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Mortgage Rates Still on a Downward Trend

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:00

Mortgage rates continue to defy forecasts, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falls even lower this week.

This Lender Says It’s Going FICO-Free

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:00

One lender announced a bold move to no longer factor FICO scores into its underwriting for borrowers. That may open the door to some credit-...

Construction Wave to Flood Market With Apartments

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

Over the next three years, developers are expected to build nearly 1 million apartments nationwide.

How to Celebrate 100 Years of REALTORS®

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

As NAR marks the centennial of the term "REALTOR®," you can get in on the festivities by sharing your pictures and stories of real...

Owners Still Overvaluing Homes vs. Appraisals

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

The good news is that the gap between owners' perceived home values and appraisers' estimates has been gradually narrowing over the last...

$30B Boost Eyed for Commercial Sector

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

A tax bill passed by Congress last month eases tax requirements on foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate and could spur more activity...

Carter Murder Trial Opens With New Details

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

The murder trial of Arron Lewis, the man accused of killing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter in September 2014, began Wednesday with two...

U.S. to Start Tracking 'Secret' Luxury Buyers

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 00:00

The Treasury Department announced that it will require real estate professionals to disclose the identities of buyers who use shell companies to...

5 Things to Never Say When Selling a Home

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:00

Home sellers need to watch what they say to home buyers and their real estate agents. These five phrases should be off-limits. 

NAR: Expect a More Modest Market in 2016

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:00

National Association of REALTORS® chief economist Lawrence Yun releases his state of the union for the housing market for 2016. Find out what...

Now for the Bad News About Falling Oil Prices

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:00

A drop in oil prices can be great for savings at the pump, but some housing markets are seeing the bad side to that drop.  

Loan Demand Posts Whopping 21% Surge

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:00

More borrowers rushed to fill out a loan application to purchase a home at the start of this year, with home purchase applications now 19 percent...

‘Remarkable Improvement’ in Foreclosures

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:00

“While there are still pockets of areas with high foreclosure activity, 30 states have foreclosure rates below the national average, which...

Perfect Staging ... for Game of Thrones Fans

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:00

A French design company has unveiled its latest outrageous piece of furniture — a skull-shaped chair that seems tailor-made for fans of the...

How 5M Buyers Could Save Big

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 00:00

More than 5 million borrowers who could qualify and benefit from refinancing have still not taken advantage, and they may soon be too late if they...

Why Buyers, Sellers Shouldn't Panic

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 00:00

Here are four reasons why we’re far from a 2007-like real estate meltdown. 

In Omaha: Man Tries to Lure Female Agents

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 00:00

Following a similar string of reports across the country, a suspicious man in Omaha is reportedly trying to lure female real estate agents to fake...

Playboy Mansion Comes With Big Contingency

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 00:00

The Playboy mansion—home to Hugh Hefner--is reportedly going up for-sale in the next month but the sale is expected to come with a ...

Phantom Vibration Syndrome: Yes, You Have It

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 00:00

You’re likely glued to your smartphone during your workday and that over-attachment may now be causing you to always be on alert, research...

More Older Home Owners Choose to Rent

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 00:00

A recent study gives a snapshot of the downsizing trends for the 55-to-64 age group.