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HUD: ‘2015 Is Year of Housing Opportunity’

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:00

The easing of credit is opening the door to more home buyers this year, says HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

FHA Considers Loosening Up on Lender Penalties

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:00

Many lenders have curtailed the number of FHA loans they’re originating due to fears of huge penalties on loans that go bust. But FHA may be...

New York Hotel to Break Sales Record

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:00

It’s proving to already be a good year for the hospitality industry. New York’s Baccarat Hotel isn’t officially open for...

No One Wants This $10 House

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:00

A sales price of just $10 still couldn’t save this Chicago house from being razed. 

7 Common Lawn Myths vs. Reality

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:00

These tips will help your clients get their lawns in prime shape this Spring.

The Best Seasons to Sell a Home

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

A new study compares the seasonal sales performance of 7 million homes listed between 2010 through 2014. Find out which season gives your clients...

1 in 4 Foreclosures Are ‘Zombies’

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

Even in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, the housing industry is still haunted by “zombie” properties lingering in the...

FHFA Hints at Aid for Underwater Owners

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

The director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency says he’s investigating allowing debt cuts for a group of borrowers who owe more than...

REOs Are Fetching Higher Prices

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

The rise in home prices is helping lenders of REO properties to gross a higher recovery of unpaid balances at sale.

Refinancing Paid Off for Borrowers in 2014

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

Low mortgage rates have prompted a refinance rush among borrowers, as home owners act to lock in super low rates and cut their monthly mortgage...

Tax Deduction Advice for Your Clients

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

With tax season approaching, it's good to let your clients know the tax benefits of home ownership.

Safety Alert: More Agents Report Strange Calls

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:00

More state REALTOR® associations are warning their members about a flood of suspicious phone calls that real estate agents are receiving from...

Mortgage Rates Fall Again

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:00

Average fixed-rate mortgages once again fell back to near 20-month lows, with 30-year fixed rate mortgages well-under 4 percent and 15-year rates...

News Corp Gets Boost From Realtor.com

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:00

News Corp’s digital real estate service segments, which now includes realtor.com®, “certainly exceeded our expectations in traffic...

Affordability Still Plagues Many Households

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:00

In making rent or paying a mortgage, 52 percent of Americans say they’ve had to make at least one major sacrifice in order to make their...

Fannie Mae Settles Plans for New Headquarters

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:00

The mortgage financing giant will be selling its iconic national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and redevelop property belonging to The...

10 States That Lead Green Building

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:00

Earlier this week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most recognized...

2015's Most Desired Neighborhoods

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 00:00

What are the top 10 hottest neighborhoods for 2015?

Last-Minute Closing Changes to Get Difficult

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 00:00

Be prepared for some big changes to mortgage forms that take effect Aug. 1, which could make any changes that occur three days prior to closing...

87% of Homes Qualify for Down Payment Aid

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 00:00

A new study shows why you may want to investigate down payment programs available to help your buyers better position themselves for a home...