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How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make?

It’s a common question for consumers, students and real estate professionals: How much do real estate agents make? ...


New-Home Sales Continue to Level in February

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


Solid February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

As prices continue to rise, more sellers are putting their homes on the market than this time last year, according to Realtor.com®'s recently released National Housing Trend Report for February 2014. This movement is a sign of confidence in the gains sustained ...


The Future of the Housing Finance System

The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. These factors ...


Lenders: QM Rule Will Bump up Rates for Low FICOs

The qualified mortgage (QM) rule that took effect in January will raise mortgage rates by at least 150 percentage points according to a survey of lenders released recently. ...


More Than 4 Million First-Time Buyers Want to Enter the Housing Market in 2014, Buoyed by Strong U.S. Housing Confidence

Millions of current renters nationwide aspire to buy a home in the next year, according to the inaugural edition of the Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI)[i], suggesting strong demand among potential first-time homebuyers if market conditions are favorable. But existing headwinds, including ...


Normal Market Activity Inches Forward

While the pace may be slow, new industry findings show that the real estate market is indeed moving forward. The Advanced March NAHB/First American Leading Markets (LMI) Index remained unchanged in March at .87 from February but the number of markets considered ...


Fed Reports Winter Cools Inventories

In its latest report on the economy, Federal Reserve economists report that winter weather has contributed to a slowing of real estate markets and inventories are low in most districts. ...


HUD Releases Proposed 2015 Budget

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently unveiled HUD’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. This year The President’s Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. The Budget adheres to the 2015 spending levels agreed to in the ...


March Housing Madness: Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros at or above Normal

Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Buyers Ready to Make a Move This Spring

The National Association of REALTORS®’ Consumer Advertising Campaign TV commercial, “Make Your Move,” debuted recently in more than 20,000 national spots, and is expected to generate 3.9 billion impressions in 2014. This year’s campaign theme is market momentum, and the latest ad ...


February 2014 Prices Show Largest Drop in Quarterly Growth Since 2010

Recent reports show that home prices have already begun to drop this year. Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2014. ...


Inventory Loosens Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Regional Spotlight—With the statewide housing inventory slowly improving, California pending home sales picked up steam in January and reversed a two-month decline, but pending sales were still down from a year ago, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Gradual Climb Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates mixed with the fixed-rate products moving higher for the fourth consecutive week, while adjustable rate mortgages eased. ...


Recovery Stretches to Ninth Consecutive Month; 89 Markets Reaching Full Recovery

A recently released market index shows significant improvement in the top 100 markets this month. Results show that 60 of the top 200 midsize markets have fully recovered their loss in home prices due to the housing bubble burst. These advancements bring ...


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