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7 Top-Performing Markets for Rental Returns

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

Rental properties are allowing investors to build wealth over the long-term while generating monthly income and watching their homes' values...

Mortgage Debt Relief Faces Big Vote Today

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

NAR is watching carefully as the Senate Finance Committee votes today on a two-year retroactive extension of tax relief for households who’...

Brown: FHA's Insurance Premiums Sidelining Buyers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

As many as 375,000 potential home buyers were priced out of the market in 2013 because of FHA’s high mortgage insurance premiums and strict...

RealtyTrac Wipes Hyperlocal Neighborhood Info From Listings

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

RealtyTrac has removed property details such as nearby sex offenders and histories of drug labs from its for-sale listings only weeks after it...

Census: More People Are Moving South

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

Between 2010 and 2013, 51 percent of the population increase in 52 major metros nationwide was in the South, according to U.S. Census Bureau data...

Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2013; Investment Property Declines

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

Vacation-home sales jumped almost 30 percent in 2013, while investment homes dropped by 8.5 percent, according to NAR’s 2014 Investment and...

Many Closings Temporarily Stalled After Ellie Mae Outage

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

A massive software outage affecting Ellie Mae, a mortgage technology developer, caused several loan processing delays affecting many closings.

CoreLogic: Home Prices Likely to Moderate Soon

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

Home prices will likely level off within the next year as home equity releases pent-up supply, according to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index....

Mortgage Applications Swing in Purchase Loans Favor

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

Overall mortgage applications dropped again last week, but applications for home purchases – viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales...

Happy Living: Survey Reveals 15 Happiest Cities

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

Are you in a happy place? A new index ranks cities based on their levels of well-being. 

Judge Your Popularity: Google+ Adds Page Views to Profiles

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:00

You can now keep closer tabs on how many people are viewing your profile and pages on the social networking site. 

Site Makes Push for Open Data from Cities

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

A new site from the Open Knowledge Foundation gives you up-to-date information about how readily available data is from a number of cities.

'Ghost Listings' Could Scare Off Business

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

In New York City, there appears to be a significant number of "ghost listings" of properties that may not be on the market but are...

Low Down Payments for Fewer First-Time Buyers

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

REALTORS® are reporting less and less that their first-time buyers are obtaining mortgages with down payments of 6 percent or less.

Distressed Sales Continue to Tumble

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Foreclosures and short sales accounted for a total of 16 percent of February home sales, down from 25 percent a year ago, according to the...

Multifamily REITs Rebound After Slow 2013

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

Multifamily real estate investment trusts are becoming real estate’s “red-hot category,” and it was the most profitable sector...

10 Metros With Most Single-Family Homes

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

The Midwest boasts the largest share of single-family homes in the nation, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders...

CFPB Fielding More Mortgage Gripes

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:00

A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report breaks down the most common complaints that the agency is receiving about mortgages.

96% of Markets Better Off Than in 2010

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

“The housing recovery has taken root in hundreds of counties across the country,” according to a new report by RealtyTrac.

Low Inventory Spurs More All-Cash Offers

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

Low housing inventories are making all-cash offers "mandatory in some markets," according to a new ZipRealty report. 

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