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Real Estate Trends Archive


Real Estate Independent Contractor Lawsuits: What’s Next?

Over the past few years, a question has been bubbling around the real estate community: should agents be legally treated as employees or independent contractors? This question has sparked several lawsuits around the country as agents grapple with this legal gray ...


Grocery Stores Help Homes Appreciate Faster, Study Says

Your local grocery market has a lot to do with what happens in your local housing market, according to a new analysis by Zillow featured in the paperback edition of Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate (Grand Central Publishing, Jan. 26). ...


Millennials to Shape Housing Preferences – Once They Start Buying

The millennial generation is poised to make a significant impact on home design with their strong preferences for energy efficiency and smart-home technology; comfortable, workable kitchens and more casual spaces, says speakers today from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Better Homes and Gardens. Both spoke at a ...


HUD Offers $1 Billion for National Disaster Relief

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and the Rockefeller Foundation recently announced the winners of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  Secretary Castro traveled to Norfolk, Virginia where he joined Governor Terry McAuliffe in announcing the winners of the competition. Through NDRC, ...


December Rebound: Existing-Home Sales Snap Back

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe initiative pushed a portion of November’s would-be transactions into last ...


Brokers Report 2015 Numbers, Forecast the Year Ahead

The official results for 2015 are in, and the nation’s leading real estate companies are now submitting their verified numbers for RISMedia’s 28th Annual Power Broker Survey, the industry’s longest-running ranking of America’s top brokerage firms. The Power Broker Survey ranks firms ...


Growth for Property Tax Revenues

NAHB tabulations of the Census Bureau’s quarterly tax data show that $527 billion in taxes were paid by property owners from the fourth quarter of 2014 through the end of third quarter of 2015. This represents a $37 billion increase over the previous trailing four-quarters, or a nearly 7.5 ...


5 Home Improvements that Pay Off—and 5 that Don’t

Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. ...


Friends Who Join Forces See Homeowner Dreams Come True

(TNS)—A group of longtime Seattle pals is going from renting together to buying houses together, like a real-life sequel to the television sitcom “Friends.” ...


Mortgage Rates Dip Three Weeks in a Row

Wannabe buyers rejoice—mortgage rates are steadily declining. Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing mortgage rates moving lower for the third consecutive week amid another week of market turbulence. ...


HUD Offers $15 Million to Help Low-Income Seniors Age in Place

Moving late in life can be daunting, but low-income seniors may have an even harder time, studies show. To combat this, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced it is making approximately $15 million available to test a promising housing and services model for low-income seniors to ...


Americans’ Financial Satisfaction Booms

Americans personal financial satisfaction has increased substantially from a year ago, likely spurred by significant reductions in inflation and loan delinquencies, according to the 2015 fourth quarter PFSi (Personal Financial Satisfaction Index) released recently by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). ...


Home Starts Up 10.8 Percent in 2015

Total housing starts were up in 2015, weighing in at 1.11 million—that's 10.8 percent higher than 2014. This information is based on the Census Bureau's recent December 2015 data release, which allows us to look at 2015's starts as a whole. Despite December ...


Jerry, and the Journey of ’53 Million & One’

If you would have asked Jerry Ascencio two years ago if he could see himself as an actor, the broker/owner of San Fernando Realty would have probably chuckled and said no. As a multimillion-dollar business owner who manages about 60 employees, ...


Remodelers’ Confidence Remains Consistent at the End of 2015

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the final quarter of 2015, one point above the previous quarter. This was consistent with similar results over the past year and a half, indicating sustained confidence in the market from remodelers.  The ...


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