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Modest Growth Seen in Commercial Real Estate Markets

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 00:00

Commercial real estate leasing patterns are showing growth, and national vacancy rates are projected to decline in 2014. Take a look at NAR's...

Home Buyers Plan to Make a Move This Winter

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

Home buyers who weren’t successful this summer at finding a home due to limited inventories and competition from all-cash offers are looking...

CFPB: Simplified Mortgage Forms Coming in 2015

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that new forms simplifying the paperwork that borrowers receive when applying for loans...

Fed Signals Tapering Could Start Soon

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

The economy is strengthening and a tapering of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program — which has helped keep mortgage rates low...

Freddie: 2014 Holds Big Shift for Housing

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

Freddie Mac forecasts that 2014 will mark the conclusion of the refinance boom and the beginning of a market dominated by purchase money lending...

With Tight Inventory, Prices Only Going Up From Here

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

A low number of homes for sale is pushing home prices up to double-digit gains year-over-year, the National Association of REALTORS® reports...

Fannie Targeted for Pitfalls in Short Sales

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 00:00

The Office of Inspector General is recommending more oversight of Fannie Mae’s short-sale approvals after discovering that it's not...

'Resurgent Housing Sector' to Lead 2014 Economic Recovery

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 00:00

Freddie Mac economists predict that a much stronger economic recovery will take hold in 2014, with a strengthening housing recovery expected to...

NAR Urges Home Owner Relief on Flood Insurance Spikes

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 00:00

“No one could have imagined rate increases of this magnitude,” which some home owners across the country are blaming for falling home...

Home Remodeling Posts Strongest Growth in Years

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 00:00

More home owners are sprucing up their homes, with home remodeling projects surging 14 percent over year-ago levels. 

JPMorgan Reaches Record $13B Deal with Gov't

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 00:00

The record-breaking settlement over toxic mortgages marks the largest government settlement ever paid by a single U.S. company. 

Mortgage Applications for Home Purchases Climb 6%

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage applications for home purchases, viewed as one of the leading gauges of future homebuying activity, rose to its highest level since...

States Where Foreclosure Rates Remain High

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 00:00

The areas experiencing the highest foreclosure rates tend to be judicial states, which are prone to delays in the foreclosure process.

5 Lenders Boasting Highest Customer Satisfaction

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 00:00

J.D. Power releases the results of its 2013 survey showing the mortgage lenders that customers rank the highest.

Builders: Congress to Blame for Market Unease

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 00:00

"Policy and economic uncertainty is undermining consumer confidence," says NAHB.

Hispanics Took Biggest Hit in Recession

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 00:00

Hispanics faced the biggest decrease in household wealth compared to any other demographic group during the recession and housing crash, surveys...

Clients’ Cash Deposits Can Delay Closing

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 00:00

Home buyers who make cash deposits to their checking accounts that don't come from payroll checks or income tax refunds during the processing...

Eminent Domain Battles Brew Again

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 00:00

Despite threats of backlash, more cities are considering a controversial plan to use their eminent domain powers to seize underwater mortgages....

Home Repossessions Fall as Investors Step In

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 00:00

With an improving housing market, “investors are back in the game,” says the vice president of RealtyTrac. 

Great Recession Kept Us Local

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 00:00

Unlike social and economic upheavals of the past, Americans reacted to the recession largely by staying put.