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Real Estate Brokerages Answer Consumers Push for One-Stop Shops

The day may be finally here when real estate brokerages deliver to home buyers and sellers the local “one-stop real estate shop” they’ve sought for years, as more real estate firms offer mortgage, title and home-warranty services. ...


Must-Haves: Porches on 90 Percent of New Homes in 4 Southern States

Regional Spotlight—There is a clear geographic pattern to the exterior amenities included on new homes, according to data from the Survey of Construction (SOC). Among Census divisions, the highest incidence of one of these amenities occurs in the East South Central ...


House Prices Continue to Rise

Nationally, house prices continued to rise in the second quarter of 2013. According to the most recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. house prices rose by 2.1 percent on a quarter-over-quarter seasonally adjusted basis. This is the eighth ...


5 Tips for Preventing Moving ID Theft

Moving can be an overwhelming experience even when it goes smoothly. Unfortunately, it can also create opportunities for enterprising criminals. Make sure to protect your identity amidst the shuffle by following these smart steps: ...


3 Lessons Learned from Home Flippers

(MCT)—Lex Levinrad is getting phone calls. More than he can handle. His Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Distressed Real Estate Institute is flooded with requests these days from regular people — teachers, plumbers, paint salesmen — who want to invest in South Florida ...


Top 5 Neighbor Disputes and How to Resolve Them

Love thy neighbor? It may be more like "love thy neighbor dispute." According to a new FindLaw.com survey, 42 percent of Americans say they've been involved in a dispute with their neighbors. ...


California Home Sales Higher in July; Price Gains Continue Strong but Tapering

Regional Spotlight—California’s housing market bounced back after a slight dip in June to reach the highest level since May 2012, as home prices continued to post strong annual gains and home sales recorded the first annual increase in six months, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported. ...


Rising Home Prices Drive Home Warranty Sales

As home prices rebound in a recovering housing economy, more sellers are purchasing extended home warranties to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Ask the Expert: Home Inspections and Infared Thermal Imagers

Today's 'Ask the Expert' column features Trevor Welby-Solomon, Vice President/Technical Services & Support for Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection. ...


Home Builder Sentiment Hits 8-Year High

Home builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for the fourth consecutive month, reaching an eight-year high, the National Association of Home Builders reported recently ...


Mortgage Delinquencies Fall Signaling Improving Housing Market

The percentage of homeowners behind on mortgage payments or in the process of foreclosure is at a five-year low for the second quarter, according to a recent survey. Dom Frommeyer, CRMS, the president of NAMB, The Association of Mortgage Professionals, weighs ...


Realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report Shows Dramatic National Year-Over-Year Inventory Declines are Easing

Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., today released the realtor.com® National Housing Trend Report for the month of July 2013. July's real estate market data shows the nation experienced a 5.24 percent decline in housing inventory, which is the second month ...


Rebounding Economy Triggers Growth in Luxury Real Estate Market

The luxury market has seen a marked increase in activity the first half of the year, in large part due to the healthy return of the North American luxury real estate market, as well as the return of second home purchase activity. Growth has been notable not only in the ...


Confidence in Homeownership is Up, Millennials Especially Enthusiastic

The second quarter Consumer Outlook Survey just released by Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, portrayed a particularly positive viewpoint of the housing market, with millennials at the forefront of the sanguine stats. A solid 80 percent ...


The Mortgage Professor: Before Closing a Refinance, Be Ready to Rescind

(MCT)—Rescinding a contractual agreement is unusual. A major purpose of contracts is to define the rights and obligations of each party, and if provision is made for a rescission, a penalty will almost always be imposed on the rescinding party. For example, when one party to a merger recently decided ...


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