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New LED Lighting Could Shine Up Listings

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

Right now, you can buy lightbulbs smart enough to turn on automatically when you enter a listed home. But could new types of LEDs make even those...

Ex-Owners Bamboozled Years After Foreclosure

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

Thousands of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure years ago are being chased down by debt collectors, who say the former home owners...

Hoarding Is a Selling Agent's Nemesis

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

Hoarding can often be brought to a crisis point when a home owner has to move. 

Why Every Agent Needs a Tablet

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

Tablets make it easy for agents to show property details during an open house and handle various other tasks. Find out everything you can do.

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

A $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants, according to...

Major Incentives for Home Buyers This Fall

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

Homebuilders are throwing in some extras to lure home buyers back this fall. One buyer scored $10,000 off his closing costs, plus the price of a...

10 Best College Towns for House Flippers

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00

These college towns are making the grade for best returns this year, with some investors seeing profits on their home flips of 60 percent or more...

Community Revitalization From the Ground Up

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

Does your community have a lifeless block of vacant storefronts holding it back? Better Block might be able to help.

Agent Knocked Unconscious Outside Listing

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

A 23-year-old Laguna Nigel, Calif., man has been arrested in connection with an assault of a real estate agent, who was reportedly placed in a...

Wave of Singles to Make Big Impact on Housing

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

Half of all American adults now live in one-person households. What does this mean for the future of housing? 

Why Low Rates Aren't Enough for Buyers

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

Mortgage rates have hovered nearly yearly lows for weeks, but the cheap rates are not spurring more home buying.

Home Listed for $1 Has One Big Catch

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

This 4,820-square-foot house may look like a steal for a $1. However, buyers will want to read the fine print: It doesn’t come with any land...

Lending Giant Settles Maternity Suit

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:00

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will pay $5 million to settle allegations that they discriminated against potential borrowers who were pregnant or on...

Female Entrepreneurs Lead U.S. Business Growth

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

Women are leading the growth of the real estate industry, opening more than 200,000 brokerages since 2002. Find out in which states and cities...

3 Industry Trends to Watch This Fall

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

The housing market is expected to heat up this fall, despite buyers showing greater signs of being cautious in their home purchases.

30-Year Mortgage Falls Back to Yearly Lows

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

Should your clients be locking in rates? Borrowing costs are down once again this week, giving home buyers another opportunity to snag some of the...

Builders: Tight Credit Caused 18,700 Lost Sales

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

"We’ve seen banks and regulators swing the pendulum too far and create an environment where lending standards are too restrictive,...

Ski Homes: The Next Big Thing in Luxury

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

Luxury ski homes have seen prices rise by nearly 6 percent over the last year, as they’re increasingly being courted by the wealthy’s...

Don’t Talk to Your Phone and Drive, Study Says

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:00

The iPhone’s Siri is taking a lot of heat in a new study by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety that suggests the voice assistants...

Think Again: You're Not Good at Multitasking

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

You might want to rethink texting while trying to hold a conversation. A growing number of studies show multitasking makes you less productive and...