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Cash for Homes: Policy Implications of an Investor-Led Housing Recovery

Across the country, investors are taking advantage of the nation’s foreclosure crisis to purchase homes at bargain prices, often beating out potential homeowners who remain sidelined. In July, cash-on-hand investors bought about 55 percent of the homes sold in Las Vegas and numerous properties in other major metropolitan areas such ...


Another 8.3 Million Underwater Homeowners on Track to Resurface Before 2015

While 10.7 million residential homeowners nationwide owe at least 25 percent or more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, another 8.3 million homeowners are either slightly underwater or slightly above water, putting them on track to have enough equity ...


Divorce and Home Values: Till Equity Do Us Part

(MCT)—Forget the whole “till death do us part” thing. ...


HUD Announces Additional Measures to Manage Risk in FHA’s Reverse Mortgage Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is publishing new guidance to manage risk associated with the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) reverse mortgage or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program. This is part of the Department’s continuing effort to reform, strengthen and protect FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) ...


The Mortgage Professor: Should You Fix Up a Home before Selling It?

(MCT)—Recently I put my home up for sale, and because it needed a new roof, deck, and septic system, came face to face with this question. This article is based heavily on that experience, in which I made a serious mistake that other sellers can avoid. ...


Boost Your Curb Appeal by Considering the Personality of Your Lawn

Your lawn can be a canvas for expressing yourself. In fact, over half (52 percent) of homeowners surveyed in a recent Lifestyles National Survey of America, put out by TruGreen, said that “a homeowner’s lawn can tell you a lot about their personality.” ...


Your Facebook Friends May Affect Your Credit Score

From FICO to Facebook, some lending institutions are turning to social media to assess your credit score. If you have a tough time accessing credit or don't have a credit score, you should take into account that a number of lending companies are using your online activity as an indicator ...


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. ...


Hot Property: Peck Estate for Sale on Westside

(MCT)—The Veronique and Gregory Peck estate has come on the market on the Westside at $24.995 million. ...


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. ...


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