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Loan Demand Continues to Soften

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 00:00

Applications for mortgage refinances continued to tumble last week as mortgage rates hovered near two-year highs.

Shock Treatment May Dial In Price Reductions

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 00:00

If handled carefully, taking the blame for an overpriced listing may shock the sellers into agreeing to a price reduction.

Short Sale Stigma Surfacing?

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 00:00

In areas with high foreclosure rates, nondistressed properties may sell faster -- and for more money -- if they’re advertised that they are...

Report: FHA Fails to Get Top Dollar for Its REOs

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 00:00

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says that the Federal Housing Administration isn’t doing enough to ensure it gets the...

Real Estate's New Big Buyers: Middle-Aged Women

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 00:00

Single females have long been top consumers of real estate, but single females aged 45 to 54 years old are particularly increasing their share in...

App Offers a Way to Sniff Out More Inventory

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 00:00

A new app by RealtyTrac boasts that it can help brokers find more homes to sell in a low inventory environment. 

New Social Network Focuses on the Happy Moments

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 00:00

Will real estate have a presence on the latest social network that focuses on the happy things in life? 

Margin Loans Help Buyers Close Deals

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 00:00

More potential home buyers are turning to margin loans for short-term financing to close on a purchase or win a bidding war.

Pol Battles Eminent Domain — Again

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:00

Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., has reintroduced a bill aimed at shutting down a controversial plan that would allow municipal governments to use...

Detroit: Bankrupt Town With Bustling Housing Market?

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:00

The city’s economic woes don’t seem to be dampening its housing market, with properties reportedly in strong demand there.

10 Metros Where Rents Are Soaring

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:00

Investors in house-hunting mode should be eyeing these areas, which have seen the biggest jumps in rental rates over the last year.

Some States Still Bogged Down By Foreclosures

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:00

States with a judicial process for foreclosures have such large backlogs that it's keeping housing from recovering there, report says.

Fannie: Fast Rise in Mortgage Rates Could Hurt

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:00

The rise in mortgage rates over the last couple of months has been “significant” and could hamper the housing recovery, economists say...

Home Sales Down, Inventory Up

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:00

Existing-home sales declined in June, but have remained well above year-ago levels for the past two years.

Sellers Jack Up Price After Offer is Accepted

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:00

In a move dubbed “goalpost-shifting,” some sellers are weaseling out of deals to find higher offers. 

Where Home Prices Are Rising by the Most

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:00

Property values are on the rise nationally. Find out the 10 cities where they’ve risen the most in the past year. 

5 Home Inspection Red Flags

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:00

Home inspections nearly always uncover something in a home that will need to be monitored or fixed, but what repairs should buyers be particularly...

Flippers Must Choose Markets Carefully

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:00

House flippers are in a race take advantage of the recovering housing market, but they're opting for markets that haven’t had as large...

Good or Bad? ARMs Make a Comeback

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:00

The mortgages once blamed for the housing bust are luring home buyers again with their low introductory offers. 

Are Young Home Buyers Being Left Behind?

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 00:00

Young buyers have been left out of the housing recovery — more so than any other age group, according to a new USA Today analysis.