Theft of Personal Data from Equifax

Theft of Equifax data could lead to years of grief for homebuyers and mortgage applicants

By Kenneth R. Harney

September 13

The catastrophic theft of 143 million consumers’ personal data from national credit bureau Equifax could cause financial grief for years for homebuyers and mortgage applicants.

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Home Upgrades for Vacation Rentals

5 Home Upgrades For Your Vacation Rental Space

By Christina El Moussa

August 12

Vacation rentals are experiencing a surge of popularity as websites like VRBO and Airbnb make them more accessible. Guests can find a place that fits their budget, location and accommodation needs. Hosts can easily list their property.

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Five Key Questions for Home Sellers

Five Key Questions For Home Sellers

By PJ Wade

September 11

Are you having trouble deciding whether or not to sell your real estate – home, recreational property, investment property?

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National flood insurance program expiring

With National Flood Insurance Program Expiring Soon, Realtors® Sound the Alarm

WASHINGTON (September 5, 2017) – The National Flood Insurance Program is now less than one month away from expiration, raising concerns that homeowners, consumers, and commercial property owners could soon find themselves either unprotected or unable to get a mortgage.

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Home Inspectors – Held to Higher Standards

Home Inspectors Are Held To Higher Standards

By Bob Hunt

September 4

A California appellate court ruling contains both good news and bad news for home inspectors. The good news is that, in the eyes of the court, home inspectors are in the same category as doctors, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. The bad news is that being in such a category restricts their ability to limit liability in certain ways. Continue reading

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Mortgage Rates Dropping

Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Aug 31, 2017) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates continuing to move lower.

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Pending Homes Sales down .8% in July

PendinPending Home Sales Lessen 0.8 Percent in July
WASHINGTON (August 31, 2017) – Pending homes sales stumbled in July for the fourth time in five months as only the West saw an increase in contract activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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So Cal Home Prices Surge in July – Short Supply

Southern California home prices surge in July amid shortage of supply

By Andrew Khouri

August 29

Southern California home prices surged in July, as the already white-hot housing market saw heavy demand amid a persistent housing shortage.

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Foreclosed Buyers Poised to Return to the Home Buying Market

Are Millions Of Boomerang Buyers About To Ignite The Real Estate Market?

By JAYMI NACIRI

August 23

Remember all those people who defaulted on their homes during the last housing crisis? Well, those bankruptcies are about to be discharged, or they already have been, and that means we could soon see an avalanche of homebuyers hitting the market.

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34% of Americans own 100% equity in their homes

American homeowners are making headway on mortgage debt, report finds

By Kenneth R. Harney

August 23

Americans readily gossip about home values – “Did you hear the crazy high price the house down the street sold for?” “Did you hear how little our neighbors were forced to take on their sale?”

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