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

Proper research is essential for homebuyers. Not only should you be familiar with the steps in a real estate transaction, you should also know what your physical and financial needs are. ...


Report: Foreclosure Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Right to Vote

Recently, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report, “Lose Your Home, Keep Your Vote: How to Protect Voters Caught Up in Foreclosure.” The report highlights the confusion victims of foreclosure may face when determining how they can cast a ...


Study Shows 25 Percent of Americans Would Delay Home Purchase until After Election

When it comes to buying a home, 25 percent of Americans would like to know who the next president will be before they would feel totally comfortable putting their money down, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive ...


Low Rates Spur Refinancing

(MCT)—They’re knocking on the lender’s door. As mortgage rates have tumbled to all-time lows, demand for refinancing has fired up homeowners nationwide. ...


Tips on Buying Real Estate for Investors

When it comes to making a real estate investment, it’s important that you arm yourself with the information you need to make a wise and informed decision. The following tips will enable you to hit the ground running. ...


Eye on the Economy: NAHB Surveys Point to Growing Optimism for Housing

A set of recent NAHB surveys suggest that the growth in housing will continue. This is a promising sign for home builders, remodelers and other stakeholders in the housing sector. It is also a hopeful indicator for the economy as ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Gain Momentum in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fifth consecutive month in September to a level of 40 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI). This latest three-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since June of ...


Strength in Single-Family Sector Boosts Housing in August

Nationwide housing production rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase was fueled entirely by gains in the single-family sector, where the pace of new construction rose in every region ...


Mortgage Rates Back to Record Lows

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates at or near their all-time record lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage matched its all-time record low at 3.49 percent, and the average 15-year ...


Home-Builder Optimism Hits 6-Year High

(MCT)—Optimism among the nation’s home builders climbed in September for the fifth straight month to reach the highest level in more than six years, according to a closely followed index released Tuesday. ...


Women Consider Family, Career and Owning a Home to be Vital Components of the American Dream

A Home Buyer Poll released by TD Bank has revealed that 64 percent of women believe homeownership is essential in defining the American Dream. In comparison, only 52 percent of men felt owning a home was important. Furthermore, aspirations of homeownership are more prominent with women, with 66 percent of ...


Townhouse Construction on the Rise

Construction of attached single-family housing (townhouses) is increasing both in terms of total units and market share. ...


A House with Some Assembly Required

(MCT)—The low-slung structure tucked among the unearthly boulders of Joshua Tree looks vaguely like many other modern prefab homes from the last decade — streamlined silhouette, eco-chic materials, indoor-outdoor appeal — but with one key difference. It has Mickey Mouse ...


U.S. Housing Prices to Continue Stabilizing in 2013

BMO Economics commented recently that higher equity and home values must be providing some much-needed comfort to U.S. consumers, following the release of the S&P Case-Shiller home price index for June which showed a more-than-expected rise of 0.9 per cent, ...


Real estate Q&A: Keep Trying to Get Short Sale

(MCT)—QUESTION: Although I have a financial hardship, my lender recently turned down my short sale request because I was not 45 days late on the payment. I am out of money and willing to leave the property but don't want ...


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