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20 Cities Where Remodeling Is Booming

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Home remodeling is soaring in recent months as owners rush to spruce up their homes, particularly in these cities.

Does Home Buyer Education Really Help?

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Mortgage giants like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have urged greater home buyer education to help avoid home owners who default. But how effective...

The Evolution of the American Home

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

How has the design of new homes changed over the last fifty years? Robert Dietz, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders...

AARP Strives to Improve Community Livability

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

A new tool from AARP's Public Policy Institute wants to help communities evolve to meet people's needs as they age.

Could Renters Get a Tax Deduction Soon?

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

A new bill hopes to provide some relief to renters who are faced with skyrocketing rental costs – by giving them a tax break. 

Agents Face Closing Doc Hurdles

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

Real estate professionals say several lenders and title companies are refusing to provide copies of final closing documents to them. “We...

As Market Heats Up, Home Flipping Returns

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

A growing number of single-family homes and condo sales are from flipped properties, and in some areas, home flipping is even above former 2005...

3 Ways Lenders May Mislead Borrowers

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

Help your clients be on the lookout for how lenders may sometimes lie to borrowers. 

CFPB Looks to Expand ‘Rural’ Designated Areas

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it is launching a new application process that could add more “rural” areas...

Surprising Tax Credits for Home Owners

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

Make sure your clients know about tax credits available to those who made upgrades to their homes' energy-efficiency in 2015.

Closing Delays Continue Under New Rules

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

More than 75 percent of banks say loan closings have been delayed due to new mortgage rules that took effect last fall, with delays ranging from...

Low Mortgage Rates May Be Losing Pull

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

Mortgage applications are down again. However, this may be because the number of home owners who haven't already refinanced is dwindling,...

Meet the New Single-Family Rental Giant

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

Under a new merger, American Homes 4 Rent says it will be the largest publicly traded owner and operator of single-family rental homes in the...

Which Celebrity Client Would You Want Most?

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

A new poll reveals the real estate industry’s favorite wannabe celebrity real estate clients. 

Single Females Are a Growing Market Force

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 00:00

This growing group makes up the second largest segment of home buyers this year. 

States Where Home Owners are Most Satisfied

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 00:00

Wisconsin, Georgia, and Idaho residents boast the highest levels of housing satisfaction, according to a new Gallup Poll. Find out how your state...

Home Loan Caps Could Go Away for Veterans

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 00:00

An effort is gaining ground to let veterans using federally backed, zero-down financing buy their home without having to worry about loan caps.

This is the Hottest Color in Home Decor

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 00:00

“We were beiged out,” says the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. Find out what popular neutral is about to end the era...

The Main Motivators Pushing Home Buyers

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 00:00

Find out what home buyers have to say about housing affordability, mortgage rates, rental costs, and competition.

Sales Contracts Slow in January

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 00:00

Pending home sales cooled in January due to limited number of homes for sale and weather-related reasons, reports NAR.

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