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Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall

Mortgage rates move lower for the fourth consecutive week as the Fed held interest rates steady at its FOMC meeting on Wednesday, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). ...


Spotlight: Protect Your Home and Budget with a First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation Home Warranty

When it comes to home warranty providers in the Memphis, Tenn., market, the competition is fierce. For Bill Maury—vice president and broker at Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury—First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation has gone above and beyond in offering his buyer and seller clients added peace of mind for the past ...


Major Improvement: 6.4 Million U.S. Properties End 2015 Underwater

As of the end of 2015, there were 6.4 million (6,436,381) U.S. properties seriously underwater — where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value — representing 11.5 percent of all properties with a mortgage, according ...


Consumers Feel Confident in January

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, improved moderately in January. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 96.3 in December. The Present Situation Index was unchanged at 116.4, while the Expectations Index increased from 83.0 to 85.9 in January. ...


5 Reasons Now Is the Time to Buy a Home According to a Top Economist

Ted Jones, Stewart Title's chief economist, says now is inarguably the right time to buy a home. Those who have been waiting on the sidelines, struggling with rising rent and dreaming of a place to call their own should ...


Pending Home Sales Crawl Forward in December

Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in December, but inched forward slightly, fueled by a large increase in the Northeast that outpaced declines in the other three major regions, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Did Credit Default Swaps Cause the Failure of Major Institutions?

Credit default swaps (CDS) may have amplified – but did not cause – the 2008 financial crisis, concludes a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Financial Crisis Institute. ...


Century 21 Real Estate Expands Leading Global Real Estate Network with Addition of Century 21 Slovenia

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently announced that it has expanded its global real estate network into Slovenia with the launch of CENTURY 21 Slovenia in the country’s capital city of Ljubljana. The owners, Victoria Babkova, signed an exclusive 25-year franchise agreement to develop the CENTURY 21® brand throughout the Republic ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Celebrates Leadership and Success

The Olympic Games have always been a source of inspiration, featuring the greatest athletes in their quest for the gold. In that spirit, the real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty recently honored its champions at the company’s Annual Awards celebration. ...


New Home Sales Finish 2015 Strong

Recently released data found that December new home sales were up nearly 11 percent over November, and 9.9 percent over December 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


A Major Shift in Housing Demand Is Currently Underway

In the years during and since the Financial Crisis and Great Recession, new household formation slowed dramatically as young adults remained living with parents and fewer people immigrated into the U.S. From 2008 through 2010, only 509,000 net ...


Decline in Energy Prices in December

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December. ...


How to Create a Modern Homestead

Did you know that Hilary Swank raises her own chickens from eggs? She’s not the only celebrity getting into modern homesteading: Julia Roberts composts her kitchen scraps and chicken poop while Oprah has a 12-acre organic garden in Maui. Even the White House has a vegetable garden thanks to Michelle ...


Local Broker Named President-Elect of State Realtor Association

During the Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo, local REALTOR® Robert Oppenheimer, Broker-Owner of RE/MAX Fortune Properties in Englewood Cliffs and Past President of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (EBCBOR), was named 2016 President-Elect of New Jersey REALTORS® (NJR) a 45,000+ member Statewide association. A resident of Cliffside ...


Leading IRA Provider, The Entrust Group Releases 2015 Growth Results

The Entrust Group, Inc. recently announced its top accomplishments for the 2015 fiscal year. ...


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