Welcome!




Expand Your Education with These Courses from
Becoming a Successful Sales Professional: Skills for Sales Success: Part One.
Time Management: Skills for Sales Success: Part Two.
Negotiating Skills: Skills for Sales Success: Part Six.
Accredited Buyer's Representative.
At Home with Diversity.

Home Owner News Archive


New Credit Risk Scoring Promises to Qualify More Borrowers

Evidence is growing that more borrowers will be approved for a mortgage without increasing risk to lenders through more sophisticated credit risk scoring that uses alternative data, such as unsecured credit and property history in consumer credit report analysis, according ...


Homeownership Rate Slips during the Third Quarter

The Census Bureau reported the seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 65.3 percent during the third quarter of 2012. In terms of rates across age groups (which are not seasonally adjusted), only those households headed by persons 65 and over registered an increase in the homeownership rate versus the third ...


HUD Secretary Announces Foreclosure Protection for Connecticut Storm Victims

Regional Spotlight—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Connecticut and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Sandy. ...


Real Estate Magazine 2013 Hot Topics Contest

What do you want to read about in Real Estate magazine? Over at RIS headquarters, we’ve been busy brainstorming fresh content for 2013 and decided we want to know what you—the reader—wants to read about. ...


Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly

(MCT)--Signed contracts to buy previously owned homes rose in September, but not by much, according to a trade group report. ...


Housing Recovery Continues Despite Inventory Shortage

San Francisco Bay Area housing market showed further signs of recovery in the third quarter behind strong demand for homes and an acute shortage of inventory that may present a window of opportunity for potential home sellers if it continues, according to an analysis of MLS data by the research ...


Do You Think You Know Gen X and Gen Y? Think Again….

Out of the housing downturn has emerged a new, more informed homebuyer. A homebuyer that is willing to do their homework and eager to earn the right to homeownership. ...


Remodeling Market Index Climbs Five Points, Returns to 2005 Levels

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) climbed to 50 in the third quarter of 2012, up from 45 in the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released recently, the RMI is at its highest point since ...


New Home Sales at Best Rate Since 2010

(MCT)—New home sales jumped 5.7 percent in September from the previous month to the highest rate in more than two years as the housing market resurgence continued to take hold, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...


New-Home Sales Rise 5.7 Percent in September

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 389,000 units in September, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the fastest sales pace recorded ...


Next Generation of Homebuyers Are Knowledgeable, Responsible and Savvy

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently released the results of a national survey of 18-35 year old Americans that reveal that the impact of the housing crisis has given rise to two of the most knowledgeable generations to become ...


Home Inspections: Then and Now – Dan Steward Brings Home Inspection into the Future

It was one very bad experience with a real estate transaction that left entrepreneur Mike Brewer thinking there had to be a way to professionalize the home inspection industry. Like many serial entrepreneurs, after an unsatisfactory business transaction (in Brewer’s ...


Housing Starts, Permits Post Big Gains in September

Nationwide production and permitting of new homes rose sharply in September to their highest levels in more than four years, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. A 15 percent gain brought the pace of new housing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...


Rand on Real Estate: A New Class of Home Buyer – the Institutional Investor

Enormous capital has been raised over the last two year for the expressed purpose of buying single family homes and renting them out. This trend dwarfs the new construction boom in terms of real dollars and earning potential for our industry. It is as aspirational as the foreclosure crisis was ...


Fannie: Sales Up 9 Percent in 2012

Fannie Mae’s economists expect total home sales to rise approximately 9 percent this year from last year’s depressed levels. ...


Our Latest News >>