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Federal Agencies Working to Make Homes Healthier

Several federal agencies recently unveiled Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action. White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., and Deputy Secretary of Energy ...


Housing Recovery Progresses as Short Term Momentum Stalls

Clear Capital, a premium provider of data, collateral risk assessment, and real estate asset valuation and analytics, recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through January 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home ...


Don’t Let Winter Pinch Your Wallet: How to Save Money on Heating and Cooling

By now, homeowners around the country have begrudgingly made that often pricey decision to turn on the furnace and crank up the dial. Winter is here and for some territories that means brisk to freezing temperatures, frost on the ground and windows, and the looming threat of higher-than-normal utility bills. ...


Donovan and DeMarco Announce Extended Foreclosure Relief for Hurricane Sandy Storm Victims

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who serves as President Obama’s Chairman of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco recently announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae, ...


FHA Takes Additional Steps to Bolster Capital Reserves

As part of a broad effort to strengthen the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI Fund), FHA Commissioner Carol Galante announced a series of changes to be issued this week that will allow the agency to better manage risk and further strengthen the health of the MMI ...


Florida Markets Still the Best Places to Buy Foreclosures

Hot foreclosure markets have come and gone over the past seven years but one thing seems to stay the same. The markets with the most and the cheapest foreclosures are still located in Florida. ...


Survey: Homeownership Is Increasingly Important to Younger Americans

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, has released its end-of-year Outlook Survey, which shows that Millennials and Generation X place a higher importance on and hold more favorable views toward homeownership than older generations. According to the national survey, ...


Bad Neighbors Can Reduce Property Values, Appraisal Institute Warns

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today cautioned homeowners and potential homebuyers that bad neighbors can significantly reduce nearby property values. ...


U.S. Home Prices Show Strong Growth in November

(MCT)--A leading measure of home prices in the biggest American cities posted strong year-over-year growth in November. ...


Exterior Replacement Projects Provide Biggest Return on Investment for Homeowners, Say REALTORS®

Homeowners looking for the most return on their investment when it comes to remodeling should consider exterior replacement projects. According to the 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, REALTORS® rated exterior projects among the most valuable home improvement projects. ...


TD Bank Adds Choice for Home Buyers with “Right Step” Mortgage Program

TD Bank has announced that it is now offering “Right Step,” a mortgage product built for home buyers in TD Bank’s Maine to Florida footprint who make up to 80 percent of the median area income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to ...


Pending Home Sales Down in December but Remain on Uptrend

Pending home sales declined in December but have stayed above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Harvard Study Reports on Recent Trends in Home Equity and Housing Stock

Spending on home improvements and repairs totaled $275 billion in 2011, down 4 percent from 2009 levels and some 16 percent below the market peak in 2007. Loss of home equity with the onset of the housing crash contributed to the decline in home repairs, according to a new study ...


FHFA House Price Index Up 0.6 Percent in November

U.S. house prices rose 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from October to November, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in October was revised upward to a 0.6 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in November, ...


Today’s First-Time Buyers Are Realistic, Planners, Reports RE/MAX

First-time home buyers have long been an important part of the housing market. And that hasn’t changed today. According to the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of REALTORS®, first-time buyers accounted for 39 percent of all housing sales from July 2011 through June 2012. ...