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7 Booming Cities for Jobs

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 00:00

Some parts of the country have seen significant job growth in the past year. Will their housing markets follow?

Housing Crisis Is in ‘Rear View Mirror’

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00

One of the biggest scars from the housing crisis – foreclosures – is rapidly fading away.

Evictions on Hold for the Holidays

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae announced a holiday moratorium on all foreclosed single-family homes that the mortgage giants own or guarantee.

Warren Buffet’s Real Estate Franchise Targets Millennials

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00

Buffet’s new real estate franchise, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, has formed a council of millennial real estate agents aimed at learning...

Mortgage Rates Dip Slightly This Week

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to a 4.42 percent average this week, falling slightly from last week’s highest reading in months,...

The Top 10 Healthiest States Are ...

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 00:00

A new report finds that Americans are getting healthier, but where you live may make you even more likely to adopt healthier behaviors. 

You Did It! Celebrate Your Big Wins in 2013

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

You, our loyal readers, made some amazing accomplishments in 2013! Take a moment to congratulate yourselves as we call out some of your best...

U.S. Sees Record Low Natural-Disaster Activity in 2013

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

But experts warn that it's a precursor to a more active year for storms in 2014.

Lux Builder's Sales Drop Due to Sticker Shock?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

Luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported a 10 percent decline in sales contracts in recent weeks, and analysts, along with the company, are...

Need Remodeling Tips? Consult Your Smartphone

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

More home owners are turning to technology to help them plan and complete their home remodeling projects, a new study finds.

Texas Architects Will Soon Be Fingerprinted

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

Joining real estate professionals and other occupations in the state, architects in Texas will soon need to be fingerprinted and subjected to a...

Realtor.com® Ends AgentMatch Pilot Program

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

AgentMatch, which operated in Boulder, Colo., and Las Vegas starting in July, was the subject of much discussion, debate, and concern among NAR...

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.