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Legalized Marijuana: A New Meaning to ‘Going Green’ in Real Estate

As the market continues on its road to recovery, many obstacles are falling by the wayside making it easier than recent years to find the right homes for the right buyers. Mortgage rates are still low and affordable, the unemployment rate has ...


Mortgage Applications on the Move

Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 17, 2015. ...


Americans Agree: Real Estate Best Long-Term Investment

Signaling growing confidence in the housing recovery, a majority of Americans once again named real estate the best long-term investment—a trend now continued for two consecutive years, according to a recently released Gallup poll. ...


Return Buyers Expected to Re-Enter and Restore Market, Study Shows

Nearly a decade since the start of the foreclosure crisis, formerly distressed homeowners with restored credit are re-entering the housing market, but damaged ...


Mortgage Rates Holding Steady

(TNS)--Fixed mortgage rates were essentially flat this week, with lenders offering a 30-year loan at 3.67 percent, compared to 3.66 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac. ...


Foreclosure Activity Drops to Lowest Quarterly Level in Eight Years

Foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 313,487 U.S. properties in the first quarter of 2015, down 7 percent from the previous quarter and down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2014 to the lowest quarterly total since the first ...


How Your Website Can Help Overseas Clients

According to a 2014 real estate tech trends report, compiled by Properties Online, 90% of potential homebuyers look for a new house online. Therefore, your website is an invaluable tool in helping you to attract and retain clients. Your site should help potential ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Marches Forward

In yet another bundle of positive news for the housing market, mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's ...


Slow Income Growth Bringing Down Housing Sentiment

Consumer attitudes toward housing appear to have stalled somewhat amid a recent dip in confidence regarding personal finances and income growth, according to results from Fannie Mae's March 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


ListHub Syndication Agreement with Zillow Group Ends, What’s Next for the Portals?

After a tumultuous series of events, the battle between listing portals may have finally reached an end. Tuesday, ListHub-syndicated listings vanished from all Zillow Group websites, calling to close ongoing legal wrangling between Zillow Group and ListHub owner Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com®. ...


NAHB Updates Local Impact of Home Building Numbers

A recent Eye on Housing post reported on NAHB’s 800th customized local impact study. ...


House Prices Record Annual Gains, Expected to Rise in the Future

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index—Purchase Only, rose by 5.1 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in January 2015. This marks the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. ...


Mortgage Rates Remain Calm

According to the recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), average fixed mortgage rates remain largely calm amid mixed economic and housing data. ...


Vacation Home Sales Soar above 2006 Peak

Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released Wednesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Annual Gains for Residential Construction Spending Continue

NAHB analysis of Census construction spending data finds that over the last year, the pace of private single-family construction spending increased 9.7 percent and multifamily construction spending increased 31.5 percent. ...


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