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Will Easier Credit Unleash Real Estate Sales? By Peter Miller, Contributor April 7, 2015 If there has ever been a time for a real estate home run this is about as good as it gets. Interest rates are near historic lows, home values have yet to return to their 2007 peak and the population has grown by nearly 20 million people in the past e AVERAGE DOWN PAYMENT WAS 14 PERCENT OR $32,141 ON 2014 U.S. HOME PURCHASES ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC COUNTY-LEVEL ANALYSIS By RealtyTrac Staff March 17, 2015 RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released a report analyzing purchase loan and sales data for single family homes and condos in 2014 in 386 counties nationwide which found that on ave 87 PERCENT OF U.S. HOMES QUALIFY FOR DOWN PAYMENT HELP ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC AND DOWN PAYMENT RESOURCE ANALYSIS By RealtyTrac Staff February 4, 2015 RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released a joint analysis with Down Payment Resource on the availability of down payment programs across the country, which found that 87 percent of U Best Ski Towns for Real Estate Investing 2015 Edition By Daren Blomquist January 23, 2015 Thanks to the popularity of the inaugural Best Ski Towns for Real Estate Investing list for 2014, the RealtyTrac editorial team sacrificed their precious holidays to endure the toils of travel to idyllic ski resort towns and the trials of rigorously How Much FHA Borrowers Can Save in House Payments Under Obama Proposal: County-Level Analysis By Daren Blomquist January 16, 2015 President Obama last week in a speech proposed lowering insurance premiums on FHA-insured loans by 50 basis points, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development claims this would save more than 2 million borrowers over the next three year Empowering Consumers Through Online Data By Joel Cone January 5, 2015 With the dawning of the Information Age, real estate information — which used to be exclusive and propriety to the Realtors — has gone public, as massive amounts of data is being created and disseminated on the Internet. Why Principal Reductions Are Suddenly Popular By Peter Miller, Contributor December 30, 2014 If you want to buy foreclosed real estate from a lender it’s as easy as writing a check. The odds are overwhelming that you’ll pay a below-market price but such bargains are off-limits to one group: If you’ve been foreclosed you haven't been able to Where Wall Street is Most Likely to Cash out of the Single Family Rental Market By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President December 16, 2014 After nearly three years and hundreds of thousands of property purchases, the nascent single family rental industry is at a crossroads in terms of future growth and long-term staying power. Will Mortgage Rates Fall In 2015? By Peter Miller, Contributor December 15, 2014 Mortgage rates are supposed to rise in 2015, at least that’s the prediction from the housing industry. Is Real Estate Ownership Now Beyond Reach? By Peter Miller, Contributor December 9, 2014 Real estate predictions for the coming year suggest both increased sales and higher prices, but will that be the case? Print Email

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