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New Real Estate Poll: Americans Increasingly Optimistic about Homeownership

Americans are significantly more optimistic about homeownership than they were a year ago. That’s according to a new national survey released this week from Prudential Real Estate, a Brookfield Residential Property Services company. According to the second-annual Prudential Real Estate ...


Homeowner Vacancy: Tightest Housing Markets in the U.S.

A simple measure of tightness in a market for owner-occupied housing is the homeowner vacancy rate (number of homes for sale divided by the number either for sale or owner-occupied). Builders are often interested in markets that are tight by this measure, because it indicates prospective buyers will have difficulty ...


Housing Is Healing: Asking Prices to Show Gain in 2012

For the first time in six years, sellers’ asking prices tracked by the Department of Numbers Website have gone positive on a year-to-year basis, another sign that the housing economy is slowly healing itself. ...


The Doory Awards Create the Ultimate House Hunt

FrontDoor.com, the online real estate information service powered by HGTV, recently The Doory Awards—a new way to recognize and celebrate America's most outstanding homes for sale. Since March 1, HGTV’s FrontDoor has been inviting real estate agents to visit Frontdoor.com to nominate their listings for one or more ...


Own the Smallest Town in America: Buford, Wyo. for Auction

Williams & Williams, a leading brand in real estate auctions, will auction the entire town of Buford, Wyoming on Thursday, April 5 at noon MST. This unique event will offer potential buyers a rare opportunity to own an entire town. ...


St. Patty’s Pride: A Peek into the Homes of Some of Ireland’s Most Famous

To celebrate St. Patty’s Day, we have put together a shamrock-studded tribute to homes owned by our favorite Irish celebrities, socialites and—to pay homage to a St. Patty’s Day beverage of choice—notable beer tycoons. ...


Hispanic Homebuyer Mega Market Is Emerging

The era of the Hispanic homebuyer is upon us, according to the 2011 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report released this week by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). ...


A Souped-up Laundry Room Can Make a Difference for Home Sellers, Buyers

One of the most dreaded chores around the house is laundry. Maybe that’s why when selling a house, the laundry room is one of the most forgotten areas to get in shape. The machines are often dusty, with detergent dripping down the sides and lint and old socks on the ...


What You Need to Know about Cancellation of Mortgage Debt

This column is brought to you by the NAR Real Estate Services group. ...


Fourth Quarter Indices Show Optimistic Outlook for Apartment and Condominium Market

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), a leading indicator for the multifamily market recently released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), showed steady improvement in the apartment and condominium housing market for a sixth consecutive quarter. ...


Consumer Complaints: Loan Modification Scams Highlighted

Recently, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and NeighborWorks® America highlighted the ongoing foreclosure rescue scam crisis during a press conference to identify top consumer complaints in New York. ...


FHA Announces Price Cuts to Encourage Streamline Refinancing

Recently, Acting Federal Housing (FHA) Commissioner Carol Galante announced significant price cuts to FHA’s Streamline Refinance Program that could benefit millions of borrowers whose mortgages are currently insured by FHA. Beginning June 11, 2012, FHA will lower its Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) to just .01 percent and reduce its ...


Housing Affordability Index Hits Record High

Housing affordability conditions have reached the highest level since recordkeeping began in 1970, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Market Strengthening: Obama Administration Releases February Housing Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the February edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continues to show signs that ...


January 2011 vs. January 2012: Home Real Estate Showings up by 9 Percent

The amount of times a real estate agent shows a listing could potentially lead to a listing selling faster. Showing Suite has compiled data of January’s real estate showings from the past five years that may show trends in the housing market. ...


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