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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Mortgage Purchase Applications Dip

Mortgage applications decreased 1.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 4, 2014. ...


Metropolitan Markets Move Forward

The April NAHB/First American Leading Market Index rose one point to .88 from .87 in March. The index measures how close individual markets and the US market are relative to their last normal market activity. A total of 153 markets or about ...


NAHB Seeks to Honor the Nation’s Best Apartments and Condos

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its call for entries for the 2014 NAHB Pillars of the Industry Awards competition. Multifamily owners and developers, property managers, architects, interior designers and multifamily industry professionals are invited to enter the competition. ...


Hot Property: A Big Bang for the Buck

(MCT)—Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her husband, Ryan Sweeting, have listed their place in Sherman Oaks at $2.795 million. They recently bought the Tarzana home of former Laker Lamar Odom and television personality Khloe Kardashian for $5.499 million. ...


Rex Huppke: Here’s a Thought – Think about Work

(MCT)—I’m on record as being opposed to thinking. I find it distracts from the important things in life, like watching television or staring mindlessly at small flecks of dust drifting through the air. ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Increases Slightly in March

Mortgage credit availability increased slightly in March according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product. ...


Century21espanol.com Adds Features and Functionality

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate franchise sales organizations, has announced that it has completely revamped its Spanish language website at Century21espanol.com. On it, the company is delivering the best features from Century21.com—like smart search, innovative mapping, and ...


Positive Signs Crop Up Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Recent month-to-month volatility in the housing market has softened the ongoing recovery. However, the majority of the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicators on consumer attitudes have continued to move in a positive direction during the past year, which may portend a ...


Fears about Mortgage Rate Increases Harming the Market Are Unfounded

We see it any time interest rates start creeping up: big, bold news headlines declaring that the housing market is headed for trouble. When rates go up, the doom and gloom and articles in the mainstream media spread like wildfire. These factors ...


New .REALTOR FAQs and Field Guide Posted

NAR PULSE—We are currently finalizing the process of securing the .REALTOR domain for use by members and associations. In the meantime, we've recently posted a Field Guide to Top-Level Domains and an update to our FAQs, so we encourage you to visit ...


Obama Administration Renews Support for Homeless

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the funding will ensure these ...


Hot Property: Is it Too late for Paltrow and Martin to Ask for a Refund?

(MCT)—Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their “conscious uncoupling.” ...


Spending Smart: Extended Warranties Warrant a Closer Look

(MCT)—Do extended service contracts warrant your attention and your dollars? ...


Stewart® Honored by Forbes® as One of America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America. The rankings, determined by proprietary ratings provider and investment advisor GMI Ratings, recognize 50 financial and banking companies of more than 8,000 publicly-traded, North American companies analyzed. ...


Recovery Spreads: Activity Exceeds Norm in Many Markets

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the just-released National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of 11 ...