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Pending Home Sales Mostly Flat in January

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 00:00

New contracts for home sales showed monthly gains in the South and Northeast, but those gains were offset by declines in the West and Midwest,...

Phone Ban Doesn't Include Maps

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 00:00

A California appeals court ruled that it is legal for drivers to view digital maps on their smartphones, despite state laws that restrict phone...

How to Tell When a Neighborhood Will Be Hot

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 00:00

These five signs indicate that a neighborhood is about to soar in popularity.

Wells Fargo Cuts More Mortgage Workers

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:00

The nation’s largest originator of residential loans has cut its home-lending workforce by nearly 12 percent since last year, as the...

Developers' Confidence in Multifamily Slipping

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:00

According to the National Association of Home Builders' Multifamily Production Index, developer sentiment in the apartment and condo markets...

Freddie: 4th Straight Week of Rate Climbs

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:00

While interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages edged even higher, adjustable-rates saw a decline. See where they stand now.

National Foreclosure Timelines Reach 943 Days

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:00

Though foreclosure timelines continue to rise, the number of loans in foreclosure is down to the lowest point since November 2008, according to...

It's Taking Less to Get an FHA Loan

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:00

The average credit score on FHA-backed loans fell to 680 in 2013, , and the average debt-to-income ratio rose to 40.3 percent, according to...

Tax Reform Proposal Would Dramatically Alter Housing Landscape

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:00

“Proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction and capital gains, and the repeal of deductions for state and local property taxes ......

An Oscar Nod for Coldwell Banker

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:00

The feeling of coming home has inspired countless filmmakers over the years, so it's fitting that Coldwell Banker Real Estate is debuting a...

Teachers Can Afford Only 17% of Calif. Homes

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:00

Housing affordability for teachers is in particularly dire straits in the Golden State, where 83 percent of homes in California are unaffordable...

No Spring Slowdown for New-Home Sales?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:00

Single-family new-home sales surged in January to a five-and-a-half-year high, giving the industry new hope that the new-home sector isn't...

Energy-Efficient Mortgages Gain Popularity

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 00:00

More home buyers and current home owners are weighing the merits of a "green" mortgage, which allows them to finance home improvements...

Mortgage Applications Off Historical Trend

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 23:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases fell nearly 4 percent in the week ending Feb. 21 from the week prior, hitting their lowest level since...

Study: Student Debt Holds Buyers Back, But Doesn't Need To

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

Rising student loan debt continues to hold young Americans back from home ownership, but lenders and real estate professionals say it doesn't...

Average Home Upsized Post-Recession

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

The average new-home size has increased more than 300 square feet since 2009, filling the extra space with more bedrooms, bathrooms, and amenities...

Why Divorcing Couples May Be a Growing Client Base

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

The divorce rate is back on the rise, contributing to the formation of new households and boosting demand for housing. 

5 Housing Markets With Lightest Tax Burdens

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

As tax time approaches, HousingWire takes a look at the housing markets with some of the lightest tax burdens.  

More Home Owners Tap Into Equity Again

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

Home equity lines of credit, once popular during the housing boom days, are back, but home owners are using them more cautiously, lenders say....

Do Energy-Efficient Buildings Have a Downside?

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:00

Occupants of some retrofitted buildings are finding that mold and bacteria can thrive in some otherwise ideal environments.

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