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Lenders Add Green Tints to Mortgages

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 00:00

A variety of environmental interests is lending momentum to green housing.

Principal Reductions Best Way to Avoid Foreclosure, Experts Say

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:00

The likelihood of home owners redefaulting on their mortgages is much higher with interest-rate reductions than principal write-downs, according...

For Real Estate Predictions, Go West

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:00

Housing analysts are closely watching the Western region’s housing market for signs of what may be to come for the rest of the country.

Pending Sales Fall Again as Obstacles Build Up

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:00

The federal government shutdown, limited inventories and falling housing affordability have contributed to home buyers remaining on the sidelines...

Survey: Americans Still Thankful for Home Ownership

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:00

According to a new survey by NeighborWorks America, 88 percent of Americans say owning a home is still an important element of their “...

A Place for Real Estate on Pinterest?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

A new kind of pin category on Pinterest might hold opportunities for real estate practitioners beyond the standard decor boards.

Century 21's 'Visionary' Co-Founder Dies

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

Marsh Fisher, 88, was known as a leading figure in forging today's model of franchising existing real estate companies under a singular brand...

5 Housing Bubbles to Watch

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

Home prices that rise too rapidly can eventually pop, sending values down and putting home owners at risk. Here are five bubbles that may be...

REALTOR® Confidence Wanes as Challenges Persist

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

A survey of real estate practitioners shows a slowdown in market activity, but some practitioners say it's a “welcome brake” on...

How Does Your Property Tax Burden Compare?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

A new study finds that property taxes make up about one quarter of home ownership costs over the median duration of ownership.

Asking Prices Surging in These 10 Markets

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

Detroit has seen the largest year-over-year increase, with list prices surging 44 percent in the past year. Find out what other metros are posting...

Foreclosures Fall to 5-Year Lows

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

National foreclosure pre-sale inventory is at its lowest point since 2008. 

City Makes it Illegal to Smoke in Your Home

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

San Rafael, Calif. becomes the first city to adopt an ordinance that makes it illegal for owners to smoke inside their homes if they share a wall...

Realtor.com®: Homes Selling at a Brisker Pace This Fall

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Homes are selling “significantly” faster compared to last year at this time, “demonstrating resilience to seasonal changes and...

REALTORS® Help Illinois Tornado Victims Pick Up the Pieces

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

As the devastation heaped on communities in Central Illinois becomes clearer after an outbreak of powerful tornadoes Sunday, REALTORS® across...

30-Year Mortgages Average 4.22% This Week

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Borrowing costs dropped this week, but fixed-rated rate mortgages are still nearly a full percentage higher than a year ago. 

New Insurance Protects From Falling Home Values

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

A new type of insurance debuting next month will protect home owners against negative equity. 

Fears Brew Over Mortgage Fraud in Jumbo Loans

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

The growing popularity of jumbo loans is increasing the potential for mortgage fraud with these high-priced loans, according to a new report....

Modest Growth Seen in Commercial Real Estate Markets

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Commercial real estate leasing patterns are showing growth, and national vacancy rates are projected to decline in 2014. Take a look at NAR's...

Home Buyers Plan to Make a Move This Winter

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

Home buyers who weren’t successful this summer at finding a home due to limited inventories and competition from all-cash offers are looking...