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Home Foreclosures in L.A. County, State Drop Nearly 50 Percent from Year Ago

(MCT)—Foreclosures in California plunged 48.5 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier as the residential real estate market continued recovering from its historic collapse, a market tracker said Monday. ...


REALTORS® Testify Broad Qualified Mortgage Is Critical to Bringing Certainty to Housing Finance System

The National Association of REALTORS® recently urged Congress and the Administration to develop a broadly defined Qualified Mortgage (QM) regulation. ...


Poll: Homeownership is the American Dream

Owning a home remains a vital component of the American Dream, according to a recent Home Buyer poll conducted by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. ...


Mid-Atlantic Housing Market: New Distressed Properties Report Examines Strength and Trends

With the potential for a new ripple of foreclosures and short sales in markets across the country, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) announced the availability of the first in a new series of data reports focused on "distressed" home sales, ...


Consumers Are Using Online Recommendations to Pick Agents

Realtor.com Business Beat—Its’ coming, and you need to be prepared: Consumers are beginning to choose agents based on published reviews and recommendations – and REALTOR.com® is giving every REALTOR® a free tool to help them gather recommendations and post them. ...


DocuSign Raises $47.5 Million to Accelerate Growth

DocuSign, a global leader in electronic signature, announced recently that the company has secured $47.5 million in funding from premier investors, public funds, and strategic tech-industry leaders. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the funding. ...


Prices Rose 2.68 Percent in June

National median list prices have been on the rise since the beginning of the year and now stand at $195,000, up 2.68 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the June REALTOR.com® Trend Data released recently. Of 146 markets covered by REALTOR.com®, while list prices increased in 101 markets, held ...


Rick Trevino Locates Houses to Renovate on ‘Flipped Off’ A&E Reality Show

Rick Trevino is the manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene’s Wallisville office, and his ambitions are bigger than four walls can contain. ...


Tight Inventories almost Bypass Luxury Market

It’s still a buyer’s market for properties selling for more than half a million. Tight inventories driven by negative equity and slow foreclosure processing and rising prices are having much less impact on luxury homes than on less expensive homes. ...


HARP Refinances Continue Surge One in Five Refinancings Made through HARP

Refinance volume is continuing to rise with more underwater borrowers refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) than ever before. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) latest Refinance Report, HARP loans represented 20 percent of total refinance volume in May, the largest increase since the program was ...


HUD Accepting Applications for Entities to Purchase Troubled Mortgages

Qualified entities interested in purchasing pools of severely distressed loans formerly insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) can now submit applications for the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, an expansion of an FHA disposition program that sells pools of defaulted mortgages headed for foreclosure and provides the opportunity for the ...


Media Maven: Innovative Agent Boosts Client Connections with Pop-a-Note

By now, the majority of real estate professionals have realized that social media is a language that should be spoken fluently—not just in certain niche groups or generations. But being involved in social media and excelling at it are two different ...


Good Change is Coming to REALTORS® Federal Credit Union

NAR PULSE—Good change is coming on August 1 for NAR members! Your credit union is branching out—to serve you even better—by merging with Northwest Federal, a $2.2 billion credit union headquartered in Herndon, Va. with a 65-year history of financial excellence. REALTORS® FCU members will soon have access to 4,600 ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Kicks Off New ‘Best Places to Live’ Series

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC announce the launch of its new “Best Places to Live” five-part series in partnership with Onboard Informatics, ranking the top United States places for lifestyle categories: Social Seekers, Suburbanites, Adventurers, Leisure Lovers and Culture Cravers. ...


High Score: Builder Confidence Rises Six Points in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points to 35 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, released recently. This is the largest one-month gain recorded by the index in nearly a decade, and brings the HMI to ...


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