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U.S. Sees Record Low Natural-Disaster Activity in 2013

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

But experts warn that it's a precursor to a more active year for storms in 2014.

Lux Builder's Sales Drop Due to Sticker Shock?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

Luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported a 10 percent decline in sales contracts in recent weeks, and analysts, along with the company, are...

Need Remodeling Tips? Consult Your Smartphone

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

More home owners are turning to technology to help them plan and complete their home remodeling projects, a new study finds.

Texas Architects Will Soon Be Fingerprinted

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

Joining real estate professionals and other occupations in the state, architects in Texas will soon need to be fingerprinted and subjected to a...

Realtor.com® Ends AgentMatch Pilot Program

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

AgentMatch, which operated in Boulder, Colo., and Las Vegas starting in July, was the subject of much discussion, debate, and concern among NAR...

HUD Issues Final ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Ruling

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:00

The agency has outlined new requirements that mortgages must meet starting Jan. 10 in order to be insured, guaranteed, or administered by HUD or...

Obama Scorecard: Housing Makes Gains, Headwinds Remain

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

The Obama administration’s Housing Scorecard for November shows an improving housing market, with home prices remaining strong and...

Lenders Urged to Improve Foreclosure Efforts

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Banks should do more to improve their service of the government’s antiforeclosure program and to use federal funds more effectively in...

Senate Confirms New FHFA Director

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Congressman Mel Watt, D-N.C., will serve as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the agency’s first permanent director in...

Mortgage Applications Rebound After Big Fall

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Loan demand ticked up last week, rebounding after last week’s big holiday slump.

Top 10 'Winter Wonderlands'

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Homes.com lists the cities best known for their holiday spirit and traditions. 

Retirement Communities Find Spry Holiday Sales

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 00:00

Aided by seasonal staging, sales in retirement communities often spike at the end of the year.

Fannie, Freddie to Hike 'Guarantee' Fee on Lenders

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

That could translate to higher borrowing costs for home buyers — but it's likely to happen only in four states.

Smaller Lenders Take Bigger Bite of Mortgage Market

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

Rising mortgage rates and tighter underwriting standards are prompting some borrowers to seek smaller lenders for a mortgage.

Household Wealth at Record High

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

A rising stock market and increases in home prices are giving a big boost to household wealth, helping Americans to regain nearly all the wealth...

5 Tech Upgrades for Your Marketing

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

With more consumers seeking out listing photos or virtual tours, there are several technologies that could help real estate agents jazz up their...

U.S. in 'Worst Rental Affordability Crisis' Ever

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

About half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, up from 18 percent a decade ago, according to new research.

Consumers' Caution Could Spell Danger for Housing

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:00

The momentum in the housing market is losing some steam as more Americans say they are feeling more cautious about the economy and their personal...

Rental Demand Slowing, Except in These Areas

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

Though the rapid increase in demand for multifamily housing is expected to slow, a new study finds that the need for low-income and senior rental...

The Closer to Campus, the Higher the Rent

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

A new study looks at how close investors should be to college campuses to see the highest returns on multifamily housing.

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