Monthly Archives: August 2014

Remote Control Cameras allow views of Far Distant Homes

Buyers are driving cameras through homes on the other side of the world Paul Hagey, Inman News Staff Writer Aug 25, 2014 Luxury real estate developer using robot-like Beam Pro to sell high-end properties New technology is taking virtual tours … Continue reading

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Appraisals – an “opinion”

What home buyers and sellers should know about appraisals BY LEW SICHELMAN August 25, 2014 When it comes to real estate, the appraisal is the linchpin around which all else revolves. Both buyers and sellers are in a holding pattern … Continue reading

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New FICO model may not help homeowners

New FICO model could raise scores, but it may not help homebuyers anytime soon By Kenneth R. Harney August 22, 2014 You may have noticed the big media splash recently when Fair Isaac, developer of the iconic FICO credit score, … Continue reading

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30-year mortgage lowest this year

30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Hits Year’s Low MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Aug 21, 2014) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates following bond yields lower. Averaging 4.10 percent … Continue reading

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Existing Homes Sales Up In July

Existing-Home Sales Continue to Climb in July WASHINGTON (August 21, 2014) – Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National … Continue reading

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ForRent.com offers school search filters

ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters Goal is increased consumer engagement, more traffic and leads.  ForRent.com now lets users hunt for apartments by individual school attendance zones or neighborhood.

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All-Cash Home Sales Drop

By David Blitzer August 19, 2014 RealtyTrac® released its Q2 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report, showing all-cash sales accounted for 37.9% of all sales of single family homes and condos nationwide in the second quarter, down from … Continue reading

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Beware of Home Price “averages”

Beware the shortcomings of data on home prices and mortgage rates BY LEW SICHELMAN August 17, 2014 It has been said that figures lie and liars figure. But even when the numbers are truthful, they often are nearly meaningless.

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Broker/Title Agency Violations?

Suit may make homebuyers ask whether brokers are conspiring with title agencies By Kenneth R. Harney August 15, 2014 A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country’s top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Fade – What it Means for Housing

What the ‘foreclosure fade’ means for housing. If homeowners aren’t competing with banks when selling homes, the news may be good. By MSN Real Estate partner Jul 22, 2014 10:23AM

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