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Rising Costs Put Squeeze on Builder Confidence in April

Facing increasing costs for building materials and rising concerns about the supply of developed lots and labor, builders registered less confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April, with a two-point drop to 42 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. ...


FHA Reform Efforts Must Ensure Borrowers Have Access to Affordable Home Loans

With tight mortgage lending standards preventing well-qualified home buyers from obtaining home loans and impeding the housing and economic recovery, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for congressional efforts to reform the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) but ...


4 Myths of Online Real Estate Lead Generation

Using the internet to capture real estate leads can be an exciting way to earn new business. It can also be a major undertaking for those without the training, understanding or systems to manage online lead generation. ...


Mortgage Rates Edge Down for Second Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging down for the second consecutive week following weak employment reports. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.43 percent this week remains near its 65-year record low and continues to ...


Q1 Outlook Survey: Consumer Confidence in Real Estate, Home Prices Reaches Year-Long High

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, recently released results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey showing that Americans’ sentiment toward real estate is growing increasingly favorable. A full 77 percent of consumers feel that the real estate market and property values will recover, representing a four-point improvement ...


Beware the 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) issued a somewhat final Ability to Repay (ATR) Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule in January. The pleasant surprise was the inclusion of a safe harbor for many QM loans. NAR and its industry partners fought for several months to ensure that the less safe ...


Realogy Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2013 Results

Realogy Holdings Corp recently provided preliminary estimates of certain of its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013: ...


Sellers Becoming Confident in the Housing Market, Providing an Optimistic Outlook for the Housing Recovery

Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., has released its March data on the U.S. housing market that shows growing optimism and confidence among potential sellers. Realtor.com®’s March 2013 data indicates that while national housing inventory decreased 15.22 percent since last year, the number of listings ...


REALTORS® Applaud FHA for Taking Steps to Improve its Financial Stability; More Reforms Necessary

While the Federal Housing Administration still faces challenges ahead, the agency has already taken a number of significant steps to mitigate risk and increase the solvency and strength of the mortgage-insurance fund. That’s according to National Association of REALTORS® President Gary Thomas, who testified today before the U.S. House Financial ...


Prudential Real Estate Q1 Outlook Survey: Consumer Confidence in Real Estate, Home Prices Reaches Year-Long High

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, recently released results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey showing that Americans' sentiment toward real estate is growing increasingly favorable. A full 77 percent of consumers feel that the real estate market ...


Number of Improving Housing Markets Holding Steady in April

Following seven consecutive months of gains, the list of improving U.S. housing markets remained virtually unchanged in April, with 273 metros on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today. This total reflects a net reduction of one market since March and again includes entrants ...


Lower Operating Costs Mean New-Home Buyers Can Afford More House

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing home buyers why they can afford a higher-priced home—if it’s new construction. Using data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 ...


Keeping Up with Data in Today’s Ever Changing Market

Brint Wahlberg, ABR, ePRO, GRI, was among the first REALTORS® in the nation to witness the 2009 unveiling of Realtors Property Resource®’s (RPR®) first-generation of Web-based information services. And he immediately saw how he and his company, Windermere Real Estate, could use RPR’s robust data sets with virtually every client. ...


RISMedia’s Power Broker Report: The Top 500: Rallying Around Recovery

While there is still plenty of room for improvement in our current economic and housing climate, Power Brokers are advancing full speed ahead toward recovery. The door to the downturn has been shut and there’s nowhere to go but up. ...


The Inside Scoop on ‘Life of the Listing’ Plans

Let’s say you’re a residential real estate professional with seven listings and are extremely busy. So busy that you’re considering outsourcing the showing scheduling process so you can focus on all the things you want to do to market your listings. ...


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