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Real Estate Trends Archive


Builders Continue to See Market Improvements

The March NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose one point from a one-point downwardly revised February to 47. This is the third consecutive month with the index below 50, the point where more builders see the market improving rather than getting poorer. ...


Customer Service Singalong: I Want to Hold Your Hand

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REALTORS® Take Their Message to Nation’s Capitol

Next month REALTORS® will head to Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo, May 12-17, to promote public policies that protect investment in commercial and residential property and advance the real estate industry and REALTOR® business. Nearly 8,500 REALTORS® ...


Register for REALTOR® Trade Expo & Earn with MVP

NAR PULSE—By registering for the REALTOR® Trade Expo, held May 14-15 in Washington, DC., you can earn a free download of Just Sold! The Real Estate Professional’s Guide to Selling More in Less Time ($19.95 value), plus a chance to win a $250 gift card. With the Just ...


Buyers on the Move: Applications Rise for New Home Purchases

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for March 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 15 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


Unresolved Foreclosure Issues a Problem for Many New Yorkers

Regional Spotlight—New York ranks third in the nation in the number of homeowners delinquent on their mortgages or in foreclosure, the Mortgage Bankers Association recently reported. In 2013, the number of foreclosures reached a three-year high in the state. Experts speculate that the number of high foreclosures is partially due ...


‘Cob’ Advocates Willing to Get Dirty to Build Home of Dreams

(MCT)—Making homes out of clay, sand and straw—a material called “cob”—might raise eyebrows in earthquake country, but California devotees are hoping to gain acceptance for what they say is an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and safe way to build. ...


Who Pays America’s Highest (and Lowest) Property Taxes?

The second biggest cost of homeownership—following the mortgage—is usually property taxes. In 2012, U.S. homeowners paid an average of about $2,800 in property taxes, according to a recent Zillow study. And if you live in New York, New Jersey, or Colorado your ...


Buyers Bloom in the Springtime

Daffodils, April showers, robins and a new crop of For Sale signs seem to be working their seasonal magic on home buyers. The latest Fannie Mae survey, conducted in March, reports that the gloominess that shrouded buyers during the bitter winter months ...


In Top Metro Areas, a Relationship Is Found between Income and Home Values

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at two of those statistics; the median household income and median value of owner-occupied housing units. ...


Home Protection Plans a Valuable Asset in Today’s Recovering Market

As the real estate market continues to pick up in the northern suburbs of the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, metroplex, it might be easy for agents to fall back on simply processing the rapid turnover of properties they’re handling. ...


What New Mortgage Rules Mean for Brokers

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and requirements for buying a home and refinancing a mortgage, also known as the “qualified mortgage” or “ability-to-repay” rules, are in effect. There may be a few challenges ahead ...


Mortgage Purchase Applications Dip

Mortgage applications decreased 1.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 4, 2014. ...


NAHB Seeks to Honor the Nation’s Best Apartments and Condos

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its call for entries for the 2014 NAHB Pillars of the Industry Awards competition. Multifamily owners and developers, property managers, architects, interior designers and multifamily industry professionals are invited to enter the competition. ...


Positive Signs Crop Up Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Recent month-to-month volatility in the housing market has softened the ongoing recovery. However, the majority of the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicators on consumer attitudes have continued to move in a positive direction during the past year, which may portend a ...