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Prudential Real Estate Q1 Outlook Survey: Consumer Confidence in Real Estate, Home Prices Reaches Year-Long High

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, recently released results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey showing that Americans' sentiment toward real estate is growing increasingly favorable. A full 77 percent of consumers feel that the real estate market ...


Number of Improving Housing Markets Holding Steady in April

Following seven consecutive months of gains, the list of improving U.S. housing markets remained virtually unchanged in April, with 273 metros on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. This total reflects a net reduction of one market since March and again includes entrants ...


Lower Operating Costs Mean New-Home Buyers Can Afford More House

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing home buyers why they can afford a higher-priced home—if it’s new construction. Using data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 ...


Keeping Up with Data in Today’s Ever Changing Market

Brint Wahlberg, ABR, ePRO, GRI, was among the first REALTORS® in the nation to witness the 2009 unveiling of Realtors Property Resource®’s (RPR®) first-generation of Web-based information services. And he immediately saw how he and his company, Windermere Real Estate, could use RPR’s robust data sets with virtually every client. ...


RISMedia’s Power Broker Report: The Top 500: Rallying Around Recovery

While there is still plenty of room for improvement in our current economic and housing climate, Power Brokers are advancing full speed ahead toward recovery. The door to the downturn has been shut and there’s nowhere to go but up. ...


The Inside Scoop on ‘Life of the Listing’ Plans

Let’s say you’re a residential real estate professional with seven listings and are extremely busy. So busy that you’re considering outsourcing the showing scheduling process so you can focus on all the things you want to do to market your listings. ...


Clear Capital: Q1 Home Prices Remain Strong over Winter for the First Time in Seven Years

Clear Capital, a provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index(TM) (HDI) Market Report with data through March 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home ...


REALTORS® Continue to Lead the Way on Fair Housing

As the leading advocate for homeownership and housing issues, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) joins the nation in observing the 45th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. Leading the way on Fair ...


CoreLogic Reports 54,000 Completed Foreclosures in February

CoreLogic® recently released its National Foreclosure Report for February, which provides data on completed U.S. foreclosures and the overall foreclosure inventory. According to CoreLogic, there were 54,000 completed foreclosures in the U.S. in February 2013, down from 67,000 in February 2012, ...


Mortgage Originations at Five-Year High In New England Area

Regional Spotlight—The recovery year for the local housing market is evident in recent statistics - showing 2012 mortgage activity in New England at the highest level in five years, according to new data from The Warren Group's Mortgage MarketShare Module. ...


Economic Growth Poised to Strengthen

The strong jobs report and the rebound in consumer confidence in February suggested that businesses and consumers set aside their worries about fiscal drag ahead of the looming sequestration deadline, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. Activity in ...


Pending Home Sales Slip on Constrained Inventory

February pending home sales flattened with limited buyer choices, but remained at the second highest level in nearly three years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Shadow Inventory Down 28 Percent from 2010 Peak

CoreLogic, a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, reported recently that the overall shadow inventory is down 28 percent from its peak in January 2010, when it reached 3 million homes. Current residential shadow inventory as of January 2013 ...


Home Buyer Age Impacts Home Size Preference

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows variations in home buyer preferences with regards to home size when it comes to age, race and ethnicity. ...


From Gloom to Bloom: Expecting the Healthiest Spring Season Since 2007

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook through March showing that as we head into the spring home buying season, continued low mortgage rates, increasing house prices, and gradually improving consumer confidence will help support increased home ...


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