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RealtyTrac: Mortgage lending rose 17% in first quarter

Low interest rates lead to big jump in refinances Thanks in large part to the continually low interest rate, mortgage originations rose 17% year-over-year in the first quarter, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. Unsurprisingly, refinances led the way. Here's how it all broke down. HOUSINGWIRE.COM [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="631"] HOUSINGWIRE.COM[/caption]
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Redfin: Here’s how buyers are winning bidding wars

Top competitive markets in the nation Over half of potential buyers will end up in a bidding war to land their future home. To help secure a house, Redfin pinpointed four features of winning offers that help them stand out. HOUSINGWIRE.COM [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="631"] HOUSGINGWIRE.COM[/caption]
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How to read a potential homebuyer’s mind

Chase just released a new survey with insights into what goes on in a potential homebuyer’s mind when making the decision to buy a new home. As an added bonus, it shows how intensely relationships play into housing choices. HOUSINGWIRE.COM [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="631"] HOUSINGWIRE.COM[/caption]
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Coming soon: The Tesla home battery

Electric car company venturing into residential energy storage Tesla Motors, the company that plans to revolutionize automobiles with its electric car, is planning a new revolution that aims to transfer how we power the rest of our lives. How will the home battery impact mortgages? HOUSINGWIRE.COM [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="631"] HOUSINGWIRE.COM[/caption]
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