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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 ...


Good News for Sellers: Listings Sell Faster despite Weak Sales

Despite weak demand and an infusion of new listings over the past two months, listings are selling nearly as fast as a year ago and prices are still rising. Realtor.com reported recently that in April the total U.S. for sale inventory of ...


HUD Announces Third Round of Disaster Recovery Funds to Sandy Region

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a third round of grant funding, totaling more than $2.5 billion, to help four states and New York City continue recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  Provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, these recovery ...


Face Time: Why Broker Networking Matters More than Ever

Overused and often under-rated, the concept of networking has become a ubiquitous part of modern culture. However, that doesn’t dilute the value of smart, selective, focused networking for those who know how to do it right. Power Brokers, in fact, view it ...


Cash in with Extra Savings on Ram Trucks and Vans

NAR PULSE—It’s Ram Commercial Truck Season, and now through June 30 REALTORS® can save even more on select Ram vehicle purchases, in addition to the $500 cash allowance available from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner Chrysler Group LLC. Ram vehicles are top-sellers ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover Near 4 Percent, for Second Week in a Row

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.01 percent, up two basis points from this time last week, the company reports. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate declined early last week, dropping to as low as 3.92 percent on ...


Will Short Sale on Second Home Hurt Me?

(MCT)—Question: A second home of mine went into default a few years ago and eventually sold as a short sale. How long will this impact my credit report? We intend to sell our primary residence and buy another this year. We’re current on that mortgage, and we’ve paid all of ...


New Report Examines Housing Challenges Faced by Youth Aging out of Foster Care

Each year, approximately 25,000 young people “age out” of the foster care system in the U.S., many of them facing significant risks of becoming homeless.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently released ...


How to Succeed in the New Era of Real Estate

Today’s consumers are a different breed from the consumers of the past. Potential buyers and sellers are savvier, know more about the real estate market and, thanks to the Internet, have access to a wealth of information. According to the National Association of ...


Rates on New Home Loans Remain Stable

The average characteristics of conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes were little changed in April, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). ...


May Marks Fifth Month of Declines for Home Price Gains

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2014. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes a granular home data and analysis. ...


Single-Family Built for Rent Market Remains off Recent Market Highs

Single-family starts built-for-rent were effectively unchanged at 4,000 starts for the first quarter of 2014. While the market share of built-for-rent single-family units remains elevated, the share and count of starts appear to be declining off post-Great Recession highs. ...


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