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Unexpected Drop in New-Home Sales

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00

Sales of newly built single-family homes dipped 2.4 percent in July, catching many housing analysts off guard.

Study: Friendly Neighborhoods Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00

The more social connections you have in your neighborhood, the less likely you are to die from a heart attack, a new study suggests.

REALTORS® Losing Confidence in Market

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00

Tight for-sale inventories and difficulties obtaining mortgages are making real estate agents more skeptical that the market is going to remain...

When Your Buyers Get Naked

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:00

What would you do if you were showing a home to a couple and they asked if they could take their clothes off to get more comfortable? This agent...

Days to Close a Loan Drops to New Low

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Both closing times and credit requirements are dropping, according to the latest report from Ellie Mae.

Is Built-to-Rent a Market, or a Phase?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Construction of single-family homes that are built-to-rent is making up a smaller share of new-home construction, as rental demand weakens. But...

Boomerang Buyers Head Back Into the Market

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Those who lost a home to a foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2013 are projected to make about 10 percent of all U.S. home purchases this...

10 Markets Where Salaries Stretch Furthest

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Find out which markets offer the biggest bang for the housing buck.

3 Reasons Mortgage Demand Is Dropping

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages sank to the lowest average of the year last week. Why aren’t more home buyers taking advantage of the cheaper borrowing...

Is Multitasking Making You Stupid?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:00

A new study shows that multitasking with electronic media can lower your IQ more than smoking marijuana or missing one night’s sleep....

Strengthening Job Market, Rising Inventories Lift Home Sales

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

Will the building momentum in existing-home sales stick for the rest of the year? NAR’s chief economist weighs in. 

Mortgage Rates Sink to New Low for 2014

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

Borrowing costs moved lower this week, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to a 4.10 percent average. 

Fading Flips? Fewer Investors Are Flipping Houses

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

“Home flipping is settling back into a more historically normal pattern after a flurry of flipping during the recent run-up in home prices...

NAHB: Townhouse Market Remains Mostly Flat

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

The lower share of first-time home buyers is likely the main culprit behind the flat-lining of the nationwide townhome market.

Where You’ll Pay the Most in Electricity Costs

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

Home owners may find higher electricity costs are taking a bigger chunk from their wallets, particularly if you live in the New England region....

Renters Influenced by Online Property Reviews

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Peer ratings and reviews matter to apartment hunters, with 96 percent saying they influence their rental decision, according to a recent survey....

BofA Reaches Record Settlement Over Bad Loans

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement stemming from its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis...

10 Markets Where Homebuilding Is Booming

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Housing starts are back on the rise, but where is new-home construction rising the most?  

Spring Was Healthiest Market in 3 Years

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

"This is the first time since the beginning of the recovery that we expect to see positive momentum throughout the second half of the year,...

8 Markets With Largest Gains in List Prices

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

In these markets, list prices have risen 17 percent or more in the last year.

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