearview mirror, former home owners who lost their homes to a short sale or foreclosure are...

NAR Names New General Counsel

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 00:00

The National Association of REALTORS® has selected Katie Raynolds Johnson as the association’s newest senior vice president and general...

Fannie Mae Swings to Record-Breaking Profit

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 00:00

The mortgage giant is finally back in the black, generating enough profits to push its total payments back to the federal government higher than...

Kiplinger Predicts More Modest Housing Gains in 2014

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 00:00

"More moderate growth this year is not necessarily bad news, it signals a more sustainable, long-term growth trajectory that will help quell...

Subprime Lending Making a Comeback?

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 00:00

A sector of the market that took a lot of blame for causing the financial crisis is slowly re-emerging. 

Oil Boom Sparks Housing Rush in North Dakota

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 00:00

North Dakota's oil boom – mostly centered in the western part of the state – is prompting record-high home and rental prices...

Rises in Housing Inventories Offer Some Relief to Buyers

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 00:00

The number of properties for sale edged up 3.1 percent in January, suggesting a more balanced housing market going into the 2014 home buying...