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North Carolina Becomes Ninth State with 10 Million or More People

By adding an average of 281 people per day during the last year, North Carolina’s population crossed the 10 million mark, making the state the ninth in that category, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates. ...


New Home Sales Nudge Forward

The number of new homes sold in November increased by 4.3 percent from a downwardly revised October level to 490,000 on a seasonally adjusted annual basis. On a year to date level, sales are up 14.5 percent from the eleven month total in 2014. Inventories of new homes also increased ...


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. ...


Vision Insurance Now Available for All NAR Members

NAR PULSE—Vision insurance has long been one of NAR’s most requested member benefits, and now it’s here! REALTORS® Vision Insurance, the newest offering from the REALTOR Benefits® Program, offers two national group plans designed exclusively for REALTORS®. The plans provide ...


Further Easing of Mortgage Credit Standards on the Horizon, According to Lenders

Mortgage lenders continue to report that they have eased and expect to continue easing their credit standards, according to Fannie Mae's fourth quarter 2015 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey™. Conducted in November, the survey results show that more lenders reported ...


2016 Changes: CFPB Announces Two Annual Threshold Adjustments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued two final rules regarding annual threshold adjustments under the implementing regulations for the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and the Truth in Lending Act. ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Celebrates Holiday Season by Spreading Cheer

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is well known for its charitable efforts and philanthropic giving throughout the year, including its partnership with Dreams Come True and the Jacksonville Jaguars and the company’s annual Backpack Challenge, which collects hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies prior to the start of ...


RESO Elects 2016 Officers, New Directors to Its Board

The Real Estate Standards Organization, or RESO, recently announced the election of its 2016 Officers and the addition of four new directors to its Board of Directors, as well as the re-election of two directors. ...


Engel & Völkers Opens in Tremblant, Quebec

Engel & Völkers has announced its newest shop in Canada in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, bringing the firm’s global network and exclusive level of service to residents and visitors of this top resort location. The opening comes as an alliance between the leading international real estate firm and Playground Tremblant, a resort ...


Understanding the Tax Advantages of Real Estate IRAs

Jason Craig, President, The Entrust Group, recently sat down with RISMedia for a Q&A to shed some light on the tax advantages of Real Estate IRAs. ...


More Than One-Third of U.S. Homes in Zip Codes at High Risk for Manmade Environmental Hazards

Twenty-five million U.S. homes are in zip codes at high risk or very high risk for manmade environmental hazards — representing 38 percent of the 64 million homes in all zip codes analyzed, according to RealtyTrac®’s recently released second annual Manmade Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Report. The report shows the ...


Engel & Völkers Opens First Shop in Aspen, Colorado

Engel & Völkers has announced its first Aspen, Colorado. The opening comes with the union between the storied international brokerage and Portfolio Aspen Properties, a luxury real estate firm serving Aspen and the surrounding communities, bringing comprehensive global services to real estate buyers and sellers of the area. ...


New Student Loan Repayment Option Could Positively Impact Housing Market

Student loan debt and its relationship to the successful recovery of the housing market has long been a hot topic in the real estate community. For millennials—the next generation of homebuyers—confusion over money is majorly effecting their natural financial trajectory, ...


Engel & Völkers Opens First Shop in Vail, Colorado

Engel & Völkers has announced its first Vail, Colorado shop. The opening comes with the union between the storied international brokerage and Sonnenalp Real Estate, a luxury real estate firm serving Vail and the surrounding areas, bringing comprehensive global services to real estate buyers and sellers of the area. ...


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