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Builder Confidence Unchanged in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held unchanged at a low level of 15 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released recently. ...


Regional Spotlight: New England Experiences 14.5% Jump In Sales

RE/MAX of New England has released its latest housing report and results show that overall, New England experienced a 14.5% jump in year-to-year sales. However, the month-to-month picture for each state is not as positive. Here is the RE/MAX of New England summary: ...


95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

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


USDA Has $11.2 Billion to Guarantee No-Down Mortgages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has only two months to spend $11.2 billion on its no-down payment rural development loan program, a record amount at this juncture in the federal fiscal year for the program that provides no-down payment mortgages to borrowers in rural and suburban markets. ...


Homeowners with Unfavorable Loan Terms Grow Frustrated with Inability to Refinance

Overall satisfaction with primary mortgage servicers has declined notably from 2010, as frustration continues to mount among homeowners who originated their mortgages during the peak of the housing boom, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Primary Mortgage ...


7-Point Checklist for a Healthy Website

Even the healthiest websites should be refreshed, retooled and refocused from time to time so that they generate the maximum results you desire. Here is a checklist to work from to make sure your website is on track for success: ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: 12 practical tips to help you tackle Facebook, SentriLock and REALTORS® Federal Credit Union join to offer a unique savings opportunity, and try the free DocuSign® for REALTORS® Edition. ...


Credit Concerns Keep Renters from Buying

Only 23 percent of renters living in single family homes—where more than half the nation’s renters live today—believe that renting makes more sense than buying a home. ...


Industry Opinions Weigh In on Extended Forecast for Short Sales

Short sales will remain strong for the next several years as foreclosure inventories timelines grow even longer, according to the chief operating officer of Equator, a software platform for default servicers. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Federal Government Announces Plans to Convert Foreclosures into Investor-owned Rentals

Greg Rand (@gsrand) (http://twitter.com/gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica (http://ownamerica.com) hosts Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC; this week he discusses the White House's announcement and breaks it down. “It sounds good,” Rand says, “but it's more ...


Facebook for Real Estate: The 10 Commandments

One: Forget Everything You’ve Heard about Facebook and Real Estate ...


MONEY Magazine Reveals Annual “MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live in America”

“MONEY” magazine has revealed the 2011 list of "MONEY's 100 Best Places to Live in America," highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 50,000 or less. For the annual cover-story, on sale August 19, MONEY looked for places ...


95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

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


DocuSign’s New Affiliate Program Helps MLSs Increase Revenue and Better Serve Clients

DocuSign® (www.docusign.com), a leading electronic signature network, and the official and exclusive eSignature provider for the 1.1 million members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) under the REALTOR Benefits® Program, has announced the availability of the DocuSign Affiliate Program for REALTOR® Associations and Multiple Listing Services. ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up in Q2 2011

Florida's existing home and existing condo sales experienced an upswing in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the latest housing statistics from Florida Realtors®. Existing home sales rose 1 percent in 2Q 2011 with a total of 52,421 homes sold statewide; ...