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3 Suburban Markets Show There Is More to Real Estate Than the Case-Shiller Home Price Index

Each month, analysts eagerly await the renowned Case-Shiller Home Price Index report to get a read on the health of the housing market. In a nutshell, this report looks at price changes in homes month-over-month. Prices are tracked in 20 major metropolitan ...


Analysis Shows Home Building Timelines Vary Widely By Region

The National Association of Home Builders recently release an interesting analysis from the 2012 Survey of Construction (SOC). ...


October Building Permits Boost the Housing Market

According to the Commerce Department, housing permits jumped to a 5-year high in October. With the strongest numbers since the housing crash, many are left wondering what the surge in building permits means. Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB (The Association of ...


Putting People First: 5 Resolutions to Succeed in 2014 – Part 1

As 2013 comes to an end, now is a great time to look back on your year and figure out what areas of your real estate business you can improve upon and how to increase your number of clients. When it’s time ...


Zillow Predicts Home Values to Rise 3 Percent in 2014; Mortgages Will Be Easier to Get

Zillow is making four, bold housing predictions for 2014, and has determined which housing markets will be the hottest this coming year. ...


With Aging Population, Elevators More Popular in New Homes

(MCT)—Developers are luring downsizing baby boomers with elevators, a luxury feature that offers convenience now and the promise of easier movement as they age. ...


CFBP Rules: A Detailed Look at the Replacement of Consumer Disclosure Forms

On November 20, 2013, the final rules on the replacement of the current consumer disclosure forms required under RESPA and the Truth-in-Lending Act were released. The new, integrated Loan Estimate Form and Closing Disclosure Form, called “Know Before You Owe,” will go ...


ERA Identifies Four ‘Under the Radar’ Markets Benefitting from Out-Of-State Buyers

ERA Real Estate, a global real estate franchisor, and the members of its U.S. broker network have identified four “under the radar” housing markets that are benefitting from home buyers relocating from out of state. The growth in these markets is supported ...


Market Cycles Influence Alternative Business Development Options

Real estate and relocation professionals often expand business services by recognizing market trending and filling underserved needs in their market areas. By capitalizing and building on business models and skill sets already in place, each of the following individuals and their ...


The Mortgage Professor: With Loan Insurance, Bad Rules Lead to More Rules

(MCT)—In 1999, Congress decreed that the monthly mortgage insurance premiums that borrowers paid could be terminated by the borrower under certain conditions, and if the borrower failed to act, the lender was obliged to terminate a little later. This rule applied to mortgages insured by private mortgage insurers. Shortly thereafter, ...


Home Prices Jump in Largest U.S. Cities, but Pace Slows

(MCT)—Home prices in the nation’s largest metro regions posted strong gains in September, although the pace of those increases slowed in most cities, according to a leading gauge. ...


Residential Building Permits Reach 1 Million, a 5-Year High

(MCT)—The number of U.S. residential building permits issued in October surpassed 1 million, the highest level in five years, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. ...


HUD Awards Millions to Next Generation of Housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced that nine communities across the U.S. will receive Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. The $4.37 million awarded today provides these communities the resources they need to craft comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize ...


New Mortgage Disclosure Forms to Roll Out in August 2015

(MCT)—The federal government’s consumer financial watchdog will require lenders to issue shorter, easier-to-understand mortgage disclosure forms to home buyers that more clearly show the costs and terms of the loans. ...


California Pending Sales Higher in October

California pending home sales reversed a two-month decline to post higher in October, but were down from a year earlier, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


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