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Mortgage Rates Stay Low Helping to Keep Housing Affordability High

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey(R) (PMMS(R)), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely unchanged and near their record lows helping to keep housing affordability high for those borrowers who are in the market. The 30-year fixed dipped to 3.99 percent, ...


Bankrate: Jumbo Mortgage Rates Hit New Record Low

The jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to a new record low of 4.68 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.4 discount and origination points. ...


Study Examines Impact of Social Networks on Strategic Default

Unemployment and other factors have caused many homeowners to involuntarily default on their mortgages. At the same time, falling home prices, the possibility of being underwater for many years and advice from certain influencers, or “mavens,” may have encouraged others to simply stop paying, with deleterious consequences in some markets, ...


Housing Update: Obama Administration Releases November Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the November edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Included in this month’s report are ...


Statement Alert: MBA Testifies on Mortgage Market Reform

David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) testified recently before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and the Government Sponsored Enterprises at a hearing on "The Private Mortgage Market Investment Act.” ...


4 Tips for Efficient Downsizing

The organizational benefits of downsizing can be very rewarding. You can save time, restore order, relieve stress, free up space and, perhaps most importantly, save money. ...


Stewart Information Services Corporation Appoints New Executive Team

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE: STC) recently announced a new executive team. Newly appointed CEO Matt Morris created the new executive team to capitalize on Stewart’s strengths and further align the organization for smart growth and continued market leadership in the real estate services industry, the company reported. The structure ...


How Can Renters Solve the Housing Crisis?

Residential real estate is not rocket science. We know that this housing crisis is: ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 12.8 percent from one week earlier (which included the Thanksgiving holiday), according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 2, 2011. ...


Today’s Market – An Agent’s Perspective

With all the newspaper articles, television reports and Internet stories discussing how much real estate values have declined over the past several years, buyers in today’s market are unquestionably looking for a great deal. And with the surge in distressed properties, buyers are often looking at either a foreclosure—a property ...


Attention Agents: Differentiate Yourself with ABR®

According to data from the 2010 NAR Member Profile, the median income of REALTORS® with at least one designation was nearly $22,000 more than the income of those with no designation. And in a market where differentiation is key, many agents are earning the prestigious Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation ...


October Price Update; 4 Percent behind Last Year

Home prices have declined over the past three months and now trail last year by 3.9 percent, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index. ...


Survey: Most Stay under One Roof with Family for Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and a new consumer survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC confirmed that the majority of Americans wouldn’t have it any other way. Approximately four in 10 respondents (39 percent) say their holiday get-togethers include 15 or more family members and friends, ...


Century 21 Real Estate Wins Stevie Award for Best Mobile Marketing

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations, recently was honored with the Stevie® Award for Best Mobile Marketing Campaign of the Year, the company announced. The eighth annual Stevie Awards presentation was held in New York City in November. ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 7: Negotiations – Checkmate

Our whole business is nothing but negotiation. Negotiating with sellers, other agents, or even your own staff…This is what REALTORS® do all day long. ...


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