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A Closer Look at Inflation and Its Effect on Mortgage Rates

The current inflation rate is not worrisome, but is always worth a close look. Any surprise uptick in inflation automatically pushes up mortgage rates. ...


Advocating for Our Future

In an era in which many associations see a diminishing role, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is moving in the opposite direction. As it evolves, NAR continues to live by one overarching credo: advocacy. ...


Concentration of Single-Family Housing 2005 to 2012

In a series of posts, NAHB examined key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) for metro areas in the United States. One statistic that drew interest was the share of homeowners living in single-family detached housing. This post expands that analysis by looking at ...


Real Estate Is a Better Investment than Gold

Almost every day, I hear advertisements about buying gold because it is such a great investment. As I have heard these claims, I have wondered how real estate stacks up to gold as an investment. ...


REALTORS® Report Positive Outlook in Commercial Market

REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate reported an increase in sales transaction volume and medium gross annual income last year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Member Profile. ...


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NAR PULSE—Earn the Social Media for REALTORS®: Digital Marketing-Download plus a chance to win a $500 VISA gift card when you subscribe to the Member Value Plus (MVP) program eNewsletter by May 15. By subscribing to the MVP eNewsletter ...


New Report Shows American Dream Is Still Tangible

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through April 2014, showing that for many, the American dream is still accessible. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the ...


What Do You Do about Bad Customer Service when You’re the Customer?

We recently talked about the importance of exceptional customer service for real estate consumers. Now let’s talk about you. ...


An Entrepreneurial Remedy for Continuing Foreclosure Crisis

Despite the recovering economy, home foreclosures have not abated—in fact, they surged in January. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Seesaw

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly following the release of real GDP estimates for the first quarter. ...


Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Originations Keeping Pace with 2013

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, first quarter 2014 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were one percent lower than during the same period last year and 45 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2013. ...


Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® Partners with Point2 to Launch SBAOR.com

The Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® (SBAOR) recently introduced SBAOR.com, a new website that uses data from the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to display searchable property listings on a mobile-friendly platform. SBAOR.com was developed by Point2, an industry leader in online marketing and data management for ...


CENTURY 21® Redwood Realty Named 2013 Platinum Award Winner

CENTURY 21® Redwood Realty and AdVenture Redwood recently announced it has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network. The company was awarded the honor at the Cartus annual Broker Network International Conference held in Florida at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale. ...


Survey: 13 Percent of Consumers Ready to Buy a Luxury Home

Nationally, 13 percent of surveyed consumers are ready to buy a luxury home and another 26 percent are considering a high-end home purchase, according to the Luxury Homebuyer Survey recently conducted by realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, ...


Baths Edge Kitchens for Most Common Remodeling Project in 2013

May is National Home Remodeling Month. This is the first of a series of posts in recognition of the occasion with results from NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey showing that bathrooms remained the most common type of jobs performed by ...


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