Welcome!




Expand Your Education with These Courses from
A Consumer Advocate Approach to Real Estate: Course 1.
Effective Presentation Skills for Sales Professionals: Skills for Sales Success: Part Five.
Negotiating Skills: Skills for Sales Success: Part Six.
Bundle 1: CIPS Core Course (US Version).
Bundle 3: CIPS Institute (Non-US Version).

Business Outlook Archive


Fed Offers Buyers a Short-Term Reprieve, but Mortgage Rates May Rise before December

Home buyers were granted a bit more time to lock in today’s incredibly low mortgage rates before the era of low interest rates ends with the Fed’s decision to postpone raising its short-term target rate.  However the move by the Fed just substantially ...


U.S. Housing Starts Fall 3 Percent in August

Housing starts in August fell 3 percent to an annual rate of 1.13 million units (SAAR), according to a recent Census Bureau report. ...


Mortgage Rates Calm Ahead of Federal Reserve Decision

Average fixed mortgage rates remain largely unchanged ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee's vote on an interest-rate increase for the first time in more than nine years. ...


Positive Consumer Spending, Growth to Offset Recent Market Volatility

Continued positive consumer spending and other solid domestic fundamentals are expected to offset recent market volatility and support modest improvement in U.S. economic growth in the second half of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) ...


Fed Decision Could Raise Mortgage Payments 6 Percent; and Out Price Potential First-Time Home Buyers in Certain Markets

This Thursday’s Fed interest rate decision may mark the end of a seven-year era of incredibly low mortgage rates and corresponding high affordability in housing. ...


Low-Value Homes Leading the Climb Out of Negative Equity

The U.S. negative equity rate dropped below 15 percent in the second quarter of 2015, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report, but nearly 20 percent of condo-owners remain underwater. ...


Latino Real Estate Leaders and Top Housing Executives Gather in Chicago for NAHREP Annual Convention

The nation’s housing industry and business leaders will gather at NAHREP’s 2015 National Convention & Latin Music Festival, a three-day, world-class event sponsored by Quicken Loans that spotlights the latest developments in Hispanic real estate and lending markets. NAHREP’s convention ...


Report: Homeowners Wary of Housing Market’s Future

Homeowners feel great about the current state of the housing market, but for the first time are less optimistic about the future, according to a Zillow® Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI) released Wednesday. ...


New Home Construction Trailing Job Growth in Majority of Metro Areas

Despite positive improvements in the labor market in recent years, new home construction is currently insufficient in a majority of metro areas and is contributing to persistent housing shortages and unhealthy price growth in many markets, according to new research from the National Association ...


Zillow Group Completes Integration of Trulia and Zillow Advertising Products; Unveils Premier Agent Platform

The integration of Trulia’s advertising products into Zillow Group has been completed, the company announced Wednesday. Zillow Group has been working to integrate Trulia's advertising products with Zillow's since the acquisition closed in February 2015. The integration, originally slated to be ...


Fluctuating Stock Market and Seasonal Shifts Offer Hope for Buyers

Recent stock market volatility and seasonal trends may give buyers better financial options and more time to make purchase decisions entering the fall, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. August data remains positive with regard to overall housing ...


Homeowners Overvalued Their Properties again in August

Homeowner estimates of their home’s value exceeded appraiser opinions by a wider margin than in July, making August the seventh consecutive month of an increasingly wider gap between opinions. This news is according to Quicken Loans' recent report that appraiser opinions of home ...


Zillow Group Announces Sale of Market Leader to the Perseus Division of Constellation Software

Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) announced Thursday the pending sale of Market Leader to the Perseus Division of Constellation Software, Inc., an international provider of market-leading software and services, for $23 million USD. The sale is expected to close early in the fourth quarter. ...


August Shows Rise in Mortgage Credit Availability

Recent news shows that mortgage credit availability increased in August, moving 0.5 percent to 126.1, which suggests a national loosening of credit. ...


Are REOs in Vogue Again?

Once a stain on housing, REOs and short sales are a reminder of the legacy of the housing downturn. Investors, seeking discount prices, transformed what was once undesirable into fashion-forward, instant cash flow in key markets. While in other markets, distressed inventory still ...


Our Latest News >>