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Foreclosure Rate Drops to 2007 Levels

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00

The foreclosure rate continues to recede, with foreclosure inventories nationwide falling nearly 30 percent, according to a new report. 

Remodeling Zips Ahead of Pre-Crisis Levels

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00

The remodeling of existing homes has bounced back from the housing bust and has now surpassed its pre-crisis level, shows a new index. 

Google Rebrands Itself as 'Alphabet'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00

Google's smart home business, Nest, is among the companies that will now fall under its new "Alphabet" name. 

Property Know-it-All: RPR® Debuts Tablet App

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00

Show off a snapshot of a property's history from your tablet when touring homes with clients. Here's how. 

Seller, Buyer Confidence Dips Slightly

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Economists believe the latest stumble in consumer attitudes toward home buying and selling may be temporary.  

3.8M Homes Stand Vacant

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

The 3.8 million vacant homes are nearly twice as many as the total listings that are currently for-sale on the nation's MLSs. 

Economist: It's Not Easier to Get a Mortgage

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Limited credit availability is at least partly to blame for the tight supply that's leading to higher prices and higher rents, notes...

5 Cheapest Places to Close on a Mortgage

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Greater competition among lenders is helping mortgage costs to fall, proving it can be smart for buyers to shop around. Here's where mortgage...

New-Home Market Expected to Strengthen

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

Builders are predicting a pick up in new-home sales in the coming months, but expect there will be some "bumps along the road."

9 Markets With the Highest Share of Equity

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 00:00

As home prices rise, more home owners are seeing gains in equity. Find out where. 

3 Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

Find out how big data is set to transform the commercial real estate industry.

Real Estate Firms Upbeat About Profitability

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

Ninety-five percent of real estate firms are confident that their net income will increase or stay the same in the next year, according to NAR...

Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4% Again

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

For the third consecutive week, averaged fixed mortgage rates edged down, but the drop will likely be temporary. 

CFPB Urges Industry to Embrace eClosings

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging the mortgage industry to move to electronic closings following its recent pilot program showed...

20% of Housing Markets Return to 'Normal'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

Seventy-five metro areas out of 360 examined nationwide have returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing...

Don't Call Millennials a 'Renter Generation'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00

For those who've cast millennials as a generation of renters, more surveys are showing that not to be true. Young adults are the most...

Many Owners May Underestimate Their Equity

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

A large number of home owners may be erroneously perceiving themselves as underwater on their mortgage, according to a new report.

Banks Are Loosening Up on Jumbo Loans

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

The jumbo loan market is getting bigger as banks loosen up underwriting standards to attract more of the high-end housing market. 

Survey Reveals How Buyers Size Up Homes

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

What are the two chief motivators for house hunters in choosing the right home? A survey reveals what the majority of buyers are looking for....

House Flipping Loses Traction

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00

The percentage of homes being flipped by investors fell to 4.5 percent of all single-family home sales in the second quarter, despite an increase...

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