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Reports of Mortgage-Servicing Errors on Rise

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 00:00

Nearly half of complaints recently filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were about mortgages, loan modifications, and foreclosure...

Survey: Most Americans Say Getting a Mortgage is Easier

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 00:00

Fifty-two percent of U.S. consumers say they expect to qualify for a mortgage now, according to Fannie Mae's latest National Housing Survey....

Getting Your Content in Facebook's Paper

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:00

Facebook is promising a newly-focused user experience with its new reader app. Will it be a boon for businesses too?

Fannie: Where Are All the Refis?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:00

The mortgage giant asks why more home owners haven't taken advantage of lower interest rates by refinancing.

CFPB Debuts New Online Mortgage Tool

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making it easier to view information the government collects on home mortgages and access to credit,...

Market Still Healing From Great Recession

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:00

Existing-home sales and prices are up, but government officials caution the economy is still fragile in the latest Housing Scorecard from the...

Men, Women Lust Over Homes Differently

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:00

A new survey shows that 69 percent of consumers have developed a "home crush." But sometimes the object of their affection is out of...

8 States With the Most Mortgage Fraud Cases

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:00

Overall, suspicious activity in lending is down, but mortgage fraud remains particularly problematic in these states. 

Study: 1 in 6 Housing Markets Back to Normal

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 00:00

More housing markets are returning to their pre-recession levels, a new housing index shows. Find out which metros top the list.

Prior Short Sellers: Watch for Credit Errors

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 00:00

Those who have undergone a previous short sale need to pay careful attention to their credit report to make sure it was reported accurately by the...

More Buyers Show the Money at Closing

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 00:00

All-cash purchases are making up a bigger bulk of home sales, with one-third of REALTORS® saying they had at least one cash deal in December,...

Mortgage Rates Slide for Fifth Straight Week

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage rates continued to inch down this week as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.23 percent, Freddie Mac reports.

Builders Ready to Ramp Up Production in 2014

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 00:00

"Consumers are back, pent-up demand is emerging, there is a growing need for new construction, distressed sales are diminishing, and builders...

REALTORS® Put Their Expertise to Work for Philadelphia

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 00:00

REALTORS® in Philadelphia are leveraging their real estate expertise and offering up a number of ways the city can improve its financial...

Target Data Breach May Hamper Home Sales

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

The recent massive data breach of up to 70 million customers’ credit and debit cards at Target stores could spill over and derail some real...

More Young Adults Stick With Parents, Delay Buying

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

The percentage of young adults ages 18 to 34 living with parents or parents-in-law has risen sharply since the late 2000s. Their delay in forming...

'Green' Saved Some Homebuilders From Recession

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

Homebuilders are finding that betting on green features could be the key to reviving an ailing business.

Survey Reveals Best, Worst Performing Housing Markets

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

A new survey takes a look at several real estate indicators, such as sales and listing activity, days on market, and foreclosure activity, to...

Despite Drop in Mortgage Rates, Loan Demand Stays Flat

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

Home mortgage applications ticked up slightly by 0.4 percent in the latest week, while mortgage rates posted a big drop.

Keep Winter Pests Where They Belong: Outside

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 00:00

With a difficult winter pounding away at much of the country, helping your customer base prevent infestations could lead to fond memories come...

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