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Buyers Facing Fewer Bidding Wars

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

One brokerage reports that bidding wars are easing in many markets and that buyers may face less competition in their attempts to snag a home this...

Mortgage Rates to Enter New Year Mostly Flat

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.48 percent this week, rising slightly from last week’s average, Freddie Mac reports. 

Postal Stamps on the Rise Again

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

If your 2014 business plan includes sending handwritten thank-you cards or any other first-class mailings, you may want to stock up on forever...

Could Interest Rates Get Buyers Off the Fence?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

The rise in interest rates "will get people sitting on the fence to decide, 'We better do something or it's going to cost us money,...

Fed’s Taper Talk Deflates Loan Demand

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage applications dropped 6.3 percent last week on the heels of the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would start to...

Underwater Home Owners Face Heavier Tax Burden

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

If Congress doesn't act on the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which expires at the end of this year, it could leave distressed...

New-Home Sales Drop in November

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

Sales of new single-family homes dropped 2.1 percent in November, but they are still keeping a pace well above a year ago.

Fannie, Freddie Fee Hikes Delayed for Review

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

The incoming director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency says that he will delay Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's...

As Home Prices Rebound, Lenders Rush to Unload REOs

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

Sales of bank-owned homes made up 10 percent of residential sales in November, the third consecutive month for increases in REO sales, RealtyTrac...

Job Growth to Drive 2014 Housing Market

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

The housing recovery is expected to remain strong in the new year, driven by economic growth and an improving employment picture, economists say...

For Those Who Held On, Equity Has Returned

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

Home prices surged 11.3 percent in 2013, helping home owners see gains in their pocketbooks. 

Top 10 Housing Bets for Investors

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

Investments in single-family homes for rental properties will remain an attractive venture in many markets in the new year. Find out where....

Education Campaign on New Mortgage Rules

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching an education campaign to help make home buyers and home owners more aware of new mortgage...

3 SEO Trends to Make You More Findable Online

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

If more real estate customers are looking online nowadays, how can you ensure they'll find you? Here are three ways to boost your SEO. ...

Give Your Sales Meetings Value

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

Here are some quick tips for brokers looking to raise the caliber of their sales meetings to better train agents.

3 Big Reasons Why Home Sales Are Falling

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 00:00

For the first time in more than two years, existing-home sales are below year ago levels. What’s behind the drop in sales? 

‘Fracking’ Sparks Concern Over Nearby Home Values

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 00:00

Recent studies show that oil and gas drilling in residential neighborhoods is having an impact on property values. 

5 Top Searched ZIP Codes in 2013

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 00:00

Realtor.com® has released a list of the most-searched ZIP codes of the year. Find out what neighborhoods are attracting the most lurkers...

Freddie: Rising Mortgage Rates Chip Away at Affordability

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 00:00

The majority of housing markets remain affordable to the average family, but rising mortgage rates and rising housing prices are causing more...

30-Year Rates Average 4.47% This Week

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage rates were on the rise this week, following upbeat news for housing starts and building permits. 

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