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Report: Foreclosure Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Right to Vote

Recently, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report, “Lose Your Home, Keep Your Vote: How to Protect Voters Caught Up in Foreclosure.” The report highlights the confusion victims of foreclosure may face when determining how they can cast a ...


Study Shows 25 Percent of Americans Would Delay Home Purchase until After Election

When it comes to buying a home, 25 percent of Americans would like to know who the next president will be before they would feel totally comfortable putting their money down, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive ...


August Home Sales in Illinois up 23.7 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT— Home sales in the state rose 23.7 percent over previous year levels, part of a 14-month run of sales increases according to data released recently by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. ...


Low Rates Spur Refinancing

(MCT)—They’re knocking on the lender’s door. As mortgage rates have tumbled to all-time lows, demand for refinancing has fired up homeowners nationwide. ...


Mortgage Lending Hit 16-Year Low in 2011, Report Finds

(MCT)—If you tried to get a mortgage last year and failed, or were put through the wringer first, you are in good company. ...


Eye on the Economy: NAHB Surveys Point to Growing Optimism for Housing

A set of recent NAHB surveys suggest that the growth in housing will continue. This is a promising sign for home builders, remodelers and other stakeholders in the housing sector. It is also a hopeful indicator for the economy as ...


Housing Starts, Existing Home Sales Both Rose in August

(MCT)—The rebound in the U.S. housing market accelerated in August as residential construction starts increased 2.3 percent and sales of existing homes rose 7.8 percent, according to new figures released Wednesday. ...


Going Beyond Borders; A Strong Global Presence Positions RE/MAX for the Future

Increasing numbers of international buyers are interested in U.S. property. With a global website and a worldwide network of nearly 90,000 associates in more than 80 countries, RE/MAX is serving them. ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Gain Momentum in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fifth consecutive month in September to a level of 40 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI). This latest three-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since June of ...


Strength in Single-Family Sector Boosts Housing in August

Nationwide housing production rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase was fueled entirely by gains in the single-family sector, where the pace of new construction rose in every region ...


Mortgage Rates Back to Record Lows

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates at or near their all-time record lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage matched its all-time record low at 3.49 percent, and the average 15-year ...


Focus on Consumers by Modernizing Your Technology Plan

Keeping up with new and progressive technology was one of the hot topics at RISMedia's Real Estate CEO Exchange this month, as Mediatise, LLC managing partner Kenneth Jenny led a panel of key industry members to discuss how brokers and ...


Life in Mobile: The Here and Now of Mobile Commerce

Those who say “mobile is the future” clearly haven’t stopped to look around lately. Mobile is the epitome of present-day culture, and while it’s only going to continue to grow, the foundation has been laid. Think back just a few short years ago when BlackBerry ruled the roost; today they ...


Home-Builder Optimism Hits 6-Year High

(MCT)—Optimism among the nation’s home builders climbed in September for the fifth straight month to reach the highest level in more than six years, according to a closely followed index released Tuesday. ...


Freddie Mac Prices $1 Billion Reopening of 1.00 Percent Five-Year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently that it auctioned a $1 billion reopening of its 1.00 percent five-year USD Reference Notes® security that matures on September 29, 2017. The stop yield for the issue, CUSIP 3137EADL0, was 0.832 percent, priced at 100.827843, or approximately 19 basis points more than five-year ...


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