Freddie Mac unveils plan to fix affordable housing shortage

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, otherwise known as Freddie Mac, announced on Monday a three-pronged plan to buoy affordable housing amidst historically low inventory nationwide. The government-sponsored entity’s three-year “Duty to Serve” plan, spearheaded in May and approved by …

Bitcoin mortgages are a thing now, but should they be?

Even if turning to home refinancing to buy bitcoin is the same as taking out a mortgage to renovate a bathroom in the long run, it sounds riskier …

Redfin’s 8 predictions for the 2018 housing market

Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson says fears about an impending housing bubble can be put to rest, thanks to a solid sale-to-list ratio and declining homebuyer debt in the nation’s most competitive and high-priced markets, but tax reform could negatively impact homeowners and dissuade aspiring homebuyers, which will prolong inventory shortages and high mortgage rates that have risen to their highest level in 10 years …

10 housing markets to keep an eye on in 2018

If you’re considering moving to these cities, here’s a list of things you can’t miss …

See a 17th century Scottish farmhouse reborn

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love it when something very old can be made anew. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this 17th century Scottish farmhouse that was in ruins and has been remade through the brilliant teamwork of Lily Jenks, Pati Santos and Nathanael Dorent …

Inside Real Estate scoops up BrokerSumo

Real estate software company Inside Real Estate announced it has acquired BrokerSumo, a two-year-old commission management cloud software provider for real estate brokers.  …

Watering your Christmas tree can prevent a destructive home fire

While some opt for the convenience of a pre-lit faux tree, others revel in the delight of a fresh pine, fir or spruce. Amid all the holiday cheer, however, it’s important to understand the fire risk posed by these festive evergreens and the decor surro…

Placester gets more secure

Placester announced today their entire host of websites will be exponentially more secure with the addition of SSL technology …

Deal reached on tax reform

Details of what the new unified bill contains haven’t yet been publicized, and there were matters of enormous contention for real estate …

Zenplace’s roving iPad kiosks allow agents to show rentals remotely

Zenplace is a Silicon Valley-based property management company that developed an automated apartment tour service allowing prospective tenants to see units without an agent physically present …