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FHA to Drop Upper Mortgage Limits Jan. 1

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

Starting next year, all FHA loans granted for homes in high-cost areas will be capped at $625,500, reduced from the current limit of $729,750.

Housing Confidence Grows in West, South

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

REALTORS® expect that states in the West and in the South will see the highest price gains in the next 12 months. 

Fed Likely to Postpone Tapering to Next Year

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:00

The Federal Reserve is reportedly no longer in a rush to cut back on the $85 billion it spends per month on its bond-purchasing campaign, which...

Buyers Want Space for Entertaining

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:00

As buyers focus on lifestyle features, homes for sale that are described as "perfect for entertaining" tend to fetch...

Mortgage Rates Climb on Strengthening Economy

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Fixed-rate mortgages were on the rise this week on reports of higher home sales and an improving job outlook.  

Smaller Housing Markets Nearing ‘Normal’ Faster

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

The nationwide housing market is inching closer to “normal,” and smaller metros are leading the way, according to a new index. ...

Investors Take a Step Back in More Markets

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Rising home prices and limited inventories are prompting some investors to recede in housing markets where they once made up a big share of home...

A Look Back: Trending Real Estate Stories From 2013

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Gauge your clients’ interests by perusing a collection of some of the top stories on realtor.com® from this year. 

Agent Uses GPS to Track Lost Signs

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

But he was surprised when his GPS led him to a competitor’s garage. 

 

Spike in New-Home Sales 'Negates' Interest-Rate Trouble?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Single-family new-home sales posted a sharp rise in October, but other factors still pose challenges for the real estate market, economists say....

Built-to-Rent New Homes on the Rise

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

New homes can command a premium with renters, and investors are taking notice. The percentage of homes built specifically as rentals is at a...

Next-Gen USB Connector Coming for Tech Gadgets

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

For the first time in 17 years, the USB connector is getting a makeover with a new plug type. But don’t expect it to be compatible with...

Report: 3 Banks Fail Mortgage Settlement Rules

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Three of the nation's largest banks are falling short of new standards for dealing with mortgage customers, according to a report released by...

More Ultra-Lux Homes Falling Into Foreclosure

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Foreclosure activity on homes valued at $5 million or more has soared 61 percent since October 2012, RealtyTrac reports.

Big Firms Trade the Suburbs for the City

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Some of the largest companies in America are swapping their suburban campuses for downtown office space, betting that such a move will help them...

Spike in New-Home Sales 'Negate' Interest-Rate Trouble?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:00

Single-family new-home sales posted a sharp rise in October, but other factors still pose challenges for the real estate market, economists say....

Nearly Half of States Within Reach of Peak Home Prices

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:00

Home prices are continuing to rise across the country, inching closer in many areas to within 10 percent of their home price peaks, CoreLogic...

Study: Professional Photos of Listings Boosts Sales

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:00

A new study finds that professionally photographed listings tend to sell for more money and sell faster than homes listed with photos from low-end...

Realtor.com® Expands Online Listings with NYC Agreement

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:00

Realtor.com® is expanding its listings in the New York market after a recent amendment to its policies now allows it to publish listings from...

Loan Demand Tumbles Again

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 00:00

For the fifth consecutive week, mortgage applications slipped, reaching the lowest level since early September.

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