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Where Buyers Face Steepest Competition
For example, in the Miami metro area, more than 64 percent of home sales were cash in the second quarter, but in Madison, Wis., that figure was only 18.5 percent. Daren Blomquist, vice president......

Builders Haven't Felt This Confident Since 2005
to the latest reading from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. September marked the fourth consecutive month that builder confidence has been on the rise......

Latest Housing Starts – August 2014
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Multifamily Declines Drive Down August Housing Starts
previous month's starts, leaving the industry with the sense that the housing market recovery continues to plod along. Still, though, the drop was disconcerting, especially considering that......

August Housing Starts Drop 14.4% But Overall Trend Is Still Up
prior string of double-digit jumps each month. We’ll get the latest home sales figures, for July, in the coming weeks....

Multifamily Decline Pushes Nationwide Housing Starts Down 14.4 Percent in August, Says NAHB
Home Builders (NAHB). “And while single-family starts registered a slight decline, low mortgage rates, affordable home prices and pent-up demand will keep single-family production moving forward......

19 Opportunity Cities: Places Residents Can Make Their Mark
1. Columbus, Ohio Population: 822,553 Median home sales price (Q1 2014): $99,900 Unemployment: 4.8% Unemployment change July 2013-June 2014: -26.2% Population......

More civilians calling military bases home
for Balfour Beatty. The firm overbuilt as it got into the military housing market and has been been letting civilians lease its properties at bases for as many as six years at some locations......

Figuring your loan-to-value ratio to drop PMI
figure the loan-to-value ratio? Thanks for your help, -- Bryan Balance Compare Mortgage Rates from Reputable Lenders Dear Bryan, The lender is required under the Homeowners Protection......

Loan Activity Rebounds in Latest Week
After posting a large drop the previous week, mortgage applications reversed course in the latest week, as both applications for home purchases and refinancing surged, the Mortgage Bankers Association......

NAR Takes a Seat in FAA's Drone Talks
FAA Subpoenas Practitioners Using Drones Drones in Real Estate: Not So Fast “NAR will use the opportunity to educate FAA officials on how REALTORS® are interested in utilizing this technology......

What's Lurking Behind Those Walls?
determine the level of contamination. Source: Meth Lab Cleanup The increase in foreclosures over the past few years has heightened the problem, Mazzuca says. Properties may sit vacant in......

Steve Brown Speaks at Housing Summit
This week, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown joined hundreds of private-sector experts, elected officials, scholars, and industry leaders gathered in Washington, DC to discuss and debate America......

How Changing Your Mind Can Make You Feel Happier, Earn More And Live For Longer
voting for a green political party. You can’t boost a slumping housing market but you can redecorate to increase the likelihood of selling your home. And while you can’t (or perhaps, shouldn......

Homebuilder Confidence Hits Nine-Year High
be drawn from the latest National Association of Home Builders /Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, released Wednesday. The latest HMI index shows that builder confidence in the market for newly......

9 TV homes of the '90s: How realistic?
what would they cost today? View Today's Lowest Mortgage Rates Here's the real-life low-down on nine iconic homes from '90s TV favorites....

Biden apologizes for 'Shylocks' remark
talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being -- I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas......

9/17/2014 Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey »
The survey covers over 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, and has been conducted weekly since 1990. Respondents include mortgage bankers, commercial banks and thrifts......

The Economy and Commercial Real Estate [REALTOR® University Speaker Series]
GDP growth and the job market on the negative side; consumer deleveraging, housing market recovery, and reduced drag in government spending on the positive side. Overall, he concluded that the......

Are The Builder Blues Over? Stocks Perk Up On Lennar Profits
its order growth points to a modest pickup in the pace of home sales after patches of weakness this year. That would be welcome news for the industry, which has been scuffling in 2014. Though......

Realtors® Welcome Secretary Julian Castro’s New Vision for HUD
to the values supported by Realtors® and hardworking families everywhere. "NAR looks forward to working with Secretary Castro and HUD officials to fulfill......