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Cities Hit Roadblocks in Eminent Domain Plans

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:00

Many cities appear to be backing away from a controversial plan to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages after facing backlash from...

$1,000 Grants for Start-Up Charities

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:00

REALTOR® Magazine and the Good Neighbor Society are seeking nominees for Volunteering Works, a grant and mentoring program for REALTORS®...

Prediction: 2014 the 'Year of the Big Move'

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:00

ERA Real Estate CEO Charlie Young says that this year, more people may be prompted to relocate to areas that offer better costs of living.

What Can Drive Up Your Sales Price? Parking

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:00

Parking is a hot commodity, and in many parts of the country, home buyers can expect to pay a premium when the word is mentioned in a listing ad...

Boomers' Demand Shifts to Change Real Estate

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00

An economist explains how the coming shift toward urban and multifamily living will change the face of housing demand across the nation.

VA Loans Post Biggest Year on Record in 2013

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the number of loans it guaranteed reached a record high in 2013. 

FEMA Denies Aid to Tornado-Ravaged State

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied federal aid to Illinois following a deadly tornado in November.

Franchise Breaks into Magazine Business

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00

Realty One Group is debuting a consumer-targeted print and online magazine this month in the hopes that it will help raise its visibility as a...

Small Lenders Hesitate Over New Rules

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00

Some smaller lenders say they are planning to curtail or even possibly halt their mortgage lending business in 2014 due to the new mortgage rules...

White House Still Calling Housing Recovery 'Fragile'

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00

The latest Housing Scorecard from the Obama Administration shows progress on several fronts—notably home prices—but continues the...

New Mortgage Rules Roll Out - What Will Be the Impact?

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 00:00

New mortgage rules take effect today that set out to protect borrowers against risky lending practices, but a few new rules have some worried....

Shadow Inventory Plummets to Lowest Level in 6 Years

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 00:00

As loan performance continues to improve, problem loans that have lingered in the shadows are slowly vanishing, according to a new report. ...

Mortgage Rates Hold Mostly Flat for the Week

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage rates changed little this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.51 percent, Freddie Mac reports. 

Colo. Broker Launches Pot-Friendly Campaign

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 00:00

Colorado is the first state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana, and one Colorado broker sees it as a way to educate new home buyers...

Over-the-Top Amenities Push Buyers Away

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 00:00

If your buyer's dream house doesn't include a bowling alley or movie theater, you'll probably skip over these listings... and that...

The Most Powerful Person in Real Estate Is…

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 00:00

A new ranking list names the 200 most powerful people in real estate in 2013.

Wintertime Tips to Keep Landscaping Safe

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 00:00

Lawn care is typically a spring and summertime activity, but in the dead of winter — even one as brutal as this has been — there...

Loan Demand Picks Up After the Holidays

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 00:00

 
For the first time in a month, mortgage applications are back on the rise.

Smaller Housing Markets Leading Recovery

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 00:00

Out of 56 U.S. markets that are at or above normal economic and housing levels, 48 of them are areas with populations under 500,000.

Social Media a Tool for Lenders to Vet Borrowers?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 00:00

Some lending companies reportedly are using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to assess borrowers’ risks and verify identities....

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