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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. ...


The Advantages of Pre-Lists

Have you already discovered the advantages of pre-list properties? ...


Choosing a Professional Home Inspector

There are approximately 30,000 home inspectors nationwide today. Only about half of the states require any kind of certification or licensing for home inspectors. So how do you know you are recommending the best home inspectors to your clients? ...


Five Tips to Follow during the Fall Homebuying Season

A recent real estate survey reported that 27 percent of the homebuyers during the fall season are first-time homebuyers. Although spring is traditionally the peak season for real estate activity, this year's buyer's market should lead to a healthy spike ...


Home Is Where the Heartland Is

Destination Heartland! That's where savvy investors should be heading according to the latest rankings of the best real estate markets for investing in single family homes as rental properties. Investment opportunities still boom in America's major metro areas such as Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix and Minneapolis, but don't overlook places like ...


One in Five Say It’s a Good Time to Sell

Last month the largest percentage of Americans since the housing bust said they believe it’s a good time to sell a house, according to the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey. ...


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