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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. ...


Financial Strategies to Cover an Early or Unexpected Retirement

(TNS)—Despite a bull market in stocks, two new studies show that retirees and those getting close are bearish about retirement. ...


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. ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


Americans Are Overly Confident when It Comes to Finances, yet Unprepared for the Future

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and NerdWallet, a personal finance website, released the results of the 2015 Financial Literacy Survey conducted online on their behalf in March by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18-plus. In its ninth year, ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


9 Smart Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

Roughly seven out of 10 U.S. filers will receive a tax refund, with the average amount reaching around $2,800, according to the most recent IRS data. That’s a significant amount of money that can be put toward a variety of financial goals. If ...


Pending Home Sales Rise in February behind Solid Gains in the Midwest, West

Pending home sales in February increased to their highest level since June 2013 as sizeable gains in the Midwest and West offset smaller declines in the Northeast and South, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Strong Dollar Encourages Europeans to List U.S. Property

The recent dip in the euro’s trading rate has seen European investors rush to put their U.S. property on the market in order to cash in on favorable trading rates. ...


National Housing Report: February Boost in Sales and Prices

Unlike last February, this February experienced increased home sales, but with only a moderate rise in prices. Home sales in February rose 7.1 percent from January and 2.2 percent from February 2014, according to the February RE/MAX National Housing Report . Sales through the fall and winter months held ground, ...


New Report Shows 1.2 Million U.S. Borrowers Regained Equity in 2014

CoreLogic® recently released new analysis showing 1.2 million borrowers regained equity in 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity at the end of Q4 2014 to approximately 44.5 million or 89 percent of all mortgaged ...


Report Ranks Average Down Payment in 2014 at 14 Percent

RealtyTrac® recently released a report analyzing purchase loan and sales data for single family homes and condos in 2014 in 386 counties nationwide which found that on average across all counties, buyers who purchased a home in 2014 put 14 percent ...


Financial Experts Share Tips on Saving

(TNS)—There are thousands of ways to save money and make more of it, but chasing after every single tip will likely just make you overwhelmed rather than rich. That’s why it’s helpful to find out ...


Mortgage Credit Inches Higher in February

Mortgage credit availability increased slightly in February according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product. ...


Brokerage Takes a Leadership Position on Capitol Hill

CENTURY 21 Real Estate recently announced that approximately 500 independent brokers and agents affiliated with the CENTURY 21® System recently took to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of the nation’s home buyers and sellers. CENTURY 21 took this leadership position to further establish strong relationships with congressional leaders and build ...


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