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Interview appraiser before the process begins

Many appraisers and housing analysts believe problems arise from two areas-the definition of "market value" and out-of-area appraisers sent to evaluate properties outside of their areas of expertise.

Economists bullish on housing, expect 2016 rates to hit 5.25%

The economists polled expect the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage to rise to 5.25 percent in 2016.

The Nudist Niche: When your buyers are naked

Just how big is the nudist niche? In the first six months of this year, Youngblood sold 22 properties at prices ranging from $135,000 to $800,000.

New plan helps local military families save on loans

Five lenders are pledging to make frequent checks of the Defense Department database to see if their customers can take advantage of any unclaimed benefits.

'This is not a scam' - State borrowers wary of HARP

The FHFA estimates that about 800,000 families across the country could save nearly $2,300 per year on their mortgage payments with HARP.

Three reasons home loan demand is dropping

Why aren't more homebuyers taking advantage of low interest rates?

Top three reasons single owners decide to buy

Many singles were intimidated by the home-buying process

California case throws wrench into 'dual agency' transactions

The decision could greatly influence how two agents in the same office represent bother the seller and buyer in the same transaction.

Understanding 'aging suites' and mother-in-law units

With the cost of care-giving facilities and services soaring, it may be more affordable for parents to move in with their children.

Full-time, part-time rental owners have more tools

Helpful tools that enable vacation owners to run their businesses more efficiently also are on the rise.