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Housing Affordability Is Falling

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:00

As home prices rises, housing affordability on the national level inched downward, making it less affordable to purchase a home despite the lowest...

90% of Mortgaged Homes Have Equity Again

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:00

As more home owners see their home values increase, a new report predicts “less friction in the housing market” and better...

Suspect Arrested in Calif. Agent Abduction Case

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:00

Police have arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping of an Elk Grove, Calif., real estate agent at gunpoint at a model home.

Obama Seeks to Jump-Start Housing

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00

President Barack Obama said in a speech on Thursday that mortgages need to be more accessible and affordable to creditworthy families to spur a...

Mortgage Rates Kick Off 2015 at 20-Month Low

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00

Borrowing costs moved even lower this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.73 percent, its lowest average since May 2013....

Average Wait Time for New Home: 6 Months

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00

Find out the average time it takes to build a new home in your region. 

Calif. Agent Kidnapped During Showing

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00

Real estate professionals in the Sacramento area are on alert after reports that an armed man kidnapped a real estate agent who was showing him a...

A Reprieve From Severe Natural Disasters?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00

Severe weather events and natural hazards can devastate a community, resulting in a loss of homes and lives. But for the past two years in the U.S...

Smart-Home Technology Buyers Will Want

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:00

App-enabled products debuting at the Consumer Electronic Show this week, such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators, will be the next hot trend...

Senate Passes TRIA Reauthorization

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

With both the House and Senate's stamp of approval to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act for six more years, the bill moves to President...

Lower Oil Prices Could Stall Home Appreciation

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

Some of the areas with the highest home-price appreciation are in states where the energy boom has been focused. Will the plummeting costs of oil...

Interest-Only Loans Return: Good or Bad?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

The loan product, once blamed for the subprime mortgage crisis, has evolved over the last few years. The changes may ease some of the industry...

Why Americans Are Cautious About Housing

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

Though Americans' confidence in the economy is growing, there are still a few factors making them uncertain about making a real estate move....

NAR: Home Sales Only Going Up From Here

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, shares his 2015 forecast and what to expect in housing this year.

FHA Lowers Its Harangued Mortgage Costs

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:00

Responding to recent calls from industry leaders and associations, the Federal Housing Administration announced it will lower its insurance...

Zillow, ListHub to End Listings Agreement

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

The real estate website Zillow will cease receiving feeds of “hundreds of thousands” of for-sale listings from ListHub. Zillow...

Smaller Cities Saw Biggest Rent Hikes in 2014

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

Some of the steepest increases in rental costs occurred in smaller to midsized cities last year, a break from the traditional pattern of seeing...

FAA OKs Aerial Photos for Arizona REALTOR®

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

As long as he follows the FAA's stringent regulations, associate broker Douglas Trudeau of Tucson has been cleared to take aerial photographs...

Stronger Economy Drives New Home Buyers

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

More young professionals are gradually returning to the real estate sector as recent labor and wage gains grow their confidence. 

Urban Institute to FHA: Stop Overcharging

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:00

Is the FHA overcharging new borrowers to make up for undercharging older ones? An Urban Institute analysis suggests the agency needs to lower its...

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