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Top Home Markets Increase, Half Reaching Full Pricing Recovery

Homes.com® recently released its April 2015 Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 markets, 137 markets (46 percent) ...


Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents in the U.S. Close $4 Billion in Transaction Volume over the Last Year: NAHREP

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) released its annual report Wednesday on the Top 250 Latino Agents in the country. For the fourth consecutive year, NAHREP received a record number of applications from top agents across the country ...


April Prices Mark Largest Seasonal Gain Since 2005

The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows U.S. home prices climbed rapidly since March, as strong sales and limited inventory relative to demand continue to be the key narratives highlighting the spring housing market countrywide. ...


Economic Rebound on the Horizon with Q1 Slump in Rearview Mirror

Recent indicators suggest that the U.S. is experiencing a moderate rebound in economic growth in the current quarter following a temporary drop in activity in the first quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group. The strong U.S. dollar and challenges in the oil and gas ...


Existing-Home Sales Bounce Back Strongly in May as First-time Buyers Return

Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Northeast, ...


Tech Trends and Profitability Strategies in Focus at August REALTOR Broker Summits

Bringing together its broker members for an in-depth strategy session, the National Association of REALTORS® two 2015 REALTOR® Broker Summits, taking place this August in Seattle, will offer real estate professionals a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders about the critical ...


May Home Sales and Prices Continue Rising

Home sales in May were greater than in any other May since the RE/MAX National Housing Report began in 2008. This spring has now experienced a four-month trend in which sales were higher than both the previous ...


CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new date is set for October 1. The rule, originally set to go ...


More Upscale Buyers Enter Market, International Sales Dollar Volume Spikes

While total unit sales from international home buyers decreased from last year, total sales dollar volume increased 13 percent, according to the National Association of REATLORS® 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients. ...


May Housing Starts Highlight Strong Demand

Recently reported May housing starts showed an 11.1 percent drop in new home construction nationally, falling to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.036 million units. The drop from elevated April results was broad, with a 5.4 ...


REALTORS® Report Heightened Commercial Success

Commercial real estate markets are improving with REALTORS® specializing in commercial real estate reporting an increase in annual gross income, the number of sales transactions and sales volume, according to the 2015 National Association of ...


Builders’ Sentiment Improves

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for June increased to 59, a five point rise from May and tied for the highest since September 2014. The increase in builder confidence aligns with other recent positive housing news. April starts and permits were up significantly from a depressed March. Single-family starts rose ...


Household Economic Well-Being: U.S. Households Increasingly Optimistic

According to a Federal Reserve analysis, U.S. households surveyed during October 2014 reported only modest improvements with respect to economic well-being but felt increasingly optimistic about the future. ...


Millennials are Rays of Sunshine amid Clouds of Pessimism

Remarkably negative findings from the 2015 How Housing Matters survey released this week by the MacArthur Foundation were punctuated by two critically important findings.  Attitudes on the value of housing as an excellent long term investment have flip-flopped and Millennials put a higher priority on the dream of homeownership than ...


Housing in 2030: Renter Rate Rises, Homeownership Tumbles

As the recovery makes headway, housing patterns in the future are expected to shift significantly to accommodate an exploding renter population, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute, “Headship and Homeownership: What Does the Future Hold?” Between 2010 and 2030—the year ...


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