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To Remodel or Not to Remodel: 7 Questions Homeowners Need to Ask Before Commencing Construction

In the age of HGTV, home and garden magazines, Pinterest, and more, the thought of remodeling your home might be tempting. After all, there’s a lot to love about redesigning, updating, and maximizing your space. Plus, whether you’re thinking of ...


Apartment Market Hot Streak Continues

For the sixth quarter in a row, the apartment industry improved across all indexes in the National Multi Housing Council's (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. The survey's indexes measuring Market Tightness (76), Sales Volume (54), Equity Financing (58) and Debt Financing (77) all measured at 50 or higher, ...


Home Prices Continue to Rise

Data through May 2012, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that average home prices increased by 2.2 percent in May over April for both the 10- ...


Price, Value, and Cost: The Complicated Components of a Home’s Worth

Proper research is essential for homebuyers. You should be familiar with the steps in a real estate transaction and additional details that are related to property sales. You should also know what your physical and financial needs are. Hiring a ...


Homeowners Can Receive Mortgage Counseling

Regional Spotlight—Wells Fargo & Company has invited nearly 40,000 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships to a New York City Home Preservation Workshop to be held next week in Brooklyn. ...


Single Family Rentals Ignite Management Boom

The explosion of single family rental houses bought by real estate investors and rented to a single tenant is creating a new category of property management companies to serve them. ...


Pending Home Sales Slip in June, Remain above a Year Ago

Pending home sales declined in June but marked 14 consecutive months of year-over-year gains, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Freddie Mac Announces Tenth $1 Billion Multifamily Securities Offering This Year, K-019

Freddie Mac recently announced a new offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates ("K Certificates"), which are multifamily mortgage-backed securities. The company expects to offer approximately $1.1 billion in K Certificates ("K-019 Certificates"), which are expected to price the week of July 23, 2012, and settle on or about August 14, 2012. ...


Hot Markets Boil and Bubble

June existing home sales might be down 5.4 percent nationwide, but hot weather is heating up hot markets to boiling, pushing sales to levels unseen in years and raising the specter of price bubbles. ...


Poll: Homeownership is the American Dream

Owning a home remains a vital component of the American Dream, according to a recent Home Buyer poll conducted by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. ...


Tight Inventories almost Bypass Luxury Market

It’s still a buyer’s market for properties selling for more than half a million. Tight inventories driven by negative equity and slow foreclosure processing and rising prices are having much less impact on luxury homes than on less expensive homes. ...


HARP Refinances Continue Surge One in Five Refinancings Made through HARP

Refinance volume is continuing to rise with more underwater borrowers refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) than ever before. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) latest Refinance Report, HARP loans represented 20 percent of total refinance volume in May, the largest increase since the program was ...


Housing Finance Reform Must Provide Reliable Credit to Home Buyers, NAHB Tells Congress

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently that proposed mortgage lending reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act must be imposed in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the mortgage markets while ensuring consumer protections. ...


Fannie Mae Announces Know Your Options Customer Care Foreclosure Prevention Program

Recently, Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) launched Know Your Options Customer Care, a customer engagement strategy and training program for servicers aimed at preventing foreclosures by developing consultative relationships with struggling homeowners. Under the program, Fannie Mae personnel conduct trainings for servicers’ call center employees, provide scripting for interactions with homeowners and ...


Buying a Distressed Home: What You Need to Know

Everyone loves a bargain, the bigger the better. And arguably the biggest bargains of all can be found with distressed real estate. ...


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