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How Will the Winding Down of Fannie and Freddie Affect Homebuyers?

A bipartisan proposal seeks to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and completely overhaul the nation’s mortgage system. According to Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB (The Association of Mortgage Professionals), “A change in the mortgage system will be ...


6 Questions to Ask before a Refinance

(MCT)—A home mortgage refinance may sound like a good idea in theory, but it’s not always possible or desirable. ...


Lifestyle-based House and Apartment Finder Featured on CNNMoney

San Francisco start-up RentalRoost was recently featured in a CNNMoney article that took an in-depth look into the mission behind the lifestyle-based house and apartment finder, providing a glimpse into how the company is aiming to take the big data approach to a whole, new level. ...


Housing Starts Hold Steady in February

Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in February, inching down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau. ...


HUD Provides Over $100 Million to Oklahomans Hit by Tornadoes

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced additional $109 million in disaster recovery aid to the City of Moore, Oklahoma and to the State of Oklahoma to help local communities recover from a devastating spate of storms, including a powerful tornado that struck Moore last May. ...


Zillow Names Curt Beardsley Vice President, Industry Development

Zillow, Inc., a leading real estate and home-related marketplace, has announced Curt Beardsley has joined the company as vice president, industry development responsible for building and strengthening Zillow's relationships with multiple listing services (MLSs) and other industry partners. ...


Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home-Buying Process

At The Appraisal Foundation, we often encounter misperceptions about the appraisal process in real estate transactions – from how an appraisal is ordered and carried out, to the type of communication permitted with appraisers. As a result, we have compiled the most ...


Final Call for Companies to Apply for the REach™ Class of 2014

NAR PULSE—Nominate your favorite technology company to be considered as the “Member’s Choice” for NAR’s REach™ Class of 2014. Members who participate could be recognized as the most tech-savvy agents for 2014. The extended deadline for company applications is March 21st, 2014 ...


Move, NAR File Lawsuit against Zillow, Samuelson

Move and the National Association of REALTORS® have filed a lawsuit against Zillow and Errol Samuelson, chief industry development officer for Zillow, in the Superior Court of King County, Washington, for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade ...


The Real Estate Book Re-launches Home Shopping Website

Now, consumers shopping for homes have more features and options along with a faster and more intuitive experience as the top-ranked real estate search site, RealEstateBook.com re-launches with a refreshed user interface and new features. ...


The Plight of Today’s First-Time Buyer

Traditionally, first-time buyers are the pillars of a strong home-purchase market. However, today's industry reveals that current market dynamics may be making it difficult for them to achieve their American dream, potentially leading to a slowdown of the industry's recovery. ...


Solid February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

As prices continue to rise, more sellers are putting their homes on the market than this time last year, according to Realtor.com®'s recently released National Housing Trend Report for February 2014. This movement is a sign of confidence in the gains sustained ...


Realogy Names Stephen Fraser as Chief Information Officer

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, appointed Stephen Fraser as chief information officer and senior vice president. Fraser was most recently the global head of information technology service and information management for IKEA Group in Sweden. ...


DocuSign Taps MRED CEO for Real Estate Advisory Council

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland's multiple listing service (MLS), has announced that its President and CEO Russ Bergeron has been named to the DocuSign Real Estate Advisory Council. The inaugural meeting, with attendees from across the real estate spectrum, was held on March 4th during DocuSign's MOMENTUM 2014 user ...


Senate Takes Speedy Action on Bipartisan Flood Insurance Affordability Bill

Late last week, the senate passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which won the votes by a windfall of 72 to 22. ...


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