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U.S. Home Values Gained $1.1 Trillion in 2015

The value of all homes nationwide grew $1.1 trillion in 2015, and is expected to end the year at $28.5 trillion total. The value of the entire housing stock grew 4.1 percent over the past year, slower than the 6 percent growth in 2014. ...


Consumers Have Confidence in 2016

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased moderately in November, improved in December. The Index now stands at 96.5 (1985=100), up from 92.6 in November. The Present Situation Index increased from 110.9 last month to 115.3 in December, while the ...


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. ...


Nine Types of Clients You Should Cut Loose in 2016

As the new year approaches, you're probably looking forward to taking advantage of new opportunities that will help your business grow and blossom. What you aren't looking forward to is another year full of Client A cursing you out every time you have a meeting. Or Client B always asking ...


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 ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach REALTORS® Sales Associate Named to Rethink Council

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® congratulates Stephen Ferguson, a Rittenhouse Hotel sales associate, on being named to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices REthink Council, a national group of 15 top-producing, motivated young agents from BHHS brokerages around the country. Ferguson was selected through a nominating process for his ...


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. ...


A Title That Matters: Engel & Völkers Distinguishes Top Agents with Exclusive Networking Group

As a way to meet the highly specialized needs of its most distinguished clients, Engel & Völkers created the Private Office Advisor title, a title bestowed upon the firm’s top performers. In fact, out of the firm’s 7,000 agents worldwide, only 53 currently hold the exclusive designation. ...


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 ...


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