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Home Owner News Archive


‘Pin the Season’ to Win $500 in HouseLogic Pinterest Giveaway

With the 2012 holiday season in full swing, HouseLogic, a comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of Realtors®, wants to inspire holiday celebrations with a chance to win a $500 gift card in HouseLogic’s “Pin the Season Giveaway” on Pinterest. Now through December 17, HouseLogic visitors can create ...


Unemployment in U.S. Falls to 7.7 Percent

(MCT)—The nation’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent last month — the lowest in nearly four years — as businesses added another 146,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. ...


Why Buying at the End of 2012 May Be Your Best Investment Yet

With just a month left in 2012, the number of days to benefit from year-end home buying tax benefits is dwindling quickly. We consulted real estate experts from across the country to share what you need to know when preparing to close before December 31, 2012. ...


NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for NAHB’s 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 50+ housing industry. A total of 83 entries were chosen as finalists and ...


The Foreclosure Iceberg Is Slowly Melting

CoreLogic reported Monday that October prices that exclude distress sales rose only 5.8 percent while prices that include distressed sales increased on a year-over-year basis by 6.3 percent in October 2012, the biggest increase since June 2006 and the eighth ...


As Short-Sale Tax Break Nears End, Pressure Mounts on Homeowners

(MCT)—The race is on to finalize short sales and seal the deal on mortgage reductions as the Dec. 31 expiration of a massive tax break for struggling homeowners looms. ...


Number of Improving Housing Markets Surges to 201 in December

The number of housing markets considered “improving” according to parameters established by the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) surged by 76 to a total of 201 metros in December, according to recently release IMI data. ...


CoreLogic: Prices on Track for 7.1 Percent Increase

October prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased on a year-over-year basis by 6.3 percent in October 2012, the biggest increase since June 2006 and the eighth consecutive increase in home prices nationally on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. ...


The Good and the Bad of the Latest Existing Home Sales Numbers

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released their latest statistics for existing home sales last week, and the numbers show both some positives and negatives regarding America's housing industry. Home sales are up and so are selling prices, but foreclosures and short sales still make up a large portion of ...


Foreclosure Sales Increase 21 Percent in Third Quarter

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q3 2012 U.S. Foreclosure & Short Sales Report™, which shows a total of 193,059 U.S. properties in some stage of foreclosure or bank-owned (REO) were sold during the third quarter, an increase of 21 percent from the previous quarter, but still down 3 percent from the ...


Fannie Mae Announces Eviction Moratorium for the Holidays

Fannie Mae has announced recently that it will suspend evictions of foreclosed single family and 2-4 unit properties from December 19, 2012 through January 2, 2013. Legal and administrative proceedings for evictions may continue, but families living in foreclosed properties will be allowed to remain in the home during this ...


ListedBy Releases Real Estate Auction Guide for Consumers

In order to help consumers gain familiarity with real estate auctions, ListedBy--an online real estate marketplace and social network with live bidding auction and ‘Best Offer’ functionality--has released a new tool called ListedBy – Real Estate Auction Primer for Consumers. This tool acts as a ‘must-know’ guide for anyone looking ...


Mortgage-Interest Deduction Could Fall Prey to Revenue Needs

(MCT)—As Congress looks for new sources of revenue to deal with the looming “fiscal cliff,” a popular ingredient of the American dream could be on the chopping block. ...


Consumer-Centric Search Options Change the Typical House Hunt

To give today’s buyers what they want in a home, you must first understand what they want in a location. Coldwell Banker’s new “Best Places to Live” campaign is pioneering a new lifestyle-based style of home searching, highlighting the idea ...


Relaxing Retirement Markets Near Your Urban Kids

If you’re retired or nearing retirement, this may sound familiar: Your kids thrive on the hustle and bustle of city life but you have been there, done that. With family connections in mind, ERA Real Estate pinpointed five markets close ...