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Push to cut back on home appraisals sparks controversy

Push to cut back on home appraisals sparks controversy

The Trump administration wants to eliminate professional appraisals on a large number of home-sale transactions — a move that...

Push to cut back on home appraisals sparks controversy
Sorry, home appraisers, bots are coming for your jobs

Sorry, home appraisers, bots are coming for your jobs

Federal regulators are looking to pave the way for computers to replace humans in an increasing number of home...

Sorry, home appraisers, bots are coming for your jobs
Which is better at valuing your home — you or a computer program?

Which is better at valuing your home — you or a computer program?

Do you have a pretty good idea of what your house is worth? Could you estimate within, say, 5...

Which is better at valuing your home — you or a computer program?
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Does going green net you more green when selling your home?

If you make extensive energy-conservation and other green improvements to your home, will they earn you a premium price...

Does going green net you more green when selling your home?
New options open for homeowners seeking a reverse mortgage

New options open for homeowners seeking a reverse mortgage

You’ve probably seen actor Tom Selleck suavely pitching federally insured reverse mortgages on TV and thought, hmm, that sounds...

New options open for homeowners seeking a reverse mortgage
Closing costs can bust a homebuyer’s budget

Closing costs can bust a homebuyer’s budget

In the emotional rush that precedes buying a home — negotiating contract details and price, beating away rival bidders,...

Closing costs can bust a homebuyer’s budget
Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers

Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers

For homeowners and buyers, it’s been an unexpected windfall: relief from having to pay for a traditional mortgage appraisal...

Appraisal-free loans save millions for buyers
An untold number of US homes are appraised by people just looking at Google Earth and Zillow

An untold number of US homes are appraised by people just looking at Google Earth and Zillow

From TRD NYC: Thousands of U.S. homes are underwritten using “drive-by” appraisals — which are sometimes generated by overseas contractors looking at Google Earth and...

An untold number of US homes are appraised by people just looking at Google Earth and Zillow
Appraisal-free home sales draw mixed reviews

Appraisal-free home sales draw mixed reviews

Would you welcome the option to buy a house but not have to pay hundreds of dollars for an...

Appraisal-free home sales draw mixed reviews
“Zestimates” can stay, judge rules

“Zestimates” can stay, judge rules

From TRD New York: “Zestimates” are just an estimate, with a Z. So ruled a federal judge, who dismissed an Illinois lawsuit by homeowners who sued Zillow Group over its controversial home valuation tool....

“Zestimates” can stay, judge rules
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