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New-Home Sales Surge to 6-Year High

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:00

Sales of new single-family homes soared 18 percent in August, as greater confidence in the recovery swept across the housing industry, despite...

Consumers Aren't Losing Confidence in Home Prices

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:00

"This may not be a great market, but it's a good market," notes an NAR researcher. 

Short-Lived Surge? Loan Demand Drops Again

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:00

Following last week’s nearly 8 percent spike in mortgage application activity, mortgage application volume reversed course and was back on...

Household Formation Is 'Disturbingly Slow,' Analyst Says

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:00

Fewer than 500,000 households were added in the year ending in March -- only one-third the average number formed in each of the preceding two...

New Crop of Multimillionaires From Soaring Farmland Values

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:00

Farmland has continued to beat the stock market in returns since the late 1990s. Some analysts call it a bubble ready to pop, but others aren...

Berkshire Hathaway Reaches 1,000th Office Milestone

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:00

Real estate brokerage Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices marked the one-year anniversary of its brand launch this week by announcing its 1,000th...

Help Prospects Sock Away Homebuying Bucks

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

If the numbers just aren't coming out for your prospects, suggest a few techniques that might help them move past debt and into their own...

Dipping Into the Bank of Mom and Dad

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

More first-time buyers are turning to their parents to help fund their home purchases, and some housing analysts say that without that buyer...

Mix Up Your Social Persona

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:00

Understanding the intricacies of each social media platform can be difficult, and it's important to know that what's appropriate for...

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.