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Realtor.com® to Display Remodeling History on For-Sale Homes

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

The Porch Home & Neighborhood Report adds tremendous insight that a prospective buyer or seller can discuss with their REALTOR® to help...

Weather Chills New Home Sales to 5-Month Low

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Despite another slowdown in new-home sales, builders say they’re still optimistic for a strong spring buying season. 

Regulators Seek to Raise Qualifications of Appraisers

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Bank regulators are calling for new rules to boost the qualifications of appraisers and ensure greater accuracy of home values.

New Report Faults Fannie, Freddie Foreclosure Inspections

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

The Office of Inspector General raises several concerns over how pre-foreclosure inspections have been handled by the mortgage giants. 

Loan Applications for Home Purchases Show Rebound

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases – viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales – rose 2.8 percent last week.

Condo Developers Pick Up the Scent

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

High-end developers have learned what agents knew all along -- a homey aroma can sell.

More Luxury Owners Renting Out Their Homes

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

More luxury home owners are renting out all or part of their sizable dwellings for reasons such as finding someone to watch their pets or to help...

More Banks Lower FICO Score Requirements

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Banks are beginning to accept lower FICO scores when approving mortgage loans in an attempt to shore up lending for underserved borrowers.

Freddie: No More Record-Low Mortgage Rates

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Though they've been on the rise, mortgage rates are still historically low compared to the trend over the last four decades. See Freddie Mac...

4 Big Predictions for Commercial Real Estate

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Over the next 25 years, commercial real estate will be greatly influenced by changes in demographics, technology, globalization, and economic and...

Chinese Buyers See Big Opportunity in U.S.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

More Chinese home buyers are shifting their focus, which traditionally has been on real estate in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, and Australia, to...

7 Markets Where Median List Prices Are Soaring

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

Realtor.com® recently highlighted some of the hottest markets to buy, based on the largest year-over-year median list price gains from...

Obama Signs Flood Insurance Relief Into Law

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:00

A new bipartisan bill will delay flood insurance rate hikes for property owners nationwide. 

Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Agent

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:00

A southeastern Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to robbing a real estate agent with a steak knife after a showing. 

REALTORS® Forecast Home Price Increases

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:00

Learn where real estate professionals are predicting some of the largest increases in home prices in the next 12 months. 

Will Twitter Ditch #, @ Symbols?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:00

In an attempt to help newer users feel more comfortable with the platform, Twitter may discontinue the use of the @ symbol to tag users, and...

Developers Use Specialized Scents to Entice Buyers

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:00

Some condo developers are trying to lure buyers by creating customized scents that are aimed at creating positive impressions of a building....

Home Design Amps Up Happiness

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:00

Eighty-seven percent of 6,000 survey respondents recently said that their home design influences their overall happiness.

NAR President Urges GSE Reform at White House Roundtable

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:00

This is the time to move forward on reform of the secondary mortgage market and bring greater stability to the market, said Steve Brown, president...

Existing-Home Sales Take a Brief Dip Before Spring

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:00

The cold weather was blamed for disrupting many home sales across the country in February. See how your region fared in NAR’s latest...

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