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RE/MAX National Housing Report: Broad-based Housing Recovery in Full Swing

For the fourth month in a row, the RE/MAX National Housing Report is showing an increasing Median Home Price. In May, home prices were 6.1percent higher than those in May 2011. Home sales also rose above the mark set last year by a significant 12.8 percent. With 42 surveyed metros ...


Investing in Charleston, S.C. and Grand Rapids, Mich. Real Estate

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica and host of Rand on Real Estate on WABC radio recommends Charleston and Grand Rapids on the FOX Business Network "Where to Invest Now" segment. ...


Builder Confidence Rises One Point in June

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes gained one point in June from a slightly revised level in the previous month to rest at 29 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), ...


May Housing Update: Inventory Free-Fall Easing Toward Summer Season

Regional Spotlight—The marked decline in single family inventory over the past several months appears to be slowing in May, while still remaining significant in some areas of California. ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Increases 9 Percent in May

RealtyTrac®, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for May 2012, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 205,990 U.S. properties in May, an increase of 9 percent from April but still down 4 percent from ...


Average Fixed Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates ending their six week streak of record-setting lows. Regardless, mortgage rates still remain near the historic lows helping to keep homebuyer affordability high, and providing a strong incentive for those looking to ...


80 Metros Listed as Improving Housing Markets in June

The list of U.S. housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement now includes 80 metropolitan areas, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for June, released recently. Though down from the 100 markets shown ...


9 Ways Power Questions Help Us Build Better Business Relationships

Just a few years ago, globalization was in full swing, and the world seemed to be bursting with an infinite supply of business. All this bounty lulled us into taking our customers for granted, maintains Andrew Sobel—until the economy tanked and shattered the illusion of endless prosperity. Suddenly, the old-fashioned ...


Coldwell Banker Launches Monthly Blog by President; First ‘Real Estate by the Numbers’ Breaks Down Surprising Most-Viewed Listings

Editor’s Note: The following blog post can be found on “Blue Matter,” Coldwell Banker’s official company blog. ...


Billion Dollar IPO for Realogy’s Parent?

Domus Holdings Corp., the parent of Realogy Corporation, has announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed primary initial public offering of shares of its ...


Is the Housing Collapse Over?

April may not be the cruelest month, at least when it comes to housing. The data strongly suggest that after six dreadful years, the real estate market is stabilizing. ...


U.S. Home Prices Turn the Corner with Small Quarterly and Yearly Gains

Clear Capital®, a premium provider of data and real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment, has released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2012. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the most timely and relevant ...


Improving Foreclosure Prices Drive Recovery

Significant price increases in bank-owned foreclosures are driving gains at the national, regional and local levels, helping home prices turn the corner with small quarterly and yearly gains. ...


Market Leader Rolls Out Comprehensive Lead-to-Close Platform

Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, has announced the launch of a fully integrated Marketing Center, immediately available for each of its more than 100,000 real estate agent customers. This comprehensive solution provides real estate brokerage companies and their agents ...


Support the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act

“The Consumer Mortgage Choice Act” (H.R. 4323), introduced by Representatives William Huizenga (R-MI), Ed Royce (R-CA), Lacy Clay (D-MO), and David Scott (D-GA), is bipartisan legislation that makes corrections to the calculation of fees and points under the Home Ownership ...


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