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The Town With the Highest Home Ownership Rate

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 00:00

Find out the list of 10 metro areas with the highest home ownership rates in the country. 

Tough Market? Turn to a Higher Power

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 00:00

A new study suggests that home sellers are more likely to reach for a statue of St. Joseph to help bring the luck of a quick sale when the market...

Modest Gain in Builder Sentiment for Spring

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 00:00

Several factors are raising concerns about meeting demand for the spring buying season, says NAHB’s chief economist.

San Francisco Raises Loan Limits for First-Time Buyers

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 00:00

The city is doubling the amount it will lend to first-time home buyers toward a down payment on their first house or condo — from $100,000...

Predictive Analytics Provider Joins REach™

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

NAR kicks off the 2014 REach™ class with SmartZip Analytics, a company that provides...

Agent Sniffs Out Tax Error for Home Owners

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

An Arizona real estate professional uncovered inaccuracies in the square footage listed on 35 homes in a neighborhood, which had caused property...

10 Markets Seeing Greatest Increases in Equity

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

Even those who bought property at the height of the market are seeing positive equity in their homes, according to a recent NAR report. 

New Website Grades Neighborhood Appeal

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

Is that an “A+” neighborhood or more like a “B-”? A new website is asking visitors to weigh in.

California Sued for Diverting Housing Funds

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

Three home owner counseling organizations are accusing the state of California of diverting $369 million in funds to help struggling home owners...

CFPB Ready to Take on 'Zombies'

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is targeting "zombie" foreclosures, a growing problem where borrowers may unknowingly still own...

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

The U.S. Senate voted 72-22 yesterday to approve the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act that curtails flood insurance rate...

4 Million Renters Say They’re Eager to Buy

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

The dream of home ownership remains very much alive: 10 percent of U.S. renters say they want to buy a home in the next year, according to a new...

Justice Dept. Faulted in Mortgage Fraud Probes

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

A new report accuses the Department of Justice of overstating the success of its mortgage fraud program. 

A Fallout to the Refinancing Bubble?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

Home owners who refinanced when fixed mortgage rates inched in record territory below 4 percent may be less likely to sell their homes as interest...

Mortgage Rates Take a Bump Up This Week

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edges up to a 4.37 percent average this week, Freddie Mac reports. 

RE/MAX Urges Buyers to 'Dream' in New Ad Campaign

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:00

RE/MAX will roll out a new marketing campaign March 17 that encourages home buyers to dream about their next home but check it with reality.

Major Home Warranty Acquisition OK'd

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00

American Home Shield, the largest home warranty company in the nation, has been approved by regulators to acquire HSA Home Warranty.

Major Home Warranty Acquistion OK'd

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00

American Home Shield, the largest home warranty company in the nation, has been approved by regulators to acquire HSA Home Warranty.

Free — and Legal — Embed for Getty Photos

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00

Looking to spice up your website and blog with more photos? Getty Images, the world’s largest photo service, has opened the doors to its...

Why Mansions Become Meth Labs

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00

Meth producers are more likely to choose vacant properties in high-end enclaves. Here's why.

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