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Steve Kruschke Realtor for REMAX Accord Pleasanton, California
Steve Kruschke Realtor for REMAX Accord Pleasanton, California
Steve Kruschke
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How Did Housing Really Do in 2015?
Jan 8th, 2016 - The housing market improved in 2015, but how close is it to finally to being back to normal?

Mortgage Rates Start Year Dipping Below 4%
Jan 8th, 2016 - Fears over rising mortgage rates are still unnecessary, for now.

Apartment Rents Are Still Skyrocketing
Jan 8th, 2016 - It's a good time to be a landlord, but not a renter, shows a new report.

CFPB Moves to Calm Fears Over Minor Closing Errors
Jan 4th, 2016 - Just before the close of 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provided clarification to lenders that may offer some relief to the recent delays in closings.

What's Hot, Not in Home Decor in 2016
Jan 4th, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal recently had interior designers weigh in on the top design trends likely to make a big splash in 2016 as well as what's likely to fall out of style. Glean some ideas for staging your listings.

Is it an End to Mortgage Rates Under 4%?
Jan 4th, 2016 - Breaking a five-month streak, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage pushed above the 4 percent mark at the end of 2015. Find out where rates are likely headed.

REALTORS' Top Concerns Heading into 2016
Dec 31st, 2015 - What keeps you up at night? Find out what your colleagues are most worried about in the new year.

Inventory Woes Chip Away at Pending Sales
Dec 31st, 2015 - Purchase contracts have continued to recede ever since peaking at a nine-year high in May. Learn what's behind the sluggish end to 2015.

Morning Briefing: Cheaper to buy than rent in majority of markets
Dec 23rd, 2015 - New analysis of official data across America shows that renters are paying more than homeowners...

5 Real Estate Trends That Will Dominate 2016
Dec 22nd, 2015 - This year may have marked the best for housing since 2007, but the market will likely get even rosier in 2016.

The 20 Hottest Home Features Right Now
Dec 21st, 2015 - According to realtor.com, these are the most popular home design buzzwords on listings.

Alas, Inventory Shortages Likely to Stay in 2016
Dec 21st, 2015 - Home buyers will likely continue to face limited choices of homes for-sale in the new year.

5 Overused Home Decor Trends in 2015
Dec 18th, 2015 - The Huffington Post recently released a list of home decor trends they think need to stay in 2015. Find out what design trends your buyers may be tired of seeing next year.

Mortgage Rates Still Below 4%, For Now
Dec 4th, 2015 - For the third consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped, offering home buyers a chance to lock in lower mortgage rates ahead of the Federal Reserve's largely predicted move to raise federal funds rate later this month.

The Hot List: 20 Top-Performing Markets
Dec 4th, 2015 - Realtor.com releases its latest "hot list" - the top 20 performing markets in November. See if your city made the list.

2016 home sales to be best since 2006
Dec 2nd, 2015 - New home construction and moderate gains in the existing home market will deliver the necessary one-two punch to push total home sales to the highest levels since 2006...

Inventory Concerns Limit Sales Contracts
Dec 1st, 2015 - Pending home sales have mostly plateaued this fall as home shoppers struggle to find enough homes for-sale, according to NAR's latest report.

New Home Sales Rise in October
Nov 30th, 2015 - Sales of new single-family houses in October 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 495,000...

Rental Markets Finally Cooling Off?
Nov 25th, 2015 - The best days for the multifamily sector may finally be winding down, according to NAR's latest commercial forecast.

5 Key Housing Stats From NAR's Latest Report
Nov 24th, 2015 - In some markets, home buyers are increasing their buying credentials by offering a larger down payment, a new report from LendingTree shows. Find out where.

Who will benefit most from rate increase?
Nov 24th, 2015 - Smaller lenders could stand to gain the most from the expected rate increase, according to industry professionals

Report: Buyers Are Putting More Money Down
Nov 23rd, 2015 - In some markets, home buyers are increasing their buying credentials by offering a larger down payment, a new report from LendingTree shows. Find out where.

Townhomes Back in Demand?
Nov 20th, 2015 - Single-family attached starts have jumped 30 percent compared to a year ago as more home buyers are lured back to townhomes

6 Reasons Why a Housing Crash Isn't Likely
Nov 19th, 2015 - The U.S. is nearing the 10-year anniversary of the 2006-2007 housing bubble. Here's why Americans shouldn't worry about a repeat

China's Role in Real Estate: Poised for Growth
Nov 18th, 2015 - Affluent Chinese citizens are likely to become even more interested in offshore property investments, thanks to action the Chinese government is taking to bolster the country's economy.

'Housing Has Best Quarter in Nearly a Decade'
Nov 13th, 2015 - Home prices are showing signs of slowing to a healthier pace, according to the latest existing-home sales report for the third quarter.

Mortgage Rates are Inching Up
Nov 13th, 2015 - The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is nearing a 4 percent average, as super low rates may soon be a thing of the past.

New Report Shows 55,000 Completed Foreclosures in September
Nov 12th, 2015 - Foreclosure inventory declined by 24.3 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 17.6 percent compared with September 2014...

Why Buying the Worst House May Be Best
Nov 12th, 2015 - "A lot of buyers forget a home is an investment," says one real estate author who urges buyers to be cautious about buying the best house in the neighborhood.

Monthly Foreclosure Jump Highest in 4 Years
Nov 12th, 2015 - "The uptick in foreclosures in some states may be a sign of a sluggish economy and long-term delinquencies finally entering the foreclosure pipeline, according to a new report.

How Does Your Market Stack Up on Prices?
Nov 11th, 2015 - "View how your city ranks in Coldwell Banker's latest Home Listing Report on housing affordability across the country.

The Housing Recovery's Missing Link
Nov 6th, 2015 - The declining number of first-time home buyers in the market is the major missing piece in the housing recovery, NAR's latest home buyer and seller report shows.

Home Sellers Net Highest Profits in 8 Years
Nov 6th, 2015 - Rising home prices over the last few years are finally putting more money back into home sellers' pockets.

Here It Comes: Mortgage Rates Are Climbing
Nov 6th, 2015 - Average fixed-rate mortgages were on the rise this week as market expectations mounted over a possible rate hike from the Federal Reserve is looming.

Report: We Need 5 New Cities a Year
Nov 6th, 2015 - A new report estimates that five new cities, each the size of Los Angeles, will need to be built every year for the next five years to accommodate the 380 million new residents flocking to urban centers around the world.

5 Paint Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid
Nov 4th, 2015 - The wrong color can be a big turn-off to potential home buyers. Give your sellers these tips for hitting the right hue.

Fall Home Sales Rebound: 5 Stats to Know
Oct 23rd, 2015 - Existing-home sales were on the rise last month, posting a strong gain after a decline in August. View a snapshot of leading housing indicators from NAR's latest housing report.

Mortgage Rates Sink Lower This Week
Oct 23rd, 2015 - The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continues to average well-below 4 percent.

Renters May Need to Brace Themselves
Oct 23rd, 2015 - Rents skyrocketed in 2014 and many analysts did not think those escalating costs would be sustainable. But in many areas of the country, rental costs have gotten worse this year and likely will continue to rise into next year.

Weak Job Report Prompts Dropping Rates
Oct 9th, 2015 - Amid a newly released weaker than expected jobs report, mortgage rates were back on a downward spiral this week, Freddie Mac reports.

Should Housing Fear a Tech Bubble?
Oct 9th, 2015 - The hottest housing markets this year have a strong tech job sector, but industry concerns are brewing that tech may be showing signs of overheating..

Builders Make Pets a Top Priority
Oct 9th, 2015 - More builders are designing homes that put the needs of four-legged friends front and center. Find out what buyers can expect from these pet-friendly properties.

'Zombie' Homes Spook Fewer Neighborhoods
Oct 8th, 2015 - Vacant foreclosures - known as "zombies" - plunged 43 percent in the third quarter compared to a year ago. Still, a few markets remain haunted by these abandoned homes. Find out where.

REALTORS' Price Expectations By State
Oct 8th, 2015 - View where REALTORS are most upbeat about home price growth over the next 12 months.

Chinese Buyers Sink More Cash Into U.S.
Oct 7th, 2015 - So far this year, 46 percent of Chinese buyers paid cash for U.S. property, up 229 percent from a decade ago.

Why this giant North American builder is betting $1 billion on the East Bay
Oct 1st, 2015 - One of the largest developers in North America is kicking off construction next month on 1,995 residential units in Dublin and remains bullish on the East Bay.

New-Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2008
Sep 25th, 2015 - Faced with labor and lot shortages, builders are gradually adding inventory to meet buyer demand, and new-home sales are starting to follow suit.

Mortgage Rates in Free Fall, After Fed's Vote
Sep 25th, 2015 - "These low mortgage rates have supported strong home sales, and 2015 is on pace to have the highest home sales total since 2007," according to mortgage-financing giant Freddie Mac.

Bad Winter Coming? 10 Ways to Get Ready
Sep 24th, 2015 - With a possibly historic El Nino brewing, this winter could pack a wallop. Prepare your clients now for how to safeguard their home against extreme weather.

54 Percent of U.S. Metros on Pace to Reach Eight-Year High in Home Sales in 2015 Based on Sales Through August
Sep 23rd, 2015 - August 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report, which shows single family home and condo sales through August were on pace for an eight-year high nationwide...

In Winter, These Housing Markets Are Hot
Sep 23rd, 2015 - Eighty percent of U.S. counties see a housing slowdown starting in September, according to realtor.com. But a few markets buck that trend.

Why the Rental Picture Looks Grim
Sep 23rd, 2015 - Rental costs are escalating and it's unlikely to ease, even in the next decade, according to a new report from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Housing's 20 Strongest Performers in August
Aug 31st, 2015 - Find out which markets were sizzling this summer. Find out which markets were sizzling this summer.

Signs Indicate No Drop-Off for Home Sales
Aug 28th, 2015 - NAR's latest contract data shows that the surge in home sales this year is likely to continue through summer's end.

Stock Shock Shakes Mortgage Rates
Aug 28th, 2015 - Turbulence in the stock market may prompt the U.S. Federal Reserve to rethink raising short-term interest rates.

10 Markets Hit New Home-Price Peaks in July
Aug 28th, 2015 - Would you have expected these cities to reach new highs?

Freddie: 'Housing Market Strongest in Years'
Aug 27th, 2015 - Forty percent of the largest housing markets are now considered to be in the "stable" range, according to Freddie Mac's latest housing indicator index.

Foreclosures, Cash Sales Continue to Recede
Aug 27th, 2015 - The housing market continues to perform strongly, despite the steady decline in foreclosures and cash sales, according to the latest housing reports.

Where Americans Are Moving To
Aug 27th, 2015 - Realtor.com reveals the most common urban migration paths.

Originators plan on continuing low rates
Aug 27th, 2015 - Originators are all but counting on an extended low-rate honeymoon after the stock market correction of the last two weeks and the ongoing uncertainty associated with the Chinese economy.

A 10-Year Housing Surge on the Horizon?
Aug 26th, 2015 - The market is poised for one of its largest expansions in history with 15.9 million new households forming in the next decade, according to a new study.

Home Sales Cooled Off This Spring
May 22nd, 2015 - Existing-home sales slowed in April, with all major regions of the country - except the Midwest - experiencing declines, NAR reports.

Mortgage Rates Take a Slight Dip This Week
May 22nd, 2015 - Average fixed-rate mortgages moved slightly lower this week, a welcome reversal following three consecutive weeks of increases.

Economists Revise Housing Forecasts
May 22nd, 2015 - Two reports released this week from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac economists reflect greater optimism in the housing market this year.

Foreclosure Activity Surges to 18-Month High
May 21st, 2015 - The recent uptick in foreclosure activity reflects a continued "clean-up phase" from the housing crisis, not a start of a new crisis, according to a new report.

What Millennials Want in a Home
May 21st, 2015 - Boyce Thompson, former editor of Builder magazine shares the top five features for millennial home buyers.

NAR to Congress: Ease Up on Mortgage Credit
April 17th, 2015 - "No one wants to see a return to the unscrupulous, predatory lending practices that caused the Great Recession," but the pendulum in lending has swung too far, NAR officials testified to Congress Thursday.

NAR to Congress: Ease Up on Mortgage Credit
April 17th, 2015 - The new-home market continues to make gains, albeit at a gradual pace as "some price sensitive buyers remain on the fence," according to the builder's trade group.

Mortgage Rates Hover Near 2015 Lows
April 17th, 2015 - The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.67 percent this week, remaining near the lowest average of the year, Freddie Mac reports.

The Real Reason Millennials Arenít Buying
April 16th, 2015 - Millennials lack urgency when it comes to home ownership, housing analysts say.

10 reasons for San Francisco,s insanely competitive housing market
April 8th, 2015 - What's behind the often intense competition among buyers and the surge in appreciation since 2012? According to research from...

Will the drought dry up housing supply?
April 6th, 2015 - The four-year drought has taken a toll on the state, but how will Gov. Jerry Brown's new regulation affect the construction of...

The 20 Most Active Housing Markets
April 9th, 2015 - Sold signs are going up fast in these cities. Find out where homes are selling the fastest, sometimes even in less than a month.

Fed: Interest Rate Hikes Likely in June
April 9th, 2015 - In two months, the Federal Reserve will likely start raising rates, a move it hasn't taken since 2006.

RE/MAX Tops 100,000 Agent Mark
April 9th, 2015 - The global franchiser reached a big milestone this month, now boasting an expansive network of 100,000 agents worldwide.

Pending Home Sales Surge to 18-Month High
Mar 2nd, 2015 - A rise in buyer demand pushed pending home sales upward in January to the highest level since August 2013.

REALTORS More Confident for the Spring
Mar 2nd, 2015 - REALTORS are reporting more buyer activity in their markets. But a lack of homes for-sale remains a chief concern in meeting that rise in demand.

Owners Upbeat About Their Home Values
Mar 2nd, 2015 - A new survey reveals a record number of home owners believe the value of their home is rising. That optimism is translating into record levels of remodels too.

A Big Threat to the Spring Housing Market
Feb 27th, 2015 - Low inventories of homes for-sale threatens to dampen the spring selling season this year.

Sign of Homebuying Rebound Soon
Feb 25th, 2015 - Despite higher mortgage rates, applications for home purchases were on their way up last week.

Bay Area home sales drop to lowest year-over-year rate since the recession
Feb 19th, 2015 - With new numbers released Wednesday showing that the number of existing homes sold in January in the East Bay, South Bay and Peninsula saw double-digit drops to levels not reached in years, thanks to the dearth of houses on the market...

Fed Appears to Hesitate on Raising Interest Rate
Feb 18th, 2015 - The Federal Reserve is not sounding like an institution that is ready to raise its benchmark interest rate in June.

The $700K+ mistake nearly 6 in 10 Millennials make
Jan 31st, 2015 - Most millennials say they'd rather rent than buy a home - a decision that could cost them more than $700,000 over the course of their lives.

Both Home Prices and Affordability on the Rise
Feb 18th, 2015 - Expect a hotter spring this year, as low interest rates and a healthier economy lure more home buyers to the marketplace.

Home Owners, Appraisers Align on Price
Feb 18th, 2015 - Appraisers were found to have higher opinions of home values than the home owners did, which means that many may have more equity in their home than they realize.

Tight Supplies Put Home Prices on the Move
Feb 12th, 2015 - Unless homebuilders significantly boost construction, housing supply shortages could develop and lead to further price acceleration this spring, NAR's chief economist says..

FHA Defends Decision to Lower Fees to Buyers
Feb 12th, 2015 - The loan-insurer was put on the defensive Wednesday by lawmakers who questioned the agency's recent decision to lower the insurance fees that it charges to home buyers.

Income Increases Boosting Housing Optimism
Feb 11th, 2015 - Consumers are more positive about their personal finances at the start of this year, which is having a spillover effect on their attitudes toward the housing market, according to Fannie Mae's latest housing survey.

Foreclosures on a Free Fall, 66% Below Peak
Feb 11th, 2015 - The steady decline in completed foreclosures is a good sign of healing in the housing market, but pockets of high foreclosure inventories across the country demonstrate the unevenness of the housing recovery, according to a new report.

HUD: '2015 Is Year of Housing Opportunity'
Feb 11th, 2015 - The easing of credit is opening the door to more home buyers this year, says HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

Inventory Problems Stall Home Sales
Jan 30th, 2015 - "With interest rates at lows not seen since early 2013, the strength in existing-sales in upcoming months will largely depend on the willingness of current home owners to realize their equity gains from the past couple years and trade up," according to NAR's latest housing report.

Mortgage Rates Up for the First Time This Year
Jan 30th, 2015 - Fixed-rate mortgages reversed course this week, inching up, following weeks of declines.

Home Ownership Rate Falls to 20-Year Low
Jan 30th, 2015 - But the decade-long decline in home ownership may now be drawing to an end. Find out why economists are so upbeat.

Report: Home Remodeling Is Surging
Jan 30th, 2015 - More home owners are sprucing up their properties, which could lift the home improvement business to record levels this year.

2015: The Breakout Year for Sellers?
Jan 29th, 2015 - Could this finally be the year that more home sellers make their move? NAR researchers talk about the "pent-up seller" demand that is brewing.

5 Ways to Raise the Value of Your Home before Listing
Jan 29th, 2015 - A new Consumer Reports survey of real estate professionals reveals which upgrades can boost a home's selling price by up to 12 percent.

Builders Increase Spec-Home Supply for Spring
Jan 29th, 2015 - Forbes released its annual list of the fastest-growing cities this year. Will their housing markets follow?

FHA Fee Cuts Expected to Boost Home Sales
Jan 29th, 2015 - What type of impact will the Federal Housing Administration's move to lower insurance premiums really have on the housing market?

More Buyers in House-Hunting Mode
Jan 28th, 2015 - It may be mid-winter, but the latest housing reports show an uptick in home searches ahead of the typical spring rush.

Shrinking Inventory May Raise Prices Again
Jan 27th, 2015 - "More inventories are needed, not less. Or else, home prices could re-accelerate," according to NAR's chief economist.

Housing Demand Rises, Supply Is Bigger Issue
Jan 26th, 2015 - "Supply is quickly becoming the biggest concern for healthy growth in home sales in 2015," says the chief economist of realtor.com.

Smaller Down Payments Lure More Buyers
Jan 26th, 2015 - Some home buyers are stepping off the sidelines as more lenders require less money up-front on a home purchase.

Existing-Home Sales Rebound: 5 Stats to Know
Jan 23rd, 2015 - Existing-home sales bounced back at the end of 2014, setting the stage for a stronger start into the new year. Here is the latest housing data from NAR to gauge the market.

Obama: FHA Premium Cut Helps Middle Class
Jan 21st, 2015 - Housing is a key component of the president's plan to rebuild the economy for middle-class Americans, with the FHA premium cut expected to save an average of $900 a year.

Over a Decade, How Does the Market Fare?
Jan 21st, 2015 - In a look at the last 10 years of data, National Association of REALTORS researchers offer a few observations to gauge how far the real estate sector has come in the housing recovery.

Improving Economy Helps Buoy Housing
Jan 21st, 2015 - Recent drops in oil prices and mortgage rates, along with positive tailwinds in the economy, are helping to jump-start the housing market in the new year, Freddie Mac notes in its latest housing report.

The Prime Time to List a Home
Jan 15th, 2015 - What's the most popular day of the week to put a property on the market?

'Worst Is Over' for Collapse in Lending
Jan 15th, 2015 - Mortgage lending plunged 36 percent last year, marking the industry's worst showing in about 17 years. But here's why economists say "better days are ahead."

Dip in Foreclosures Could Turn Up in Spring
Jan 15th, 2015 - Last year, foreclosure filings reached their lowest annual total since 2006, prior to the financial crisis, but "deferred distress" could make them spike in some local markets.

Good Signs for Housing in 2015
Jan 14th, 2015 - The Urban Land Institute has released its annual report on the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2015

Emerging Trends in Real Estate Americas
Jan 14th, 2015 - Another year, another look at the Emerging Trends expected to affect real estate in the coming year

Obama Seeks to Jump-Start Housing
Jan 9th, 2015 - President Obama said in a speech Thursday that mortgages need to be more accessible and affordable to creditworthy families to spur a stronger housing market. He says cutting FHA insurance costs is one way to do that.

Mortgage Rates Kick Off 2015 at 20-Month Low
Jan 9th, 2015 - Borrowing costs moved even lower this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 3.73 percent, its lowest average since May 2013.

Smart-Home Technology Buyers Will Want
Jan 9th, 2015 - App-enabled products debuting at the Consumer Electronic Show this week, such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators, will be the next hot trend your buyers ask for.

An Enthusiastic Color Palette Forecast for 2015
Jan 7th, 2015 - At the beginning of every year, manufacturers and designers announce a new palette of paint colors that they feature...

US Real Estate Markets by City
Dec 23rd, 2014 - The realtor.com November National Housing Trend Report shows that inventory has decreased 4.8 percent month over month and increased 2.2 percent year over year.

Pleasanton ranks #4 on national list of best U.S. cities
Sep 20th, 2014 - Survey cites city's excellent schools, low crime, high employment numbers...

Mortgage Rates Make Biggest Jump of the Year
Sep 19th, 2014 - Mortgage rates were on the rise this week, with fixed-rates making the biggest one-week leap so far this year.

Household's Net Worth Hits Record High
Sep 19th, 2014 - Recent gains in the stock market and higher home prices helped Americans' net worth soar to a record high in the second quarter, according to a new report.

Builders Haven't Felt This Confident Since 2005
Sep 18th, 2014 - Builders are more bullish about their outlook for the new-home market. What's behind their renewed optimism?

6 Design Trends You'll See More Of
Sep 18th, 2014 - Bigger garages, the "super kitchen," and more strategically placed home offices? Learn which home-design trends will likely catch on in the new-home market.

Mortgage Rates Hover Near Yearly Lows
July 25th, 2014 - Fixed-rate mortgages remained mostly unchanged this week, with borrowing costs just slightly above their lows for 2014.

What To Expect From Housing In The Second Half Of 2014
July 23rd, 2014 - Although the headlines each month can create high drama as the numbers go up and down, the theme so far this year is this: we're steadily on the road back to normal.

The Foreclosure Fade, and What it Means for the Housing Market
July 22nd, 2014 - The U.S. housing market appears to be finding its footing after a sharp rise in mortgage rates last summer, on top of some big price gains, deflated sales.

Why the Second Half of 2014 Will Be Better Than the First
July 21st, 2014 - Housing has been sluggish in many markets over the past six months. But here are some signs that the situation may be improving.

5 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make
July 21st, 2014 - First-timers can be eager to jump into home ownership. But real estate experts say they see them committing the same mistakes, time and time again.

Multigenerational Households Reach Record High
July 21st, 2014 - The changing makeup of households is being driven by young adults, a new report notes.

Why Low Rates Aren't Always Good for Housing
July 14th, 2014 - Mortgage rates are near historic lows, which is great news for home owners and buyers. But the situation could prove to be a big thorn in the side of the recovery.

The Return of the First-Time Home Buyer?
July 11th, 2014 - More millennials are moving out on their own, new studies suggest. Will the share of first-time buyers soon revert back to more normal levels?

More Chinese Buyers Coming to America
July 11th, 2014 - Watch the California housing market, in particular, economists say. "It's just the beginning of a tidal wave," says NAR's chief economist about the big rise in Chinese buyers coming to the U.S.

10 Fast-Moving Housing Markets
July 11th, 2014 - In some metro areas out West, homes are selling in less than a month.

Extra Perks of a Condo-Hotel Drive Revival
July 8th, 2014 - Developers are combining a rebounding hospitality market with rising demand for luxury homes, and new condo-hotels are proving successful in cities across the country.

Builder confidence in U.S. rises 4 points in June
July 8th, 2014 - Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose four points in June to reach a level of 49...

Recovery Broadens as More Markets See Price Increases
July 7th, 2014 - Home prices were on the rise again last month, but in a stark contrast to last year, price increases were more generalized and less concentrated in small pockets.

Retail Rents on the Rise as Vacancies Dwindle
July 7th, 2014 - The U.S. retail real estate market is heating up, with shrinking vacancies allowing landlords to raise rents at shopping centers and strip malls.

More Home Owners Getting Bit by Selling Bug?
July 2nd, 2014 - A new survey shows why more home owners may be getting more inclined to soon make a move.

Pending home sales surge on growing inventory, lower mortgage rates
June 30th, 2014 - The number of homes that went under contract in May leaped from the previous month as lower mortgage rates and growing home inventory stimulated buyer activity...

America's Looming Rental Crisis
June 30th, 2014 - After the housing-market crash, droves of people want to rent. But construction of new units hasn't kept up with demand.

Obama administration expands affordable housing plan
June 27th, 2014 - The Obama administration said on Thursday it would tap Treasury funds to bolster the construction of affordable rental housing...

Five Takeaways: Where is the U.S. Housing Market Headed?
June 24th, 2014 - Tuesday's housing reports paints a picture of a housing market that may slowly be gaining some balance.

Weaker sales slowed US home price gains in March compared with previous month
May 6th, 2014 - U.S. home prices rose at a slightly slower pace in the 12 months that ended in March, a sign that weak sales have begun to restrain the housing market's sharp price gains.

Jobs data offers mostly positive outlook for housing
May 2nd, 2014 - Job growth in the construction industry and metro areas hit particularly hard by the housing collapse continues to outpace overall growth...

Spring Fling? Faster Sales, More Buyer Traffic
May 6th, 2014 - About 37 percent of real estate professionals report that properties sold in March had been on the market for less than a month, according to the REALTORS Confidence Index.

Luxury Home Sales Soar Above Historical Average
May 6th, 2014 - Sales of homes that cost $1 million or more increased 7.8 percent year-over-year in March, while sales of homes that cost $250,000 or less dropped 12 percent.

The Country Eyeing U.S. Real Estate the Most
May 6th, 2014 - A new index reveals the countries that searched for U.S. real estate the most on realtor.com in 2013.

Are Mortgages Becoming Easier to Obtain?
May 5th, 2014 - Lending giant Wells Fargo is the latest lender to lower its credit score requirements.

Top 10 Most Popular Remodeling Jobs
May 5th, 2014 - According to builders, kitchens are no longer the most popular project.

Loan Applications for Home Purchases Show Rebound
March 26th, 2014 - Mortgage applications for home purchases - viewed as a leading gauge for future home sales - rose 2.8 percent last week.

Houses are about to get really, really smart
March 25th, 2014 - Improvements in smart technology have allowed homeowners to control their utilities, their temperature, even their security from hand-held devices outside the home...

More Banks Lower FICO Score Requirements
March 25th, 2014 - Banks are beginning to accept lower FICO scores when approving mortgage loans in an attempt to shore up lending for underserved borrowers.

Chinese Buyers See Big Opportunity in U.S.
March 25th, 2014 - More Chinese home buyers are shifting their focus, which traditionally has been on real estate in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, and Australia, to snatching up property in the U.S.

REALTORS Forecast Home Price Increases
March 24th, 2014 - Learn where real estate professionals are predicting some of the largest increases in home prices in the next 12 months.

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