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Do Green Homes Fetch Higher Sales Prices?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

In one recent analysis, the median sales price of homes with green, eco-friendly features was $47,600 higher than for homes without any green...

Mortgage Applications Drop as Borrowing Costs Rise

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

For the first time in six weeks, applications for home purchases, viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales, fell, the Mortgage Bankers...

Fracking: A Growing Threat to Home Values?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:00

Fracking is being linked to declines in property values of up to 15 percent for nearby homes.

Is Your Commute a Mortgage Killer?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

While some lenders do consider commuting costs into home buyers' expenses, many don't. Smart buyers should understand how their commute...

Study: Words in Listing Ads Can Boost Sales Price

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

A new study suggests placing greater focus on listing all of the features and architectural details of a home in your listing ads could be time...

10 Markets Where Homes Are Selling the Fastest

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

The national average for days on the market is 102 days, but in some markets, many listings are on the market for a month or even less. 

Mortgage Giants Revise Housing Forecasts

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

Citing constraints on credit and tight inventories, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have trimmed their housing expectations for this year. 

Many HOAs Are Underfunded

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

An estimated 70 percent of association-governed communities are underfunded, according to a new report.

Broker Snags $13M Deal on WeChat

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:00

A New York broker inks a multimillion dollar deal for two condos that was initiated through social media from across the world. 

Putting the Home in Home Delivery

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

A new book from Taschen covers the history of prefab homes, built at factories and sent to the buyers who'd then assemble them.

Poll: Americans Prefer Real Estate Over Stocks, Gold

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

Americans believe real estate is the “best” long-term investment, over gold, stocks, savings accounts, and bonds, according to a new...

Brokerage Shows Why Sellers Should Rethink Pocket Listings

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

Do off-MLS listings cause sellers to ultimately fetch a lower sales price? A real estate brokerage in San Francisco sought to find out.

10 Markets Where Asking Prices Have Risen Most

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

The median list price nationwide was 5.3 percent higher in March compared to year ago levels. But in these 10 housing markets, asking prices were...

Study Suggests New Homes are Cheaper to Maintain

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

Home owners of new homes tend to pay less on routine maintenance, utilities, and property insurance, according to a new study. 

Forbes Ranks Cities That Offer Best Family Life

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

Forbes evaluated several housing and community factors to find out which cities offer some of the best opportunities for raising a family.

8 Start-Ups Enter NAR's 2014 REach Accelerator Class

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:00

REach, an NAR initiative that introduces innovative technology companies to the real estate marketplace, has added eight new companies to its...

Buyers Find More Housing Options This Spring

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:00

"Having more homes on the market may mean more affordable prices for first-time and move-up buyers. Lack of inventory in 2013 led to intense...

Number of 'Equity-Rich' Home Owners Is Growing

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:00

These equity-rich home owners may be a key to lifting the housing market recovery too, according to one housing analyst. 

Mortgage Rates Fall Back to 6-Week Lows

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:00

For the second consecutive week, fixed-mortgage rates eased, offering home buyers a slight bump in affordability, Freddie Mac reports.

Celebrate Fair Housing Month at Your Office

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:00

April is Fair Housing Month, a time to remember the landmark protections offered by the enactment of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968....

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