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Americans Expect Home Prices and Mortgage Rates to Increase

Consumer attitudes toward the economy and housing continue to diverge this winter, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2013 National Housing Survey results. On the one hand, consumers continue to express strong positive attitudes toward housing. On the other hand, sentiment about the economy and household finances is stalled. Average 12-month ...


ASF Outlines Fannie, Freddie Mortgage Securities Merger

The American Securitization Forum has detailed possible ways regulators could merge mortgage-backed securities offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to close the pricing gap between the two. ...


The Good, Bad and Ugly: Social Media’s Impact on Your Brand

(eM+C)—There's no denying that social media has taken the world by storm. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter boast millions of users. Social media is a huge engagement, staffing, retention and, increasingly, branding tool. It's at the foundation of what I call tri-branding — i.e., when companies use social media to link ...


Home Prices Expected to Rise at least 3.3 Percent Annually through 2017

The housing recovery is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent through the third quarter of this year, then gain momentum and prices are projected to grow 3.7 percent between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014 until ...


February’s U.S. Home Prices Signal Solid Start to Spring Buying Season

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index(TM) (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry. ...


Price, Proximity to Work and Design Are Key Concerns for Home Buyers

Price and proximity to work are key concerns for first-time home buyers, while trade-up buyers tend to be most focused on the design of the home and the neighborhood, according to “Characteristics of Home Buyers,” an analysis of the recently released 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) by the National Association ...


Exterior Replacement Projects Provide Biggest Return on Investment for Homeowners, Say REALTORS®

Homeowners looking for the most return on their investment when it comes to remodeling should consider exterior replacement projects. According to the 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, REALTORS® rated exterior projects among the most valuable home improvement projects. ...


High Tech but Down to Earth

“Online video is the next big thing,” says Stacie Staub of LIVE Urban Real Estate. Read on to learn Staub’s tech tips, plus how she stays motivated and connected. ...


What Do Home Buyers Really Want?

Many in the housing industry are wondering not only what today’s home buyers really want, but also what they are ready to leave behind in light of current economic realities. A new study recently released by NAHB, What Home ...


The Echo Boom: The Next Generation

Sometimes it takes a 30-year industry veteran to have the clearest vision into the next 30 years of the industry. ...


How to Spot Business Opportunity in Tomorrow’s Economy

Take a moment to consider some of today’s largest, most recognizable companies—“some of them may not be around after the next several years,” says G. Michael Maddock, CEO of Maddock Douglas, a company that advises Fortune 100 players like GE and Wal-Mart. ...


Five Ways Your Business Can Improve by Admitting to Mistakes

It seems our society has turned dodging responsibility into an art form. From celebrities who insist that a brush with the law was all a big misunderstanding to political figures who use spin and double-speak to blame everything on the other side, no one wants to admit it when they ...


S&P/Case-Shiller: Home Prices Closed Out a Strong 2012

Data through December 2012, released this week by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended the year with strong gains. The national composite posted ...


Pat Zaby Joins Top 5 in Real Estate as Top 5 Elite Speaker

Recently, RISMedia and the Top 5 in Real Estate Network have announced a new addition to the Top 5 program: the inclusion of some of the best real estate speakers in the industry coming together to provide better content, better ...


Ohio Finds January Home Sales Highest Since 2007

Regional Spotlight--Central Ohio home sales during the first month of 2013 were the highest for January since 2007 just before the housing market began to feel the effects of the economic recession. The 1,374 closings exceeds the previous year by 20.4 percent (1,141) according to the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. ...


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