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Homeowner Vacancy: Tightest Housing Markets in the U.S.

A simple measure of tightness in a market for owner-occupied housing is the homeowner vacancy rate (number of homes for sale divided by the number either for sale or owner-occupied). Builders are often interested in markets that are tight by this measure, because it indicates prospective buyers will have difficulty ...


Consumer Attitudes Stabilize, Positivity Spreads

Americans' concerns about key economic and housing issues are beginning to subside, according to results from Fannie Mae's February 2012 National Housing Survey. ...


Housing Is Healing: Asking Prices to Show Gain in 2012

For the first time in six years, sellers’ asking prices tracked by the Department of Numbers Website have gone positive on a year-to-year basis, another sign that the housing economy is slowly healing itself. ...


Where Next? Following Boomers to Their Next Real Estate Purchase

Baby boomers are becoming seniors at a rate of 10,000 per day, 4 million per year. By 2020, 80 million people in the U.S. will be 65 or older. Many will uproot to flee ice storms and frost heaves, move ...


REBAC Report: A Global Opportunity

With annual sales of more than $82 billion, international buyers who are interested in purchasing properties in the U.S. provide a tremendous opportunity for brokers and agents looking to expand their business this year. And with the recent addition of more than 1 million international listings on REALTOR.com® and advanced ...


Housing Affordability Index Hits Record High

Housing affordability conditions have reached the highest level since recordkeeping began in 1970, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Overhaul? Home Builders Announce Housing Finance System Reform Plan

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently announced a new comprehensive framework for housing finance system reform that would transition Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a new mortgage securitization system for single-family and multifamily conventional mortgages. ...


Cover Story: A New Generation Rocking Real Estate

There’s a new genre of brokers taking the real estate stage, and they are striking the right chords within the industry. These next generation brokers are infusing innovation and vitality into the real estate market and bringing with them a new way to look at the business. The term “next ...


What Are You Selling?

When I ask sales reps to boil down the entire "selling process" into a one word answer, I get a wide variety of interesting responses such as service, education, or consulting. Seldom do I get the answer that I'm expecting ...


Warren Buffett Is Betting on Housing

(MCT)—The U.S. housing market disappointed Warren Buffett last year, but he hasn’t given up hope. ...


Settlement by American Home Shield Addresses Important Broker Compensation, RESPA issues

In the wake of U.S. District Court approval of a class action lawsuit settlement agreement, American Home Shield officials said they were pleased that the court confirmed the compliancy of the company’s new broker compensation practices featured in its ProConnect program. In addition, the settlement fully released brokers and agents ...


Environmental Data Resources Launches New City Directory Images

Rob Barber, CEO of Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR), a leader in property-specific environmental information and risk management solutions, recently announced the launch of the EDR City Directory Image Report. "We are thrilled to launch city directory images," says Barber. "EDR's mission is to continually improve our services based on ...


Housing Bright Spot: Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend

Pending home sales are on an upward trend, which has been uneven but meaningful since reaching a cyclical low last April, and are well above a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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®. ...


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