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The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage – The Future of Residential Housing

The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage, or QM, as it is known, is likely to shape the future of housing finance for years to come. The QM comes from the “ability to repay” anti-predatory lending provisions of Dodd-Frank. The original rule proposal was issued by the Federal Reserve in the summer of ...


Rand on Real Estate: Kevin from N.J. Seeks Advice on Relocating to Florida

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com and the host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, speaks with live listener Kevin this week. Kevin is seeking advice on selling his home in New Jersey and relocating to Pine Island, Fla., where he can get two ...


Spring Sales: Home Prices Rise in April

Data through April 2012, released by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that on average home prices increased 1.3 percent in the month of April for both the 10- and ...


For Sellers, Farmland Provides Jackpot of Their Dreams

(MCT)—The record farmland prices that are shaking up rural America offer a potential bonanza for sellers. ...


Home Is Where the History Is

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day next week, thousands of them will flock to places like Mount Vernon, Monticello and Peacefield to learn and understand more about our country's history and the men and women who shaped its future. ...


Pending Home Sales Soar in May to Highest Level in 2 Years

(MCT)—Prospective homebuyers signed the most contracts to buy existing homes last month in more than two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors. ...


Walt Disney’s Birthplace Draws Interest, but No Buyers

(MCT)— Not only do prophets lack honor in their native land, some don’t do much for real estate values — at least to judge by Walt Disney’s childhood home on Chicago’s Northwest Side. ...


Dead Listings Live Again in Tight Markets

Record-low inventory levels are breathing new life into homes that were withdrawn from the market but now are finding buyers in markets across the country. ...


Existing-Home Sales Constrained by Tight Supply, Prices Continue to Gain

Limited supplies of housing inventory held back existing-home sales in May, but sales maintained a strong lead over year-ago levels and home prices are on a sustained uptrend in all regions, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Renters are Willing to Make Sacrifices for Homeownership: Century 21 Survey

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently announced the results of its spring home buying survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive. The survey revealed that non-homeowners are more likely to make sacrifices to own their dream home. ...


Revamping a Driveway Starts with Planning, Permission

(MCT)—In the old days, a cracked driveway was summarily patched. And a seriously broken and damaged driveway was replaced with new concrete. But very little about today’s driveways — and sidewalks — is that conventional anymore. Homeowners now have an enormous array of options, from a rainbow of color choices ...


What to Do This Year: Rent or Buy a Home?

Today is a tempting time to buy a home with interest rates and prices at their lowest levels in years. Deciding whether to buy or rent can be complicated, and potential homebuyers have a lot to consider this summer. As ...


Single-Family Housing Starts Rise 3.2 Percent in May

Single-family housing production increased for a third consecutive month and builders pulled more permits for both single- and multifamily construction in May, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. The data reveals that the seasonally adjusted annual rate of single-family housing starts rose 3.2 percent ...


Steady Builder Confidence in June

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose one point to 29 from a revised May level of 28, according to the latest reports. The index is at its highest point in five years, since May 2007. Of the three components, ...


Selling Your Home This Summer? Then Make Sure Backyard Is Appealing

Summer time is the outdoor season, and if that is when you plan to sell your home, you can be sure potential buyers will be paying special attention to your backyard. ...


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