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9 Cities and Both Composites Hit New Lows in February

Data through February 2012, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, showed annual declines of 3.6 percent and 3.5 percent for the 10- and 20-City Composites, respectively. ...


The Housing Recovery Is Slow Going, but Things Are Improving

There has been a flurry of media stories regarding the latest housing data that suggest the recent momentum in the housing market has stalled and the industry is heading toward another downturn. ...


Single Family Rentals Now Exceed Multifamily

While inventories of homes for sale have been shrinking this spring, MLSs are filling the void with rental listings for single family homes that until recently were foreclosures. Some 16.1 percent of all listings on MLSs today are rentals, more than double the number in 2006, according to some reports. ...


Stable Housing Numbers: Down Payments Remain Elevated

Down payments greater than or equal to 20 percent were made by 34 percent of all residential home purchasers last month, a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the past year, according to the latest REALTOR® Confidence Index survey ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in March but Inventory Down, Prices Stabilizing

Existing-home sales were down in March but continue to outpace year-ago levels, while inventory tightened and home prices are showing further signs of stabilizing, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


April Showers Bring Flooding and Mold

As winter gives way to warmer weather and spring begins to bloom, heavy rain storms pose a threat to homeowners. Homes that aren’t properly protected from the elements are at risk of flooding and mold infestation, which can cost thousands of dollars to fix once the damage is done. ...


Multicultural Buyers: The New American Melting Pot

Just a cursory glance at your television is evidence: the demographic of the U.S. population has changed dramatically in the past decade. America’s population is more diverse than ever before, and savvy real estate agents should prepare now to serve ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Slightly Higher

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates holding relatively stable this week amid signs that inflation remains in check with the 30-year fixed up slightly at 3.90 percent and 15-year fixed at 3.13 percent. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Investment Properties and Management Companies

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, takes a call from a listener from New Jersey. After listening to the show, the caller is now wondering if ...


REALTORS® Call for Broad Qualified Mortgage Definition to Help Consumers and Housing Market

A narrow definition of the impending Ability to Repay regulation could harm consumers and the housing market recovery, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Americans’ Expectations Align to Encourage Home Buying

More consumers may be looking to purchase homes with a shift in several key housing market indicators, according to Fannie Mae’s March 2012 consumer attitudinal National Housing Survey. More Americans now expect both home rental and home purchase prices to increase over the next year. Nearly half of consumers expect ...


Industry Insight: Today’s Homebuyer

Today’s homebuyer wants more than the typical sales pitch. They expect that their agent be present, focused and highly in tune with their needs. ...


Homeownership Makes Tax Time Less Taxing

With the April 17 tax deadline coming up, many individuals and families still have time to take advantage of the valuable tax benefits homeownership affords. Many are turning to the National Association of REALTORS’® consumer website, HouseLogic.com. ...


Consumers Can Learn Credit Awareness with Experian Credit Advisors, Inc.

As many people celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and Spring Break vacations, the freecreditscore.com™ band took to the sun and surf to star in the newest freecreditscore.com television commercial, "Credit Wipeout." The new 30-second spot, draws attention to the situations that can impact a person's credit status while encouraging ...


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 ...


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