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Bankruptcy Won't Wipe Out 2nd Mortgages

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that second mortgages on underwater homes cannot be voided during bankruptcy.


Which is Worse for California: Pools or Lawns?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Residential swimming pools are coming under attack in the Golden State as some cities block permits for new construction or ban filling existing...

'Marginal Agents' Biggest Threat to Industry

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Unskilled, unethical, and incompetent salespeople who lack the experience to coach buyers and sellers are damaging to the industry's...

These 20 Housing Markets Are Booming

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

Watch out for these hot housing markets, which saw some of the largest upswings in activity among buyers and sellers last month. 


Good News to Buyers: Affordability Improves

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

Nearly 67 percent of new and existing homes sold between January and the end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income...

Baby Boomers Are Important Buffer in Housing

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

Did baby boomers save the real estate market? If it weren't for the baby boomers, the U.S. home ownership rate would have fallen by a lot more...

More Buyers Are on the Hunt This Spring

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

The increases in the housing market are much more than the ordinary seasonal uptick, according to realtor.com®'s latest housing report....

Builder Tries Crowdsourcing Home Floorplans

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

A builder is tapping into crowdsourcing in asking consumers to design its new model homes and floorplans. 

Developing a Thriving Global City

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 00:00

World leaders, urban planners, and other industry thinkers weigh in on what it takes for a city to attract top-tier talent and take on global...

Amp Up Your Website's Homepage Appeal

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 00:00

Revisit your website's homepage to make sure its doing enough to make buyers and sellers want to contact you. 

Your Sellers May Need Reality Check on Price

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 00:00

Your clients likely are overly optimistic about the value of their home, a new study finds.


Best of Suburbia: 10 Top Suburbs for Buying

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 00:00

Find out the best suburbs in the country for home buyers. 


Report Uncovers Hispanic Ownership Gap

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 00:00

Hispanics will be major drivers of the housing market in the next five years, but a large gap exists between those who aspire to be home owners...

Golf Losing Its Appeal in Real Estate?

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 00:00

More golf communities across the country are looking to up their game, discovering that to lure prospective home buyers they may need to offer...

LGBTs Worry About Housing Discrimination

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 00:00

The majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender respondents surveyed recently believe home ownership is a good investment, but they hold...

Proof That Buyer Demand Is Strong

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:00

Contracts for home signings surge to a nine-year high, led by gains in the Northeast and Midwest. 

Mortgage Rates Reach Highest Point of 2015

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages rose to the highest level of the year, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.87 percent this week, Freddie Mac...

10 Markets Where It's Best to be a Home Buyer

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:00

Home prices are on the rise, but that doesn't mean that home buyers should necessarily expect to pay above a home's asking price. Here...

Where Owners Pay the Most in Property Taxes

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:00

The Northeast and Midwest, in general, have the highest property tax burdens compared to the West and Southwest, a new study finds. 

First Step for Buyers: Know Your Credit Score

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 00:00

A new survey finds that house hunters who know their credit scores feel significantly more prepared to buy a home.