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Eight Secrets Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know for a Successful 2014

Real estate sales tend to slow down around the holidays, but if your goal is to increase your brokerage’s profitability in 2014, the end of the year is vital to your team’s success. Set the scene for a prosperous 2014, by encouraging ...


Don’t Let Fall Slow You Down

While you’re reading this post catching up with the real estate world, it’s possible that a lot of your competition is off the clock. They’re not making calls, not sending out marketing pieces, not scheduling an open house or tracking down “For ...


Miami Real Estate Double-Digit Price Appreciation Continues

Regional Spotlight—October marked the 23rd consecutive month where Miami’s home prices appreciated compared to year-ago figures, according to a new report from the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. The median sales price for a Miami home in October was $220,000, a significant ...


2014: The Emerging Purchase Market

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for November showing that the major shift for the coming year will be a transition from a refinance-dominated mortgage market to the first purchase-dominated market the industry has seen since 2000. ...


October Housing Data Stretched Summer Demand into October

October witnessed solid price increases, steady inventory and strong demand continuing well into the fall, according to realtor.com®’s data ...


Multifamily Market off Recent Peak, but Still Positive

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released recently by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), reached 54 in the third quarter, seven points lower than a spike in the second quarter but the seventh consecutive reading above 50. ...


Realtor.com® Issues Winter Home Buyer Report

Twenty-nine percent of all-cash homebuyers planning a purchase in the next four months are downsizers ...


Land Value Tax: An Alternative to the Property Tax

An alternative to the local property tax, the land value tax offers certain benefits over the economically inefficient property tax. However, its novelty and legal and political challenges continue to make it an elusive option at this time. ...


Home Prices Continue Rising, Sales Steady

RE/MAX Releases National Housing Report on 52 Metro Areas ...


Builder Confidence Holds Steady in November

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes was unchanged in November from a downwardly revised level of 54 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. ...


Spotlight on Housing Q3: Home Values Strengthening, Affordability Sliding

Strengthening house prices and increased interest rates in metros across the country contributed to lower housing affordability in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released recently. ...


Rising Home Prices Push Down Housing Affordability during Third Quarter

Housing affordability fell for the sixth consecutive quarter, after reaching an all-time high in the spring of 2012, as significantly higher home prices shut out more California home buyers during the third quarter of 2013, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported. ...


The Beginning of the Middle Inning: Housing on Strongly Paved Road to Recovery, New Research Shows

Housing is on the way up, according to new research from The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The recently released report, Emerging Trends in Real Estate®, focused on the key trending industry outlooks for the year ahead, which the report predicts will be a bright one. ...


Majority of Non-Revolving Credit Held By Federal Government

Recently released data from the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding is continuing to expand. According to the release, total consumer credit outstanding increased at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.4 percent in September. For the quarter overall, consumer credit ...


Investors Are Buying Less, but Might Be Ready to Sell Now

Current market conditions are ripe for home sellers: Prices are up, inventory is tight (but improving) and mortgage rates are still at record lows. But homeowners who are looking to make their next move aren’t the only past clients you should talk ...


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