Floridians say they're better off, iffy about future

UF's sentiment index fell only 1 point in July. A robust upturn in current confidence was offset by worries about personal and U.S. problems in the future.

Trying to list a FSBO? Mention online security

Owners selling their home without a Realtor have to put a lot of personal info online, including their address and phone number ? it's a safety concern.

4 Fla. cities tops for seriously underwater homes

RealtyTrac: 13.3% of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage in 2Q owed at least 25% more than their property's worth ? but that percentage continues to drop.

Lenders spend too much time with at-risk borrowers?

A J.D. Power study ranked customer satisfaction with mortgage firms. It found many spend too much time on risky borrowers and too little on reliable ones.

Investors bank on rent-to-own comeback

To some Realtors, rent-to-own housing deals are a blast from the past ? but they're making a comeback as more credit-impaired buyers show an interest.

Real estate again Americans' top investment choice

A Bankrate survey of investors found real estate at the top of their preference list for the first time in three years. From 2013-2014, they preferred cash.

Pending home sales dip in June

More homes would have sold had there been more homes to sell. NAR's pending sales index dropped 1.8% month-to-month, but it's up 8.2% year-to-year.

CFPB stops mortgage firms that suggest U.S. backing

Three companies that offer reverse mortgages, "pay your mortgage quicker" services and more went too far and implied federal backing, the consumer bureau alleges.