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Real Estate Trends Archive


As Rates Increase, Mortgage Applications Drop

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 5 percent compared with the previous week.  The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week to its lowest ...


Trulia Executive Joins Broker Public Portal Board of Managers

In the wake of the Broker Public Portal’s first board meeting comes the announcement that Alon Chaver, former Vice President of Industry Services at Trulia, has agreed to join the company’s Board of Managers. The governance of the LLC allows the Board ...


Home Price Gains Ease in April

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 for April 2015 show that home prices continued ...


Get What You Need and Get Back to Business with the All-New REALTOR® Store

NAR PULSE—NAR’s REALTOR® Store has been completely redesigned from check-in to check-out to help you and your agents get all you need to succeed. New features include a faster, single-step check-out, product ratings and reviews, and a dynamic responsive design. Browse and buy business boosting brochures, publications, DVDs, reports, digital ...


FHFA Annual Guarantee Fee Report Shows Increase

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its annual report on the single-family guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The report tracks adjustments from 2009 through 2014 and shows that guarantee fees have increased over this period.  The report also reflects the impact of guarantee fee ...


Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Nine Years

Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of REATORS®. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South. ...


Shared Housing Can Provide Financial Security for Retirees

(TNS)—When Rika Mead retired, and divorced, two years ago, the idea of taking on a roommate wasn’t high on her list of priorities. ...


Add Home Value with These Indoor Décor Ideas

If you’re like a lot of homeowners today, you might be tempted to chalk decorating choices up to personal preference and think they have little to do with home value — but this is a mistake. Whether or not ...


Webinar Recap: What’s Your Unfair Competitive Advantage?

Coined by Verl Workman, moderator of RISMedia’s recent webinar “Yes, You Can List 100 Homes a Year!” and founder and CEO of Workman Success Systems,  the “unfair competitive advantage” describes the one asset that ...


Big Data’s Big Applications for Real Estate

Consumers are hungry for information, and the Internet gives them unprecedented access to all kinds of it with a few clicks. When it comes to searching for a new home, buyers want as much data as possible to help them make ...


Millennials Think Happy Housing Thoughts, Study Shows

Realtor.com® recently revealed that millennials have become more positive when it comes to taking the plunge into homeownership and are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year, based on the results of its consumer ...


Spotlight: A Masterful Time-saving Resource for REALTORS

In today’s real estate landscape, agents and brokers have an abundance of tools at their disposal to help them stay competitive in their marketplace. From smartphone apps and devices, to Internet news services and local MLSs, the influx of information directed toward agents nowadays can be overwhelming to say the ...


CFPB Delays ‘Know Before You Owe’ Rule again for a Saturday Launch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday issued a proposed amendment to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, which proposes to move the rule’s effective date to October 3, 2015, two days later than its most recent proposal to extend the effective date to October 1, 2015. ...


Court Works to Fight Housing Discrimination

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court made big moves for fair housing, ruling that the 1968 Fair Housing Act encompasses claims of unintentional discrimination through disparate impact, making the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs liable for how it allocated low-income housing tax credits. ...


Best and Worst Markets for Low Down Payment Buyer Affordability, Accessibility

RealtyTrac® has released a joint analysis with Down Payment Resource that examined affordability, median income, median home price and homeownership program availability in 370 U.S. counties with a population of at least 100,000 and where sufficient data was available. The report then ranked each ...


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