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Mortgage Applications Skyrocket 49 Percent – Largest Weekly Jump Since 2008

Mortgage applications made big moves last week, increasing 49.1 percent from one week earlier and showcasing the largest jump since November 2008, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 9, 2015. ...


Properties with Foreclosure Filings Down 18 Percent – Lowest Level Since 2006

Foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 1,117,426 U.S. properties in 2014. This number is down 18 percent from 2013 and 61 percent from the peak of 2,871,891 properties with foreclosure filings in 2010, according to the recently release RealtyTrac® ...


Small, Exterior Home Improvements to Offer Best ROI in 2015

Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to REALTORS® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost ...


High Court Makes It Easier for Borrowers to Walk Away from Underwater Homes

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that borrowers looking to rescind their mortgages simply need to notify creditors in writing of their intention to rescind within three years under a key fair lending law. This ruling could possibly make it much easier ...


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Tips for Home Buying under Obama’s New FHA Policy

President Obama announced last week a new policy that will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) on FHA loans. The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that a reduction in the annual MIP of .50 to .85 percent will enable many first-time borrowers and ...


Simplifying Searchability: Finding the Best Home (and Neighborhood)

With most renters and homeowners starting their searches on the Web, it’s no surprise that making the process of searching for a home online more appealing and accessible has been one of the biggest topics of conversation in the real estate industry recently. Additionally, renters and homeowners want the most ...


Real Estate Community Given another Safety Scare

The real estate community witnessed yet another safety scare last week when a man held a real estate agent captive in Elk Grove , Calif. The agent was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by David Timothy Burnhart, 47, while showing an ...


Agent Spotlight: Bill Gassett’s Tips for Successfully Mastering Social Media

RE/MAX Executive Realty agent Bill Gassett is clearly doing something right. With 27 years in the business, and over 31,000 followers on Google+ and approaching 20,000 on Twitter, it’s safe to say that Gassett is hitting it out of the park when it ...


The Real Estate A-List: 27th Annual Power Broker Survey Ranks Nation’s Top-Producing Firms

The industry’s most widely read and long-standing ranking of the country’s top real estate brokerage firms, RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey is now available for qualified brokers to complete. Now in its 27th year, the Power Broker Survey ranks firms by closed transactions ...


Solving the Move-Up Home Financing Dilemma

(TNS)—When you own a home and want to sell it to buy a place that’s nicer, you are likely to confront two obstacles: ...


Loan Delinquencies Reach Record Low

Delinquencies continued to decline in last year’s third quarter, falling in seven out of 11 categories as the economy improved and consumers responsibly managed their finances, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. ...


FHA to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Fees

(TNS)—The Federal Housing Administration plans to lower its annual mortgage insurance fees by 0.5 of a percentage point—a move that it says will allow more buyers to jump into the real estate market. ...


Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


Real Estate Roundtable Praises Bipartisan House Vote to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

The recent bipartisan House vote of 416-5 to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years is a major step forward in bolstering economic security, maintaining positive momentum in commercial real estate markets and reducing policy uncertainty with a multi-year reauthorization, ...


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