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Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s NAR Annual Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most successful industry leaders break down their strategies for success at RISMedia’s 19th annual Power Broker Forum, titled, “Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience.” ...


Recovery Will Continue: A Perspective of the U.S. Residential Housing Market

Editor’s Note: The following is a perspective on the housing market recovery provided by HomeServices of America. ...


Late Summer Is Perfect for Planting around Your Property

Recently, I chatted with Ed Hume (humeseeds.com) for some ideas about the best things to put into the ground this fall, so you can enjoy the beauty and bounty of your property into the winter and well into next season. ...


Why the School District Should Impact Your Home Search

Buying a home in a good school district can result in resale advantages, offer protection from market fluctuation and provide a great education. Real estate experts in markets across the country share what you should know about a school district’s impact on ...


Affordability Approaches Pre-2004 Norm as Prices Firm

Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6—i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing ...


On the Rise: Applications for New Home Purchases

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for July 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 2 percent relative to the previous month.  This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


Home-Price Gains Decelerate in Many Metro Areas during Second Quarter

Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter and national year-over-year price appreciation is now at its slowest pace since 2012, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Closing Costs Soar 20.8 Percent

While most homebuyers are focused on rising home prices, closing costs are rising nearly as quickly over the past three years, increasing by more than 20 percent since 2010, according recent information from Bankrate.com. Mortgage closing costs rose 6 percent over 2013 ...


Hot Property: ‘Mad Men’ Actor Vincent Kartheiser Puts a Little Something up for Sale

(MCT)—Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men” has listed his tiny Hollywood bungalow at $808,000. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep Energy Costs Down, Home Condition Up?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, the Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. ...


A $1,000 Increase in Home Prices Keeps More than 200,000 Households Out of the Market

Each $1,000 increase in the cost of a new median-priced home price forces 206,000 prospective buyers out of the marketplace, according to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


Five Housing Trends for Summer

(MCT)—It may still be hard to find the home of your dreams with the limited inventory for sale. But at least when it comes to getting a mortgage, you might have more options as lenders loosen some of their standards. ...


67 Percent of Consumers Plan Home Improvements in the Next Six Months: Survey

Nationally, 67 percent of consumers plan home renovations within the next six months, according to the latest realtor.com® Home Improvement Survey. ...


A New Challenge to HUD’s Reverse-Mortgage Program

(MCT)—The United States faces a retirement funds crisis: a rapidly growing number of people who retire without the financial capacity to support themselves during ever-increasing life spans. The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse-mortgage program, which allows older homeowners to convert some ...


Bipartisan Energy Codes Bill a Boon for Consumers

Bipartisan legislation introduced recently by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) would help promote savings in commercial buildings and residential homes through the use of more cost-effective energy codes, which set energy efficiency baselines for buildings, according to the National ...


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