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Mortgage Rates Fall Into 'Panic Mode'?

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The period where borrowers could lock in a 3.5 percent rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage may have ended. Mortgage rates are showing signs of...

Renters, Owners Bullish on Prices

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

Renters and home owners both expect prices to continue to increase in the coming year, but renters expect to face the highest prices, a new survey...

10 Housing Markets Fueled by Job Growth

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

Nearly 3 million jobs have been created in the past 12 months. Find out where jobs are increasing the most and home appreciation is following....

Many Retirees Still Struggling with Mortgages

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The number of seniors still making house payments into retirement has grown following the recession. 

CFPB: Reverse Mortgage Ads Are Misleading

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning the public about ads touting reverse mortgages as tax-free money that can help you achieve a...

4 Networking Tips to Work a Room

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:00

Whether you're at a work event or social gathering, finding yourself in a room where you don't know anyone can be stressful. Here's...

Home Buyers Make Less of a Down Payment

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Down payments in the first quarter indicate that first time home buyers are finally starting to come out of the woodwork, although gradually,...

Mortgage Rates Hover Around 2015 High

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Brace your buyers: More rises in mortgage rates are likely, as bond yields inch up. 

6.6M Homes at Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

A new report shows that more than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge this year.

Can I Offer You Pizza for That House?

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Under a hot housing market where multiple offers are common, one buyer decided to add to her offer something the seller couldn't possibly...

Police Hunt: Man Robs 2 Agents at Gunpoint

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Two female real estate agents in St. Petersburg, Fla., were held at gunpoint by a man during showings in two separate incidences within an hour of...

CFPB Responds to Congressional Concerns Over Closing Doc Requirements

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced this week that it would show "sensitivity" to companies demonstrating a good-faith...

CFPB Takes First Steps Toward Greater Clarity on RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure Enforcement

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

NAR says it's a good first step that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has said it will be sensitive to entities' good faith effort...

Court Affirms Brokers' Ability to Classify Agents as Independent Contractors

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The top court in Massachusetts yesterday affirmed a lower court decision that real estate practitioners may be classified as independent...

Lower Sales Bit into REALTOR® Paychecks

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The decline in sales took a chunk out of overall business activity for REALTORS® as well as their incomes in 2014, a new member survey shows....

CFPB Grants Grace Period for Mortgage Rules

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it will allow a grace period to lenders who make a good-faith effort in complying with new...

The 8 Fastest-Growing Cities for Millennials

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The Millennials, aged 20 to 34, are viewed by many housing analysts as the key to boosting home ownership -- so where are they flocking to?


Freddie Offers Mortgage Relief to Flood Victims

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

Freddie Mac is offering mortgage relief options to borrowers in Texas and Oklahoma who have been affected recently by the massive amounts of...

San Francisco Nixes Luxury Condo Moratorium

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

Rental prices have skyrocketed so much in San Francisco that city supervisors recently tried to implement a 45-day moratorium on luxury housing in...

What Worries Would-Be Buyers

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Understand consumers' current knowledge gaps about the home purchase process and you'll be able to help wary potential clients ease into...