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As Mortgage Rates Climb, Home Sales Slip

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:00

Rising mortgage rates are biting into home sales, a trend that will likely continue as interest rates readjust in the new year.

Bank Giant Accused of Discriminatory Lending

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:00

National City Bank is being accused by two government agencies of charging African-American and Hispanic borrowers more on their mortgages when...

Chicago Real Estate Developer and Housing Advocate Dies

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:00

John W. Baird—prominent Chicago real estate developer and champion of fair housing, open space, and historic preservation—passed away...

The Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbors

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 00:00

Americans rank which celebrity they’d most want to have next door.

Strong Demand Helps Buck Winter Trend

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

These 10 housing markets are leading the nation with largest year-over-year list price increases. 

Study: Staging Doesn't Influence Selling Price

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

While effective home staging can influence first impressions of a property, new research concludes that the strategy by itself may not convince...

Investors Likely to Curb Buying in 2014

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

A new report finds that, while investors will expand their holdings into 2014, the expansion will be "decidedly more restrained than the...

Buyers Facing Fewer Bidding Wars

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

One brokerage reports that bidding wars are easing in many markets and that buyers may face less competition in their attempts to snag a home this...

Mortgage Rates to Enter New Year Mostly Flat

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.48 percent this week, rising slightly from last week’s average, Freddie Mac reports. 

Postal Stamps on the Rise Again

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:00

If your 2014 business plan includes sending handwritten thank-you cards or any other first-class mailings, you may want to stock up on forever...

Could Interest Rates Get Buyers Off the Fence?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

The rise in interest rates "will get people sitting on the fence to decide, 'We better do something or it's going to cost us money,...

Fed’s Taper Talk Deflates Loan Demand

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage applications dropped 6.3 percent last week on the heels of the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would start to...

Underwater Home Owners Face Heavier Tax Burden

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

If Congress doesn't act on the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which expires at the end of this year, it could leave distressed...

New-Home Sales Drop in November

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

Sales of new single-family homes dropped 2.1 percent in November, but they are still keeping a pace well above a year ago.

Fannie, Freddie Fee Hikes Delayed for Review

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

The incoming director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency says that he will delay Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's...

As Home Prices Rebound, Lenders Rush to Unload REOs

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 00:00

Sales of bank-owned homes made up 10 percent of residential sales in November, the third consecutive month for increases in REO sales, RealtyTrac...

Job Growth to Drive 2014 Housing Market

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

The housing recovery is expected to remain strong in the new year, driven by economic growth and an improving employment picture, economists say...

For Those Who Held On, Equity Has Returned

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

Home prices surged 11.3 percent in 2013, helping home owners see gains in their pocketbooks. 

Top 10 Housing Bets for Investors

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

Investments in single-family homes for rental properties will remain an attractive venture in many markets in the new year. Find out where....

Education Campaign on New Mortgage Rules

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching an education campaign to help make home buyers and home owners more aware of new mortgage...

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