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Cash is King: First-Timers Give Way to Bidders Coming Out of Foreclosure

The all-cash buying real estate trend has not let up at all in early 2014. In fact, most states have seen an increase in cash purchases—a stunning trend when you consider how popular cash buyers were last year and the fact that ...


Builders Target REALTORS® to Locate Buyers in Recovering Markets

For the past several years, builders have actively sought help from REALTORS® to find qualified buyers. The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that two-thirds of new homes sold in 2013 were purchased by buyers brought to builders by REALTORS®. ...


Competition among Lenders Good for Potential Buyers

The future of expanded credit availability has strong ties to a healthy housing recovery—and that future lies in the hands of private lenders. ...


Home Rental Interest Rises, Apartment Rentals Still Reign: Survey

The amount of renters in theU.S. has expanded significantly nationwide since the burst of the housing bubble. As the market continues to swell and demand for both home and apartment rental properties increases,Homes.com® and sister site, ForRent.com®, conducted a survey to gauge the mindset of today’s renter. The ...


More Americans Move for Families and Jobs, Fewer for Housing Reasons

While nearly half of Americans move for housing-related reasons (48 percent), the percentage has fallen from its peak of 52.8 percent in 2004.  Both job-related (19.4 percent) and family-related (30.3 percent) reasons have been on the rise over the past 15 years ...


Spring-Summer Buying and Selling Season Yet to Bloom

Americans’ concerns about the direction of the economy and their household income appear to be weighing on housing growth, according to results from Fannie Mae’s May 2014 National Housing Survey. The share of respondents who believe the economy is headed in the ...


A Closer Look at Inflation and Its Impact on Real Estate

The current inflation rate is not worrisome, but is always worth a close look. Any surprise uptick in inflation automatically pushes up mortgage rates. ...


Know before You Owe

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has begun a new phase of work to find ways to improve the closing of real estate and mortgage transactions. Initially, many thought the second round of “Know Before You Owe” was going to be another ...


Equity Position of U.S. Households Improves

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ recently released statistics on the financial accounts of U.S. households. The release shows continued improvement in the financial position of U.S. households with real estate. If fact, the household real estate equity position improved ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Remain Steady

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing that last week's average fixed mortgage rates largely flat compared to the previous week amid light economic reports. ...


Insights into Buyers from China and Overcoming the Cultural Divide

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a listing comes on the market only to be scooped up days later by a buyer from China, in cash. It’s been one of the hottest real estate trends in real estate for some ...


Face Time: Why Broker Networking Matters More than Ever

Overused and often under-rated, the concept of networking has become a ubiquitous part of modern culture. However, that doesn’t dilute the value of smart, selective, focused networking for those who know how to do it right. Power Brokers, in fact, view it ...


Single-Family Built for Rent Market Remains off Recent Market Highs

Single-family starts built-for-rent were effectively unchanged at 4,000 starts for the first quarter of 2014. While the market share of built-for-rent single-family units remains elevated, the share and count of starts appear to be declining off post-Great Recession highs. ...


Pending Home Sales Edge Up in April

Pending home sales improved for the second straight month in April, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Gains in the Midwest and Northeast offset declines in the West and South. ...


Mobile Devices Fuel Today’s Home Search

You see smartphones and tablets all around you. From business executives in airport lounges to teenagers on buses to distracted drivers waiting at red lights, faces everywhere reflect the glow of a screen. People check their phones 150 times per day, according ...


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