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Don't Return That Call!

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 00:00

Forbes warns consumers about a scam that involves calls from certain area codes, such as 473 and 809. 

Vacancy Rates Remain Above Pre-Bubble Levels

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 00:00

The number of homes sitting empty across the country remains high.

Foreclosure Contractors Face Greater Scrutiny

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 00:00

Banks are getting sticter about the hiring of workers who watch over homes in default or foreclosure, following hundreds of consumer lawsuits over...

Clear Capital Pops Housing Bubble Fears

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 00:00

Following the double-digit growth in home prices last year, economists predict the gains will now fall into line with inflation and more...

Condo Revival Slowly Emerging?

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 00:00

The condo market is on an upswing, but sales are still more than 30 percent short of their peak.

FHA Moves to Accept E-Signatures

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Administration announced that it will allow lenders to start accepting electronic signatures on sales contracts. 

Seattle vs. Denver: In Real Estate, Who’s the Champ?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:00

The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will face off in this weekend’s Super Bowl, but which one has the winning housing market?

Frigid Weather, Rising Prices Cooling Sales Contracts

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:00

Pending home sales fell in December to their lowest levels since October 2011, NAR reports. 

Freddie: Mortgage Rates Move Lower Again

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages inched lower again this week, lowering borrowing costs for home shoppers and refinancers.

Foreclosure Pipeline Gradually Being Cleaned Out

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 00:00

The foreclosure crisis is fading away but still remains elevated in some parts of the country. Five states now account for nearly half of all the...

Study: Blacks Being Sidelined in Housing Market

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00

African-Americans are 2.4 times more likely to be denied a mortgage than whites, and they have the lowest rate of home ownership among ethnic...

A Bump in the Road for Apartments?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00

Though the vacancy rate for multifamily properties is at a healthy low, rents are hitting a ceiling and will likely stall, economist says.

It's 2014 — Why Aren't Mortgage Rates Higher?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00

Economists have said that mortgage rates will rise in 2014, but so far they’re mostly holding flat or inching lower. Here's why.

3-D Printer Builds a House in a Day

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00

A computer could one day construct homes, and an experiment at the University of Southern California is showing how. 

House Flips Up 16% as Prices Rebound

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00

Investors are flipping houses again, as an improving housing market buoyed the average gross profit from a flip to $62,000 in the fourth quarter...

.REALTOR Domain Priority Registration Deadline is Tomorrow

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:00

This Friday is the last day for NAR members to sign up to receive priority notification of the release for the new .REALTOR domain.

Obama Calls for Action on Mortgage Finance Reform

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:00

In his State of the Union speech last night, the president asked Congress to reform mortgage finance to keep homeownership accessible without...

Homebuilder Says It's Upbeat Enough to Raise Prices Again

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:00

D.R. Horton, the largest U.S. homebuilder, says recent strong sales will allow it to raise prices for an early start to the spring home-selling...

Fannie Mae Eyes "Quality Monitoring" of Appraisers

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:00

Loans vetted by appraisers who fail to meet Fannie Mae's standards could face extra scrutiny.

Boon for Housing? States With the Lowest Unemployment

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:00

In order for the housing market to fully recover, the job market must fully recover first, some housing analysts say. Find out where jobless rates...

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