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Further Signs of Normalization in House Price Growth

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index—Purchase Only, rose by 5.4 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in December 2014. This ...


Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months

Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw gains in activity in January. ...


Strong Job Growth Foreshadows Solid Full-Year Economic Growth

The economy is poised for a pickup in growth in 2015 amid a strengthening employment sector, rising income growth, and declining commodity prices, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group. ...


San Francisco County’s Peak-Level Price Gains Fall Into Negative Territory

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2015. 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. ...


Housing Confidence Up, More Americans Renovating

This past week, both Home Depot, Inc., and Lowe's reported high fourth quarter gains, with profits beating their own revenue projections as well as analysts' estimates, according to a recent Bloomberg Business article. ...


Developers Report Strong Sentiment on Multifamily Market

The National Association of Home Builders' recently released Multifamily Production Index (MPI) held steady with a reading of 54 for the fourth quarter of 2014. This capped the third straight year of quarterly readings consistently at 50 or above. ...


Homeowners Can Now Change Their Home Facts, Watch Zestimate Update Immediately

In recent news, Zillow® began allowing homeowners to see an immediate change to their Zestimate® home value when they edit facts about their home on Zillow. Previously, it took as long as several weeks for the Zestimate to update. ...


Flip Flop: 2014 Rings in Lowest Share of Flipped Homes Since 2011

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q4 and Year-End 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 136,269 U.S. single family homes were flipped in 2014, 5.4 percent of all single family home sales during the year—the lowest share of flips since 2011. ...


NAR Broker Tip of the Month: NAR Schedules 2015 Broker Summits

Due to the success of the 2014 Broker Summit, NAR will hold three REALTOR® Broker Summits in 2015 and the number of seats at each event will increase to accommodate 300 attendees. ...


Trulia Will Continue to Receive ListHub’s Listing Data for Now, Hearing Set for Next Month

The battle between Move and Zillow Group over Trulia’s listings continued this week, with a California judge granting Zillow Group’s request Monday for a temporary restraining order, requiring Move-owned ListHub to continue providing listing data to Trulia until at least March 12. ...


Help Your Agents Embrace the .REALTOR Change

NAR PULSE—From MLS books and rotary phones to the Internet and mobile devices, change is about the only constant in business today. Help your agents understand how to leverage .REALTOR in their business by seeing what other REALTORS® are doing with their ...


Construction Snapshot: January’s Drop in Starts a Match for Usual Seasonality

CMD recently announced that January’s $22.5 billion of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was 10.1 percent lower than in December. The decline all but disappears, however, when allowance is made for seasonality. CMD’s long-term average December-to-January moderation, due to obstructionist winter weather, has ...


Home Prices Grew at Twice the Rate of Inflation in 2014

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for December 2014 shows a slight uptick in home prices across the country. Nine cities ...


Existing-Home Sales Cool in January as Available Inventory Remains Subdued

Existing-home sales declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in January, with the Northeast ...


NAR Video Spotlight: 2015 NAR Orientation Video

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


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