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Is the Freelance Movement Changing Real Estate Demand? By Frank Pipolo January 6, 2014 Here’s the dope on freelancing: it’s one of the greatest silent revolutions in the history of mankind. 20 Cities with Biggest Foreclosure Discounts By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President December 23, 2013 RealtyTrac has identified the top 20 U.S. cities with the deepest discounts still available on foreclosure homes, including several markets on both coasts, from the high end to the low end. Federal Reserve to Taper in January By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer December 19, 2013 Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve for a few more weeks, announced Wednesday that the Fed would begin tapering back on its $85 billion a month bond buying program. 5 Tips for Selling a Home in Winter By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer December 17, 2013 Homeowners who list their homes in the winter usually are more motivated to sell, according to a new infographic from Veterans United. FHA Faces $1.3 Billion Capital Shortfall By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer December 16, 2013 The Federal Housing Administration, which in September received a first-ever $1.7 billion bailout from the U.S. Treasury, said an audit of its finances has found it still faces a $1.3 billion capital shortfall. New Fed Paper Addresses Why Housing Inventories are Low By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer December 13, 2013 Just about anywhere you look in the United States the residential real estate market is plagued by a lack of homes for sale. Mel Watt Confirmed as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Regulator By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer December 12, 2013 The Senate voted 57-41 on Dec. 10, to confirm Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to head the federal agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ending a year-long battle by the White House to install a new regulator. Are 2014 Mortgage Standards Too Tough? By Peter Miller, Contributor December 3, 2013 New and tougher mortgage standards will be here in just a few weeks, financial norms that are causing the home loan industry to shudder and quake. High-End Foreclosures Up 61 Percent Year-to-Date in 2013 By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President December 3, 2013 Overall U.S. foreclosure activity is down 23 percent year-to-date through October 2013, but foreclosure activity on homes in the $5 million-plus value range is up 61 percent during the same time period. Homebuyers’ Holiday List: Miracle or Wishful Thinking By Joel Cone, Senior Staff Writer December 2, 2013 Dear Santa: I want a house for Christmas. I want it in a neighborhood that’s not far from where I’m living now. I want it close to my work. ….AND (whew!)…it has to be move-in ready. Print Email

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