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Survey: Americans Still Thankful for Home Ownership

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 00:00

According to a new survey by NeighborWorks America, 88 percent of Americans say owning a home is still an important element of their “...

A Place for Real Estate on Pinterest?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

A new kind of pin category on Pinterest might hold opportunities for real estate practitioners beyond the standard decor boards.

Century 21's 'Visionary' Co-Founder Dies

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

Marsh Fisher, 88, was known as a leading figure in forging today's model of franchising existing real estate companies under a singular brand...

5 Housing Bubbles to Watch

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

Home prices that rise too rapidly can eventually pop, sending values down and putting home owners at risk. Here are five bubbles that may be...

REALTOR® Confidence Wanes as Challenges Persist

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

A survey of real estate practitioners shows a slowdown in market activity, but some practitioners say it's a “welcome brake” on...

How Does Your Property Tax Burden Compare?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

A new study finds that property taxes make up about one quarter of home ownership costs over the median duration of ownership.

Asking Prices Surging in These 10 Markets

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

Detroit has seen the largest year-over-year increase, with list prices surging 44 percent in the past year. Find out what other metros are posting...

Foreclosures Fall to 5-Year Lows

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:00

National foreclosure pre-sale inventory is at its lowest point since 2008. 

City Makes it Illegal to Smoke in Your Home

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

San Rafael, Calif. becomes the first city to adopt an ordinance that makes it illegal for owners to smoke inside their homes if they share a wall...

Realtor.com®: Homes Selling at a Brisker Pace This Fall

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Homes are selling “significantly” faster compared to last year at this time, “demonstrating resilience to seasonal changes and...

REALTORS® Help Illinois Tornado Victims Pick Up the Pieces

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

As the devastation heaped on communities in Central Illinois becomes clearer after an outbreak of powerful tornadoes Sunday, REALTORS® across...

30-Year Mortgages Average 4.22% This Week

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Borrowing costs dropped this week, but fixed-rated rate mortgages are still nearly a full percentage higher than a year ago. 

New Insurance Protects From Falling Home Values

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

A new type of insurance debuting next month will protect home owners against negative equity. 

Fears Brew Over Mortgage Fraud in Jumbo Loans

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

The growing popularity of jumbo loans is increasing the potential for mortgage fraud with these high-priced loans, according to a new report....

Modest Growth Seen in Commercial Real Estate Markets

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Commercial real estate leasing patterns are showing growth, and national vacancy rates are projected to decline in 2014. Take a look at NAR's...

Home Buyers Plan to Make a Move This Winter

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

Home buyers who weren’t successful this summer at finding a home due to limited inventories and competition from all-cash offers are looking...

CFPB: Simplified Mortgage Forms Coming in 2015

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that new forms simplifying the paperwork that borrowers receive when applying for loans...

Fed Signals Tapering Could Start Soon

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

The economy is strengthening and a tapering of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program — which has helped keep mortgage rates low...

Freddie: 2014 Holds Big Shift for Housing

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

Freddie Mac forecasts that 2014 will mark the conclusion of the refinance boom and the beginning of a market dominated by purchase money lending...

With Tight Inventory, Prices Only Going Up From Here

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

A low number of homes for sale is pushing home prices up to double-digit gains year-over-year, the National Association of REALTORS® reports...