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Commercial Mortgage Lender Appetite Expected to Exceed that of Borrowers in 2014

Commercial and multifamily mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2014, as lenders’ appetites to place new loans grow even stronger, according to a new Mortgage Bankers Association survey of the top commercial and multifamily mortgage origination firms. Lenders were also polled on their expectations for borrower appetites in the ...


Housing-Related Tax Rules That Expired at the End of 2013

At the end of 2013, a number of housing-related tax provisions expired. Collectively, these housing and other tax rules are part of a set of policies known as “tax extenders,” which have traditionally been extended every year or so. ...


Obama Administration Says Housing Is Making Progress

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the December edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among many key indicators. Home values continue to rise, ...


Hot Property: House where Perry Never Made a Grand Entrance Sells

Katy Perry has tidied up some old business, selling her fortress-like compound in Hollywood Hills West for $5.565 million. ...


Social Media 101: Hashtag Tips and Explanations

(MCT)—Hashtag #etiquette: ...


RE/MAX Recognized among Top Franchise Opportunities

Global franchisor RE/MAX, LLC once again holds the top-ranked position among real estate brands in the prestigious 35th Annual Entrepreneur 2014 Franchise 500®. Appearing in the January edition of Entrepreneur magazine, this year’s ranking is the 11th time in 15 years that the Franchise 500 named RE/MAX as the top ...


Giving Back with Every Home

In the following interview, Brandy Gaiser and Bruce Bleiman of Giving Tree Realty talk about their unique business model, and what they expect the next year in real estate to look like. ...


What’s on Tap for Real Estate in 2014: Relocation

There are plenty of places where you can find predictions about the real estate market in 2014. I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t make predictions. But I will tell you that there are several facts that point to a ...


Staying ahead of the Appraisals Game

Appraisal. Just the mere mention of the word makes some of us cringe. You can spend countless hours working on a deal, putting it together, getting through inspection issues, only to have the home under appraise. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Regain Popularity as Prices, Rates Rise

(MCT)—When Michael Shuken recently bought his family’s first home, a four-bedroom in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista area, his adjustable-rate mortgage helped them stay on the pricey Westside. ...


Great Spaces: Comedian Curbs Price in Pacific Palisades

Comedian Larry David of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has curbed prices, cutting more than $2 million off the listing price of his Pacific Palisades home. ...


The 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate

Swanepoel Releases Comprehensive Ranking of Industry Leaders ...


Real Estate Q&A: How to Do Away with Private Mortgage Insurance

(MCT)—QUESTION: We bought our home in 2005 with a no-down-payment loan that required private mortgage insurance. Since then, we have worked hard to make additional principal payments and have reduced our balance to about 70 percent of the current value. The loan ...


Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Expands Footprint into Virginia and North Carolina

At a recent press conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., Howard Hanna Real Estate Services announced the merger with William E. Wood and Associates, REALTORS® and its subsidiaries, Heritage Title and Towne Mortgage. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 2.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 3, 2014. The most recent week’s results include an adjustment to account for the New Year’s Day holiday, while the previous week’s results ...


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