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LendingTree: Down Payments Drop to 15% in First Quarter

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

North Dakota, Nebraska, and West Virginia borrowers are making some of the lowest average down payments on homes in the country, while New Jersey...

Crowdfunding Finds a Home in Real Estate

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

Thirty-nine Georgia residents will make 8% interest on their loans to a home renovator whose project hits the market this week.

Survey: Real Estate Is Fastest-Growing Industry

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Twelve of the 20 fastest-growing industries in the U.S. over the past year are related to real estate and construction, according to data from...

Pending Home Sales Gain for First Time in 9 Months

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

“After a dismal winter, more buyers got an opportunity to look at homes last month and are beginning to make contract offers,” says...

Analysts Still Bank On 7% Home Appreciation

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Despite a weak quarter in existing-home and new-home sales, housing analysts are holding onto optimistic forecasts for housing prices.

Mortgage Rates: Middle Class Pays as Much as Wealthy

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

For the past three decades, the middle class has enjoyed lower mortgage rates, but now that’s changing, the Associated Press reports.

Agency: Hands-Free Devices Are Not Safer Behind the Wheel

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Eighty percent of drivers nationwide say they believe that hands-free devices are safer than handheld phones while driving, according to new...

As a Real Estate Pro, You're Also a Therapist

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00

Real estate is an emotional business, and home buyers can allow their feelings to interfere with the decision-making process.

Are Buyers Too Afraid of Mortgage Rejection?

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

The tight lending environment has prevented many would-be home buyers from purchasing, but their fears of the mortgage process may be overblown....

Pending Home Sales Up in March

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

After months of stagnant activity, pending home sales rose in March, marking the first gain in the past nine months.

Energy Cost Disclosure Could Mean Faster Sale

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

A preliminary analysis of Chicago single-family homes suggests that real estate listings that include energy costs spend less time on the market...

Cities Expecting Job Growth in 2014

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

Booming employment centers usually lead to booming housing markets. Get to know the big cities expected to have the largest increases in jobs this...

Largest Home Builder Enters 'Bargain' Market

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

The nation’s largest home builder, D.R. Horton, is changing its focus from higher-end homes to the entry-level market, in what some housing...

AC Units Targeted in String of Thefts

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

Real estate professionals and home owners are sounding the alarm in Myrtle Beach, S.C. about air conditioning units being stolen from the yards of...

Meet REALTOR® University's First MRE Graduates

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

Seven REALTORS® have paved the way for REALTOR® University's Master of Real Estate program, becoming the first class of graduates.

2 Things Luxury Buyers Want Most

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

A new realtor.com® survey reveals what high-end buyers are looking for in the homes they purchase. Square footage takes a backseat to these...

Mortgage Rates Rise Across the Board

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.33 percent this week, nearly a full percentage higher than a year ago, Freddie Mac reports. 

4 Types of Homes That Won't Sell

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

More than half of all existing homes are unlikely to be put up for sale anytime soon, unless there are significant changes in the housing market,...

Housing Recovery Ending? Not Yet

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

Several housing reports out this week have shown a sluggish start to the spring selling season, but experts point to signs of continued strength...

Home Owners Think Twice About Short Sales

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 00:00

A sharp drop in short sales began at the start of the year, as the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act forces distressed owners...

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