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Real Estate Trends Archive


Homebuying Trends for 2015: Multigenerational Living, Combining Purchases, Relocating

The American Dream of homeownership is certainly still alive. Consumers still dream of owning a home—whether a single-family with a white picket fence, a condo, or a multifamily home. ...


Staying Motivated and Disciplined

Read the following interview to learn one real estate prop's top methods for getting listings, turning leads into business, and striving for competition differentiation. ...


One in Four U.S. Foreclosures Are ‘Zombies’ Vacated by Homeowner

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q1 2015 Zombie Foreclosure Report, which found that as of the end of January 2015, 142,462 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to the bank repossessing the property, representing 25 percent of ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Dip to New 20-Month Low

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgages is currently 3.56 percent, down two basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.53 and 3.77 percent for most of the week, dropping to 3.46 percent on Friday before returning to the current rate. ...


New Study Finds Price Premium for Solar Homes

A study conducted by a team of researchers,  led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Laboratory, found that homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes that have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. The research (Selling into the Sun: ...


87 Percent of U.S. Homes Qualify for Down Payment Help

RealtyTrac recently released a Down Payment Resource (DPR) on the availability of down payment programs across the country. Out of more than 78 million U.S. single family homes and condos, more than 68 million (87 percent) would qualify ...


Ranked: Best U.S. Markets for Buying Residential Rental Property

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q1 2015 Residential Property Rental Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties in the first quarter of 2015. The report also looks at which markets are seeing the biggest increases in rental rates in 2015 ...


New Tool Enhances Consumer Real Estate Search Experience

One of the most important factors home buyers consider as they begin the process of searching for their dream home is the distance to work, school, shopping, place of worship and other important destinations, and how long it takes to drive that distance. That is why the Houston Association of ...


RESPA/TILA Changes Right around the Corner

While August 1 may still be six months away, now is the time to start thinking about the RESPA/TILA changes that will go into effect on that date. There will no longer be Good Faith Estimates (GFEs) or Truth in Lending disclosures. Those two forms have been combined into a ...


Healthy Demand Expected for First-Time and Move-Up Buyers

Fifteen years into the new millennium, we are finally seeing real potential that the market can support full buyer momentum, according to the recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report from Clear Capital, with data through January ...


CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Rules in Rural Areas

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. If finalized, the proposal would increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types ...


Webinar: Learn Strategies That Have Driven Double-Digit Growth in Closings

Want to hear the latest tips for success from rapidly rising real estate stars? Tune into a new webinar Thursday, February 05, 10-11 a.m. PST, geared toward expanding teams and brokers and featuring top real estate professionals setting their sights on even bigger numbers for 2015 using online lead systems ...


Pending Home Sales Stall in December

Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in December. ...


A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

NAHB hosted an economic and housing outlook seminar at its International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas inviting Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, and David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, to join David Crowe to discuss the outlook for 2015. Here’s ...


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Regulator Defends 3 Percent Down Payment Mortgages

(TNS)—The regulator for bailed-out housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lawmakers Tuesday that new programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3 percent had enough safeguards to make them as safe as loans with higher down payments. ...


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