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Google-Built Smartphone to Debut

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 00:00

There’s a new player in the smartphone field, created completely by Google.

City Moving Forward on Eminent Domain for Troubled Mortgages

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 00:00

Scoffing at national controversy, the city of Richmond, Calif., is about to become the first to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages...

IRS Cracking Down on 'Independent Contractor' Label

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 00:00

The IRS says many employers are misidentifying millions of workers as independent contractors instead of employees — and it's costing...

Are ‘Smart Homes’ At Risk of Hackings?

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 00:00

Home owners who are connecting many of their home’s systems and functions to the Internet are getting a new warning to be careful of hackers...

Online Listing Descriptions Gone Wild

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 00:00

One Washington, D.C., real estate agent takes his online listing descriptions to the extreme to get more attention.

Survey: Rising Rates Getting Sellers Nervous

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 00:00

Home sellers are become increasingly worried that their advantage in the housing market is eroding as interest rates continue to rise, according...

Fed Fending Off Rate Rise?

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 00:00

The Federal Reserve said that it will continue purchasing $85 billion in bonds each month — at least for now. That could tame the rise in...

Is Home Ownership Becoming Too Exclusive?

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:00

The home ownership rate took another dip in the second quarter, while lawmakers and consumer groups try to help get home ownership within reach of...

Firms Eye First Bond Backed by Home-Rental Payments

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:00

The Blackstone Group and Deutsche Bank are reportedly in talks to create the world’s first bond that would be backed by home-rental payments...

Foreclosures Rise in June, But See Big Drop for Year

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:00

"The housing market is clearly on the mend, but we expect the ultimate conclusion of the present housing down cycle to be another several...

Crowdfunding: New Way to Fight Foreclosures?

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:00

If the bank or government can’t save a household from foreclosure, maybe a crowd can.

Loan Demand Eases, Even as Rates Hold Steady

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:00

Mortgage applications dropped 3.6 percent last week, even as rates remained mostly unchanged.

Say It in Pictures

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 00:00

A new Web service lets practitioners create free interactive infographics for listing presentations, newsletters, reports, and other Web site...

American Homes 4 Rent Plans $794M IPO

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 00:00

The single-family rental company's IPO would be the largest of its kind.

A New Life for Your Old Smartphone

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 00:00

That old smartphone you don't use anymore might be worth more than you think.

Rising Mortgage Rates Show Impact

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 00:00

Pending home sales took a dip in June, a sign that rising mortgage rates are beginning to impact the market, NAR says.

How to Help Buyers Beat Out the Competition

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 00:00

If your buyers land themselves in bidding wars, here are five ways you can help them get their offer accepted.

Survey: Buyers Will Pay More for Good Schools

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 00:00

School districts play a big role in home-buying decisions. Some house hunters are even willing to trade certain home amenities to be close to good...

Green-Home Buyers May Get Bigger Mortgages

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 00:00

A new bill in the Senate is proposing that borrowers who purchase energy-efficient homes be able to qualify for larger mortgages.

Brace Your Buyers for Higher Home Prices

Mon, 07/29/2013 - 00:00

Home prices are rising across the country. The prices for new homes in particular may increase significantly in the near future.