Mortgage Financing Archive

Smart Money: Tips to Boost Buyers’ Credit

Most Americans are doing just fine managing their money. But nearly half of all consumers have been 30 or more days late on a payment, according to MyFico.com, and three of 10 have been 60 or more days overdue....

Workforce Housing: Overcoming Affordability Obstacles

Even though prices have come down dramatically in several markets, mortgage payments and even rentals are out of reach for many of the country’s workers. The speakers at yesterday’s Housing Opportunity Forum really drove that point home for me....
May 14, 2010

Are Jumbo Loans Easier to Get?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The jumbo market appears to be thawing, at least according to a couple of recent articles in the trade and general press. But I’d be curious to know what you’re seeing in...
May 7, 2010

What a Bizarre Week in Real Estate News!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine A few stories that appeared in REALTOR® Magazine’s Daily News struck me as unusual this week. I’m curious to hear your thoughts! Buyer Sues Agent Over Secondhand Smoke A buyer...
February 12, 2010

Tapping Your Expertise for Your Retirement

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Years ago I attended a conference for a major real estate franchise and one of the speakers was a consultant who helped sales associates plan their financial future. The initial question he...
January 19, 2010

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #1

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine More than 10 days and 3,000 words later, we’ve finally reached the top-ranked real estate development of the decade. The “winner” is …...
December 23, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #7

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Our countdown of the most significant developments in real estate during this decade continues with the seventh-ranked trend:...
December 12, 2009

Middle-Market Is Next Home Segment to Improve

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Executives from some of the largest brokerages in the country expect to see their sales grow 6-8 percent in 2010 and home prices to start heading up about 3 percent, REALTORS® heard in a...
November 15, 2009

Take the Distress Out of Distressed Properties

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Foreclosure filings have decreased slightly for the past three  months in a row, according to RealtyTrac. While that’s certainly welcome news from a short-term perspective,  the larger picture concerning distressed properties remains grim....
November 14, 2009

Things Are Looking Up: 2010 Economic Forecast

A large crowd of REALTORS®, many with coffee cups in hand, snapping photos with iPhones and Blackberries, packed a ball room this morning to hear NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discuss housing market trends and the economic outlook. Yun...
November 14, 2009