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More Than 95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the fourth quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for more than 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released recently. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


New England Housing Sales Trending Up

The RE/MAX of New England January Monthly Housing Report shows that year-over-year, the number of unit sales in every state in New England, except Vermont, is slightly higher than January 2011. New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced the highest change in units sold with an increase of 16.8 percent and ...


Agents: What Dropbox Can Teach Us about Cloud Computing

(MCT)—Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services. Place a Dropbox folder on each computer or gadget you own. Drag any file into that folder. A copy of that file automatically appears on every device where you put a Dropbox folder. It’s idiot proof. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Multi-Family California Property??

Today’s Featured Listing, offered by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network (RREIN) and Top 5 Member Century 21 Award, is being listed at $389,000. ...


Top 5 States with the Most Home Foreclosures

A recent report identifies five states with the most homes in foreclosure, and suggests a lengthy foreclosure process may be partly to blame. ...


Builder Confidence Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month

Home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes increased for the fifth consecutive month in February, rising from 25 to 29 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. It is the highest level the index ...


Nation’s Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2012

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four Senior Officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. ...


Just In: Purchase Applications Decrease, Refinance Mortgage Activity Increases

Mortgage applications decreased 1.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 10, 2012. ...


How Will the Facebook IPO Affect Housing?

Headlines were made when Facebook announced its plans to go public, creating a new generation of Facebook millionaires. Many have been speculating about what these fresh-faced millionaires will do with their money. Others have been asking how they ...


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According to the latest prediction from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, home sales should increase slightly and prices will stabilize in many markets this year. And while there is still a discrepancy between consumer confidence and affordability, positive economic indicators suggest that we could be on track for a recovery ...


In Memory: Houston’s Unique New Jersey House

The sad news of Whitney Houston’s death this past Saturday sent shockwaves through the recording industry as well as her worldwide fan base, who adored the singer for her many gifts in acting, modeling and of course her unforgettable and ...


Prototype of Simpler Mortgage Statement Released

(MCT)—Your monthly mortgage bill soon could get easier to understand, and it wouldn’t change each time your loan is sold to a new servicer. ...


Opinion: FHA Should Reinstate 203(k) Loans for Investors

The Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) rehabilitation loan program, commonly known as 203(k), can be a valuable tool to help deal with the REO problems faced by communities across the nation. The program works by providing the buyer with funding to ...


Remodeling Looking up in 2012

Homeowners are ready to make 2012 a banner year for remodeling and the latest cost-for-value research suggests that getting the most bang for every buck is more important than ever. ...


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