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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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Become the Trusted Resource for Consumers

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. ...


HUD Awards Nearly $1.8 Billion to Improve and Preserve Public Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently awarded nearly $1.8 billion to public housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funds will allow these agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing ...


Chicago Foreclosure Activity Indicates Hot Foreclosure Market in 2012

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Recent reports released by the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service, ILFLS.com, show that Chicagoland foreclosure activity rose sharply during the last two months of 2011. This increase in the number of completed foreclosures contrasts with figures from the rest of the year, which had fewer new foreclosures than the same ...


Fourth Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Boost Affordability

Housing affordability conditions improved in most metropolitan areas from softer existing-home prices and record-low mortgage interest rates in the fourth quarter, with rising sales and lower inventory creating more balanced conditions, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Successful Short Sales: It All Starts with the Seller

Last month, I outlined the reasons why you should get back on the short sales bandwagon if you’ve fallen off. In the current market, more and more lenders are coming around to the realization that short sales are a favorable option after all and, therefore, are processing and closing short ...


Why We Are Reinventing Business…Again

At PCMS Consulting, we believe in pushing our clients to be proactive. We help them target business practices that are outmoded and ineffective. This is how we make our living, so it is critical that we take our own advice. ...


Digital Real Estate: What is The Perfect Storm?

Technology has literally changed the face of the real estate world in recent years. ...


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