Asian investors are eyeing office and retail properties in North America and have already spent $1.9 billion on U.S. commercial real estate during the first six months of the year, according to data from Real Capital Analytics. That compares to $551.4 million Asian investors spent on U.S. commercial real estate in 2012.

The Wall Street

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When your clients move, they need to contact the post office to complete a change of address form to receive mail at their new residence. But a new scam is popping up that gets movers to change their address on the private business Web sites and then charges a fee for something your clients can do for a dollar — or free — on their own. 

Some

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For the second consecutive week, mortgage rates showed signs of receding, helping to “alleviate concerns over a slowdown in the housing market,” Freddie Mac said in its weekly mortgage market report. 

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages for mortgage rates for the week ending July 25: 

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged
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The majority of renters say home ownership is one of their highest priorities for their future, and more renters are saying they want to buy soon, according to the 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey, conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®. Renters are showing stronger desires for home ownership compared to recent years, according to

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Home buyers who require financing for their home purchase can struggle to compete against buyers who have offers of all-cash.

Where are all-cash deals are the most prevalent? Cash deals represented 80 percent of home sales in June in Vermont; 58 percent in Nevada; 57 percent in Florida, and 51 percent in New York, according to RealtyTrac.

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Presented with the facts, the National Association of REALTORS®' board of directors saw past personal issues and fears, making a historic decision Wednesday to enable realtor.com® to compete more directly with third-party aggregators, particularly Zillow and Trulia.

The board recommended amending restrictions to the agreement that governs the

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Applications for mortgage refinances continued to tumble last week as mortgage rates hovered near two-year highs. The total number of mortgage applications — including refinances and home purchases — dropped 1 percent last week compared to the prior week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. 

Applications for refinances were down 1

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The number of home owners who work from home at least one day a week increased nearly 10 percent — from 9.5 million to 13.4 million — between 1999 and 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. However, only 3.4 million home owners claimed deductions for business use of a home in 2010, according to the IRS. 

The IRS recently announced a new

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Rising mortgage rates are showing no sign of derailing new-home sales. Single-family new-home sales rose 8.3 percent in June to the highest level since May 2008, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. What’s more, they were up 38.1 percent compared to June of last year — the largest year-over-year increase since January 1992.

With mortgage

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Borrowers whose mortgages were modified through the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program as a foreclosure-prevention effort are now defaulting on those modified loans at a high rate, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a government watchdog. 

Of the nearly 1.2 million

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More Americans are squeezing under one roof, limiting household formation, and it's only getting worse. The number of Americans living in someone else’s home has increased 4 percent over the past year to 2.4 million, despite an improving job market, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

These so-called “missing households” are adults who oth

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Middle-aged women have become the fastest growing group of single female home owners, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. The number of 45- to 54-year-old single female home owners has soared 120 percent from1982 to 2012. 

“Probable causes for this phenomenon include the large baby boomer population entering this a

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Will real estate have a presence on the latest social network that focuses on the happy things in life -- say, a new home buyer showing off their new home or a home owner posting about their latest home improvement? 

Happier is a new start-up social network that sets out to celebrate the happy moments in life. Users can post photos and

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In markets with high foreclosure rates, a short sale stigma may exist, and short sales may not be as sought among home buyers. Brokers may be at an advantage if they state in the listing that the nondistressed home they’re selling is “not a short sale,” suggests a new study, which evaluated 5,000 home sales in Boca Raton, Fla. 

Homes listed

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The Federal Housing Administration is lagging in its performance in selling its REO inventory compared to mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO analyzed more than 400,000 repossessed homes that the FHA sold from 2007 to 2012. 

The GAO report also says that

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RealtyTrac Network has launched a new app that monitors millions of properties nationwide to identify distressed home owners who may be willing to sell their homes. 

The app, Seller LeadTrac, provides brokers with the characteristics of distressed properties to help them determine whether the house can be sold. The app encompasses

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While homes may languish on the sale market for any number of reasons, the most common cause is an inappropriate listing price. Typically, this means the real estate agent allowed the owners to set the asking price too high without scheduled reductions and that he or she failed to walk away from a bad listing.

A good rule of thumb for agents

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Margin loans for short-term financing can help potential home buyers get cash fast to close a deal or win a bidding war — and an increasing number of people are turning to them for a quick fix. 

"A person with easy access to cash may have a leg up over someone who has to have long-term financing," explains Tucker Watkins, a private wealth

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While Detroit has become the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy, its housing market is bouncing back in a big way. 

The median sales price of a home in Detroit has risen nearly 45 percent in the past year to $123,000, according to data from Realcomp, a Multiple Listing Service. Homes are selling faster, too: The average time spent

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Lawmakers are joining efforts to stop a controversial plan that would allow municipal governments to use eminent domain to seize underwater home owners’ mortgages. Firms such as Mortgage Resolution Partners have been trying to get more cities to adopt such a plan for the purpose of restructuring loans to help home owners. 

But Rep. John

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Lawmakers are joining efforts to stop a controversial plan that would allow municipal governments to use eminent domain to seize underwater home owners’ mortgages. Firms such as Mortgage Resolution Partners have been trying to get more cities to adopt such a plan for the purpose of restructuring loans to help home owners. 

But Rep. John

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The backlog of homes in foreclosure is still clogging the pipeline in some states, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The large volume of loans in states that have a judicial process for foreclosures appears to be hampering the housing recovery, the report states.

States with judicial foreclosures have maintained

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Investors eager to pick up rental properties should be eyeing several metros, particularly out West, where rental rates have skyrocketed over the past year. 

The San Francisco Bay Area has seen some of the largest rent hikes — an increase of 7.8 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time period a year ago, according

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