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Smartphone Adoption Surges

March 30, 2012: 

Real estate professionals are tackling more mobile outreach markets efforts to reach clients — making sure their Web site is easy to view and use from a phone, adopting QR codes in marketing, and even creating apps that potential clients can use to access real estate information while on-the-go.

30-Year Mortgage Rates Slide Back Below 4%

March 30, 2012: 

Mortgage rates were down across the board this week compared to last week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage market survey. After posting a big jump last week, 30-year mortgage rates were back below the 4 percent mark this week, offering another boost in home affordability for buyers.

More Americans Pay Car Loans Before Mortgages

March 30, 2012: 

Americans are prioritizing their debt payments by opting to pay their car loans before mortgages and credit cards, according to an analysis by credit reporting bureau TransUnion.

6 Metros With the Most New Construction

March 30, 2012: 

Construction slowed dramatically in recent years but has been showing signs of picking up in pockets across the country.

Man Spray Paints Own Home With Expletives

March 29, 2012: 

A San Antonio, Texas, home owner spray-painted expletive-filled graffiti across his own home, which is prompting outrage among his neighbors about the eyesore.

Are GSEs Rethinking Mortgage Principal Write-downs?

March 29, 2012: 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is reportedly analyzing the feasibility and cost of principal mortgage reductions for some borrowers under a revamped Home Affordable Modification Program. If the FHFA starts granting mortgage write-downs, it would be viewed as a major reverse of course from an agency that has in the past opposed principal write-downs.

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