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Mortgage Credit Availability Rises in July

Mortgage credit availability increased in July according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) that analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool. ...


Technology: The Key to Mastering Success with Millennials

By 2020, millennials are predicted to hold $1.4 trillion in purchasing power, and as they enter the real estate market they will account for the greatest percentage of home sales.  Being that millennials were the first generation to be raised in the “Information ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover under Four Percent

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down for the third week in a row as uncertainty about the economy pushed Treasury yields lower earlier last week. ...


Markets Continue to Move toward Normal

The slow economic and housing recovery has moved the needle, but not by much. The NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index increased one point to .92 in the second quarter 2015. The index measures proximity to a normal economic and housing market with three components: single-family housing starts, employment and home ...


June Gains for Residential Construction Spending

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for June increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $378 billion. On a month-over-month basis, private multifamily spending increased to $52 billion, up by 2.82 percent over the ...


8 Real Estate Cat Memes to Live By

These cats really know their real estate! Snuggle up with your favorite kitty, and share the joys and pains of the biz together. ...


Flipped Homes Fall to 4.5 Percent in Q2

RealtyTrac®recently released its Q2 2015 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 30,013 single family homes were flipped—sold as part of an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period—in the second quarter, 4.5 percent of all single family home sales during the quarter. ...


Different Buyer Preferences? New vs. Existing Homes

If you have ever wondered what drives a homebuyer to select a particular home, look no further. The American Housing Survey provides insight into the homebuying process. The top two reasons for choosing a home were its size (cited by 76 percent of ...


Money Saving Maintenance Tips for Rental Properties

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Top 5 Landscaping Tips to Increase Property Value

Landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase your property’s value quickly. In fact, a gorgeous landscape design can increase the value of your home by at least 5 to 11 percent—and maybe more. The best part about landscaping is that even though ...


Housing Market Remains Strong

Whether to buy or sell may not seem as black or white following recent housing indicators, which offered contradictory points of view, but Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com® says the residential real estate market continues to show strong signs of health in ...


Latinas Rising: One Brunch at a Time

We’re at a place where more women of color are stepping into leadership roles in the workforce, and it’s no surprise this growth is being felt in real estate. The Women’s Council of REALTORS® claims a women’s division was created in the California ...


Can You Guess the Most Popular Summer Vacation Spot for Agents?

Sizzling temps, rising home sales and up-and-down interest rates have made this summer one for the books. Remarkably, many real estate agents have found time to unwind with a vacation – and according to unofficial findings from our recent Reader Rewards giveaway, the hottest destination for says vacation is, well, ...


The Drive for Data: Who Will Gain Control and Who Will Profit?

The red hot topic of data control and management will be addressed head-on in two back-to-back sessions at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange this September. During these important panel discussions, key players in the data drama will candidly discuss the pros and ...


Changing the Virtual Tour Paradym

Online property tour pioneer VisualTour recently announced a new chapter in its service to real estate agents last week. After nearly three decades under the name VisualTour, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company will show the world a new face as Paradym. ...


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