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FHFA Seeks Input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it is requesting input on the guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders. ...


Reducing Transaction Liability with Home Warranties

When buying a home, one can only anticipate that everything will go according to plan. Buyers dot their i’s and cross their t’s with high hopes that the furnace or other major systems won’t fail shortly after the deal is made. But why not protect your purchase with a reassuring ...


RELO Direct Announces Promotion of Christine Minakakis

Chicago-based RELO Direct®, Inc. has promoted Christine Minakakis to client service manager, the company announced. In this position, she will be the sole contact for the relocating employees of select RELO Direct® clients. Through RELO Direct’s Direct TouchSM model, client service managers are responsible for managing every facet of an ...


More Americans Move for Families and Jobs, Fewer for Housing Reasons

While nearly half of Americans move for housing-related reasons (48 percent), the percentage has fallen from its peak of 52.8 percent in 2004.  Both job-related (19.4 percent) and family-related (30.3 percent) reasons have been on the rise over the past 15 years ...


REALTOR® University Graduates: Setting a New Standard

NAR PULSE—The pioneering class of REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate program is re-entering the industry armed with new knowledge and a new title that can help lift their careers to new levels. Since claiming their diplomas at REALTOR® U’s first-ever ...


A Closer Look at Inflation and Its Impact on Real Estate

The current inflation rate is not worrisome, but is always worth a close look. Any surprise uptick in inflation automatically pushes up mortgage rates. ...


Great Spaces: Pop Musician’s Amazing Arizona Estate

Have you ever wanted to live like a pop superstar? This 1929 Arizona residence, owned by Grammy Award-winning country music star Linda Ronstadt, offers privacy and luxury right in the heart of Tucson. ...


Know before You Owe

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has begun a new phase of work to find ways to improve the closing of real estate and mortgage transactions. Initially, many thought the second round of “Know Before You Owe” was going to be another ...


Equity Position of U.S. Households Improves

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ recently released statistics on the financial accounts of U.S. households. The release shows continued improvement in the financial position of U.S. households with real estate. If fact, the household real estate equity position improved ...


HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Leadership Changes and New CEO and COO for Intero Real Estate Services

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate has announced that Gino Blefari, founder, president and chief executive officer of Intero Real Estate Services has been named senior vice president of HSF Affiliates, effective immediately and on January 1, 2015 will assume the role of chief executive officer of HSF Affiliates. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Remain Steady

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that last week's average fixed mortgage rates largely flat compared to the previous week amid light economic reports. ...


Hot Property: Dude, Where’s My Buyer?

(MCT)—Ashton Kutcher has put the word out that he is interested in finding a buyer for his Hollywood Hills home, quietly shopping it at $12 million. ...


The Open Floor Plan Challenge

Open floor plans continue to be popular, but as many homeowners discover, living with this kind of layout can take some getting used to. While these spaces – with minimal wall interruption, lots of light, and a spacious feeling – have much ...


Insights into Buyers from China and Overcoming the Cultural Divide

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a listing comes on the market only to be scooped up days later by a buyer from China, in cash. It’s been one of the hottest real estate trends in real estate for some ...


Leading Markets Index Shows 56 Metros at or Above Normal Levels in June

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 56 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the latest real estate news from the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released this ...


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