10 Best Housing Markets Right Now

Thanks to 2012, the year that housing turned the corner, we finally saw home values begin to climb for the first time in years. And now we're seeing them take off. According to Zillow, home values rose 5.8 percent across the country between February 2012 and February 2013, but some local markets are doing much better... Continue Reading »

10 Cities Where People Feel the Most Unsafe at Night

Imagine never feeling safe walking the streets of your own town after dark. In these 10 cities, that's exactly how residents feel. According to a recent Gallup poll, 72 percent of Americans say that they feel safe walking home at night, a slight uptick from the 71 percent who said the same in 2011. But there remain some... Continue Reading »

9 Cities Where Renting Makes No Sense

With home prices soaring and all the news that the housing market is on a definitive recovery track, it begs the question: Is it still cheaper to buy? Home values nosedived around the country after the housing crash, and it became so much more economically efficient to buy at the lows than rent. And even though home... Continue Reading »

10 Banks Foreclosing on the Most Homes

While the number of foreclosures nationwide is thankfully coming down from its peak during the housing bust, there are still quite a few languishing out there. All signs do point to a strong housing recovery, with existing home sales edging up and distressed mortgages accounting for fewer of those sales, according to the... Continue Reading »

10 States Where You Can't Get a Mortgage

The big problem still plaguing the improving housing market is tight lending. Requirements for scoring a mortgage are much stricter than they used to be, requiring higher credit scores for approval. So for residents of some states, you can basically kiss your chances of being offered a mortgage goodbye. 24/7 Wall St.... Continue Reading »

10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates in America

The worst of the housing downturn appears to be behind us, and while real estate markets around the country are improving, some states are still experiencing a struggle with taming foreclosures. According to RealtyTrac, the number of foreclosed properties stood at 1.8 million last year, down 2.7 from 2010. But despite that,... Continue Reading »

Existing Home Sales Jump, Home Prices Rise More than Expected

By Paul Ausick We have two data points on the U.S. housing market this morning. The National Association of Realtors reports that the seasonally adjusted annual rate of existing home sales in November rose 5.9 percent to 5.04 million from a downwardly revised total of 4.76 million in October. Sales are up 14.5... Continue Reading »

U.S. Cities With the Most Vacant Homes

There may be plenty of signs that the housing market is recovering, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of towns that are still hurting. Rising home prices and increasing sales aside, many cities are still overrun with vacant homes. Though nationally the number of unoccupied homes decreased by 5 percent... Continue Reading »

10 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in America

You've likely never heard of some of the towns where you can find the 10 most expensive neighborhoods in America. There's the little-known Northern California town of Ross, established more than 100 years ago on a tract of land owned by a Scottish liquor wholesaler named James Ross. It doesn't get any media... Continue Reading »

The Most Affordable U.S. Cities to Buy a House

The housing crash that began in late 2006 resulted in trillions of dollars in lost wealth and millions of families owing more on their mortgage than their houses are worth. But while the economic downturn has made it nearly impossible for many to sell their homes, prospective buyers in key metropolitan areas can get quite... Continue Reading »

Hottest Markets: 10 Cities Where Homes Sell the Fastest

For the past few years, you've probably been told that being a homeseller is one of the worst positions to be in. But it's not so bad now. Homes are selling faster in the majority of U.S. markets than they were a year ago, according to data recently released by Realtor.com. Ten areas in particular are sweet spots if... Continue Reading »

Home Sellers and Realtors: Where They Agree and Don't About Marketing a Property

By Samuel Weigley The services of real estate agents can be invaluable, but it seems that most sellers know how to sell their homes. And when it comes to home improvements before putting their houses on the market, agents and sellers mostly agree on what is the best course of action, according to a recent survey... Continue Reading »

Cities With The Most Homes in Foreclosure

By Michael B. Sauter According to data released last week, the worst effects of the housing crisis are beginning to wind down. RealtyTrac's latest report shows the number of foreclosures in the U.S. in April is down 13 percent, to 188,780 from 219,258 a year ago. However, some of the largest cities in the U.S.... Continue Reading »

6 Cities Where Rents Are Skyrocketing

By Michael B. Sauter Online real estate site Trulia recently released rental data for the 100 largest housing markets in the country. The report showed that while home prices have increased slightly in the past year, rent prices have increased more than 5 percent in the 12 months ending April 31, 2012. In... Continue Reading »

13 Ways to Sell Your Home in 2012

By Douglas A. McIntyre The traditional spring-summer homebuying season has begun. The national housing market remains brutal, affected by high inventory, high foreclosure rates and a historically high level of underwater mortgages. Without a doubt, it is a buyer's market. But is there anything sellers can do to get... Continue Reading »

America's Most and Least Affordable Cities to Buy a Home

By Michael B. Sauter After years of weak housing markets, home sellers are hopeful that this spring's homebuying season will finally lift prices. In positive news, RealtyTrac reported in March that national foreclosures fell to their lowest levels in five years. Unfortunately, the number of homes that received... Continue Reading »

Best Cities for Sports Fans

Not all cities are created equal, and some cities are certainly better than others when it comes to sports. The more major league sports teams a city has, the more a it has to offer to those who love the game. Additionally, the more successful a team, the happier its fans become. With this in mind, 24/7 Wall St. set out... Continue Reading »

10 States With the Most Mortgage Debt

How much residents of each state owe on their mortgages is an interesting statistic. For the most part, residents of the states with the highest average mortgage debt are not in trouble. While the average home price in these states dropped in value during the recession, the foreclosure rates in these states are among the... Continue Reading »

The 10 Best U.S. Cities For Families (SLIDESHOW)

Choosing where to raise your kids can be a deeply personal decision, based on what you value most, what you can live without, and of course, what you can afford. But some things are universally desired, including good schools, health care, and nearby recreational opportunities. It was these and other similar factors that... Continue Reading »

Housing Market 2011: Highest Peaks, Lowest Valleys

It is no secret that the national housing market has gotten even worse this year. With each passing month, it seems that most measures pointed to further weakening. Although there are a few exceptions at the state and local level, the wave of foreclosures is still so large that most markets cannot stage price recoveries.... Continue Reading »

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