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Foreclosures Decrease 34 Percent in 2011

Total U.S. foreclosure activity and the U.S. foreclosure rate in 2011 were both at their lowest annual level since 2007, according to RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties. The company recently released its Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, ...


Mortgage Matters: HARP 2.0 Boosts Homebuyer Confidence

The federal government recently threw a lifeline to homeowners underwater with their current mortgages. Thanks to new changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) guidelines, more homeowners can refinance at today’s lower rates—even if their homes have declined in value. That’s because new HARP guidelines enable homeowners to refinance ...


Road to Recovery: List of Improving Housing Markets Nearly Doubles in January

The number of housing markets showing measurable improvement nearly doubled in January with the addition of 40 new metros to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). ...


Rand on Real Estate: How Can You Profit from Housing Growth in Denver?

Rand on Real Estate is now on national television. The Fox Business Network is running a new segment titled, "Where to Invest Now," featuring Greg Rand (@gsrand) , CEO of OwnAmerica (www.OwnAmerica.com), as its housing market analyst making his picks of the best real estate markets ...


Poll Finds Voters Still Value Homeownership, Want Policymakers to Support Housing

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will host a media teleconference next week to reveal the results of a national poll of 1,500 likely voters looking at the value Americans place on homeownership. Set to air on Wednesday, January ...


Recovery Found in Increased Lending, Loan Modifications and Short Sales

Stabilizing and restoring the health of the housing market is critical to a broader economic recovery, according to a white paper released yesterday by the Federal Reserve Board. Many of the issues and recommendations outlined in the paper support key ...


Mid Atlantic Region Expected to be ‘The Exception, Not the Rule,’ in 2012 Housing Market

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—As the new year begins, potential home buyers and sellers throughout the Mid Atlantic region are anxious about how their properties will fare in this coming year. To explore the issue, MRIS has released a list of several key triggers that are expected to shape the local economy, and ...


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: ...


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