Real Estate News – October 31, 2012

Homeowners Association Forces Mother to Take Down Her 9-Year-Old’s Fort (via

Banks and regulators are stepping up efforts to provide mortgage aid and other forms of financial relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast (via

Only 30 percent of borrowers who defaulted on their mortgage in 2001 had returned to the housing market within 10 years, finds a new study conducted by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (via REALTORMag):

Warren Buffett’s company is buying a real estate franchise from Prudential and Real Living and launching a new brokerage brand for those agents (via

Thousands of Wells Fargo & Co. home loan customers recently received a surprise in the mail: refund checks from the big bank, along with letters saying they had paid unnecessary fees for their mortgages (via

‘Fiscal cliff’ has major implications for real estate (via

Top 10 ‘Turnaround’ Housing Markets (via REALTORMag):