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Pending Home Sales Surge to 18-Month High

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:00

A rise in buyer demand pushed pending home sales upward in January to the highest level since August 2013.

Man Shot, Killed During Home Showing

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:00

A real estate agent was showing a married couple a home for-sale just outside of Fort Lauderdale, when a gunman barged in and shot and killed the...

REALTORS® More Confident for the Spring

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:00

REALTORS® are reporting more buyer activity in their markets. But a lack of homes for-sale remains a chief concern in meeting that rise in...

Owners Upbeat About Their Home Values

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:00

A new survey reveals a record number of home owners believe the value of their home is rising. That optimism is translating into record levels of...

Housing Flips May Start to Flop

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:00

Investors are showing signs of shying away from flipping homes as home prices rise. Home flipping fell to 2011 lows last quarter, according to a...

REALTORS® Urge Action on Patent Trolls

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

REALTORS® made a forceful case yesterday to lawmakers in Congress to curb so-called patent trolls—companies that use the threat of...

A Big Threat to the Spring Housing Market

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

Low inventories of homes for-sale threatens to dampen the spring selling season this year.

Mortgage Rates Continue to Move Up

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

Despite another uptick this week, fixed-rate mortgage continue to hover near May 2013 lows.

States Move to Limit Housing Defect Cases

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

Lawmakers in several states are moving to try to make construction-defect laws more stringent, which could make litigation more difficult for home...

New Homes Get Supersized

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

The median size of a completed new home last year reached a record high, but will the supersize trend stick around? 

Fannie: Time for Housing to ‘Shift Up a Gear’

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

A strengthening employment sector and rising income growth should soon translate into higher home sales, predicts Fannie Mae economists. 

Spring Thaw? Better Days Ahead for Housing

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

Home sales likely will remain subdued early on in the year before picking up in the second quarter and then maintaining a brisk pace for the rest...

New-Home Sales Stay Resilient

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

For the past two months, new home sales have been trending at post-recession highs, despite large dips in the Northeast this winter. 

McMansions Remain a Hot Buy

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

Large homes in the $750,000 to $1 million range are seeing some of the largest sales growth recently. 

Nearly 80% of Housing Markets Are Stabilizing

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

Freddie Mac’s latest housing indicator shows that the majority of states and metros’ housing markets are gradually returning to their...

Loan Delinquencies Back to Pre-Crisis Levels

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

Welcome news to the housing market: More home owners are keeping up with their mortgage payments. 

Cleaning Tips to Keep Listings Sharp

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:00

A few simple tips can help your sellers maintain that just-cleaned look for longer, making that last-minute showing schedule a little easier to...

Foot Fetishist Threatening Agents Again

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:00

A caller who demanded photos of real estate agents' feet in Phoenix last spring is suspected of a new string of suspicious contacts with pros...

Brokerages, Builders Report Soaring Revenues

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:00

The end of 2014 proved to be profitable for many brokerages, and the outlook for some builders, and the outlook for some builders in 2015 is also...

Top Reasons People Want to Move

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:00

One in three U.S. households say they plan to relocate in the next five years. Here's what they'll be looking for in their next home....

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