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Positive Trends in Florida Housing Market

Regional Spotlight—Florida's housing market reported gains in median sales prices and a reduced inventory of homes for sale in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida REALTORS®. ...


Ohio Finds January Housing Sales Best in Years

Regional Spotlight—Not only were central Ohio housing sales up in January, but they showed the highest activity for that month since 2008. The 1,125 sales showed a 6.0 percent increase over January of 2011 according to the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. ...


Illinois Sees 16.1 Percent Increase in Home Sales

Regional Spotlight—Illinois Home sales in January were the strongest for the month since 2007, according to data released today by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. ...


February 2012 U. S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook

Freddie Mac (OTC:FMCC) recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing cautious signs of the economy and housing market moving in a positive direction fueled by an environment of low interest rates and more favorable job prospects for Americans. ...


US Unveils Plan to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(MCT)—The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Investors and Renters: Friends or Foes?

According to recent data, investors are becoming an increasingly important part of real estate’s recovery. But is that a good thing? This month’s Power Broker Roundtable, brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS®, explores the issue with a few of the industry’s savviest brokers. ...


FHFA Sends Congress Strategic Plan for Fannie and Freddie

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco recently sent to Congress a strategic plan for the next phase of the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). ...


Housing Expected to Add to GDP for First Time in 7 Years

The 2012 outlook is improving modestly from a disappointing 2011. Economic growth picked up in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 2.8 percent and is expected to come in at 2.3 percent for 2012, up from 1.6 percent growth for ...


Home Remodelers Betting on a Rebound

(MCT)—Residential contractors are hoping that tight-fisted consumers will decide they need a new bathroom. ...


Weekly Video Tip: Leveraging YouTube with Social Media

Posting your video on YouTube is only the beginning if you want it to attract a serious following. The real secret is to leverage it with other forms of social media to grow your audience. ...


More Than 95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the fourth quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for more than 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released recently. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


New England Housing Sales Trending Up

The RE/MAX of New England January Monthly Housing Report shows that year-over-year, the number of unit sales in every state in New England, except Vermont, is slightly higher than January 2011. New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced the highest change in units sold with an increase of 16.8 percent and ...


Builder Confidence Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month

Home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes increased for the fifth consecutive month in February, rising from 25 to 29 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. It is the highest level the index ...


Just In: Purchase Applications Decrease, Refinance Mortgage Activity Increases

Mortgage applications decreased 1.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 10, 2012. ...


5 Ways to Increase Open House Traffic

A record breaking, mild winter has kick started the real estate market much earlier this year than the usual spring start. Mild temperatures are encouraging buyers to begin their search now, and smart sellers are taking advantage of this by pricing their homes accurately and using effective marketing tools. Here ...


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