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Refinancers Drive Upswing in Loan Demand

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 00:00

Refinancers led a push in snagging lower rates, pushing overall mortgage activity up last week as interest rates showed signs of easing. 

This Busy City Will Never Have a Home for Sale

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

Don't even try to sell a home in this Michigan location: The "houses" are just facades and there aren't even any drivers in the...

Builders Feel Like It's the Housing Boom Days

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

Builders are feeling as confident about the new-home market and home sales as they did during 2005.

TRID Guide Aims to Ensure On-Time Closings

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's says its new toolkit is designed for real estate professionals to help ensure smooth, on-time...

Building New Brings Longer Waits

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

The average completion time of a single-family home is about seven months, but that average can fluctuate greatly depending on where you live....

Borrowers Make Fewer Late Payments

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

"This is the lowest mortgage delinquency level we've seen in several years," according to a newly released report from TransUnion....

View the Top Home Features By State

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

From wet bars in Kansas to hot tubs in Oregon, find out the distinctive housing features of each state.

What To Expect From an Aging Population

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 00:00

Around one-quarter of the U.S. population will be age 50 or older by 2030. Here's what you need to know to meet the needs of this important...

How High Will Mortgage Rates Actually Climb?

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

The lowest mortgage rates on record have been great draw for buyers during the last few years, but the Federal Reserve has already given plenty of...

56% of Agents Call Open Houses 'Pointless'

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

Open houses are a polarizing topic in the real estate industry when it comes to judging how effective they actually are.

Credit Unions Gaining Ground with Buyers

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

Credit unions' share of all mortgage originations has grown considerably over the last two years, as more home buyers turn to credit unions...

Top 10 Amenities for Renters

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

What do renters really want in a new apartment? A new survey identifies their top preferences. 

Chinese-American Buyers Cite Feng Shui as Key

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

Chinese-American buyers reported a willingness to pay 16 percent more for a home that uses feng shui principles. 

Seeing Is Believing With Smart Home Tech

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:00

Consumers' likelihood in adopting smart home devices climbs by 93 percent among those who actually have seen the technology in person, a new...

Higher Home Values Chip Away at Affordability

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:00

Just 63 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families earning the median...

Mortgage Rates Begin to Nudge Higher

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:00

"Headed into the fall, we'll likely see continued interest rate tension," according to Freddie Mac's chief economist. 

Top 10 Customer-Rated Lenders

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:00

Find out which lenders topped LendingTree's list of top 10 customer-rated lenders in the second quarter. 

The Biggest, Smallest Lots in the Country

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:00

If you want to live small, head to the Northeast. If you want to live large, go Southwest. Realtor.com® releases lists of where to find the...

Aging Housing Stock Ripe for Remodeling

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:00

About two-thirds of owner-occupied homes in the U.S. were constructed prior to 1980.

Realtor.com®: The 10 Hottest ZIP Codes

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 00:00

Realtor.com® recently pinpointed the ZIP codes where housing markets are booming the most and properties are selling the fastest.