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Homeownership Rate Falls Slightly in Fourth Quarter 2016
By Zoe Eisenberg
The recently released Census Homeownership and Vacancy Survey (HVS) for the fourth quarter of 2016 shows that throughout last year, homeownership fell slightly to an unadjusted rate of 63.7 percent. This number is just a smidge below 2015's 63.8 percent, and up from 2016's third quarter number of 63.5 percent, showing a possible plateau for homeownership across the country. There are many speculative reasons for this, from the low inventory of starter homes to the massive wall of debt many millennials are faced with. New households are still forming slowly—just 0.5 percent year-over-year in the last quarter—but many of them are made of up renters, not owners. ...
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Imagine How You Could Invest in the Success of Your Business with $10,000
NAR PULSE—Through March 3, enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 or one of over 100 other prizes to help your business from FedEx, a REALTOR Benefits® Program... READ MORE >
Prospect Mortgage, Brokerages Ordered to Pay Millions for Illegal Kickback Scheme
Prospect Mortgage, LLC, a major mortgage lender, and two real estate brokerages have been ordered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to pay more... READ MORE >
Home Prices 'Recovered,' Up 5.6 Percent in November
Home prices continued to trend up in November 2016, increasing 5.6 percent annually and 5.5 percent from October, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S.... READ MORE >
Do You Really Want It? Price Lowered for Ricky Martin's Upper East Side Apartment
The list price of Ricky Martin's Upper East Side apartment, which took the stage in October at $8.4 million, has been lowered to $7.1 million. The 3,147-square-foot unit is... READ MORE >

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Four Ways to Jumpstart Your Credit Score
By Barbara Pronin
Improving your credit score can sometimes be a lengthy project. Consumer advisor Brian Acton tells Yahoo Finance if you are planning to apply for a mortgage or other major loan, there are five strategies you can use that can help bump up your credit score in as little as 30 days: Become an authorized user. You can piggyback
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