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Big Hitters: 2012 Major League Baseball Homes for Sale

The biggest names in baseball have now departed Florida or Arizona and headed north for the start of the regular season. The rigors of a 162-game season can be tough for anyone, but a bad real estate market can be a big strike out for athletes who are more likely ...


New-Home Design Trends Amp up Creativity but Cut Costs

The hottest design trends in new homes this year incorporate creative use of materials, layouts and features that provide maximum utility and beauty while being cost-conscious at the same time, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In ...


A House That Time Forgot

(MCT)—Crossing the threshold into the grand entry hall of the Mediterranean-style house in Beverly Hills is like stepping into a time capsule. ...


Foreclosure Proceedings Can Make or Break Local Market Recovery

The housing market seems to be on the upswing, and some experts say that by 2014, the market will be back on track. Last week NAR noted that investment properties are on the rise, and the National Institute ...


Survey Finds Women and Men Make Home-Buying Decisions with Head and Heart

Square-footage and price are important elements to consider when selecting a home but according to a new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate of 1,000 men and women, they both also rely on how they feel and how their lifestyle ...


Real Estate Will Rock in 2014

Housing starts will nearly double and home prices will begin to rise in 2013, with prices increasing significantly in 2014. ...


New Prudential Real Estate Poll: Americans Increasingly Optimistic about Homeownership

Prudential Real Estate, a Brookfield Residential Property Services company located in Connecticut, released a new national survey showing that Americans are significantly more optimistic about homeownership than they were a year ago. According to the second-annual Prudential Real Estate Outlook Survey, a full 60 percent of Americans have favorable views ...


NAR: Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

Sales of investment and vacation homes jumped in 2011, with the combined market share rising to the highest level since 2005, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Spring Looks Bright: Pending Home Sales Solidly Higher Than Last Year

Pending home sales were down slightly in February but remain notably above the pattern in the first half of last year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on ...


Market Tracker: February Existing-Home Sales Up Strongly from a Year Ago

February existing-home sales declined from an upwardly revised January pace but are well above a year ago, while the median price posted a slight gain, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales were up in the Midwest and South, ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Launches Reality Broadcast Series: ‘Home, First Home’

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently unveiled its new online and television reality series, “Home, First Home”(SM). The series, which features real stories from first-time homebuyers across the country, as well as advice from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate affiliated sales associates, can be found online at ...


Home Prices Start to Rise, Sales Trend Higher: Housing Recovery Underway

For the first time in 18 months, home prices in February rose higher. With a median price of $171,881, prices in the 53 cities surveyed by the RE/MAX National Housing Report rose by 1.1% over February 2011. ...


The Real Estate Shrink Analyzes Why Brokerages Operate Inefficiently

Real Estate Shrink: Over the past few months, I have learned a lot about you and the real estate industry. I think I’m really getting a feel for why so many of your buddies have gotten in trouble. ...


New Real Estate Poll: Americans Increasingly Optimistic about Homeownership

Americans are significantly more optimistic about homeownership than they were a year ago. That’s according to a new national survey released this week from Prudential Real Estate, a Brookfield Residential Property Services company. According to the second-annual Prudential Real Estate ...


Homeowner Vacancy: Tightest Housing Markets in the U.S.

A simple measure of tightness in a market for owner-occupied housing is the homeowner vacancy rate (number of homes for sale divided by the number either for sale or owner-occupied). Builders are often interested in markets that are tight by this measure, because it indicates prospective buyers will have difficulty ...