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Video: Mortgage rates for Feb. 26, 2015
Mortgage rates move in anticipation of fed interest rate moves, not in response. So, any change in the outlook for what the Federal Reserve may or may not do can have......

Solve Kids’ Room Messes
your marketing materials. HouseLogic HouseLogic is comprehensive consumer website — from NAR — geared to helping homeowners make smart decisions to enhance, maintain, and...

REALTORS® Urge Action on Patent Trolls
Energy and Commerce subcommittee at a hearing yesterday. Read more: Resources from NAR on patent litigation reform The hearing was the latest of several held by the lawmakers in the......

Mortgage Rates Continue to Move Up
Averages on fixed mortgage rates inched up again this week, amid solid housing data on new home sales  and strong home price appreciation , Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey......

Fannie: Time for Housing to ‘Shift Up a Gear’
into improving housing demand throughout the year.” Fannie Mae economists are predicting home sales to rise by about 6 percent for 2015, and total single-family mortgage production soaring......

A Big Threat to the Spring Housing Market
nine-month low. "This is a notable speed bump," says Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun. He says home sales should be higher given the recent pick ups in the economy and job......

New Homes Get Supersized
as builders downsized new homes to compete with the flood of discounted foreclosures on the market. The downsizing trend had some housing analysts believe it would be a lasting one, lingering......

January 2015 Pending Home Sales
NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that January’s pending home sales index is modestly up 1.7% from last month and improved 8.4% from a......

AIG former CEO Benmosche dies
the nucleus of many of the complex financial tools that connected the housing market into a treacherous Web of global interdependence. Once the U.S. housing market started to decline, these financial......

Welcome To Houston, Texas - Still America's Economic Miracle
Guest post written by Jim McAlister President and CEO of Rockspring Capital, a Houston-based real estate private equity firm. The numbers don’t lie: Since 2000, Texas has created 2.1 million......

January Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level In 18 Months, Says NAR
highest level in 18 months, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, which tracks contract signings (as opposed to closed sales), rose 1.7% in January......

Signed contracts to buy homes at 18-month high
rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year. The National Association of Realtors......

Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months
) — Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the . All major regions except for the Midwest saw......

National mortgage rates for Feb. 26, 2015
Mortgages 30-year fixed: 3.9% Average points: 0.3 Mortgage rates dropped this week as the Federal Reserve reassured investors that it......

Q4 2014 U.S. Banking Review: Mortgage Originations
previous quarters and $326 billion for the year-ago period. Marked fluctuations in mortgage rates over the quarter were primary responsible for the lower origination volumes. The lower level......

Flip Share Dropped in 2014
family homes were flipped in 2014, 5.4% of all single family home sales during the year — the lowest share of flips since 2011. A total of 32,578 US single family homes were flipped in the......

NAR, Malta call for patent troll reform
On Thursday, February 26, NAR offered testimony on patent troll demand letter practices and solutions in front of the U.S. House Committee on......

Realtors® Applaud New Net Neutrality Rules Preserving Equal Access to the Internet
and applications, that cannot be blocked or throttled by Internet Service Providers. “NAR is pleased that the FCC will implement net neutral practices and prohibit paid prioritization, which......

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big
Tiny houses and micro apartments are now a niche trend in the housing market. Smaller spaces are touted as more environmentally friendly, more affordable and perhaps even more communal. The idea......

January 2015 Existing Home Sales
NAR released a summary of existing home sales data showing that January’s existing home sales are up from last year but down from last month starting the year off to......

Nearly 80% of Housing Markets Are Stabilizing
tracks are also showing a three-month improving trend. The Stabilizing of the Housing Market Housing Markets Improve in Majority of States The Most Stable Housing Markets Yet, Freddie......

McMansions Remain a Hot Buy
That is the fastest growth rate of any other home price range. NAR's latest housing reports: Home Sales Off to a Bumpy Start in 2015 and Tight Supplies Put Home Prices on the Move “It......

Spring Thaw? Better Days Ahead for Housing
Home sales likely will remain subdued early on in the year before picking up in the second quarter and then maintaining a brisk pace for the rest of the year, predicts......

Realtors® Demand Congressional Action to Strengthen Patent Laws, Protect Small Businesses
like scan-to-email technology and website features like searchable property listings,” said 2015 NAR Liaison for Law and Policy Vince Malta, broker of record for Malta & Company in San Francisco......

How Flippers Are Increasing Value-Add
very dynamic and can change quickly. The number of bank REOs and foreclosures could increase, prices can shift more substantially and house flipping and/or hold-and-rent by investors could change......