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New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Forms May Mislead Consumers, Complicate Lending

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new disclosure rules, which will go into effect this summer. While their activation is still months away, lenders are already weary that it will make the ...


56 Percent of 3.3 Million HELOCs Scheduled to Reset with Higher Payments are on Underwater Homes

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever U.S. HELOC Resetting Report, which found that 56 percent of the 3.3 million Home Equity Lines of Credit potentially resetting with higher, fully amortizing monthly payments from 2015 to 2018 are on properties that are seriously underwater. ...


Look for Enhancements to REALTOR.org Coming Soon!

NAR PULSE—The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ® (NAR) is making enhancements to REALTOR.org designed to help brokers and their agents find the right information at the right time. Keep visiting REALTOR.org to see its new look for the New Year that will mean easier navigation. ...


Property Taxes Highest for Homeowners Who Have Owned between Five and 15 Years

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever U.S. Property Tax Rates Report for 2014, which provides average property taxes and effective property tax rates for single family homes in more than 1,000 counties nationwide as well as by state ...


REALTOR® Safety Survey Shows Positive Results, despite Latest Tragedy

The recent death of a Florida man who was gunned down while looking at a home in Fort Lauderdale last week once again has the real estate community speaking about the importance of safety. ...


Specialization: What’s Your Niche?

The days of the ‘generalist’ agent, even in buyer brokerage, are drawing to a close. While some firms and agents do just fine chasing commissions all over town, it seems that in order to really move ahead of the pack, ...


Further Signs of Normalization in House Price Growth

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index—Purchase Only, rose by 5.4 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in December 2014. This ...


Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months

Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw gains in activity in January. ...


Strong Job Growth Foreshadows Solid Full-Year Economic Growth

The economy is poised for a pickup in growth in 2015 amid a strengthening employment sector, rising income growth, and declining commodity prices, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group. ...


San Francisco County’s Peak-Level Price Gains Fall Into Negative Territory

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2015. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry. ...


Housing Confidence Up, More Americans Renovating

This past week, both Home Depot, Inc., and Lowe's reported high fourth quarter gains, with profits beating their own revenue projections as well as analysts' estimates, according to a recent Bloomberg Business article. ...


Developers Report Strong Sentiment on Multifamily Market

The National Association of Home Builders' recently released Multifamily Production Index (MPI) held steady with a reading of 54 for the fourth quarter of 2014. This capped the third straight year of quarterly readings consistently at 50 or above. ...


Homeowners Can Now Change Their Home Facts, Watch Zestimate Update Immediately

In recent news, Zillow® began allowing homeowners to see an immediate change to their Zestimate® home value when they edit facts about their home on Zillow. Previously, it took as long as several weeks for the Zestimate to update. ...


Flip Flop: 2014 Rings in Lowest Share of Flipped Homes Since 2011

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q4 and Year-End 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 136,269 U.S. single family homes were flipped in 2014, 5.4 percent of all single family home sales during the year—the lowest share of flips since 2011. ...


NAR Broker Tip of the Month: NAR Schedules 2015 Broker Summits

Due to the success of the 2014 Broker Summit, NAR will hold three REALTOR® Broker Summits in 2015 and the number of seats at each event will increase to accommodate 300 attendees. ...


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