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Mortgage Rates Move Lower Again, Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving lower this week amid data showing weaker consumer spending. This marks the third consecutive week fixed-rate mortgages have moved lower as the ...


Get Ready For the Nationwide Open House Weekend April 20-21

In preparation for Open House weekend, realtor.com® and Top Producer® have jointly collaborated on two elements of a successful open house: Attendance and follow-up. ...


Housing Passes One Million Mark

Housing construction passed the psychological mark of one million starts in March coming in at 1.036 million homes, up 7 percent from an upwardly revised February level of 968,000. The surge was due to a 31 percent increase in apartment construction ...


The Vacation Home Makes a Comeback

As the market continues to shift, one industry trend seems to be making continuous waves: vacation homes. ...


REALTORS® Applaud FHA for Taking Steps to Improve Its Financial Stability

While the Federal Housing Administration still faces challenges ahead, the agency has already taken a number of significant steps to mitigate risk and increase the solvency and strength of the mortgage-insurance fund. That’s according to National Association of REALTORS® President Gary ...


FHA Reform Efforts Must Ensure Borrowers Have Access to Affordable Home Loans

With tight mortgage lending standards preventing well-qualified home buyers from obtaining home loans and impeding the housing and economic recovery, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for congressional efforts to reform the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) but ...


Realogy Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2013 Results

Realogy Holdings Corp recently provided preliminary estimates of certain of its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013: ...


Maximizing Your Online Reputation – Part 2: Get Your Name Out There

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here. Watch for this ...


May I Have Lousy Service, Please?

Have you ever bought a product or hired a company and said, “May I have lousy service, please? I’d like to be frustrated by the experience of doing business with you.” Doubtful. ...


Prudential Real Estate Q1 Outlook Survey: Consumer Confidence in Real Estate, Home Prices Reaches Year-Long High

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, recently released results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey showing that Americans' sentiment toward real estate is growing increasingly favorable. A full 77 percent of consumers feel that the real estate market ...


Lower Operating Costs Mean New-Home Buyers Can Afford More House

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing home buyers why they can afford a higher-priced home—if it’s new construction. Using data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 ...


RISMedia’s Power Broker Report: The Top 500: Rallying Around Recovery

While there is still plenty of room for improvement in our current economic and housing climate, Power Brokers are advancing full speed ahead toward recovery. The door to the downturn has been shut and there’s nowhere to go but up. ...


The Inside Scoop on ‘Life of the Listing’ Plans

Let’s say you’re a residential real estate professional with seven listings and are extremely busy. So busy that you’re considering outsourcing the showing scheduling process so you can focus on all the things you want to do to market your listings. ...


Maximizing Your Online Reputation – Part I: How the Internet Can Make or Break Your Business

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here. Watch for this ...


What’s the Story with FHA?

I hear a lot about the Federal Housing Administration, and much of it is simply wrong. “The FHA is the next subprime.” Untrue. “The FHA caused the housing crisis.” Also untrue. There is a lot of misinformation making the rounds, which ...


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