“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
Prices to Skyrocket if Rates Stay Low for Two Years / Housing `Never Been More Affordable,’ Burns Says
Potential home buyers can purchase a 34% more expensive home today than they could at the end of 2008.
10 Easy Ways To Decorate Tricky Spaces, Corners And Nooks
Every house has awkward spaces that defy decorating
Commercial Real Estate Forecast Update: 2013-2014
Commercial real estate continues to improve at a moderate pace
Boomerang buyers return to market after foreclosure
Borrowers who lost homes to foreclosure during the housing bust are starting to buy again
5 best markets to sell a home
When homes are put up for sale in Oakland, they don’t last long. In February, houses were on the market for an average of just two weeks before they were sold, according to Realtor.com
Global Luxury Market Is Booming
The international luxury real estate market appears to be relatively immune to economic headwinds
The 10 Priciest Real Estate Markets in the World
New York is the lone U.S. city to land in the top 10 most expensive residential real estate markets in the world, according to a new report from Knight Frank
Seller’s Market Emerges This Spring: Are You Ready?
The inventory of homes for sale has reached its lowest level since 1999, which is helping home prices to rise in many markets, says Lawrence Yun, the National Association of REALTORS®’ chief economist
Pocket Listings Heat Up: Good or Bad?
Pocket listings — off-market listings that are marketed directly by the seller’s real estate agent or broker — are growing in number, according to news reports
Home architecture style: Regional or not?
Home architecture styles tend to vary by region and even by state within a region in the U.S. Specific styles of homes can also be unique to one city or state
For-Sale Inventory Continues to Fall, But Shortages May Be Easing
In the top 100 major metropolitan areas, we counted homes listed on Zillow within three price tiers (bottom, middle and top) on Feb. 24, 2013
Chinese finding U.S. real estate a bargain
Beijing lawyer Ying Guohua is heading to the United States on a shopping trip, looking not for designer clothes or jewelry, but for a $1 million home in New York City or Los Angeles
Real estate agents see return of foreign buyers
Canadian investor Arthur Wong is buying condos in Las Vegas and Phoenix like a shopper at Costco: In bulk, with slashed prices
Living small looms large amid real estate bust
To save money or simplify their lives, a small but growing number of Americans are buying or building homes that could fit inside many people’s living rooms
Some real estate agents feeling spring chill
upbeat sales agents are showing signs of nervousness as they confront sluggish growth and tough lending standards
Mortgages rates up on positive jobs report
After holding steady through much of February and early March, rates on fixed-rate mortgage loans rose this week in the wake of reports that suggest the economy continues to mend
Unemployment at lowest level in 4 years
The unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since December 2008 in February
Agent dragged into fair housing lawsuit over listing he didn’t represent
The plight of a Florida agent who was dragged into a fair housing lawsuit over the description of a property he did not represent has raised awareness among real estate professionals that they can be sued for the content of listings that appear on their websites, regardless of whether they are the author.
Housing Recovery ‘Fundamentally Strong’: Lennar CEO
Despite being headquartered in one of the states hardest hit by the housing crash, the CEO of Miami-based Lennar Homes said he is bullish both on the rental side of the business and the single family side
Jumbo Mortgage Divide Starts Shrinking
Even as mortgage rates begin to rise, the difference between conforming and jumbo loan rates is shrinking
Headwind to Housing Recovery? Foreclosures Flare-Up Again
Banks are repossessing fewer homes, in fact the fewest since March of 2007, but in some states that may be about to change, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, an online foreclosure data and sale firm
New US Foreclosure Filings Rise in February: RealtyTrac
Foreclosure starts were seen on 71,488 homes in February, up 10 percent from the month before, though that was still down nearly 25 percent from a year ago.
Seven Must-Haves for Your Dream Retirement Home
Finding the right home for retirement, whether it means moving to a new location or renovating a current home so you can age in place, involves being realistic about your long-term physical needs, your financial resources, and what kinds of facilities are nearby to support you, financial and aging experts say.
Mortgage Credit Thawing
are banks and lenders starting to loosen up the purse strings
Mortgage rates edge back up: Freddie Mac
Fixed-mortgage rates rose from the previous week after remaining mostly unchanged
No Money? No Worries. Home Lenders Ease Up Rules
As housing heads into the critical spring market, credit is finally beginning to thaw. Lenders are increasingly approving low down payment loans, and government sponsored mortgage giant Fannie Mae is buying more of them
Foreclosure Activity Down 25% from Febraury 2012, Up 2% From January
The report shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 154,281 U.S. properties in February, an increase of 2 percent from the previous month but still down 25 percent from February 2012
Lack of available land squeezes homebuilders
For Arbor, Portland’s largest home builder, finding developable sites is the main obstacle to building even more
Seattle real estate market No. 14 for quick sales
Seattle is the 14th “fastest” real estate market in the country, based on the number of homes that sell in 24 hours or less
Dutch rediscover the charms of houseboat living; gone are the squatter barges
The courtyard, one of the world’s oldest home styles, experiences a resurgence, aided by new technology and a growing desire to bring the outdoors in.
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