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Average fixed-rate mortgages are holding near historical lows, but did inch higher this week amid a stronger employment report, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey.
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Which tax benefits do homeowners miss? Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? Find out the answers to these questions and more before Tax Day.

Congress and the administration must address key policy issues in order to facilitate a healthy real estate market that serves current and future homeowners and drives the national economy forward, said the National Association of Realtors® today in testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing.

Home staging can influence buyers’ perceptions of a home and even motivate them to pay more, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 Profile of Home Staging, a survey of more than 2,300 REALTORS® representing buyers and sellers.

Kitchen remodeling sales were up 36 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same time a year earlier, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. It’s no wonder: The kitchen is the focal point in many homes.

A sudden and long-lasting power outage makes a portable generator a must. But finding one when you need it isn’t easy. Here’s one home owner’s odyssey.

The Federal Housing Administration’s new lower annual premiums on insurance for home buyers will not come at the cost of another taxpayer bailout, Julian Castro, the secretary of the Housing and Urban Development, told CNBC Monday. HUD regulates FHA, which insures home loans with down payments as low as 3.5 percent.
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