Real Estate News

FBI: Title company fraud complaints spiked in 2016

Published: 15 May 2017

Fraud prevention is an unavoidable issue for real estate companies, including those that handle title. According to a May 4 FBI announcement, 2016 saw a particularly large amount of complaints lodged with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3. 


What makes a 'starter home' in today's economy?

Published: 12 May 2017

The future of the housing market will probably always depend on fresh new buyers searching for a residence. Right now, the much-criticized millennial generation is in the spotlight, as it ages into a more ideal demographic for purchasing real estate. To get their first taste of ownership, new buyers can search for "starter homes" that are affordable and modest, yet still large enough to fit an owner's specifications.


Reports show recent luxury market trends

Published: 12 May 2017

Although it may seem exclusive, the luxury housing market can reflect some of the same conditions that other sectors do. There's mixed news for preimum homes in recent months, according to a pair of sources, which could put luxury buyers in a peculiar spot while they search for their ideal high-end home.


Spring home market brings challenges for buyers

Published: 10 May 2017

When the weather starts to warm, buyers may be in an active mood, seeking out what could be their new homes. Although there have been some generally favorable predictions for the year, those looking to purchase in the coming months could be in for some challenges, according to the Wall Street Journal.


CFPB announces plan to review mortgage rule

Published: 08 May 2017

Four years after it first appeared, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking a closer look at a rule that could affect borrowers. According to a press statement from May 4, the organization wants to review the mortgage servicing rule of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, which has granted certain protections to those with mortgage loans since it took effect in 2014.


Title insurance proposal would tighten regulations in New York

Published: 06 May 2017

Because much of the details of title insurance vary from state to state, even those that aren't affected by a particular bill might want to watch for new ones. The state of New York now has some possible proposals in the wings which would help it address possible corruption within the title insurance industry.


Ups and downs for housing market, says NAHB

Published: 03 May 2017

The National Association of Home Builders published its updated Housing Market Index figures to include estimates for April 2017. This allows readers to look as far back as 12 months and see the rise and fall of the scale, based on the shifts in the single-family housing market and the level of buyer activities in different regions, among other things.


Can mortgage growth sustain through the rest of the year?

Published: 02 May 2017

While changes in mortgage applications can be hard to anticipate, it seems the month of May at least has some positive trends to work with. This is based on the update about the state of application rates for the date of April 21. That source found multiple changes to indicate growth, including upticks for the Market Composite Index and the refinance mortgage activity, which grew by 1.6 percent in just a week.


Why millennials might prefer to live in Texas

Published: 01 May 2017

As many sources have shown, much of what millennials look for in the housing market is affordability and a proximity to jobs. While it's easy to guess how expensive some markets might be, it's more difficult to estimate which areas might be most appealing to this demographic.


Report shows higher figures for Q1 property sellers

Published: 01 May 2017

After years of making low or no profit off of home sales, property owners seem to have hit a new stride as of 2017. According to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions, profits for sellers increased in the first quarter of 2017, with several examples of gains throughout the country and a continuation of a possible positive trend from last year.


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