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The Jetsons will live in smaller, ‘greener’ homes (access required)

Evolving trends will result in some dramatic changes in the design and features incorporated in future new homes. Most significant changes include generally smaller-sized homes, more "green" elements and high-tech capabilities, larger great rooms, higher ceilings, inclusion of an office or special-interest room and more fireplaces.

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Reports claim U.S. home values are rising (access required)

Home values increased by an average of 0.5 percent in March compared with the previous month. However, at $146,200 the national median home value was still down 0.5 percent quarter to quarter and 3.1 percent from a year ago, estimated researchers at real estate information portal Zillow.

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Transfer fees may block mortgage financing (access required)

The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently released its final rule regarding private transfer fees. The agency received about 4,200 comments in response to its proposed guidance and is now issuing a rule that restricts Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the ...

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Rental demand might boost home sales (access required)

The rental market is the strongest growth element in today’s real estate activity. And, strange as it seems, the growth of rentals might be a major factor in pushing up home sales in future months. The growing demand for residential ...

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