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Empty Markets: Top 5 Most Vacant U.S. Cities

Out of nearly 85 million residential properties nationwide, more than 1.3 million (1.6 percent) were vacant in February 2016, down from 1.5 million vacant (1.8 percent) in September 2015, according to a recently released report from RealtyTrac. The report,  Q1 2016 U.S. Residential Property Vacancy Analysis,  shows that investment properties are ...


High Gear: Metro Home Prices Continue to Rise

A moderating pace of sales had little impact on the trajectory of home prices during the final three months of the year, which picked up speed and showed continued growth in most of the U.S., according to the latest quarterly report by ...


Multifamily Market to Remain Strong in 2016

Steady economic growth and key drivers will keep the multifamily market moving forward in 2016, based on the recently released Freddie Mac Multifamily Outlook. New supply of multifamily units will continue to enter the market while plans for additional construction will continue to increase. Multifamily performance at the national level ...


Report: Finances Prevent 45 Percent of Non-Homeowners from Buying

Almost half of non-homeowners say their financial situation stands in their way of purchasing a home, according to a new Bankrate.com report, which concludes 29 percent say they can't afford a down payment and 16 percent say their credit isn't good enough to ...


HUD’s 2017 Budget Focuses on Ending Homelessness, Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently unveiled President Obama’s proposed HUD Budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which is focused on helping Americans to secure and maintain, affordable housing, ending homelessness, making our communities more resilient from natural disasters and protecting people from housing discrimination. ...


Homeowner Expectation of Value Rises to Meet Appraiser Valuation

Homeowners across America are understanding their home’s worth more as the gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions narrows. Average home appraisal values in January were only 1.75 percent lower than what homeowners were anticipating, according to Quicken ...


Slowdown on Income Growth Stalls Affordability

The recent upward swing of affordability is stalling, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI), which decreased 1.7 points to 81.5 in January. Housing affordability constraints were reflected in the downward movement of two of the HPSI components. ...


Report: Auto Insurance Higher for Non-Homeowners

Major auto insurance companies charge good drivers as much as 47 percent more for basic liability auto insurance if they don’t own their home, according to a new analysis of premiums by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA).  Based on a sampling of insurance quotes across the country for ...


New Real Estate Apps Can Help Renters, Buyers, Sellers and Remodelers

Real estate technology has grown exponentially since the first Internet boom, and with every passing year the pace seems to accelerate even more. ...


New Ad Campaign Urges Consumers to “Get Realtor®”

Buying a home isn’t as easy as clicking a few buttons and magically getting the home of your dreams, as the current real estate advertising landscape leads many to believe. The reality is that real estate transactions can be stressful and there are often challenges and obstacles along the way. ...


Seasonal Slowdown: Six More Weeks of Winter or an Early Spring

The cold wintry real estate season has arrived, and the nation’s markets are responding with markedly slower quarterly growth rates, according to Clear Capital's recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through January 2016. ...


Agents at the Center of Xome’s Strategy for Real Estate 3.0

Before he became chief operating and chief financial officer with Xome, Kartik Ramachandran had purchased three homes in five years. He wasn’t a real estate guy—he was in the merchant and product technologies business with Groupon—but he had just received a crash course ...


HUD Considers New Rule on ‘Over Income’ Public Housing Residents

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the agency is considering a new rule to ensure that individuals and families residing in public housing actually need housing assistance should their incomes grow well beyond the levels required for their initial admission. HUD is seeking public comment ...


U.S. Economy Adds Just 151,000 Jobs in January

(TNS)—Job growth in the U.S. slowed sharply last month, the latest in recent signs of economic weakening amid turbulent global financial markets, lower corporate profits and a contracting manufacturing sector at home. ...


Buying Beats Renting in Less Than Two Years, But Millennials Still Have Reason to Rent

Home buyers in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. have to stay in a home for at least three years to break even on a home purchase, and buyers in the Bay Area would have to stay nearly that long to make buying financially advantageous, according to ...


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