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Title easier to search, but cost still going up (access required)

One of the most overpriced closing costs when buying or selling a home is now getting more expensive. Homebuyers and sellers have long complained about the exorbitant cost of title insurance coverage when computer technology has substantially simplified and sped up the property searching process.

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One-fourth of homeowners living there alone (access required)

More consumers are opting to live alone, with single buyers making up a quarter of all home purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors. In the U.S., there are 33 million one-person households, and living solo is becoming an international trend.

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Mortgage lenders are becoming more curious (access required)

Arranging for a new mortgage loan, to finance the purchase of a home or to refinance an existing loan, is very different today from the process used a few months or years ago. Even applicants with exceptionally good credit should expect extensive scrutiny when applying for a mortgage today, The New York Times reports.

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