Appraisers less confident about housing market

Appraisers remain mildly encouraged, but less confident than a quarter ago, by the current state of the housing market according to a recent survey that found. 49.6 percent of appraisers were mildly or moderately strongly confident in the housing recovery, down from 54.5 percent.

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Fixed mortgage rates hit 2013 high

Fixed mortgage rates moved with rising long-term bond yields after news of growing market sentiment that the Federal Reserve may ease up on its accommodative policy stance. Improving economic


Benchmark mortgage rates mixed with mixed economic news

The average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) came in at 3.37 percent, with an average 0.7 point, the week ending Dec. 20, a few notches up


Infographic: Social media gives home decor a makeover

The collaborative and interactive aspects of social media are opening new doors to the world of interior design. "Home decor styles are becoming as elaborate as the number of


Strategic defaults replacing the thrill of home ownership

America's star crossed love affair with home ownership is giving way to the infidelity of strategic defaults. In the second report in as many months, a growing number of


Infographic: Application anguish in the mortgage maze

Applying for a mortgage ain't what it used to be. Risk adverse lenders continue to pile on ever-tighter underwriting requirements. It doesn't matter that a growing number of housing experts


Will China debt raise US mortgage rates?

Our growing debt to China is much in the news, so will it lead to higher mortgage rates? Worries about what we owe to China are much more of

Residential real estate's big investment spenders making a come back

Sunday is fun day for laughterMore than 17.2 percent of all potential home buyers today say they plan to purchase a home in the near future as an

New home sales nothing to write home about

Homes sold data in thousands of units.From December 2001 to December 2004 the annual sales pace hovered around 1 million or more homes and in 2005 the annual

Mortgage interest rates largely unchanged

Hot off the presses!Fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) interest rates fell to an average 5.07 percent, the week ending April 20, unchanced from a week ago, according to Freddie Mac's

2010's weakest, strongest housing markets

Know what's in your walletThe real story is how many markets are still perhaps a year or more away from recovery: most of them. Even the hottest spots

Home values due to tumble another 17 percent

Turning back couponing clockSmushed data from the home price indices of four major number crunchers reveals, on average, home prices still have a 17 percent fall in store,

Mortgage interest rates fall back

Gift cards charged with valueAfter rising for four consecutive weeks, mortgage rates eased back to where they were two weeks ago and still remain historically low.by Broderick Perkins

Housing affordability allows some "green" workers to buy, not most community workers

More "green house" newsTo determine home buying affordability, the Center for Housing Policy considered the income required to qualify for a mortgage for a given area's median priced

'National Open House Weekend' pushes tax credits, home ownership, buying opportunity

The Nationwide Open House event provides potential buyers nationwide with a special opportunity to view homes as the annual traditional spring home buying season ensues, but it also

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