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2015: Year of the First-Time Home Buyer

First-time home buyers are expected to re-emerge in the new year after mostly staying out of the market in the aftermath of the housing crisis. That’s one of...

The Dangers of Fracking Negotiation

Hank Lerner came to the Risk Management & License Law Forum at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans last week with a two-slide presentation. The first slide was...

Banks Accused of Falsely Reporting Foreclosures, Bankruptcies

A federal judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit by borrowers who claim that their banks wrongfully notified credit reporting agencies that thousands of home owners had gone through...

Luxury Market Takes Larger Chunk of Sales

The share of home sales in the $200,000-and-below price range is down 9 percent from a year ago, while those above $200,000 have increased 10 percent in the same time period, according...

65% of Markets See Moderate Home Prices

The median price of residential properties – including both distressed and non-distressed sales – was $191,000, up 3 percent in July from the previous month and up 12 percent from...

Report: 17% of Homes Still Underwater

More home owners are gradually treading above water again on their mortgages, but some are still facing balances that are higher than the estimated value of their homes, according to...

10.6M Homes at ‘Very High Risk’ of Natural Disasters

About 10.6 million homes, or 8 percent of the 131 million homes in the U.S., have a “very high risk” of being struck by natural disasters, according to RealtyTrac’s Natural...

Builders to Widen Stock of Green Homes by 2018

An upswing in green building is expected over the next four years as more widespread adoption takes hold, according to survey respondents in McGraw Hill’s latest SmartMarket Report....

Signs of a Condo Comeback Across the Country

New condo towers are popping up in metros across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, as developers are betting on the return of the “riskiest type of residential real...

Texas Oil Boom Brings Rush of New Residents

More Americans are heading South — to Texas, in particular. The horizontal drilling and fracking boom has helped to double oil production in Texas in the last three years. The state...