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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 ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Lower for Fifth Straight Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling for the fifth consecutive week and hitting new 2014 lows. The average for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is at its lowest point since the week of October 31, 2013. ...


Led by Multifamily, Improvement Seen in All Commercial Real Estate Sectors

The outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors is slightly improving despite disappointing economic growth during the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. ...


Home Prices Growing at Slower Pace

Home price growth across the U.S. is continuing at a slower pace, according to a recently released Case-Shiller home price report. ...


Buyers and Sellers See Spring Buying Season Blooming into Summer: Survey

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage network, recently released the results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey indicating that consumers’ perception of the residential real estate market is increasingly positive. And, following a long, tough winter, consumers ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Near Seven Month Low

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving lower for the fourth consecutive week with fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for this year. ...


Existing-Home Sales Pick Up in April

Existing-home sales increased for the first time this year in April, while inventory meaningfully increased and home price growth moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors® Monthly sales gains in the West and South offset a modest decline in the Midwest while the Northeast was unchanged. ...


Tax Reform May Impact Real Estate, but Not Quite Yet

Tax reform that would affect real estate has been the talk of the industry recently, and we can expect the conversation to gain steam as we move toward 2015. Like it or not, these discussions are going to impact how we do ...


Housing Supply and Demand Continue to Yield Unexpected Results

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for May, showing that regular supply and demand forces continue to produce unexpected results as the housing recovery readies to shift into a higher gear during the spring home buying season. ...


Affordable Homes Three Times More Likely to be Underwater than Expensive Homes

The affordable homes most sought after by first-time homebuyers are being kept off the market in part because nationally, those homes are almost three times more likely to be underwater than the most expensive homes, according to the first quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. The national negative equity rate fell ...


10 Rules of Referrals

Ask any real estate agent what’s the best way to gain new business and they’ll probably say referrals. Above all, earning referral business begins with delivering stellar and memorable service to your clients, but that is rarely enough to provide a steady stream ...


Multifamily Surge Propels Housing Starts over 1 Million Mark in April

Soaring production of multifamily apartments pushed nationwide housing starts above the million-unit mark in April, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production rose 13.2 percent for the month ...


70 Percent of Boomers Expect the House They Retire in to Be Their Best

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently released the findings of a national survey of baby boomers (ages 49-67), revealing this influential generation’s feelings of optimism about living an independent, active lifestyle; a lifestyle unrestrained by planned retirement communities and instead bolstered by ...


Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Small Builders, Big Opportunities

While the Great Recession brought about a dramatic change that saw the nation’s largest builders producing an unusually high percentage of housing across the board, small builders are ready to jump back in right where they left off. Backed by financial partners poised ...


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