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Diggin’ In: Feng Shui for Your Garden

(MCT)—Is your garden calling out to you to do something and you are not sure what to do first? Feng shui practitioner Bonnie Primm of Norfolk, Va., has some simple solutions. ...


Segment Reveals the Benefits of a Home Warranty

HSA Home Warranty recently announced their participation in a nationally televised segment of Designing Spaces™, the popular home improvement show on Lifetime Television, to help educate homeowners on the benefits of having a home warranty. ...


Americans’ Optimism about Buying and Selling a Home Hits Record Levels

Americans’ confidence in their ability to buy and sell a home climbed sharply in May, likely due to reports of strong home price gains, according to results from Fannie Mae’s May 2013 National Housing Survey. The share of respondents who say now is a good time to sell a home ...


Growth in Consumer Credit Accelerates

According to the Federal Reserve Board, growth in the amount of consumer credit outstanding, this includes outstanding credit extended to individuals for household, family, and other personal expenditures, excluding loans secured by real estate, accelerated in April. ...


New Study Says Renters Are Satisfied, but Continuing to Reach for Homeownership

Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group has released a new research study that investigates the impact of consumer attitudes toward renting and homeownership on the future of housing in America. Data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey provides insights into whether current renters, particularly younger Americans, aspire to become ...


The Mercury Isn’t the Only Thing on the Rise

You can hear it across the country. The sigh of relief as the U.S. housing market continues to make substantial gains. We started seeing improvements in late 2012 and by March of 2013 home prices were on a steady incline with gains of 10.9 percent from a year earlier, showing ...


The Mortgage Professor: Some Well-Off Borrowers at a Disadvantage

(MCT)—In a recent column, I pointed out that mortgage lenders today can make a loan with only 3 percent down to a borrower with a steady job but a credit score of only 570, and have it insured by the Federal Housing Administration. But lenders can’t or won’t accommodate a ...


Home Prices Rise by More Than 12 Percent; Where Are the Hot Markets?

Following its predicted forecast, the housing recovery continues to push forward as we move from spring to summer. CoreLogic recently released its April CoreLogic HPI report showing an increase in home prices nationwide of 12.1 percent on a year-over-year basis in ...


Millennials Fueling New-Home Building Uptick

As the housing recovery presses onward, a new generation of buyers is leading the way: millennials. Not only is this younger generation full of fresh enthusiasm for homeownership, but they have a fresh idea of what their homes should look like, ...


Fannie Mae Takes Additional Steps to Streamline Short Sale Process

Fannie Mae recently introduced a new tool to help real estate professionals successfully close short sales. Listing agents are now asked to register accepted short sale offers with Fannie Mae to provide greater transparency into the process and allow Fannie Mae to proactively work with the mortgage servicer to finalize ...


78 Percent of Key Ethnic Groups Consider Homeownership Biggest Indicator of Status

Just-Released Survey Confirms Diversity Critical to Future Real Estate Success ...


5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Sale

Want to sell your home quickly and for the best price? Making some small improvements can give buyers the best first impression and make a world of difference when selling your home. ...


HUD and VA Team up: Provide Homes to 9,000 Homeless Vets

Approximately 9,000 homeless veterans living on the streets and in the nation’s shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently that HUD will provide $60 ...


The Future of Mortgages

The current trend in real estate has been quite positive. For an extended period of time, we have seen pretty consistent growth in sales and home prices. After years of dealing with poor market conditions, we are all breathing a sigh ...


Your Place: Tools and Techniques for Cleaning Your Deck

(MCT)—I was looking at my home's back steps, constructed of pressure-treated wood, and decided it was time for the annual get-rid-of-the-mildew-and-seal-them program. ...


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