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HUD Issues Final ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Ruling

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

The agency has outlined new requirements that mortgages must meet starting Jan. 10 in order to be insured, guaranteed, or administered by HUD or...

Obama Scorecard: Housing Makes Gains, Headwinds Remain

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

The Obama administration’s Housing Scorecard for November shows an improving housing market, with home prices remaining strong and...

Lenders Urged to Improve Foreclosure Efforts

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Banks should do more to improve their service of the government’s antiforeclosure program and to use federal funds more effectively in...

Senate Confirms New FHFA Director

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Congressman Mel Watt, D-N.C., will serve as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the agency’s first permanent director in...

Mortgage Applications Rebound After Big Fall

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Loan demand ticked up last week, rebounding after last week’s big holiday slump.

Top 10 'Winter Wonderlands'

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Homes.com lists the cities best known for their holiday spirit and traditions. 

Retirement Communities Find Spry Holiday Sales

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Aided by seasonal staging, sales in retirement communities often spike at the end of the year.

Fannie, Freddie to Hike 'Guarantee' Fee on Lenders

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

That could translate to higher borrowing costs for home buyers — but it's likely to happen only in four states.

Smaller Lenders Take Bigger Bite of Mortgage Market

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

Rising mortgage rates and tighter underwriting standards are prompting some borrowers to seek smaller lenders for a mortgage.

Household Wealth at Record High

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

A rising stock market and increases in home prices are giving a big boost to household wealth, helping Americans to regain nearly all the wealth...

5 Tech Upgrades for Your Marketing

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

With more consumers seeking out listing photos or virtual tours, there are several technologies that could help real estate agents jazz up their...

U.S. in 'Worst Rental Affordability Crisis' Ever

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

About half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, up from 18 percent a decade ago, according to new research.

Consumers' Caution Could Spell Danger for Housing

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

The momentum in the housing market is losing some steam as more Americans say they are feeling more cautious about the economy and their personal...

Rental Demand Slowing, Except in These Areas

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

Though the rapid increase in demand for multifamily housing is expected to slow, a new study finds that the need for low-income and senior rental...

The Closer to Campus, the Higher the Rent

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

A new study looks at how close investors should be to college campuses to see the highest returns on multifamily housing.

Ohio Man Tries to Claim Abandoned Homes

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

A Cincinnati man faces several charges of breaking into abandoned homes and trying to claim them as his own. 

FHA to Drop Upper Mortgage Limits Jan. 1

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

Starting next year, all FHA loans granted for homes in high-cost areas will be capped at $625,500, reduced from the current limit of $729,750.

Housing Confidence Grows in West, South

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

REALTORS® expect that states in the West and in the South will see the highest price gains in the next 12 months. 

Fed Likely to Postpone Tapering to Next Year

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

The Federal Reserve is reportedly no longer in a rush to cut back on the $85 billion it spends per month on its bond-purchasing campaign, which...

Buyers Want Space for Entertaining

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:00

As buyers focus on lifestyle features, homes for sale that are described as "perfect for entertaining" tend to fetch...