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NAR: Pending Home Sales Continue to Cool

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

For the eighth consecutive month, contracts to purchase previously owned homes took a tumble in February, but the slowdown may be nearing an end,...

Man Arrested After Attack on Tenn. Agent

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

A man was taken into police custody in connection with aggravated kidnapping and robbery, sexual battery, and theft of property between $500 and $...

West Coast Home Builder Expands East

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

San Jose, Calif.-based UCP Inc. announced that it is acquiring Citizen Homes Inc., which builds homes on the East Coast. It's the latest in a...

Property Taxes at a 20-Year High

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

Property taxes continue to increase, as the amount collected by state and local governments in 2013 reached the highest level in about two decades...

New Freddie Index Gauges 'Normal' Markets

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

The nation’s housing market is improving, based on a three-month trend, and is inching closer to a stable range — but it still has a...

REALTORS® Unite for 2014 Boston Marathon

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

REALTORS® across Boston and the country are banding together to stay "Boston Strong" as the 2014 Boston Marathon approaches, and...

Survey: High Expectations for Retirement Homes

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

Seventy percent of baby boomers say that the house they live in when they retire will be the best home they've ever had, according to a survey...

App Turns iPhone Taps Into Floor Plans

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

New software for Apple's mobile devices can take your motions and turn them into basic floor plans.

Realtor.com® to Display Remodeling History on For-Sale Homes

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

The Porch Home & Neighborhood Report adds tremendous insight that a prospective buyer or seller can discuss with their REALTOR® to help...

Weather Chills New Home Sales to 5-Month Low

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Despite another slowdown in new-home sales, builders say they’re still optimistic for a strong spring buying season. 

Regulators Seek to Raise Qualifications of Appraisers

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Bank regulators are calling for new rules to boost the qualifications of appraisers and ensure greater accuracy of home values.

New Report Faults Fannie, Freddie Foreclosure Inspections

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

The Office of Inspector General raises several concerns over how pre-foreclosure inspections have been handled by the mortgage giants. 

Loan Applications for Home Purchases Show Rebound

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases – viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales – rose 2.8 percent last week.

Condo Developers Pick Up the Scent

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

High-end developers have learned what agents knew all along -- a homey aroma can sell.

More Luxury Owners Renting Out Their Homes

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

More luxury home owners are renting out all or part of their sizable dwellings for reasons such as finding someone to watch their pets or to help...

More Banks Lower FICO Score Requirements

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Banks are beginning to accept lower FICO scores when approving mortgage loans in an attempt to shore up lending for underserved borrowers.

Freddie: No More Record-Low Mortgage Rates

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Though they've been on the rise, mortgage rates are still historically low compared to the trend over the last four decades. See Freddie Mac...

4 Big Predictions for Commercial Real Estate

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Over the next 25 years, commercial real estate will be greatly influenced by changes in demographics, technology, globalization, and economic and...

Chinese Buyers See Big Opportunity in U.S.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

More Chinese home buyers are shifting their focus, which traditionally has been on real estate in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, and Australia, to...

7 Markets Where Median List Prices Are Soaring

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Realtor.com® recently highlighted some of the hottest markets to buy, based on the largest year-over-year median list price gains from...