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Where Is the Custom Home Market Share Highest?

New NAHB research reveals significant regional differences in the share of custom homes started in 2013. The analysis finds that the Northeast and East North Central parts of the nation have the highest market shares. ...


Financial Literacy an Essential Life Skill for Young People

(MCT)—To improve financial literacy, you have to reach children at an early age so they can establish a strong foundation. ...


RE/MAX Named a Leading Global Franchise

For the second consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC has received the highest global ranking among real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. ...


Business Improvement Needs to Come from Within

Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange in September from the perspective of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. ...


Starter Homes: How and Where to Find Them

(MCT)—First-time homebuyers might well wonder: Where are all the starter houses? ...


Excessive Lending Standards Still Affecting Home Sales

Tight mortgage lending standards continue to affect sales for single-family builders across the nation, according to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Well over half of the single-family builders surveyed indicated that lending standards were “tight” or “very tight,” while only 11 percent indicated that ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


How to Eliminate Third Party Settlement Costs

(MCT)—In a recent article I proposed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be removed from limbo and given a new mission: to create a better primary mortgage market. Among other things, this would include the elimination of third party settlement ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


John McEnearney, Founder of McEnearney Associates, Dies at 87

John McEnearney, the chairman and founder of McEnearney Associates, passed away on October 8 at the age of 87. ...


Property Managers: You’re Mobile – Is Your App?

Houserie mobile app, provided by RentalRoost, Inc. has announced that it offers what property managers need at their fingertips—from incredibly comprehensive reports to basic tenant screening. According to the company, Houserie offers a fast, comprehensive and ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Introduces Local Home Value Estimates for Consumers

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties introduced a new feature that allows consumers to enter an address to “click and see” local home value estimates on over 1,200 company and agent websites.  The estimates are free and do not require registration.  The company is also introducing a new market trends report ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall Below 4 Percent

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgages is currently 3.96 percent, down twelve basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate spiked to 4.30 percent on Wednesday, then hovered around 4.06 percent for most of the week before falling to the current rate. ...


2014′s Unfinished Business

With the November mid-term elections around the corner, it is important to remember that there are still a number of issues that Congress has to address. While Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, the issues they ...


Millennials to the Front

Millennials sometimes get a bad rap. The generation born roughly between 1982 and 2005 has been called everything from ‘lazy’ to ‘entitled.’ Some say they never grow up or move out of their parents’ basements and blame them for the lack of a ...


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