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This Week’s Video Tip: It’s Not about Technology

The emphasis on video production quality has never been greater. High def and even 3D now bring incredible quality and detail into our viewing experience. But if you think picture quality trumps all, you have a very short memory. ...


Irene Drowns Uninsured Homes

The price tag for residential properties caused by flood damage from Hurricane Irene’s surges along the East Coast could total than $59 billion worth of flood-related damages to a total of 900,000 properties, and many—if not most—are not covered by ...


Pending Home Sales Slip in July but up Strongly from One Year Ago

Pending home sales declined in July but remain well above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTOES®. All regions show monthly declines except for the West, which continues to show the highest level of sales contract activity. ...


Dispelling the 20 Percent Downpayment Myth

In my column last month, I discussed a government proposal that could have significant impact on the future of the housing industry: the QRM, or Qualified Residential Mortgage, as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the proposed QRM definition, ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Are You “Optimized” for Mobile

Being that the mobile technology landscape is progressing at a pace that rivals the New York minute, I make it a point to try and get as much ”mobile news” as possible on a daily basis to stay on top of things. Recently, I updated my profile with the MMA ...


Delinquencies Rise with Recession Fears

It’s official. Mortgage delinquency rates, especially 30-day delinquencies, have shifted course and they are trending up again. ...


Sell Properties Faster with Furniture Rental

A slow economy combined with stricter lending regulations has caused a surplus of homes in the housing market. With many homes sitting on the market for an extended period of time, it is difficult to get your listing noticed. How can you highlight the best features of a home while ...


In Baltimore, Homes Sell for Less Than $10,000

Regional Spotlight—(MCT)—Andrew Wells is hoping to buy a Baltimore home for around the cost of an old car: Less than $10,000. ...


Neighborhood Info in High Demand

When people are looking for a new place to live, they usually want to know some key facts beyond cost and number of rooms: Most notably, they are curious about what is in the neighborhood and what their commute would ...


Short Sales Soar 19 Percent in Second Quarter

Short sales of pre-foreclosure properties jumped 19 percent in the second quarter, even as sales of bank-owned foreclosures declined and overall distressed sales were flat. ...


30-Year Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low

Mortgage rates posted mixed results this week, but the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to a record low of 4.41 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.43 discount and origination points. The previous record low of 4.42 percent ...


6 Steps to Finding the Global Buyer

Sometimes global opportunity lies where people least realize—not in large, urban markets known for being magnets to multinational organizations and immigrant communities—but in small metro and rural regions. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease; Purchase Index Lowest in 15 Years

Mortgage applications decreased 2.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 19, 2011. ...


Massachusetts’ Buyers Make Snappy Decisions

Regional Spotlight—Reports from local agents in Andover, Massachusetts indicate that buyers aren't scouring the market before putting an offer down on a property. ...


Op-Ed: Condos Plan for Lower Loan Limits

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently confirmed the reduction in maximum loan limits, effective October 1, 2011, to $625,500, mirroring the recent announcement made by Fannie Mae. The FHA ceilings will be reduced to $625,500, $800,775, $967,950 and $1,202,925 respectively, for 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-unit dwellings. ...


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