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Photovoltaic roof panels that harness solar energy create electricity for the home, heat water, and improve indoor lighting. As the nation's home builders embrace green building in growing numbers, industry research indicates that even the most aggressive efficiency goals for new homes won't mak...
01/22/2009
                                         RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its 2008 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report last week, which showed foreclosure activity increased 81 percent in 2008. According to the report, a total of 3,157,806 foreclosure filings - de...
01/20/2009
I usually post a blog everyday on ActiveRain, but over the past few weeks I've been a bit busy preparing for some new changes at Homecape, so I apologize for my absence here on the AR. Below is a message from Tim Fagan, President of CV Real Estate (and my boss), about all the new things happening...
01/08/2009
Over the past couple of weeks I've been helping a friend look around for a new condo here in the Chicago metro market. While he's currently just window shopping and hasn't entered into any serious talks with potential sellers, he's your ideal buyer - especially during this slow housing market. Hi...
12/18/2008
                                                      November was a classic good news bad news month for foreclosure activity. According to RealtyTrac's most recent U.S. Forelosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings - default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - for...
12/15/2008
I'm addicted to American Idol. That's right, I said it. Since the popular reality talent show first debuted in 2002, I have watched each choreographed moved and every off- pitch note religiously. And thanks to my ever growing collection of US and People magazines, I have faithfully followed the c...
12/12/2008
Despite a rise in unemployment and falling retail sales, pending home sales remain in a stable range, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR's Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in October, slipped 0.7 percent to 88.9 from ...
12/10/2008
                                            The Federal Reserve's announcement last week that they would purchase $500 billion in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac created a frenzy of refinancing activity across the country, according to the New York Times. The T...
12/05/2008
                                          The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index tumbled a record 16.6 percent during the quarter from the same period a year ago. Prices are at levels not seen since the first quarter of 2004. The monthly indices also showed record decli...
11/25/2008
Some troubled homeowners on the verge of losing their property are starting to feel extra thankful this holiday season. Lending giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, which were seized by the government in September, announced last Thursday that they will contact an estimated 16,000 borrowers who are...
11/24/2008
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