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FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. "It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Increases 7 Percent in August but Overall Down from Last Year

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for August 2014, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 116,913 U.S. properties in August, an increase of 7 percent from the previous month but still down 9 percent ...


Homes.com® Secures Top Level ‘.homes’ Domain

Homes.com® has secured the top level domain, “.homes.” Long known as simply “.com,” “.org,” and “.net,” the internet is experiencing monumental changes with the creation of nearly 2,000 top-level domains, altering the way consumers search for homes online. A longstanding leader in search solutions and web technology, Homes.com continues to ...


Move, Inc. Acquires Point2′s U.S. Listing Syndication Service

Move, Inc. announced this morning that it has acquired the listing syndication arm of Point2 and that the combined platforms will offer greater value to brokers and MLSs through increased accuracy, elimination of duplicate information, and the creation of a single, unified syndication platform. Terms of the deal have not ...


U.S. Housing Memorializes 10 Years in ‘The Lost Decade’

A recent Clear Capital report touches upon what the industry is referring to as housing's “lost decade,” the time from 2004 to 2014, where national home prices have been nominally unchanged. The Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, which publishes ...


Improving Economy Slowly Brightens Outlook for Commercial Real Estate

The strong rebound in economic growth during the second quarter and ongoing job creation are gradually improving the outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. ...


Case-Shiller: Home-Price Gains Slowed in June in All 20 Major Cities

(MCT)—Home prices continued to cool off in June, according to new figures out this week. ...


Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s NAR Annual Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most successful industry leaders break down their strategies for success at RISMedia’s 19th annual Power Broker Forum, titled, “Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience.” ...


U.S. Negative Equity Falls to 17 Percent

One in six (17 percent) U.S. homeowners with mortgages – or 8.7 million – were still underwater on their mortgage in the second quarter of 2014, despite rising home values, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report. This is down from 18.8 ...


Existing-Home Sales Continue to Climb in July

Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion in Historic DOJ Settlement for Fraud Leading up to the Financial Crisis

Financial giant Bank of America will pay $16.65 billion in a settlement following a federal probe into its mortgage practices in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. ...


Only a Dozen Large Metro Housing Markets Feature Affordable Housing

Of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, only a dozen are currently more affordable than they historically have been for both renters and homeowners, as widespread growth in housing costs continues to outpace wage growth. Nationally, U.S. home values rose 6.5 percent ...


July Data Shows the Healthiest End to Spring Home Buying Season in Three Years

For the first time in three years, July data shows the price appreciation and inventory increases established during peak buying season (from April to July) continue their upward trend, untouched by external economic factors, according to ...


Majority of Single Homebuyers Feel Strongly about the Importance of becoming a Homeowner: Survey

CENTURY 21 Real Estate has announced the results of its commissioned “Singles Homebuyer Survey.” Among the key findings was that for three-quarters (75%) of single homeowners aged 25-50, becoming a homeowner was at least fairly important with ...


Existing Home Sales Rise, Foreclosures Trickle Down

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators, including rebound in the sale of existing homes and the continuing downward trend of foreclosure ...


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