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Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly This Week

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage rates have been seesawing in recent weeks. Freddie Mac reports that overall, they inched downward this week following last week’s...

Home Buyers' Biggest Regrets About the Purchase

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00

In a new survey, Chase Bank found out what some of the most common things are that recent home buyers would change about their real estate...

Now Renters Getting Priced Out, Too?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00

One out of three Americans live in a housing market where rent for a three-bedroom home takes more than 30 percent of their monthly median income...

Foreclosures Drop 37% From a Year Ago

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00

In March, about 720,000 homes were in some stage of foreclosure, showing that "the inventory of homes in foreclosure and serious delinquency...

House Flippers Get More Bang for Their Buck

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00

Though fewer investors are doing house flips, those who do are seeing higher returns on their investments.

Texas Oil Boom Brings Rush of New Residents

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00

Find out which other states and metro areas are seeing some of the biggest surges in people moving there.

Most Popular Features of Green Remodels

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 00:00

Over the next five years, the number of remodelers who tackle more than 60 percent of their projects with “green” products is expected...

Fastest-Growing Brokerages by Volume, Sides

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

The largest brokerages ramped up their business last year, with the nation’s top 20 brokerages by sales volume all reporting double-digit...

Mortgage Closings to Get Easier in 2015?

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working to improve the closing process, with several changes to go into effect by August 2015. ...

Loan Demand Slips to Lowest Level in More Than a Decade

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage applications fell to the lowest level since December 2000, as higher rates, new regulation, and tight inventory continue to plague the...

Zell: Marriage Delays Behind Falling Home Ownership Rates

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

“The deferral of marriage has such a staggering impact on real estate, and I just don’t think people focus on it,” says Sam Zell...

LendingTree: Down Payments Drop to 15% in First Quarter

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

North Dakota, Nebraska, and West Virginia borrowers are making some of the lowest average down payments on homes in the country, while New Jersey...

Crowdfunding Finds a Home in Real Estate

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

Thirty-nine Georgia residents will make 8% interest on their loans to a home renovator whose project hits the market this week.

Survey: Real Estate Is Fastest-Growing Industry

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Twelve of the 20 fastest-growing industries in the U.S. over the past year are related to real estate and construction, according to data from...

Pending Home Sales Gain for First Time in 9 Months

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

“After a dismal winter, more buyers got an opportunity to look at homes last month and are beginning to make contract offers,” says...

Analysts Still Bank On 7% Home Appreciation

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Despite a weak quarter in existing-home and new-home sales, housing analysts are holding onto optimistic forecasts for housing prices.

Mortgage Rates: Middle Class Pays as Much as Wealthy

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

For the past three decades, the middle class has enjoyed lower mortgage rates, but now that’s changing, the Associated Press reports.

Agency: Hands-Free Devices Are Not Safer Behind the Wheel

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Eighty percent of drivers nationwide say they believe that hands-free devices are safer than handheld phones while driving, according to new...

As a Real Estate Pro, You're Also a Therapist

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Real estate is an emotional business, and home buyers can allow their feelings to interfere with the decision-making process.

Are Buyers Too Afraid of Mortgage Rejection?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

The tight lending environment has prevented many would-be home buyers from purchasing, but their fears of the mortgage process may be overblown....