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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Seesaw Effect: Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Drop

Mortgage applications increased 8.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 22, 2016.  This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Martin Luther King holiday. ...


Realogy Appoints Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, to Its Board of Directors

Former CEO of the New York Stock Exchange Duncan Niederauer has been appointed to Realogy Holdings Corp.’s Board of Directors, the company has announced. With his appointment as an independent director, the Realogy Board now consists of 10 directors, eight of whom are classified as independent directors for purposes of ...


Your Place: To Seal or Not to Seal, That Is the Basement Question

(TNS)—Ernie Wyatt, who is from near Macon, Ga., sends the following question: ...


REALTOR® Magazine Seeks Entries for 2016 Volunteering Works Program

REALTORS® not only help their clients achieve the American Dream by helping them buy and sell their homes, they also volunteer countless hours to help improve and develop their communities. For eight years, REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors®extend and enhance their charitable work through the Volunteering Works grant and mentoring ...


Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Names Lauren Buchel Regional Director for Midwest Territory

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has announced that Lauren Buchel has joined the company as the new regional director for its Midwest territory. Buchel will be responsible for providing strategic consulting to Weichert® affiliated offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to help bolster their respective local market ...


Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall

Mortgage rates move lower for the fourth consecutive week as the Fed held interest rates steady at its FOMC meeting on Wednesday, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). ...


Spotlight: Protect Your Home and Budget with a First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation Home Warranty

When it comes to home warranty providers in the Memphis, Tenn., market, the competition is fierce. For Bill Maury—vice president and broker at Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury—First American Home Buyers Protection Corporation has gone above and beyond in offering his buyer and seller clients added peace of mind for the past ...


Major Improvement: 6.4 Million U.S. Properties End 2015 Underwater

As of the end of 2015, there were 6.4 million (6,436,381) U.S. properties seriously underwater — where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value — representing 11.5 percent of all properties with a mortgage, according ...


Consumers Feel Confident in January

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, improved moderately in January. The Index now stands at 98.1 (1985=100), up from 96.3 in December. The Present Situation Index was unchanged at 116.4, while the Expectations Index increased from 83.0 to 85.9 in January. ...


Quicken Loans Rockets into American Homes with Company’s First Super Bowl Commercial

“Here’s what we were thinking: what if we did for mortgages what the Internet did for buying music, plane tickets and shoes?” That’s the opening line of the first-ever Super Bowl Commercial from Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest retail and largest online mortgage lender. The 60-second TV ...


5 Reasons Now Is the Time to Buy a Home According to a Top Economist

Ted Jones, Stewart Title's chief economist, says now is inarguably the right time to buy a home. Those who have been waiting on the sidelines, struggling with rising rent and dreaming of a place to call their own should ...


Talking Tech on Main Street: A Conversation with Annette Anthony

After our deep dive into the world of Google and Intelligent Ads over the past few months, it’s time to get back out on the street. Luckily, I had the good fortune to catch up with ...


Pending Home Sales Crawl Forward in December

Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in December, but inched forward slightly, fueled by a large increase in the Northeast that outpaced declines in the other three major regions, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Did Credit Default Swaps Cause the Failure of Major Institutions?

Credit default swaps (CDS) may have amplified – but did not cause – the 2008 financial crisis, concludes a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Financial Crisis Institute. ...


Save Space by Compacting Clutter, Opening Walls

As trends in living space transition downward, it could proportionately compound the amount of clutter stacking up on shelves, and in closets, basements and attics. So we turned to Greg Dodge whose recent post at designbasics.com reviewed "5 ...


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