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New Home Sales at Best Rate Since 2010

(MCT)—New home sales jumped 5.7 percent in September from the previous month to the highest rate in more than two years as the housing market resurgence continued to take hold, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...


New-Home Sales Rise 5.7 Percent in September

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 389,000 units in September, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the fastest sales pace recorded ...


Next Generation of Homebuyers Are Knowledgeable, Responsible and Savvy

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently released the results of a national survey of 18-35 year old Americans that reveal that the impact of the housing crisis has given rise to two of the most knowledgeable generations to become ...


MBA Data Suggest Mortgage Demand for Home Purchase Is in Early Stages of Recovery

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the seasonally adjusted total mortgage applications index, a measure of mortgage demand, declined by 4.2 percent in the week ending on October 12, 2012. ...


Housing Starts, Permits Post Big Gains in September

Nationwide production and permitting of new homes rose sharply in September to their highest levels in more than four years, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. A 15 percent gain brought the pace of new housing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...


Rand on Real Estate: A New Class of Home Buyer – the Institutional Investor

Enormous capital has been raised over the last two year for the expressed purpose of buying single family homes and renting them out. This trend dwarfs the new construction boom in terms of real dollars and earning potential for our industry. It is as aspirational as the foreclosure crisis was ...


Home Price Appreciation Helps Housing Move Forward on Road to Recovery

Sparked by rising home prices across much of the nation, the housing recovery is now under way, but fiscal uncertainties and other challenges could result in a bumpy ride in the coming months, according to economists participating in a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) webinar on the construction ...


Fannie: Sales Up 9 Percent in 2012

Fannie Mae’s economists expect total home sales to rise approximately 9 percent this year from last year’s depressed levels. ...


The Advantages of Pre-Lists

Have you already discovered the advantages of pre-list properties? ...


Commercial Real Estate Shows Gains in Leasing, Rents and Pricing

The real estate recovery is set to advance in 2013 as modest gains in leasing, rents, and pricing will extend across U.S. markets from coast-to-coast and improve prospects for all property sectors, according to the findings of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2013 report, released recently by PwC US ...


Feedback: Some People Can’t Handle the Truth

Are you the type of individual who values sincere feedback and welcomes constructive criticism from customers, associates, and family members? Sometimes getting feedback can be an unpleasant experience, especially when it hasn't been requested! Without timely feedback, it's utterly impossible ...


Self Sabotage: Is Your Mobile Plan Ruining Your Business?

As smartphones have transitioned from luxury to necessity, a proactive mobile marketing plan—from SEO to QR codes—is no longer merely a business boon. It’s critical to your company’s success. Now that adopting a mobile strategy is dire for staying relevant, we are forced to look at the alternative; those who ...


Savings Up to 30 Percent on Budget Car Rentals Extended

NAR PULSE—A limited-time offer has been extended. NAR members can save up to 30 percent on leisure weekly and weekend car rentals from REALTOR Benefits® Program partner Budget. Use BCD #Y490611 when making your reservation. Offer applies to rentals checked out no later December 15, 2012. ...


Home Is Where the Heartland Is

Destination Heartland! That's where savvy investors should be heading according to the latest rankings of the best real estate markets for investing in single family homes as rental properties. Investment opportunities still boom in America's major metro areas such as Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix and Minneapolis, but don't overlook places like ...


One in Five Say It’s a Good Time to Sell

Last month the largest percentage of Americans since the housing bust said they believe it’s a good time to sell a house, according to the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey. ...


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