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Ex-con in N.Y. Arrested for Deed Fraud

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

A spike in the water bill for an empty house in Queens, N.Y., tipped off the elderly owner who alleged that scammers had moved in and forged a new...

QRM Rule Opens More Doors for Consumers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

The final qualified residential mortgage rule, which was released Tuesday, follows NAR's longtime advice to not include an onerous down...

10 Best ZIP Codes in 2014

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

The ZIP code of the country's best place to call home is 20004, according to real estate company Movoto.com.

Banks Betting Big on Apartment Projects

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

Lenders are making more commitments to financing multifamily projects, shrugging off any fears in the industry that an oversupply is brewing in...

Markets Still Plagued by Inventory Crunch

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

Some cities have posted drops of 25 percent or more in listings year-over-year, and home buyers there continue to struggle to find housing options...

4 Metros Singled Out as 'Overheated'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

In its list of top 50 markets nationwide, CoreLogic points to the cities that are at risk of being overvalued due to skyrocketing home-price...

FHFA's Dramatic Easing of Mortgage Standards

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:00

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced plans to drastically expand access to mortgages for first-time home buyers and those who have faced...

Housing Starts Solidly Above Million Mark

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

The breaking of ground on new homes and apartments surpassed the one-million mark for the third time this year.

Fannie, Freddie to Loosen Up on Lending

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

The mortgage giants are reportedly near a deal that will loosen lending standards and make mortgages more affordable for those with less-than-...

1 in 3 Homes Is a Rental

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

The latest American Housing Survey finds 65 percent of all units were occupied by owners in 2011, while 35 percent were occupied by renters.

Fast-Moving Markets' Demographic Secret?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

A new analysis shows that the 12 major metro areas where homes are still selling quickly have large populations of Baby Boomers and engineers.

The Commercial Market's Hot Sector

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Developers are scouring the nation looking for new sites for warehouses to meet the latest surge in demand.

Just One Insurance Claim Can Prove Costly

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

In some states, all it takes is just one claim to a home owner’s property insurance to see premiums soar by hundreds of dollars.

Useful Tips for Clients with Nosy Friends

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:00

New home buyers who find themselves bombarded with questions about the price of their home might find these tips handy.

Builders Are Losing Confidence

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

After four consecutive months of gains, builder confidence in the new-home single-family market is showing signs of slipping.

Foreclosure Niche Is a Vanishing Business

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

As the number of foreclosed home sales rapidly falls, real estate professionals who specialize in foreclosure sales may need to find a new...

Accused Killer Calls Agent’s Death 'Accident'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

The accused killer of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter claims his innocence and insists her death was an accident.

Treatment Centers Can Impact Home Prices

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

Substance abuse treatment centers located within residential neighborhoods can take a toll on the price of neighboring homes, according to a study...

Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4% Threshold

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

Spread the word to your buyers: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hasn’t been this low for more than a year. 

Detroit Moves to 'Foreclose on Everything'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00

Wayne County is taking on an unprecedented effort to take possession of every property that is three or more years behind in taxes.

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