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Mortgage Rates Mostly Flat

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing mortgage rates largely unchanged from the previous week helping to keep homebuyer affordability high, refinancing strong and should continue to aid the ongoing housing recovery. ...


CoreLogic: Prices Rose 7.9 Percent in 2012

December 2012 home prices are expected to rise by 7.9 percent on a year-over-year basis from December 2011 and fall by 0.5 percent on a month-over-month basis from November 2012 reflecting a seasonal winter slowdown, CoreLogic said recently. ...


Luxury Sellers Hang Tough on Prices

Even though the time it takes to sell a luxury property has increased to as long as 260 days in Chicago, 287 in Miami and 197 nationally, overall, fewer sellers are cutting prices. ...


Top 10 Predictions for Housing in 2013

The national housing market made a strong rebound in 2012 and that positive trend is expected to continue in the New Year, according to RE/MAX Co-Founder and Chairman Dave Liniger. His 2013 Top 10 Predictions are revealed in a video presentation released recently. ...


Home Prices Up 0.3 percent in November; Price Increase Expected to Continue

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows that the recovery of U.S. property values has continued through November—the ninth consecutive month of price gains driven largely by rising homes sales and moderate economic growth. ...


Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012

With 11 months of data reported, 2012 will clearly go down as a record year for favorable housing affordability conditions, and a great year for buyers who could get a mortgage, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Seller Financing Can Help Sell Home

(MCT)—QUESTION: I am trying to sell my home but am not getting any showings. I’m thinking about allowing a buyer to finance it through me. Is this a good idea? ...


Great Spaces: Hilary Swank, Michael Strahan, and More

Hilary Lists Swanky Pad ...


Qualified Mortgage/Ability to Repay Rule: MBA and ICBA Supportive

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has formally released its qualified mortgage (QM) definition and Ability-to-Repay rule, and financial organizations across the board are responding. ...


Thinking Big, Living Small: Real Estate Magazine Explores the Micro-home Movement

With the market picking back up, many new buyers are entering the fold. For some, the appeal of a massive home with all of the latest bells and whistles has lost its luster, and they are looking for something smaller. They are going micro. ...


Remodelers Forecast a Bright 2013

National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions has experienced significant growthacross all indicators, with forecasting in the next three months hitting its all-time highest level. ...


Builders Target Families with Multiple Generations under One Roof

(MCT)—Viewed from the street, the single-family home at the entrance to Lennar’s Traditions at Bella Casa community looks just like any of the homebuilder’s other models. ...


Study Shows More People Use Internet to Research Homes for Sale

Real estate-related searches on Google.com have grown 253 percent over the past four years, according to a joint study from the National Association of REALTORS® and Google. ...


Lessons Learned from 100 Percent Made-in-USA House

(MCT)—From the South Florida rock in its concrete slab to the roof trusses milled in Yulee, Fla., Greg and Jennifer Gent’s new house may be the only one in Central Florida built entirely with U.S.-made products. ...


Fiscal Cliff Avoided: What it Means for Housing and Home Builders

The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing in the short-run. ...


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