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Buyers Beware: Mortgage Rates May Surge if Gov't Defaults

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:00

The clock is ticking for lawmakers to reach a decision on the debt ceiling. If they don’t, home buyers may face skyrocketing borrowing costs...

More MLSs Add New-Home Listings

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:00

Real estate professionals will have more access to new-home plans and community information to share with their customers. 

Is Buyer Demand Slipping?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:00

The growing uncertainty in the economy may be jittering home buyers, according to a new survey.

Home Owners Willing to Spend More on Remodels

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:00

Home owners are willing to spend 30 percent of the value of their home when they remodel, a new survey finds.

MBA: Mortgage Applications Mostly Flat

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:00

The government shutdown is weighing on the mortgage market, the Mortgage Bankers Association says. 

Blog Themes Cater to Real Estate Pros

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 00:00

Agents using WordPress will appreciate three themes tuned to their needs.

Where New Homes Have the Largest Lots

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

Lot sizes for new homes in the New England area are nearly double those in other regions of the country, according to Census Bureau data.

Google Ad Plan: Use Comments in Your Marketing

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

Google’s new “shared endorsements” program allows companies to use positive comments by Google Plus and YouTube users in their...

Upswing in Lending for Commercial Properties

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

Many U.S. banks are starting to see new growth in commercial property loans, according to research from SNL Financial.

Strategic Defaulters in Fannie and Freddie's Crosshairs

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are poised to step up efforts to collect unpaid mortgage debt from home owners who chose to go the route of strategic...

Home Purchases Kick Off 2-Year Spending Spree

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

A new analysis puts a dollar sign on just how much home buyers will likely spend in the first two years after purchasing a house.

Flood Insurance Rates Could Kill Property Values

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 00:00

With federal flood insurance subsidies phasing out, home owners say the hikes in premiums will make it too difficult to sell their houses.

For Your Business, the New Year Starts Nov. 1

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Rather than wait until the end of the year to create a business plan, real estate agents should turn their attention toward a more productive 2014...

Next Big Investment: A Million-Dollar Flip

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

With the market for foreclosure flips saturated, some investors are turning to flipping million-dollar properties and betting on larger returns....

More Buyers Go for ‘Green’

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Nearly nine out of 10 recent home buyers say that heating and cooling costs were “somewhat important” or “very important”...

Neighbors Irked by Home's Breast Cancer Display

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

A New Jersey home owner painted his vacant, boarded-up home a bright purple and accented it with large, plastic pink ribbons. But the home’s...

Middle-Class Buyers Getting Edged Out?

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Middle-class home buyers are struggling to find enough affordable homes on the market as rising prices, higher interest rates, and flat incomes...

Builders Push Buyer Incentives as Sales Slow

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 00:00

Some are going so far as to offer tens of thousands of dollars in cash incentives as well as free home upgrades.

As Debt Ceiling Nears, NAR Warns of Housing Impacts

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

All it takes is a one-percentage point increase in mortgage interest rates because of a debt ceiling breach by the federal...

Mortgage Rates Rise for First Time in 5 Weeks

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage rates are up slightly this week, following more than a month of declines in borrowing costs. 

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