Existing-Home Sales Continue to Climb in November

Existing-Home Sales Continue to Climb in November Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Existing-home sales rose again in November and remain above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Also released today were periodic benchmark revisions with downward adjustments to sales and inventory data since 2007, led by a…

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New-Home Construction Bounces Back, Soars 9.3%

New-Home Construction Bounces Back, Soars 9.3% Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, December 20, 2011 New-home construction and building permits — a future gauge of construction — surged last month, slowly helping to pull the new-home market out of one of its worst years for home building. Builders broke ground on more homes in November,…

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Mortgage Rates Sink to Record Lows Again

Mortgage Rates Sink to Record Lows Again Daily Real Estate News | Friday, December 16, 2011 Fixed mortgage rates dropped even more this week, continuing the trend in reaching new record lows this year, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.94 percent this week while 15-year rates…

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Which Home Improvement Projects Offer the Best Returns?

Which Home Improvement Projects Offer the Best Returns? Daily Real Estate News | Friday, December 16, 2011 When it comes to remodeling, exterior replacement projects have routinely rewarded home owners with more bang for their buck. This year is no different: REALTORS® recently rated many exterior improvements as among the most valuable home investment projects…

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Residential Housing Ready to Awaken?

Residential Housing Ready to Awaken? After half a decade of withering sales and slumping prices, there are strong and diverse signs that the single-family housing market is poised for a rebound. In some metropolitan areas, the market has bottomed, with both sales and prices on the rise and foreclosures on the decline. This contrarian –…

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What Will Be Hot in Home Interiors in 2012?

What Will Be Hot in Home Interiors in 2012? On December 5, 2011, in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey Share| By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The design forecasts are rolling in for the new year and the predictions of what’s going to be popular in interior decorating in 2012. According to Beasley & Henley…

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Low Mortgage Rates Keep Housing Affordability High

Low Mortgage Rates Keep Housing Affordability High Daily Real Estate News | Friday, December 09, 2011 Mortgage rates continued to be near record lows this week, keeping housing at affordable levels for most households. “Thirty-year fixed-rate loans have declined 0.62 percentage points from a year ago, and median sales prices on existing homes are off…

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Housing Still Great Investment, Americans Say

Housing Still Great Investment, Americans Say Daily Real Estate News | Friday, December 09, 2011 Sixty-two percent of Americans say that purchasing a home is a good investment over the next 10 years, according to the Mortgage Index Study conducted on behalf of Bank of America. Affordability ranks high among the 1,104 consumers surveyed nationwide.…

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