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Upswing in Lending for Commercial Properties

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

Many U.S. banks are starting to see new growth in commercial property loans, according to research from SNL Financial.

Strategic Defaulters in Fannie and Freddie's Crosshairs

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are poised to step up efforts to collect unpaid mortgage debt from home owners who chose to go the route of strategic...

Home Purchases Kick Off 2-Year Spending Spree

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

A new analysis puts a dollar sign on just how much home buyers will likely spend in the first two years after purchasing a house.

Flood Insurance Rates Could Kill Property Values

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

With federal flood insurance subsidies phasing out, home owners say the hikes in premiums will make it too difficult to sell their houses.

For Your Business, the New Year Starts Nov. 1

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Rather than wait until the end of the year to create a business plan, real estate agents should turn their attention toward a more productive 2014...

Next Big Investment: A Million-Dollar Flip

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

With the market for foreclosure flips saturated, some investors are turning to flipping million-dollar properties and betting on larger returns....

More Buyers Go for ‘Green’

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Nearly nine out of 10 recent home buyers say that heating and cooling costs were “somewhat important” or “very important”...

Neighbors Irked by Home's Breast Cancer Display

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

A New Jersey home owner painted his vacant, boarded-up home a bright purple and accented it with large, plastic pink ribbons. But the home’s...

Middle-Class Buyers Getting Edged Out?

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Middle-class home buyers are struggling to find enough affordable homes on the market as rising prices, higher interest rates, and flat incomes...

Builders Push Buyer Incentives as Sales Slow

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Some are going so far as to offer tens of thousands of dollars in cash incentives as well as free home upgrades.

As Debt Ceiling Nears, NAR Warns of Housing Impacts

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

All it takes is a one-percentage point increase in mortgage interest rates because of a debt ceiling breach by the federal...

Mortgage Rates Rise for First Time in 5 Weeks

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage rates are up slightly this week, following more than a month of declines in borrowing costs. 

And the Largest Real Estate Franchisor Is...

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

Franchise Times releases its 2013 rankings of the largest real estate franchisors based on sales volume. 

Austin Board Turns Back on Third-Party Listing Sites

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

A REALTOR® board has made a bold move to stop syndicating real estate listings on third-party Web sites that are not affiliated with a REALTOR...

CoreLogic: 1.2M Homes at Risk for Wildfires in West

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

The threat of wildfires has grown over the last half-century, putting more homes at risk. 

Neighborhoods: More Walkable, More Desirable

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

"There's a strong preference for being in a neighborhood where people can walk to shops, restaurants, parks,” says an NAR...

You Own the Home, Builders Own What's Under It

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 00:00

Builders are increasingly retaining the mineral rights to homes they sell, meaning they own the natural resources that lie under houses.

Everything, Including Housing Boom, is Bigger in Texas

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 00:00

There's been a “suburban land rush” in the Lone Star State, with home prices rising rapidly and buyer demand getting stronger.

AARP Names Cheapest Places to Retire

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 00:00

Only $30,000 a year for retirement? Here’s where to live.

NAR on FHFA’s Loan Limits: Don't Drop Them

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 00:00

The National Association of REALTORS® is garnering media attention for challenging the Federal Housing Finance Agency's plan to reduce the...

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