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Zillow Introduces “Coming Soon” Inventory

Zillow, Inc. recently announced the introduction of Coming Soon inventory to its home shopping experience on mobile and Web. Now, for the first time on Zillow®, home shoppers can search for and find homes that are not yet on the market, but expect to be listed for sale within 30 ...


FHA Offers First-Time Homebuyers Discounted Loans for Taking Class

(MCT)—Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of homeownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel. ...


Moving Forward with a Collaborative, Client-Centric Approach

We’ve come a long way since the ‘Mad Men’ days of real estate. Where are we now? Where are we headed? Here to answer these questions—and more—is Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. ...


NAHB Accepting Applications for Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design

The Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its call for entries for the 2015 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design. The annual awards recognize the best marketing efforts and home designs in the building systems industry. ...


Carrington Title Services Sharpens Its Focus on Curative

Carrington Title Services, LLC (Carrington), a national title agency with expertise in providing title insurance, settlement services and data products to the real estate community in connection with real estate purchases and mortgage refinances, as well as Real Estate Owned (REO), short sale and commercial transactions, has announced plans ...


Mortgage Returns Selects Kim Goldstone as Director of Marketing

Mortgage Returns, a provider of TRUE CRM technology and automated marketing solutions for the mortgage industry, has selected Kim Goldstone as the company’ s new director of marketing where she will supervise the marketing team and oversee all corporate communications. ...


FHFA Seeks Input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it is requesting input on the guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders. ...


Reducing Transaction Liability with Home Warranties

When buying a home, one can only anticipate that everything will go according to plan. Buyers dot their i’s and cross their t’s with high hopes that the furnace or other major systems won’t fail shortly after the deal is made. But why not protect your purchase with a reassuring ...


The Mortgage Professor: Should I Apply for a Loan with or without my Spouse?

(MCT)—QUESTION: My wife and I are looking to purchase a $450,000 home, and I am wondering whether I should apply for the mortgage as an individual, or jointly with my wife. I make $84,000 a year and have a credit score of ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hold Steady; Current Rate Is 4.04%

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.04 percent, up three basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate peaked at 4.12 percent on Thursday before dropping to 4.03 percent on Friday, where rates hovered for the remainder of the week. ...


More Americans Move for Families and Jobs, Fewer for Housing Reasons

While nearly half of Americans move for housing-related reasons (48 percent), the percentage has fallen from its peak of 52.8 percent in 2004.  Both job-related (19.4 percent) and family-related (30.3 percent) reasons have been on the rise over the past 15 years ...


REALTOR® University Graduates: Setting a New Standard

NAR PULSE—The pioneering class of REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate program is re-entering the industry armed with new knowledge and a new title that can help lift their careers to new levels. Since claiming their diplomas at REALTOR® U’s first-ever ...


Spring-Summer Buying and Selling Season Yet to Bloom

Americans’ concerns about the direction of the economy and their household income appear to be weighing on housing growth, according to results from Fannie Mae’s May 2014 National Housing Survey. The share of respondents who believe the economy is headed in the ...


A Closer Look at Inflation and Its Impact on Real Estate

The current inflation rate is not worrisome, but is always worth a close look. Any surprise uptick in inflation automatically pushes up mortgage rates. ...


REALTOR® Justin Smith Is EBCBOR’s Rookie Salesperson of the Year

The Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors® (EBCBOR) announces Rutherford resident, Justin Smith, Realtor® with RE/MAX White House, as the recipient of the 2013 Rookie Salesperson of the Year award. Smith was recognized as a rising star in the real estate profession during the annual Circle of Excellence Awards Luncheon ...


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