Realtor.com: Here are the 20 hottest markets this summer

Pending home sales continue momentum in May

Northeast leads as South, Midwest decline

4 reasons why now is a good time to buy a home

Hint: Rates won’t be low forever
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Realtor.com: Here are the 20 hottest markets this summer

Expanding inventory boosts sales
Trey Garrison
He’s been consistently more optimistic and consistently right on sales. Realtor.com’s chief economist Jonathan Smoke explains why it’s a seller’s market.
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Who are the homebuying Millennials?

Infographic shows everything you need to know
Brena Swanson
The average age of a Millennial homebuyer is 28. After a recent survey from more than 5,400 Millennials, Endeavor America Loan Services found they are outgrowing their usual stereotype.
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SIGTARP snares seven schemers for massive mortgage fraud

Charges include mail fraud, bank fraud, aiding and abetting
Ben Lane
Seven California residents now face federal charges for their roles in an alleged mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded lenders of more than $3 million. According to court documents, the defendants conspired to defraud mortgage lending companies and financial institutions by making false statements on loan applications and short-sale applications.
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The home sale ‘murder disclosure’ rule: Is it necessary?

Here's our take — we want yours
Trey Garrison, Ben Lane, Brena Swanson, and Sarah Wheeler
One thing home sellers have to disclose to buyers is whether a murder happened in the home. But why, and is it necessary?
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HouseCanary: Shifting demographics reshaping housing, mortgage finance

Problems and opportunities presented for investors
Trey Garrison
A new study from HouseCanary shows how demographic shifts are reshaping demand for residential real estate. It's not all bad news but there are challenges ahead. Want to know more?
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Hope Now, RealtyTrac to co-sponsor regional housing roundtables

Industry, nonprofits and stakeholders trying to build sustainable housing solutions
Trey Garrison
The HOPE NOW Alliance and RealtyTrac have announced a partnership for the remainder of 2015 to co-sponsor regional housing roundtables in selected U.S. cities to bring together the mortgage industry, community leaders and nonprofits to work on housing solutions.
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Pending home sales continue momentum in May

Northeast leads as South, Midwest decline
Trey Garrison
Pending home sales rose less than expected in May but are still at the highest level since 2006. Realtors are pleased and NAR is optimistic.
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Black Knight: Home prices rise 1% in April from March

Home prices gain almost 5% from April 2014
U.S. home prices were up 1% for the month, rising 4.9% on a year-over- year basis, according to Black Knight's latest Home Price Index report, based on April 2015 residential real estate transactions. Want to know more?
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Debate over disparate impact continues

Plus MBS investment outlook, g-fee increases for USDA mortgages, and more
Trey Garrison
It’s a short week with the Independence Day holiday, but it’s not short on news. The outlook for agency and non-agency MBS isn’t clear, USDA is raising the cost of guarantees on certain mortgages, and a slew of key housing metrics lie ahead. Want to know more?
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Round 2: HW Fast50™ is back, and even better

Nominations now open!
Jacob Gaffney
And now that the second year of the program is being officially launched today, we expect even greater results. Because there’s no way you lost market share or dialed back on your R&D, is there?
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