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4 Things You Don’t Know About Outdoor Kitchens

Now that the 2015 International Builders’ Show has partnered with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, there are plenty of examples of beautiful cooking spaces, indoors and out. But...

Over a Decade, How Does the Market Fare?

While home sales this year are lower than they have been over a 10-year average, prices and inventory are both beating the average, according to National Association of REALTORS®...

Improving Economy Helps Buoy Housing

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, according to Freddie Mac’s...

Lower Rates Drive a Refinancing Rush

As mortgage rates continue to fall, many home owners are scoring monthly savings by refinancing their mortgages, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest mortgage...

Open House Jewelry Thief Gets Year in Jail

A Maryland woman was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation for stealing more than $82,000 worth of jewelry from 12 luxury homes during open houses. Sally Spaisman,...

A Second Chance at First Impressions

As a real estate professional, you make your living working with people — and making that crucial good first impression is always the most important step. If you’ve had...

Buyers Turn to Credit Unions for Mortgages

Credit unions are increasingly pressing into a category traditionally reserved for banks: mortgages. More home buyers are turning to credit unions for mortgages, according to a new...

FHA Fee Cuts Likely to Lure More Buyers

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration announced it will cut its annual mortgage insurance premiums, likely resulting in about $900 in savings for borrowers and potentially...

More HOAs Foreclose on Late-Paying Owners

Condo homeowner associations are increasingly going after owners who have fallen behind on paying their HOA fees by triggering foreclosures against late owners. But some mortgage...

Loan Demand Posts Biggest Leap in 6 Years

Plunging mortgage rates sent mortgage applications skyrocketing last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports in its weekly survey released Wednesday. Mortgage application volume...