But the home ownership dream is still alive, according to several recent surveys. For example, a recently released survey by Woodrow Wilson Center…Continue
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Real estate professionals rank higher than lawyers, business executives, and advertising practitioners when it comes to the public’s perceptions of honesty and ethics, according to a recent Gallup poll.
In fact, real estate professionals received their highest rating yet in the poll, since Gallup…Continue
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Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The improvements in sales and prices were broad based across all regions.
Foreclosure activity, which includes default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions, fell 5 percent from March…Continue
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In an effort to curb foreclosures, Bank of America is offering some of its defaulting home owners relocation assistance of anywhere from $2,500 to as much as $30,000 if they agree to complete a short sale.
Bank of America and other banks increasingly are becoming more willing to complete short sales than in…Continue
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There are many positive signs in the housing market right now that suggest 2012 may be the best year for real estate since the subprime meltdown in 2007. However, the recovery has been inhibited so far due to lenders' reluctance to originate enough new mortgages to meet buyer demand, experts said yesterday at the…Continue
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Late last week, President Obama said more home owners are taking advantage of government programs to refinance into ultra-low mortgage rates, but there's still more Congress can do to make refinancing easier for home owners.
Refinancing applications have soared 50 percent since October as more home owners…Continue
For example, one New York renter said he started looking into owning a home when his landlord tried to increase his rent by 13 percent when his lease was up for renewal. He found that he…Continue
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Move Inc. compiled a list of Top Turnaround Towns for this month, using year-over-year housing data from the first quarters of 2012…Continue
In the past, second-home buyers tended to buy properties out-of-state or were lured to vacation homes near far-flung resorts and tourist destinations. But…Continue
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As housing inventories shrink, more buyers are reportedly finding their perfect home in properties that haven’t even been listed on the market yet.
“Such back-pocket deals used to involve mostly luxury homes where buyers and sellers wanted to keep the sale hush-hush,” The Star Tribune reports. “But…Continue
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Remodeling and construction of single-family homes to make them more green continues to grow as more attention is placed on the benefits of going green for energy efficiency savings and better indoor quality, a new study shows.
In the construction market, the green home market share has grown to 17…Continue
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Two Democratic lawmakers are claiming that the Federal Housing Finance Agency failed to roll out a nationwide mortgage reduction principal plan for underwater home owners even though a pilot program the agency did two years ago showed that it could significantly trim taxpayers’ costs.