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Applications for New Home Purchases Show 4 Percent Dip

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for July 2015 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 4 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


4 Ways to Improve your Finances in One Day

(TNS)--Starting on the path to financial health can be overwhelming. But as you start paying attention to your money management techniques, you’ll notice it’s not the big things as much as it is your small, daily decisions that truly ...


Home Prices Rise in Nearly All Metro Areas in Second Quarter

A promising climb in home sales throughout the country amidst insufficient supply caused home prices to steadily rise in most metro areas during the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


New Rules to Cut Water Used in Dishwasher

(TNS)--How many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them in the dishwasher? ...


Gap between Appraiser and Homeowner Perceptions Doubled in July

Appraiser opinions of home values were 2.33 percent lower than homeowner estimates in July, according to the latest Quicken Loans national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions of value in July was nearly double the gap ...


Mortgage Applications Fall Flat

Mortgage applications increased 0.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 7, 2015. ...


The Aging Housing Stock

The American housing stock continues to age, especially as residential construction continues its modest rebound after the Great Recession. According to the latest 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS), published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median age of owner-occupied ...


How to Save on Products and Services You Already Use

NAR PULSE--In just one year, over 700,000 REALTORS® saved a combined $57 Million on every day products and services by taking advantage of the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Learn how you can save this year with industry leading companies including FCA ...


Better to Own Near Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

Two of our most basic needs as humans are food and shelter, and a recently released RealtyTrac report takes an enlightening look at an analysis combining these two elements. For this analysis, RealtyTrac looked at home values, appreciation and property taxes in U.S. zip codes with a Whole Foods or ...


Consumers Expect Slower Growth in Spending

The July 2015 Survey of Consumer Expectations results suggest relatively stable expectations about the economy. The median one-year and three-year-ahead expected rates of inflation remained unchanged at 3.0 percent. While earnings and household income growth expectations were largely unchanged, median household spending growth expectations retreated substantially to their lowest level ...


RE/MAX Brokers Set Plans in an Improving Market

Nearly 1,000 top RE/MAX brokers gathered in Boston for their annual Broker/Owner Conference, which had a full schedule of events with presentations from company executives and the real estate industry’s leading speakers, coaches and technology gurus. ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Survey Finds Americans Ready for the Smart Home

The smart home is here to stay. A survey of U.S. adults by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and CNET found that Americans are already embracing the smart home, with 28 percent owning at least one smart home product and almost half of millennials (ages 18 to 34) adopting the technology. ...


Feng Shui a Driver of Home Selection and Investment for Chinese-Americans

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) recently released findings from a national survey of Chinese-Americans that reveal the impact of the ancient design philosophy, feng shui, on this population’s homebuying mindset and preferences. While Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions have long ...


Open Houses: Powerful or Pointless?

In the latest RISMedia survey, we asked our readers whether they’re still using the good ol’ fashioned open house as part of their marketing plan. After an overwhelming response, the tribe has spoken: 56 percent says they were pointless, while 44 ...


Great Spaces: Johnny Depp Lists Entire French Village

What’s better than owning your own village in France? Owning your own village in France that once belonged to Hollywood legend Johnny Depp. Located just 17 miles north of St. Tropez, Depp purchased the 12-structure, 37-acre village in 2001. ...


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