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Report: Blacks, Hispanics Receive Fewer Mortgages

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

"Tightening the credit [rules] has an unusually high impact on minority borrowers," says the CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association....

Study: Student Debt Costs Housing $83B a Year

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

Some 414,000 home sales won't happen this year because more buyers are strapped with monthly student-loan payments of $250 or more, according...

Why You May Need the 'Feng Shui Contingency'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

Wealthy Chinese are increasingly targeting U.S. real estate, and some of the markets becoming havens for them to invest their fortunes are...

Investors Continue Gradual Pullback

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

Investors are gradually pulling out of the housing market after helping to propel it to double-digit gains in 2012 and 2013.

HUD: Hispanics Key to Real Estate's Growth

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

"The prosperity of the United States and the prosperity of the Hispanic community... are one and the same," says HUD Secretary Julian...

Lawmakers Weigh Credit Score Changes

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

Some in Washington are fighting for changes to help erase blemishes from a credit report faster, and are urging more factors to be considered to...

Existing-Home Sales Lower in August

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

While the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. actually experienced gains in total existing-home sales, these increases were outweighed by...

Lending Giants Shy Away From FHA Loans

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

The nation’s largest home lenders are curtailing their Federal Housing Administration loans, hampering many first-time home buyers who rely...

Jumbo Mortgages Are Cheaper, Easier to Get

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

New mortgage data shows wealthy borrowers are receiving interest rates that are lower than what average borrowers pay. Also, some lenders will...

The Return of the Exurbs?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:00

Areas on the outskirts of cities—known as the exurbs—were among some of the hardest hit during the housing crisis. Find out why these...

Mortgage Rates Make Biggest Jump of the Year

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage rates were on the rise this week, with fixed-rates making the biggest one-week leap so far this year.

Despite Builders’ Optimism, Housing Starts Tumble 14%

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00

“If new home construction activity does not pick up sizably in the upcoming months, then the housing market will again encounter an...

Household’s Net Worth Hits Record High

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00

Recent gains in the stock market and higher home prices helped Americans’ net worth soar to a record high in the second quarter, according...

The 12 Best Cities to Live Are ...

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00

These cities are earning bragging rights. A new list from 24/7 Wall St. counts down the top cities to reside in based on crime rates, employment,...

Housing Crisis Didn’t Shake Most Americans' Confidence

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00

Eighty-nine percent of about 1,000 Americans recently surveyed say buying a home is an important part of achieving the American Dream.

Creative Reuse Can Spur Commercial Deals

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:00

When large commercial properties like malls go under, an eye toward solving other community problems can bring the property back to thriving use...

Where Buyers Face Steepest Competition

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Can your clients compete against all-cash buyers? The following seven markets have the highest percentage of all-cash transactions.

Builders Haven't Felt This Confident Since 2005

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Builders are more bullish about their outlook for the new-home market. What's behind their renewed optimism? 

Where Did Americans Move This Summer?

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

During the prime moving season, more Americans "bucked recent trends" and left the Sun Belt and West Coast for the Midwest and Northeast...

Virtual Tours Are a Slam Dunk for Your Site

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:00

Virtual home tours on YouTube drive far more traffic to broker websites than listings on large real estate syndication sites, according to an...

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