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New-Home Sales Stall: Rising Rates to Blame?

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 00:00

The unexpected turn in new-home sales is being caused by the recent surge in mortgage rates, economists say. 

Commercial Markets Show Steady, Moderate Growth

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 00:00

Commercial real estate markets are seeing a decline in vacancy rates with modest rent growth, according to NAR's quarterly commercial real...

Shadow Inventories Becoming Vanishing Problem

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 00:00

“The shadow inventory is quickly being worked off and is no longer a significant weight on the housing market in most parts of the country,...

Mortgage Fraud Shows First Notable Signs of Falling

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 00:00

For the first time since tracking began in 2002, mortgage fraud is showing signs of decreasing. 

Smoking Snuffs Out Home Prices

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 00:00

Recent studies suggest that cigarette smoke can have a lingering affect on real estate.

Mortgage Rates Surge to 2-Year High

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:00

Brace your clients: The recent surge in rates isn’t over, analysts say. 

Best Housing Markets for 'Health and Wealth'

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:00

A new report suggests that cities offering healthy living opportunities also have more possibility for home price appreciation. 

Beware: Are Your Listings Being Used in Phony Ads?

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:00

Real estate brokerages and associations are warning their employees and members to be on the lookout for listing photos being used in phony rental...

Borrowers Face Greater Scrutiny from Lenders

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:00

Even clients with stellar credit will likely face lots of questioning from lenders when applying for a mortgage today. 

Kick Bad Habits, Boost Your Income

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:00

One real estate speaker and coach estimates that a real estate professionals can boost their yearly incomes by $10,000 to $50,000 by eliminating...

Jersey Shore Mayor Blames Property Taxes for Home Sale

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 00:00

The mayor of a Jersey Shore town says he’s being forced to sell his home because he can no longer afford the rising property taxes. New...

'Swiss Army Knife' of Real Estate Apps?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 00:00

Tech firm Blueroof360's blueQub app, hitting the market in September, is intended to serve as a one-stop utility app for agents in the field...

Household Incomes Improving, But Still Way Down

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

Though median household income has been rising for the last two years, it's still 4.4 percent below where it was in June 2009 when the...

12 Towns With the Cleanest Air

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

Take a deep breath: These cities boast the least-polluted air in the nation, according to Money Magazine.

Wells Fargo Laying Off Scores in Mortgage Unit

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

The nation's largest mortgage lender says it's cutting 2,300 employees due to a drastic decrease in refinances because of rising interest...

Keep It Down! City Wants Buyers to Stop Complaining About Noise

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

The city council in Aspen, Colo., wants to add a clause to future sales in a proposed luxury building that prevents buyers from complaining about...

5 Inspection Problems Buyers Shouldn’t Ignore

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

Home buyers who discover house flaws too late in the purchasing process may face costly repairs. Here are some things you should tell them to...

7 Cities Leading the Housing Recovery

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

The housing recovery rolls on with some markets seeing bigger progress than others.

Mortgage Applications Drop as Rates Edge Higher

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

Higher interest rates continue to put the squeeze on the number of home owners refinancing, leading to the second consecutive week in which loan...

Sinkholes Become Bigger Threat to Home Owners

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:00

The number of sinkholes is growing, putting more homes at risk, and some experts say it even has the potential to threaten the housing recovery in...