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Home Owner News Archive


Investment Alert: Can You Afford a Second Home?

Most of us have dreamt of having a vacation home. It could be on the beach in New England, somewhere tropical, or even somewhere foreign. Many consumers don't realize that with the proper research, their dream vacation home might actually ...


Homeownership Counseling Helps Keep Modified Loans Current

Just three weeks after Congress restored $40 million in its budget for homeownership counseling, a new study by the Urban Institute reports that counseling greatly increased the ability of homeowners to stay current once they cured a serious delinquency ...


Buying a Home? Finally, Times Are Good!

Everyone knows that the housing market has been a little daunting for the last several years. Ups and downs, talk of good news and bad news, and a confusing amount of information about rising and falling mortgage rates has rendered ...


The Future of Home Improvement; Staying Organized and Tackling To-Do Lists with Lowe’s

For sellers with homes on the market or for newly moved-in buyers, fixing up your home can be a worthwhile and satisfying process. Needless to say, the home improvement process can potentially be daunting when trying to keep track of ...


Regional Spotlight: Nevada Law Slows Foreclosure Activity

(MCT)—For years, the housing news in Nevada has been unrelentingly bleak: Nearly 3 in 5 homeowners, and even the state’s attorney general, are underwater on their home loans. In Las Vegas, home prices have tumbled further than in any U.S. metropolitan region. ...


How Can Renters Solve the Housing Crisis?

Residential real estate is not rocket science. We know that this housing crisis is: ...


Survey: Most Stay under One Roof with Family for Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and a new consumer survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC confirmed that the majority of Americans wouldn’t have it any other way. Approximately four in 10 respondents (39 percent) say their holiday get-togethers include 15 or more family members and friends, ...


Preserving Hope for Homeowners: EquityLock Extends a Lifeline for Real Estate

These days, it seems that all we hear about are problems. The crisis of the day may vary a bit depending on the network you happen to be watching or newspaper you’re reading, but the theme is basically the same: ...


Expert Advice: Selling your Home over the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. Regardless of what denomination you are- the next couple of months are probably going to be more hectic than most as you prepare to conclude 2011 with friends and family. If your home is on ...


Last Call for Energy Efficiency Homeowner Tax Credits

The Alliance to Save Energy urges American consumers to give themselves the gift of energy efficiency this holiday season—and reap the benefits when they file their 2011 federal tax returns—by taking advantage of tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements. The tax credits of up to $500 are set to ...


10 Ways to Get the Best of Winter When Selling Your Home

If your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are 10 bits of sage advice from RE/MAX agents ...


Hispanic Leaders: Latinos Account for More Than Half of Recent Growth In Nation’s Homeownership Rate

Leaders of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals say the accelerated growth rate of Hispanic homeownership reported in the 2011 third quarter Census numbers are evidence of the potential purchase power of Latinos in the housing recovery. Census figures show the Hispanic homeownership grew by 288,000 units, accounting ...


Loan Modification is Stressful; Know Your Options

When the Obama administration rolled out the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) in 2009, officials estimated 3 to 4 million borrowers would seek relief from their mortgages through the program amidst the worst recession and housing market collapse in decades. ...


Investor Sales Surge

Low home prices and strong demand for rental properties are causing a surge in investor buying, driving up the market share of homes purchased by investors. ...


Study Examines Impact of Social Networks on Homeowners Decision to Default

Unemployment and other factors have caused many homeowners to involuntarily default on their mortgages. At the same time, falling home prices, the possibility of being underwater for many years and advice from certain influencers, or "mavens," may have encouraged others ...