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The Weekend Poll: Open houses?

Crucial, gimmicky, useful -- or something that brings out your inner Salahi?

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 9, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Buying , Neighborhoods , Poll , Selling , Weekend Poll  
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Jumping mortgage rates and open house extravaganza

Mortgage interest rates shot up this week to the highest level since August, Freddie Mac economists report today. Perversely, rising interest rates tend to boost home sales--at least in the short term. Buyers who had been sitting on the fence often get jolted into action when they see rising rates eat into their new-home budget. Combine that with a major nationwide marketing push by Realtors to hold open houses on as many of their listings as possible over the April 10-11 weekend, and the market could get pretty interesting over the next week or so.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Buying , Mortgages , Selling , Statistics , The market  
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HUD to study housing discrimination toward gays

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is launching a national study of discrimination in the sale or rental of housing to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. "Our goal is to provide information -- to allow the dialogue to focus on facts rather than preconceived notions," said HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic, who is heading the study.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  March 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying , Mortgages , Neighborhoods , Selling  
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A home price bounce? And the Weekend Poll.

Home values in the greater Washington area, which the census defines as extending practically from the Chesapeake Bay to the Shenandoah mountains, are in for quite the price bounce, according to a forecast by financial services company Fiserv for CBS Marketwatch. It's the kind of bounce, though, that starts with a steep decline.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  March 5, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Poll , Selling , The market , Weekend Poll  
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Record snow will make it harder to read the real estate market

A blizzard--or two--is hardly the thing to give most people the itch to hop in the car and visit open houses. But if the mood strikes this weekend, Joe Faraji is ready for you.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  February 11, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Realtors launch their own free iPhone app

The Realtors are taking their listings to the iPhone. Realtor.com, the Web site associated with the industry's main trade group, just unveiled its free iPhone app. I haven't tried it myself yet, but their online demo showed a couple of cool features--aside from access to about 4 million listings across the U.S., which they say are updated every 15 minutes. Like Zillow's iPhone app, and the Sawbuck mobile web site (designed to work with every smart phone that can access the web) the new app uses the phone's GPS function to peg searches to your actual location.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  January 12, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Trying out an alternative to iPhone's Zillow app, Elizabeth Razzi , January 7, 2010
Is Washington turning into a seller's market?, Elizabeth Razzi , November 13, 2009
Get Free Alerts if Someone Messes With Your Deed, Elizabeth Razzi , October 15, 2009
AIG Headquarters Going Condo?, Elizabeth Razzi , October 13, 2009
What's the Line on Extending the $8,000 Tax Credit?, Elizabeth Razzi , September 15, 2009
Appraisers Say 'Don't Blame Us', Elizabeth Razzi , August 26, 2009
New Survey Ranks Moving Companies, Elizabeth Razzi , August 13, 2009
Short Sale Plan Coming, and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , August 7, 2009
Do High-Voltage Lines Zap Property Values?, Elizabeth Razzi , August 4, 2009
Home Sales Increase and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , July 24, 2009
Appraisal Quality Getting More Attention, Elizabeth Razzi , July 16, 2009
Google Buffs Up Its Real Estate Listings, Elizabeth Razzi , July 8, 2009
What Metro Adds to Home Values, Elizabeth Razzi , June 29, 2009
Pessimists vs. Optimists and The Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , June 12, 2009
Buyers and Sellers at a Standoff?, Elizabeth Razzi , June 11, 2009
Discrimination Complaints Hit a Record, Elizabeth Razzi , June 10, 2009
Price Reductions, Savings and the Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , June 5, 2009
A New Condo Insurance Twist in Maryland, Elizabeth Razzi , June 2, 2009
Recovery Could Bring a Flood of Listings, Elizabeth Razzi , May 14, 2009
Market Up, or Down, Or?, Elizabeth Razzi , May 12, 2009
Are Matchmaking Sites the Future?, Elizabeth Razzi , May 11, 2009
Realty Exec Wants More Housing Incentives, Elizabeth Razzi , May 8, 2009
Discriminatory Housing Ads Proliferate Online, Elizabeth Razzi , May 5, 2009
Weekend Reading and the Weekend Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , May 1, 2009
Take a Spin with Frank and Take the Poll, Elizabeth Razzi , April 24, 2009
Searching for Homes With Price Cuts, Elizabeth Razzi , April 23, 2009
Long & Foster Adds Job-Loss Protection , Elizabeth Razzi , April 16, 2009
 
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