Tech firm Blueroof360's blueQub is being hailed as the "Swiss army knife" of real estate apps. Hitting the market in September, the productivity tool, which features a synchronized desktop client, is intended to serve as a one-stop utility app for agents in the field.

Blueroof360 President Greg Tracy calls the app "intuitive" and stresses

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The Aspen City Council in Aspen, Colo., is considering adding a "no complaining" clause on a new proposed luxury residence to prevent buyers of units there from complaining about the noise level of nearby restaurants and bars. 

Other luxury penthouse owners in the city have gotten into legal disputes with nearby nightclubs over the noise

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Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, says it will lay off 2,300 workers in its mortgage division due to a decrease in refinancing business. The recent surge in interest rates has depleted demand for refinances

"The main driver is less refinancing volume than we saw last year, and even early this year," says Wells Fargo Home

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Take a deep breath: These cities boast the least-polluted air in the nation, according to Money Magazine. In all of the cities, pollution levels are below the U.S. average. Below are the cities and their air pollution index, which ranges from 0 to 500 (lower is better).

  1. Live Oak, Calif.: 80
  2. Kihei, Hawaii: 87
  3. Waipio, Hawaii: 77
  4. Boone,
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Though median household income has been rising for the last two years, it's still 4.4 percent below where it was in June 2009 when the recession officially ended, according to a new study by two former Census Bureau officials. Annual median household income rose to $52,100 in June, up from $50,700 in August 2011. But that's $2,400 below June 2009

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Though median household income has been rising for the last two years, it's still 4.4 percent below where it was in June 2009 when the recession officially ended, according to a new study by two former Census Bureau officials. Annual median household income rose to $52,100 in June, up from $50,700 in August 2011. But that's $2,400 below June 2009

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Home buyers need to be extra vigilant about inspections in the early stages of a purchase because if problems are discovered too late in the process, it can "dash home owners' dreams and budgets," writes Yahoo! Finance in a recent article.

One home buyer in Long Island, N.Y., explains in the story that she didn't discover the fixer-upper she

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A western Pennsylvania widow has won a chance to argue that she should not lose her $280,000 home over $6.30 in unpaid interest on taxes.

AP reported that the state's Commonwealth Court ruled it was a mistake for a Beaver County judge to rule against the woman, Eileen Battisti, without holding an evidentiary hearing first.

Judge Mary Hannah

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The number of sinkholes is growing, putting more homes at risk. The problem is most evident in Florida, where some experts say it even has the potential to threaten the housing recovery. 

Sinkhole activity first began being recorded in 1960, and one-third of the sinkhole activity recorded since that time has occurred in the last 13 years.

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Michigan resident Fritz Kruer was struggling to get his 6,600-square-foot Grand Rapids home sold, so he made an extreme decision: Move the mansion. 

By moving the mansion about 30 feet and rotating it about 45 degrees, Kruer was able to multiply his potential real estate transactions, with two newly created vacant lots and his newly moved

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For the second consecutive week, mortgage applications fell as higher interest rates continued to put the squeeze on refinancing activity, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. 

The MBA’s index on mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchases, dropped 4.6 percent for the week ending Aug. 16. 

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As part of its annual Best Places to Live survey, Money Magazine evaluated towns to locate the least crowded with lots of space to still spread out. The towns evaluated have been seeing population growth and have a median family income above the state average. 

According to Money Magazine, here are the towns that still have plenty of room to grow: 

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The housing recovery rolls on, with some markets seeing more progress than others. RealtyTrac recently released its first Housing Market Recovery Index, which reveals the metros leading the housing recovery. 

The index showed that upstate New York, southwest Florida, and Northern California's Bay Area are leaders in the housing recovery. On the

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Many U.S. housing markets are recovering from the worst of the foreclosure crisis, but others are getting slammed.

Maryland, Oregon, and New Jersey had relatively stable housing markets even during the housing slump. But new foreclosure filings in those states climbed by double- and triple-digit percentages in July, according to RealtyTrac.

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The White House is trimming its utility bills by undergoing an "energy retrofit to improve the overall energy efficiency" of the first family's residence, according to White House officials. 

The installation of solar panels on the White House's roof began last week. It's part of President Barack Obama’s pledge in 2010 to show commitment to r

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Some residents of Gary, Ind., could become home owners for only $1. The city is running a real estate fire sale, selling a dozen homes for $1 each to eligible buyers. The city repossessed the homes after the owners became delinquent on their property taxes, and as part of its neighborhood stabilization effort, the city wants to sell them to

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Realtor.com® users can now shop for new-home plans and communities alongside resale listings. The site announced that it has added more than 44,000 new-home plans from thousands of new-home communities to its database as part of a joint venture with Builders Digital Experience, the operator of NewHomeSource.com and a provider of digital

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RE/MAX Holdings, one of the world’s largest real estate brokerages, announced Monday that it plans to raise $100 million for an initial public offering. The announcement comes on the heels of RE/MAX rival Realogy Holdings — which operates Century 21 and Coldwell Banker — filing for a $1 billion IPO. Both brokerages are aiming to take

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The higher a home is priced at the outset, the more likely it is that it will get a higher offer from a buyer, according to a new study by researchers Grace Bucchianeri and Julia Minson. The study appeared in the May issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. The researchers factored in geographical location and timing of

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More than half of all homes sold last year and in 2013, so far, have been purchased mortgage-free, according to economists at Goldman Sachs Group. Prior to the housing crash, about 20 percent of all homes sold were purchased without financing. All-cash sales have more than doubled over the last seven years.

“The surprisingly large cash-share

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Little is known about the level to which mortgage portfolios are exposed to natural hazard risk from tornados, wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, sink holes, and other events. 

CoreLogic economists recently studied the theory that natural hazard risks actually raise the odds of mortgage default.  They developed an illustrative model that

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The Federal Housing Administration is giving some former home owners another shot at home ownership. The FHA sent a letter to mortgage lenders stating that it would offer mortgage insurance to borrowers who once filed for bankruptcy, or who lost their homes through foreclosure or short sale during the recession. 

Still, potential borrowers

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Housing starts increased 5.9 percent in July, but the uptick was mostly due to a surge in multifamily housing construction last month, the Commerce Department reports. Single-family housing starts fell 2.2 percent in July and hit an eight-month low. 

"They're just not showing recent strength," Patrick Newport, economist with IHS Global

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