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February Home Prices Continue to Rise

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to a recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showing data for February 2015. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw larger year-over-year increases in February compared to January. ...


Housing Recovery Set to Pick Up Pace Next Year

Solid employment gains, attractive mortgage rates, a growing economy and pent-up demand will help keep the housing market moving forward throughout 2015 and into next year, according to economists who participated in a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2015 Spring ...


House Prices Make Minimal Rise in February

U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.3 percent change in January remains unchanged. ...


DOJ Taking Action against Quicken Following Preemptive Suit

In a recent turn of events, the U.S. government is suing Detroit-based lender Quicken Loans after accusing the lender of taking improper action on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration, costing the federal government millions of dollars on FHA-insured mortgages. ...


New Study Shows Homeowners Shifting Sense of Home Value

The average American's perception of home value in the post-crash era runs much deeper than standard measures of price and location, according to a recently released Homeowner Sentiment Survey done by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Unlike prior emphasis on square footage and amenities, today’s ...


Legalized Marijuana: A New Meaning to ‘Going Green’ in Real Estate

As the market continues on its road to recovery, many obstacles are falling by the wayside making it easier than recent years to find the right homes for the right buyers. Mortgage rates are still low and affordable, the unemployment rate has ...


Mortgage Applications on the Move

Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 17, 2015. ...


Americans Agree: Real Estate Best Long-Term Investment

Signaling growing confidence in the housing recovery, a majority of Americans once again named real estate the best long-term investment—a trend now continued for two consecutive years, according to a recently released Gallup poll. ...


Return Buyers Expected to Re-Enter and Restore Market, Study Shows

Nearly a decade since the start of the foreclosure crisis, formerly distressed homeowners with restored credit are re-entering the housing market, but damaged ...


Mortgage Rates Holding Steady

(TNS)--Fixed mortgage rates were essentially flat this week, with lenders offering a 30-year loan at 3.67 percent, compared to 3.66 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac. ...


Foreclosure Activity Drops to Lowest Quarterly Level in Eight Years

Foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 313,487 U.S. properties in the first quarter of 2015, down 7 percent from the previous quarter and down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2014 to the lowest quarterly total since the first ...


How Your Website Can Help Overseas Clients

According to a 2014 real estate tech trends report, compiled by Properties Online, 90% of potential homebuyers look for a new house online. Therefore, your website is an invaluable tool in helping you to attract and retain clients. Your site should help potential ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Marches Forward

In yet another bundle of positive news for the housing market, mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's ...


Slow Income Growth Bringing Down Housing Sentiment

Consumer attitudes toward housing appear to have stalled somewhat amid a recent dip in confidence regarding personal finances and income growth, according to results from Fannie Mae's March 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


ListHub Syndication Agreement with Zillow Group Ends, What’s Next for the Portals?

After a tumultuous series of events, the battle between listing portals may have finally reached an end. Tuesday, ListHub-syndicated listings vanished from all Zillow Group websites, calling to close ongoing legal wrangling between Zillow Group and ListHub owner Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com®. ...


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