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Policy Matters: 2016 NAR Legislative and Regulatory Agenda

During the 114th Congress, NAR’s legislative and regulatory agenda has been focused on efforts to stimulate, stabilize and strengthen real estate markets across the nation while protecting the business interests of members. In 2016, NAR will be focused on the following public policy ...


House Prices Rise in February

U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI).  The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in January was revised downward to reflect a 0.4 percent increase. ...


How Virtual Reality Will Change Real Estate

Virtual reality isn’t just for video games. ...


Wheel Estate: Bike Paths Lift Home Values

Bicycle-friendly amenities are contributing to a surge in property values in communities across the globe, marshaled by developments in urban centers and suburban outposts that accommodate “active” transportation. ...


American Dream: The Changing Interests of Homebuyers throughout the Decades

Those immersed in housing trends likely know what makes today's buyers tick: updated kitchens and bathrooms, ample closet space, low-maintenance features, in-home technology. But what excited potential homebuyers a decade ago is vastly different from what interests today's generation of homeowners. This ...


Sales Seesaw: Vacation Homes Retreat, Investment Purchases Leap

Vacation home sales cooled off in 2015 but remained at the second highest amount in nearly a decade, while investment purchases increased for the first time in five years, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released by the National Association of ...


Minding the Gap in Affordable Housing

The Gap: The Affordable Housing Gap Analysis 2016, a report released recently by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), paints a bleak picture of the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis. The reports finds that there is ...


U.S. Housing Market Back on Track

Many of the nation's housing markets are getting back to normal heading into the spring homebuying season, according to the recently released Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®).However, there are pockets of weakness, particularly in the Great Lakes Region and the South outside ...


First Look: Spring Brings Record-High Home Prices and Flying Inventory

The 2016 home buying season is going to be a hot one, according to new data from Realtor.com, with homes in March already moving 13 percent more quickly than last year, even as prices hit record highs. ...


NAR: Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Seven Months

Pending home sales rose solidly in February to their highest level in seven months and remain higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by a sizeable increase in the Midwest, all major regions except for the Northeast ...


Fewer Lenders Report Easing of Credit Standards

The share of mortgage lenders reporting easing credit standards over the prior three months fell for the second straight quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey™, conducted in February. The share of lenders who expect to ease credit standards over the following three months fell ...


America’s Seniors Hold More Home Equity than Pre-Recession Peak

An estimated $140.2 billion increase in the aggregate value of homes owned by seniors drove their share of home equity to $5.83 trillion and fueled the NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI) to an all-time high in Q4 2015 of 203.20 from 198.53 in Q3. ...


NAR: Existing-Home Sales Fizzle in February

After increasing to the highest annual rate in six months, existing-home sales tumbled in February amidst unshakably low supply levels and steadfast price growth in several sections of the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Northeast and Midwest, all four major regions experienced sales declines ...


Financial Market Conditions Move Forward

Financial market conditions appear to be improving as 2016 progresses, but economic growth is expected to remain flat at 2.0 percent this year. Weakness in net exports and oil-related nonresidential investment as well as the ongoing inventory correction process after unsustainable accumulations ...


Homeowners in Denial: Difference between Expectation and Appraisal Widens

Home appraisals were an average of 1.99 percent lower than what homeowners expected in February, according to Quicken Loans proprietary Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The study compares actual appraised values to what refinancing homeowners estimated their home was worth at the beginning ...


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