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Bidding Wars Are Back, Agents Say

April 2, 2012: 

Some real estate markets are reporting that home buyers are having to pay more than asking price to get the home they desire, as the supply of for-sale homes has shrunk, Bloomberg News reports.

How Do Men, Women Make Home Buying Decisions?

April 2, 2012: 

While the price of a home and its square footage are important factors in judging a home, women and men also base their decision largely on how they “feel” and whether the home fits their lifestyle, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

More Americans Pay Car Loans Before Mortgages

April 2, 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.

Home Owners Planning Remodeling Projects This Year

April 2, 2012: 

Seventy percent of home owners surveyed say they intend to take on a home improvement project this year, and they plan to spend about $3,500 on sprucing up their home, according to the survey. That’s an increase of about $100 compared to last year.

Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

April 2, 2012: 

Sales of investment and vacation homes* jumped in 2011, with the combined market share rising to the highest level since 2005, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Next Foreclosure Wave Coming: Reason for Alarm?

April 2, 2012: 

Economists have been warning that a flood of foreclosures will soon be hitting the real estate market, likely this summer. Increases in foreclosures traditionally pull down nearby home prices. So should home owners be worried?

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.

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