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4 Easy Ways to Xeriscape Your Yard

Unless you hire a crew for upkeep, your responsibilities as a homeowner likely include some form of landscape maintenance. Did you know that a large portion of household water usage goes directly to maintaining a landscape? ...


New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Forms May Mislead Consumers, Complicate Lending

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new disclosure rules, which will go into effect this summer. While their activation is still months away, lenders are already weary that it will make the ...


Housing Confidence Up, More Americans Renovating

This past week, both Home Depot, Inc., and Lowe's reported high fourth quarter gains, with profits beating their own revenue projections as well as analysts' estimates, according to a recent Bloomberg Business article. ...


New Study Finds Surprising Home Formation Results

A new study from the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate concludes that new household formation, a key driver of housing demand, has recovered after the job losses that accompanied the recession. ...


For Your Client: How to Get Your House Ready for the Market

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. ...


Ask the Expert: What Can a Homeowner Do about a Frozen Water Pipe?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Charles Furlough, vice president of Field Operations with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. ...


Good News for Housing: Consumers Show Positive Financial Attitude

Consumer optimism toward the housing market gained some momentum last month following a dip in December, likely getting a boost from their increasingly positive financial outlook, according to results from Fannie Mae's January 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


DIY Home Repair Ideas That Will Make Your Home Worth More

If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, doing some home improvement projects first can boost its value. When your budget only allows for a limited amount of money on these projects, there are still plenty of things you can ...


New Study Finds Price Premium for Solar Homes

A study conducted by a team of researchers,  led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Laboratory, found that homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes that have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. The research (Selling into the Sun: ...


87 Percent of U.S. Homes Qualify for Down Payment Help

RealtyTrac recently released a Down Payment Resource (DPR) on the availability of down payment programs across the country. Out of more than 78 million U.S. single family homes and condos, more than 68 million (87 percent) would qualify ...


Effective Rate on New Home Loans Continues Downward Drift

On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, remained a constant 4.03 percent in December, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). However, initial ...


Expert Ways to Increase Home Value

With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also make it a good time to buy a home.  Findings from a new, exclusive survey of more than 300 licensed residential real estate agents by the Consumer Reports National Research Center point to ...


Millennials Seek Smaller Houses, but Won’t Sacrifice Details

As Millennials begin to enter the home buying market in larger numbers, homes will get a little smaller, laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent, says panelists during an International Builders’ Show press conference on home trends and ...


Best Ski Towns for Real Estate Investing 2015 Edition

Thanks to the popularity of the inaugural Best Ski Towns for Real Estate Investing list for 2014, the RealtyTrac editorial team sacrificed their precious holidays to endure the toils of travel to idyllic ski resort towns and the trials of ...


Zillow, Trulia Shares Soar Friday as Merger Rumored to Get Approval by FTC

Several outlets were reporting Friday that stocks of Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) had soared by midday on talk of expectations that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going to green-light the merger between the two online listing giants. ...


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