Patrick Duffy

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QM storm could hit in weeks

The <b>Consumer Financial Protection Board</b>’s Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule is going to constrict access to mortgage credit and possibly stall housing, and …

Average Size of New Single-Family Homes Continues to Rise

The size of a typical new single-family home rose in third quarter of 2013, continuing a post-recession trend. The recent increase in size is likely …

This is the year to sell your home

Patience seems to have paid off for those who’ve postponed putting their homes on the market until this year, real estate analysts say. They stand to …

Aging Boomers to Boost Demand for Apartments, Condos and Townhouses

The single-family home isn’t obsolete, yet. But the aging of the baby boomers could reshape the U.S. housing market and economy in the coming years.<p>As the boomers get older, many will move out of the houses where they raised families and move into cozier apartments, condominiums and townhouses …

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Dress Up the Laundry Room With Staging

<i>By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine</i><p>Laundry rooms are an important part of the house for home buyers, but this space can often get …

The Color of the Year for 2014 Is …

<i>By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine</i><p>Move over Emerald, there’s a new hot color in town. Get ready to embrace purple in the new year.<p>Pantone …

Underwater homeowners could face extra tax burden in 2014

By Amrita Jayakumar<p>Amrita Jayakumar<p>Bio Follow<p>Struggling homeowners could be hit with an unexpected tax bill in the new year.<p>A law that spared people who owe more than their homes are worth from being saddled with extra taxes when their banks provide mortgage relief is expiring next week. Congress …

Why today's homebuyer needs a real estate agent more than ever

Last summer I got an email from a local real estate attorney who wanted to buy a house. He’d just gotten engaged and wanted to save some money by …

CFPB Launches Education Campaign Ahead of New Mortgage Rules

When it comes to financial markets, the definition for "jawboning" is a bit looser than normal as it also encompasses market movement that …

Why Mortgage Costs Could Rise in 2014

Mortgage costs for borrowers without big down payments and with less-than-perfect credit scores are set to rise next spring.<p>Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage-finance companies that currently dominate the mortgage market, are boosting the fees that they charge lenders. Lenders, in turn, tend …

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Never Bought a House? Want To? Read This First

You've gotten your finances in order, you've hired a real estate agent, the bank is ready to give you a loan, and you've found a house. Now its time …

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Join Rewards and earn points when you explore and search on MSN.<p>See your recent documents, or start one for free with Office Online.<p>Sign in to your …

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Negative Equity Will Continue Declining in 2014 - CoreLogic

Mortgage activity declined again during the week ended July 27. The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA's) Market Composite Index, a measure of loan …

Home Builders End the Year More Upbeat

Home builders are getting more optimistic over the single-family home market, specifically over current sales conditions, sales expectations, and …

Home Trends to Get Bolder in 2014

What will be “hot” in home interiors in the New Year? Plenty of designers are offering up their predictions, and here’s one outlook from Neil Kelly …

Your Wireless Router Could Be Murdering Your Houseplants

Are you slowly killing your houseplants? Probably. But there might be a reason other than neglect that they’re all yellow and wilting: your Wi-Fi …

Houzz - Home Design, Decorating and Remodeling Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchen and Bathroom Design

Email Save<p>9 hours ago<p>1 Save<p>With an interior water feature and leafy views at every turn, this modern house epitomizes indoor-outdoor living<p>9 hours ago<p>…