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Hispanics Eye Larger Share of Market

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00

Hispanics, already the fastest-growing segment of first-time and luxury home buyers, are expected to account for 7 million of the 17 million new...

Top 10 Earth-Friendly Counties

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00

Today is Earth Day, and for these counties, there's a lot to brag about: good air quality, walkability, and affordability. 

Home Buyers Push Up Loan Demand

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases last week were 16 percent higher than the same week a year ago. 

Fracking Linked to Small Earthquakes

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:00

Researchers point to natural-gas drilling as the cause of a cluster of seismic events that struck the Dallas-Forth Worth area in recent months....

1.5M Buyers Are Coming Back

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00

Former home owners who lost their home to a foreclosure or a short sale are gradually re-entering the housing market and some housing analysts...

Listings That Reveal Energy Costs Sell for More

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00

Listings that disclose energy costs have a higher close rate and spend less time on the market than comparable homes, a new study finds.

Price Jumps Are Leading to More Flips

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00

The West and Midwest are showing some of the largest margins of investors favoring flipping over a rent-to-hold strategy. 

Fannie: Economy Likely to 'Spring Forward'

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00

Economic activity weakened in the first quarter, but a turnaround is expected that will likely give a lift to the housing market, according to...

Will Seattle's 'Tiny House' Be Overpowered?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00

The fate of a 600-square-foot Seattle home, overshadowed by towering retail buildings all around it, still remains in question as residents show...

America's Favorite Second Home: Self-Storage

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:00

With one in every 10 people in America renting self-storage units, the need for practitioners to help clients manage their stuff will only...

Credit Unions Want Your Buyers' Business

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 00:00

Credit unions are aggressively expanding their mortgage business, offering zero-down payment loans or in some cases even offering to refund...

Average Foreclosure Time: 620 Days

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 00:00

Find out the states where foreclosures are taking the longest, sometimes averaging more than 3 years.  

Drought Drying Up Homebuilding out West?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 00:00

The severe drought plaguing the West may stall new-home construction in the region, according to the builder's trade group.

Is Your Site Mobile Friendly?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 00:00

Starting tomorrow, Google will change their search rankings to emphasize sites that are mobile-friendly. Is your business page configured properly...

Group Seeks to Silence 'Pro-Foreclosure' Calls

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 00:00

Some housing advocacy groups are calling on government regulators to investigate pro-foreclosure campaigns that they claim have been launched by...

George Lucas' New Project: Affordable Housing

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 00:00

The filmmaker's empire may strike back with Lucas' latest plans to build affordable housing on a property he owns in...

NAR to Congress: Ease Up on Mortgage Credit

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

"No one wants to see a return to the unscrupulous, predatory lending practices that caused the Great Recession," but the pendulum in...

Fannie, Freddie to Cut Mortgage Fees, Slightly

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is expected to announce a reduction in mortgage fees that some borrowers pay, but some housing advocates say...

Housing Starts Rise, Builders Remain Cautious

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The new-home market continues to make gains, albeit at a gradual pace as "some price sensitive buyers remain on the fence," according to...

Mortgage Rates Hover Near 2015 Lows

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.67 percent this week, remaining near the lowest average of the year, Freddie Mac reports. 

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