Q3 Mortgage Fraud Risk Declines Slightly

The national mortgage application fraud risk index dropped from 113 in the second quarter of 2016 to 108 in the third quarter, according to researchers at CoreLogic. The first quarter's ...
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Texas House Full of Junk Being Sold for $89,900

"As Is." That is part of the listing of a house full of junk on the market in Sanger, Texas. The house is in such bad shape that it is ...
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Is Now a Good Time to Shop for a Mortgage?

When people go out shopping for a new house, either a first home or a move-up, they can get pretty picky about some details: does the bathroom have double sinks, ...
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First-Time Home Buyers Expected to Top 50% in 2017

Home sellers and buyers are already looking forward to next year, and that's probably a good thing, based on the results of a survey of prospective home buyers completed last ...
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Oldest House for Sale in America Is Listed at $429,900

The house at 319 North Street in Hingham, Massachusetts, has an asking price of $429,000 and was built in 1650. If measured by total home value divided by years, that ...
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PulteGroup Sinks on Missed Earnings

When PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM) reported its third-quarter financial results before the markets opened on Thursday, the company said it had $0.43 in earnings per share (EPS) and $1.94 billion ...
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September Existing Home Sales Jump 3% on Strength From First-Time Buyers

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that the seasonally adjusted annual rate of existing home sales in September rose 3.2% to 5.47 million from a downwardly revised total of ...
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July Cash Home Sales Remain Below 30% for Second Consecutive Month

In July of 2016, cash sales comprised 29.7% of all home sales, down from 31.6% in July of 2015, marking the 43rd consecutive year-over-year monthly decline. Cash sales rose by ...
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September Housing Starts Drop 9%

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Tuesday morning that new housing starts in September dipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.047 ...
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Mortgage Loan Rates at Multi-Month Highs Last Week

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its weekly report on mortgage applications Wednesday morning, noting a week-over-week increase of 0.6% in the group's seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ...
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October Home Builder Confidence Dips Slightly

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo housing market index for October slipped two points to 63. The reading met the consensus forecast of 63 from a Bloomberg survey of ...
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8 Tips for Making an Acceptable Offer on the Home You Want

Unlike Vito Corleone, you are unlikely to make an offer to a home seller that can't be refused. There are limits after all. That does not mean, however, that you ...
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10 Best Home Security Fixes

Home security can be complicated. A lot of devices. A lot of vendors. A lot of price points. A lot of details. Do people want the fire department to come ...
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How to Stage Your Home for a Quicker Sale

We've all heard about the benefits of "staging" a home when you want to sell it. The idea is to show the house off in the most attractive way possible. ...
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What Your Real Estate Agent Won’t Tell You

When you're shopping for a new home, not all questions about the property are treated equally. Any questions about the physical attributes and amenities are likely to receive a quick ...
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