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November Brings Modest Decrease in Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales in November slightly declined for the third time in four months as buyers continue to battle both rising home prices and limited homes available for sale, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest gains in the Midwest and South were ...


How Much Do Homicides Affect U.S. Home Values?

Homicides wipe a whopping $2.3 billion off the U.S. property market every year.  Though it's no surprise that a murder on the premises can lower the value of your home, that's still a lot of money going cold every single year. ...


More States Find Housing Stability

The U.S. housing market continues to improve with two additional states--New York and Kansas--entering their outer range of stable housing activity, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). The index also added three more metro areas: New York, N.Y.; Minneapolis, Minn. and ...


Mortgage Interest Rates Move Lower in November

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from October to November, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts. ...


Donald Trump Voted Worst Celebrity Neighbor in 2015

Americans would most like to be neighbors with the singer-songwriter and pop sensation Taylor Swift in 2016, according to the ninth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump was named the least desirable neighbor of 2015. ...


First Look: December Housing Market Is Cooler, Slower

A recent analysis of December data on realtor.com® indicates that the residential real estate market is following the normal holiday cool down, with less demand, reduced inventory and slower market velocity in most markets. ...


2016 REALTOR® Code of Ethics Products Available Jan. 1

NAR PULSE—The 2016 REALTOR® Code of Ethics Products will be available to purchase from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® on Jan. 1 from the online REALTOR® Store. Place your order between Jan. 1-15 and you can save 10 percent when you use code ...


October Home Prices Show Continued Growth

The recent Case-Shiller Home Price Index for October reported that home prices continue to grow, rising 5.5 percent year-over-year, and 0.8 percent month-over-month in the 20-city index. ...


Top 15 Cities That Party Hard for New Years

With holiday time upon us, it’s time to make those “spirits” bright during the biggest party of 2015 – New Year’s Eve! Everyone likes to let loose and have a good time with family and friends on this momentous holiday, but which cities ...


Refinance, Purchase Applications Both on the Rise

Mortgage applications increased 7.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 18, 2015. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Window to the Law: Listing Photo Copyright Issues

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. ...


Potential Home Sales Model Decreases 2.1 Percent in November

During the month of November, the market potential for existing-home sales decreased by 2.1 percent compared to October, according to First American's proprietary Potential Home Sales model (previously called the Existing-Home Sales Capacity model), which provides a gauge on whether existing-home sales are under or over their long-run potential ...


The Top 20 Must-Have Home Features of 2015

Drawing on its wealth of listing data, realtor.com® recently rounded up the top 20 home features highlighted in listing descriptions this year—attributes that have become veritable selling points in the last five years. While suggestive ...


Housing Share of GDP: Third Quarter 2015

With the release of the final estimates of third quarter 2015 GDP (a 2 percent annual growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was effectively unchanged at 15.32 percent. However, the home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – expanded for the fourth consecutive quarter to 3.26 percent of total GDP. ...


November Existing-Home Sales Stall to Slowest Pace since April 2014

Existing-home sales dropped off considerably in November to the slowest pace in 19 months, but some of the decrease was likely because of an apparent rise in closing timeframes that may have pushed some transactions into December, according to the ...


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