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RealtyTrac Picking Kansas City...Sort Of
winning online realty platform RealtyTrac , based in Irvine. RealtyTrac looked at the housing market in each team’s metropolitan area and compared the numbers. With the 2014 series tied at 1-1......

5 Markets to Watch for Investors in 2015
ranked number one in both investment and development expectations for next year; housing market expectations are ranked number two.” Austin: “Interviewees like the industrial base, the appeal......

Housing Is Missing 700K in Sales
A drop in single-family home sales – both new-homes and existing-homes – over the past few years equates to a real estate market that is at least 700,000 shy in annual home sales, according......

Americans' mortgage modification options
from going above $5,000? Help! Thanks, -- Katie Conundrum Compare best mortgage rates in your area Dear Katie, If your loans qualify, your best alternatives likely involve the federal......

Reverse mortgage makeover: Baby boomer edition
Conversion Mortgages, or HECMs, in two significant ways. Search for the lowest mortgage rates The new reverse mortgage rules Previously, full repayment of reverse mortgages fell due upon......

Marketing Agreements are Fine; Sham Ones are Not
ad cost. Again, you could be  inviting a close look by the CFPB. NAR has FAQs on REALTOR.org that address RESPA issues like these. We look at this a little bit as well in the latest The Voice......

September Marked 2014 High in Home Sales
remaining on par with last month’s marked decline,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Traditional buyers are entering a less competitive market with fewer investors searching for available......

Claim Your .REALTOR Domain on Thursday
Estate Domain Name Web Domain Choices Grow as Digital Real Estate Expands NAR Wins Rights to '.Realestate' Domain  NAR is providing one free .REALTOR domain for one year to the first......

More Owners Delay Remodeling Projects, Again
Remodeling projects and expenditures are back on the decline this year as housing market conditions and fading tax incentives cause more home owners to delay projects once again.  Getting......

Home Buyers Aren’t Budging for Low Rates
Mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest level in nearly 18 months, while mortgage applications for home purchases have fallen 5 percent week-to-week and have dropped about 9 percent from year-ago......

10/22/2014 Refinance Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey »
sharp drops in interest rates,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Chief Economist. “Mortgage rates have fallen close to 30 basis points over the last four weeks. Refinance application volume reached......

ULI: Investment Momentum Will Continue
number one for development and investment expectations, and number two for its housing market expectations. In all, three of the top five markets in the PwC/ULI survey are Texas cities. Austin......

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: Highlights
of qualifying for a loan under overly stringent credit eligibility standards. Although mortgage rates continue to be the lowest in decades and homes are still more affordable today compared to......

Economy Watch: Existing Home Sales See September Uptick
there were 2.17 million existing homes available for sale, according to NAR. State unemployment rates mostly down The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday that 31 states experienced......

Home Sales Dip in September
CHICAGO—The number of statewide home sales dipped again last month, but median prices also rose again, according to data from the Illinois Association of REALTORS® . Lower inventory levels have......

10/21/2014 MBA Sees Originations Increasing Seven Percent in 2015 »
Technology. “We are forecasting that strong job growth, coupled with still low mortgage rates, should translate to an increase in home sales and purchase originations. “Our projection for overall......

00:50U.S. existing home sales rise in September
sold in September rose at their fastest clip this year, yet the housing market has yet to fully shake off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013. Newslook Video Transcript Automatically......

QRM Rule Opens More Doors for Consumers
affordable loans, whether or not they're securitized for sale to investors. "NAR applauds the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for finalizing the Qualified Residential Mortgage rule today......

Ocwen's Stock Tumbles On New York Regulator Backdating Accusations
of the letters to appeal the denial. Lawsky also said borrowers facing foreclosures got letters containing dates to cure defaults that were months prior to the receipt of the letters. Ocwen......

Existing-Home Sales Rebound in September
percent below the 5.26 million-unit level from last September. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the improved demand for buying seen since the spring has carried into the fall. “Low interest......

Realtors® Say QRM Rule Will Provide Clarity in Housing Finance Market, Benefit Consumers
following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown: “NAR applauds the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for finalizing the Qualified Residential Mortgage......

Existing home sales hit highest level in 2014
Existing home sales last month were the strongest this year, but remained below year-earlier levels for the 11th straight month, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. Rebounding......

Existing-Home Sales Hit Fastest Pace In 2014 Despite Investors Exiting Market
market. That’s good news for regular people, who are enjoying low mortgage rates and decreased competition for homes. Sales of existing-homes rose 2.4% in September to a seasonally adjusted......

Economy Watch: GSEs to Ease Lending Standards
days during the recession, it’s generally acknowledged that the U.S. housing market hasn’t recovered as much as it could have, especially compared with other post-recession periods. In a speech......

Home loan options for paying college costs
back within 10 years, with an earlier repayment plan in mind. If mortgage rates are lower than home equity rates, is it possible to borrow at a lower rate and retain a second mortgage? View......