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Building Giant: Standard Pacific, Ryland Merge

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 00:00

Two major homebuilders will merge to form one single company in a $5.2 billion deal that will put them in control of 74,000 home sites. 

Higher Home Prices Push Affordability Down

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 00:00

"This may be a good time for return and first-time home buyers to surge back into the housing market before rates climb higher, further...

Man Accused of Kidnapping 2 Agents Released

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 00:00

A retired Air Force major who faces kidnapping charges of two real estate agents at gunpoint was released on bond from the Pinellas County jail...

FHA's Lower Premiums Boost Loan Demand

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 00:00

Recent actions by the Federal Housing Administration to reduce its mortgage insurance premiums have contributed to a big spike in its loan volume...

Renters Face Steep Costs in Job Havens

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 00:00

Some of the fastest growing job markets are also becoming some of the least affordable with rental costs.

How to Avoid 'Losing It'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 00:00

Is a client getting under your skin? A negotiation getting too tense? Here are some tips on how to avoid losing your cool. 

Housing Solutions for Emerging Markets

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

These innovative and sustainable solutions seek to address housing needs in the emerging markets all over the world. 

Will Lenders Need a Week to Get Closing Docs In?

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

Big changes to the process and forms used in real estate closings are coming August 1 and many real estate professionals are wondering what it...

Mortgage Rates Set New High for 2015

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages were back on the rise again this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rising above the 4 percent average for the first...

Report: Renter Growth to Explode by 2030

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

The rapid growth of the renter population expected within the next 15 years will create significant demand for new rental housing construction and...

Lenders Sniff Out Borrowers' 'White Lies'

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

Borrowers who aren't as forthcoming on their loan applications on certain items – such as occupancy status – may feel like it'...

Home Owners, Appraisers Disagree on Prices

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

The gap between appraisers and home owners' perceptions over the value of homes is widening. 

Millennials Are Active Home Remodelers Too

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

"While still a small group, millennial home owners are just as active as older generations when it comes to renovating and decorating,"...

For Sellers, Emotions Trump More Money

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

"There is a notable difference in seller psychology today compared to 10 years ago," finds a new survey by Coldwell Banker. 

Housing on Track for Best Year Since 2006

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

But this time around, the housing market isn't looking like a bubble, says realtor.com®'s chief economist. 

Why Renters May Be Losing Out

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

A new analysis finds that it is cheaper to buy rather than rent in 80 percent of the counties in the U.S. So what's keeping some renters from...

Where 'Zombie' Foreclosures Still Lurk

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

A new report notes a surprising increase in zombie foreclosures in markets with overall low foreclosure rate. Find out where these owner-abandoned...

Century 21 Finds World’s Worst Garage Band

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

The real estate franchise launched a social media campaign to find the worst garage bands terrorizing neighborhoods with their awful music.

Top Small Towns in the U.S.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:00

Many home owners are moving to small towns instead of big cities, but affordability isn't the only reason.

Households Don't Look Like They Used To

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:00

Young adults are staying single and living alone much longer than in previous generations, and that may have broad...