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Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging higher leading up to the federal budget deadline last week. ...


Home Prices Up 0.6 Percent in August; Signs of Subsiding Growth Momentum

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows continued growth of home prices in August as the U.S. housing recovery remains well underway. The index moved 0.6 percent higher from the previous the month, making August the 18th consecutive month of rising home prices. According to the FNC RPI, August ...


Benefits of Real Estate Investment vs. Stocks and Bonds

As the economic recovery continues to build, Americans are again able to consume and invest; and with recent reports from the U.S. Census Bureau noting 34 percent of ...


The Government Shutdown and Its Play on Housing

The government shutdown is causing a flurry of anxiety throughout the nation, and worry is accumulating throughout the housing industry. Despite a small fall cool down due to rising interest rates, the rebound was still moving forward with momentum, and industry ...


Fastest Growing Franchises in Home Improvement

Since the recession, many consumers are looking to increase the value of their homes and reinvest in their properties, driving up demand in a variety of industries in the home improvement sector. Notably, franchises in this sector fared slightly better than their non-franchised counterparts during the downturn, primarily due to ...


Consumers in Cautionary Holding Pattern as Fiscal Policy Debate Unfolds

Americans tempered their optimism toward the housing market in September, perhaps indicating growing caution surrounding the fiscal policy debate, according to the Fannie Mae September 2013 National Housing Survey results. Although consumers continue to remain generally positive on average, their attitudes ...


Late Summer Sales Keep September Prices Hot

Home price gains in September rose over record August levels, evidence of residual summer buying activity, according to the first market report of the month to be released. ...


RE/MAX Announces Closing of Its Initial Public Offering

RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. has completed its initial public offering of 11,500,000 shares of Class A common stock at $22.00 per share, including the full exercise of the option to purchase 1,500,000 additional shares granted to the underwriters. The Company’s Class A common stock began trading on the New York Stock ...


Rebound Continues: Housing Markets Back to Normal in 52 Metros

Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the newly minted National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall for Third Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling for the third consecutive week amid declining consumer confidence and the onset of the federal government shutdown. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage is at its lowest level since the week ...


Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam despite Persistent Headwinds

With home prices and household formations rising and household balance sheets healing, the ongoing housing recovery is expected to gain momentum next year even as several challenges remain, according to economists who participated in a recent National Association of Home Builders ...


Behind the 2013 Land Report 100: America’s Largest Landowners Double Down

Investing in rural, undeveloped land continues to be a popular strategy among the affluent, according to the 2013 Land Report 100, the latest annual survey and ranking of the largest private landowners in the United States just published by The Land Report and presented by Fay Ranches. Increasingly seen as ...


Don’t Forget RESPA/TILA Changes Are Coming

In all the excitement over the qualified mortgage, qualified residential mortgage, and Basel III capital rules, as well as the introduction of GSE and FHA reform, it is easy to forget that a major rule still remains to be finalized—the RESPA/TILA ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Business Planning 2014 – Getting It Right

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Prices Rising to a Possible Peak? A Closer Look at the Numbers

In July, U.S home prices continued to increase, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. On a year-over-year basis, home prices grew by 12.4 percent in July, the fastest annual pace since February 2006, at the height of the housing ...