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The 25 Worst Passwords

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:00

Make sure that you aren’t putting your information at risk by choosing one of the most common passwords. 

4 Keys Identified for a Full Housing Recovery

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:00

In order to have a fully recovered housing market, economists say, four positive indicators must be in place. Are we there yet? 

2013 Year-End Foreclosure Report: Filings Fall 26%

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:00

At 1.4 million properties with foreclosure filings, 2013 marked the lowest figure since 2007.

Home Remodeling Expected to Post Strong Year

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:00

The growth in home prices, housing starts, and existing home sales is also translating to a growth in home improvement activity, according to a...

Weaker Economic Data Pushes Mortgage Rates Lower

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:00

The average for fixed-rate mortgages fell this week on signs of a softening economy, Freddie Mac reports. 

Investors Target Ski Towns for Rental Properties

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 00:00

As some skiers hit the slopes, investors are flocking to the real estate market in these ski resorts, hoping to cash in.

Listing Portals Talk Tech Plans for 2014

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

With the market heating up, realtor.com® and aggregators are eyeing new technologies to help the flow of transactions.

Bitcoin More Than a Fad for Real Estate?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

Brokerages are starting to expand buyers' payment options to the burgeoning world of digital currency.

70% of HOAs Are Underfunded

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

Homeowners associations are increasingly foreclosing on home owners who are delinquent on their dues, as a growing number of HOAs don't have...

For Some Borrowers, It's Now Easier to Get a Mortgage

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

Borrowers may be having an easier time applying for a mortgage compared to a year ago, because the average credit score for approved mortgages is...

Phoenix First City to End Vet Homelessness

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

The White House says Phoenix has become the first community in the country to end homelessness among veterans who have long histories of living on...

Is Your Listing Offensive?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

Many in the real estate profession are doing away with listing descriptors such as "master bedroom" and "his-and-hers" to...

Possible Relief From Flood Insurance Hikes

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:00

In a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government, Congress may push for delays to flood insurance hikes for thousands of homes along the Gulf...

Agents Track Buyers' Tech Needs

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

As buyers incorporate tech into their home search methods, agents need to stay one step ahead of them.

Storm Brewing Over New Mortgage Rules?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Qualified Mortgage rule, which took effect last week, could greatly restrict mortgage credit and...

Lower Rates Trigger Jump in Mortgage Applications

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

Applications for home purchases edged up 12 percent last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports. 

Elements of Net Neutrality Order Overturned

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

A new court decision could raise havoc with many of the Internet marketing techniques commonly used by agents.

10 Neighborhoods to Watch in 2014

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

“These are the Susan Luccis of neighborhoods, finally getting their due,” says Redfin’s CEO about the cities making this year...

2 Bank Giants See Shrinking Mortgage Business

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

“This is something we expected,” says Wells Fargo’s chief financial officer about the decrease in residential mortgage lending...

Google-Controlled Homes?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:00

The search-engine giant is jumping in on the latest trend of “connected homes” by acquiring the connected device maker Nest.