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12 Apartment Boom Towns

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00

A new survey reveals cities that are seeing brisk multifamily business, based on apartment availability, as well as economic and population growth...

Mortgage Rates Are Inching Back Up

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

Fixed mortgage rates were on the rise this week, “applying additional pressure for those markets that are already feeling an affordability...

Franchise Kicks Off Spring With 'National Open House'

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is sponsoring a national Open House Weekend March 29 and 30 to lure more buyers out for the spring-buying...

Spring Design Trends for the Home

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

Here's a quick look at the hot trends in home interiors for this season.

Top 10 Markets for First-Time Home Buyers This Spring

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

“As we head into the home buying season, these markets show favorable conditions for first-time home buyers, which is encouraging because...

Fannie Extends Closing Cost Incentive to Buyers

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

Due to strong buyer response, Fannie Mae has announced it will extend the deadline for an incentive program that allows home buyers to receive up...

NAR: Pending Home Sales Continue to Cool

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00

For the eighth consecutive month, contracts to purchase previously owned homes took a tumble in February, but the slowdown may be nearing an end,...

Man Arrested After Attack on Tenn. Agent

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

A man was taken into police custody in connection with aggravated kidnapping and robbery, sexual battery, and theft of property between $500 and $...

West Coast Home Builder Expands East

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

San Jose, Calif.-based UCP Inc. announced that it is acquiring Citizen Homes Inc., which builds homes on the East Coast. It's the latest in a...

Property Taxes at a 20-Year High

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

Property taxes continue to increase, as the amount collected by state and local governments in 2013 reached the highest level in about two decades...

New Freddie Index Gauges 'Normal' Markets

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

The nation’s housing market is improving, based on a three-month trend, and is inching closer to a stable range — but it still has a...

REALTORS® Unite for 2014 Boston Marathon

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

REALTORS® across Boston and the country are banding together to stay "Boston Strong" as the 2014 Boston Marathon approaches, and...

Survey: High Expectations for Retirement Homes

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00

Seventy percent of baby boomers say that the house they live in when they retire will be the best home they've ever had, according to a survey...

App Turns iPhone Taps Into Floor Plans

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

New software for Apple's mobile devices can take your motions and turn them into basic floor plans.

Realtor.com® to Display Remodeling History on For-Sale Homes

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

The Porch Home & Neighborhood Report adds tremendous insight that a prospective buyer or seller can discuss with their REALTOR® to help...

Weather Chills New Home Sales to 5-Month Low

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Despite another slowdown in new-home sales, builders say they’re still optimistic for a strong spring buying season. 

Regulators Seek to Raise Qualifications of Appraisers

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Bank regulators are calling for new rules to boost the qualifications of appraisers and ensure greater accuracy of home values.

New Report Faults Fannie, Freddie Foreclosure Inspections

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

The Office of Inspector General raises several concerns over how pre-foreclosure inspections have been handled by the mortgage giants. 

Loan Applications for Home Purchases Show Rebound

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases – viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales – rose 2.8 percent last week.

Condo Developers Pick Up the Scent

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

High-end developers have learned what agents knew all along -- a homey aroma can sell.