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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate up from 19-Month Low; Current Rate is 3.73%, According to Zillow Mortgage Rate Ticker

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages as of Dec. 23rd is currently 3.73 percent, up seven basis points from this time the previous week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose early in the week, then hovered around 3.73 for the remainder of the week. ...


Housing Market Continues to Heal Due to Better Fundamentals

The U.S. housing market continues to stabilize, with 70 of the markets tracked now showing positive momentum, according to Freddie Mac's recently released, newly updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). ...


Getting Started: New Down-Payment Considerations for First-Time Buyers

(TNS)—First-time homebuyers now have more options when it comes to getting a mortgage with a low down payment. The only question is how many of those buyers—who tend to be young, often in their early 30s—will actually benefit from the loans. ...


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness of U.S. Households

A disaster can occur at any time and without much warning. To gain a better understanding of the emergency preparedness of U.S. households, HUD and the Census Bureau for the first time included a special set of questions on the ...


2014 Housing Review: A Year of Jobs, Record-Low Interest and Tight Inventory Sets the Stage for 2015 Growth

This year demonstrated a steady build-up of housing momentum—fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates, and compressed inventory – and is expected to carry the market into 2015 gains, according to the 2014 Housing Review issued today by realtor.com®. This ...


Going Above and Beyond for Today’s Clients

From day one, Diana Miles, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Towne Realty in Montgomery, Ala., has been a huge proponent of American Home Shield (AHS®). With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Miles serves the Tri-County Area—Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore Counties—working closely with buyers and sellers to ...


Taking Risks to Make a Name

From staying productive to taking risks, Chris Barnett, Principal Broker/CEO of Realty Executives Southern Oregon in Grants Pass, Ore. lets us in on his top secrets for success in the following interview. ...


Diana McGrogan Named to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council

Diana McGrogan, Relocation Director for Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., has been appointed to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council, the company has announced.  This leadership group is comprised of top business development ...


Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens

After hitting their highest level of the year, existing-home sales slid in November as housing supply showed some tightening, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced a decline in sales compared to a month earlier. ...


Long & Foster Property Management to Join Forces with Clayton Residential Rentals

Long & Foster Property Management, one of the largest single-family property management and rental service companies in the country, will join forces with Clayton Residential Rentals, a full-service property management firm in North Carolina, on Jan. 1, 2015. The move brings together two family-owned property management companies and expands Long ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Awards Two High School Students $1,000 in Scholarship Funds

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties recently announced the two winners of its annual high school scholarship competition. The real estate firm asked students across the country to describe their experiences growing up in a home they could call their own, their dreams of one day owning a home ...


A Cushion of Coverage: Protecting Your Home Before and After the Sale with HSA Home Warranty

Buying a new home is one of the biggest and most exciting purchases in one’s lifetime. Although there are many happy feelings that go along with such a life-changing decision, there’s always a speck of worry that something may go wrong shortly ...


Going Above and Beyond for Today’s Clients: American Home Shield® brings added value to real estate transactions

From day one, Diana Miles, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Towne Realty in Montgomery, Ala., has been a huge proponent of American Home Shield (AHS®). With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Miles serves the Tri-County Area—Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore Counties—working closely with buyers and sellers to ...


Real Estate Firms and MLSs Team Up to Launch New Consumer Website

Recently, real estate brokerage firms representing more than 300,000 Realtors® and 25 leading Multiple Listings Service (MLS) firms with 350,000 agent and broker subscribers announced the formation of a new company that will develop and manage a new consumer website. The name of the new company has yet to be ...


Moving Industry Trends: 2014 in Review and 2015 Forecast

As the housing market continues to recover, MovingCompanyReviews.com anticipates that competition within the moving industry will intensify, due to an increasing number of home sales. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, home sales are expected to be higher in 2015 and this growth in home ...


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