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REALTORS® Report Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities

Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying home, and research by the National Association of Realtors® has consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. ...


Rates on New Home Loans Still Rising

In September, interest rates on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly built homes increased for the fourth month in a row, according to data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). ...


3 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Home Insurance

Worried about paying a lot for home insurance each month? Thankfully, there are several ways to reduce your premiums. You can save money on your home insurance by taking advantage of available discounts. ...


Hot Property: Jessica Simpson Sells Home In 90210

(MCT)—Jessica Simpson, who earlier this year bought a Hidden Hills estate from Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, has sold her home in a guarded enclave in the 90210 ZIP Code for $6.4 million. ...


Good Faith Estimate: Common Costs When Closing a Home Sale

Closing on your home is a huge step in the home-buying process. It’s when you officially get the title for your new house. It’s important to keep in mind that there are several costs when closing a home sale. ...


Hot Property: Cuba Gooding Jr. Lists Home with…Roller Hockey Rink?!

(MCT)--Cuba Gooding Jr. has listed his home in Pacific Palisades for sale at $11.995 million. ...


How Long Does It Take to Build a House?

Thinking about building a new home, weighing the pros and cons of building versus buying, or simply curious about the building process? The 2012 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that on average it takes about 7 months from ...


New Home Shoppers Want Great Rooms, Spa Baths and More Connectivity

(MCT)—New home buyers are coming back, but they don’t want the same old McMansion. They want a house they can use. ...


Stabilizing September Prices and Inventories Build Market Equilibrium

In September, inventories have returned to levels of a year ago and the buying season ended with the greatest price gains seen in years, according to realtor.com®’s September trend report. ...


Zuckerberg Buys Neighboring Homes to Prevent New Development

(MCT)—Living the fantasy of every homeowner who has faced the prospect of a nuisance project next door, Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has bought four homes adjacent to his own 5-bedroom crash pad in one of Palo Alto, Calif.’s toniest neighborhoods. ...


Benefits of Real Estate Investment vs. Stocks and Bonds

As the economic recovery continues to build, Americans are again able to consume and invest; and with recent reports from the U.S. Census Bureau noting 34 percent of ...


5 Reasons Investing in Outdoor Space Pays Off

Increasingly, homeowners around the nation are investing in their outdoor living space. In fact, the majority of homeowners surveyed by American Express revealed that they have plans to engage in some sort of home improvement project in the next year. The outdoor living and landscape sector has grown into a ...


Lots for New Homes Largest in New England

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), the median size of lots on single-family homes started in 2012 was three quarters of an acre in the New England Census Division (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, ...


Finding a Builder for Your New Home: Hire a Professional

Contracting the right builder is a critical first step in the construction process of your dream home. ...


The Government Shutdown and Its Play on Housing

The government shutdown is causing a flurry of anxiety throughout the nation, and worry is accumulating throughout the housing industry. Despite a small fall cool down due to rising interest rates, the rebound was still moving forward with momentum, and industry ...