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A Global Approach to Real Estate

When examining the overall picture of global real estate business in the United States, the facts speak for themselves: International buyers now account for $82.5 billion of residential purchases; global business fared a 24 percent increase over last year; 27 ...


Homes Selling More Quickly, Time on Market Down with Tighter Supplies

A new measure shows the typical amount of time it takes to sell a home is shrinking, and for traditional sellers is now in the range of historic norms for a balanced market, well below the cyclical peak reached in 2009, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Mortgage Rates Change Little, Remain Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates declining or remaining the same from the previous week amid mixed economic data, and continuing to hover around their all-time record lows. ...


What the Future Holds for Brokers: CEO Exchange Panel Reveals How to Remain Relevant in the New Age of Real Estate

With the increasing popularity of Web-based listing portals and virtual brokerage models, along with widespread access to information, what role will organized real estate play in the future of home buying and selling? How much does the consumer really need ...


The Real Estate Book Expands into New Territories

The Real Estate Book, one of the nation’s most established brands for marketing homes for sale, continues to expand into new areas. The advertising vehicle offers real estate agents the ability to market their listings through highly targeted local advertising plus wide out of market exposure via the Web. The ...


Construction Spending on Single-Family Homes up 40 Percent Since Recession Low

According to the Census Bureau, private residential construction spending fell slightly for the month of July, after three successive months of gains. The July value of private residential construction put in place was down 1.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted ...


Apartment Market Infographic Shows Rents are Heating Up

According to research by MPF, provider of market intelligence and objective insights exclusively to the multifamily industry, the average rent increased 4.0 percent from mid 2011 to mid 2012. Are you wondering how the multifamily market is doing? View the following infographic to learn where the top and bottom ten ...


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau RESPA/TILA Harmonization Proposal

On July 9, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a 1,100 page proposal to harmonize the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act’s (TILA) disclosures, forms and procedures. As with any proposal of this length, it is a mixed bag of good, bad ...


Look Out! Business Process Systems Are Everywhere You Look

Why don’t brokerages update their business process systems to create the exceptional real estate transactions consumers and agents are looking for? ...


Investors Still Find Real Estate Enticing

(MCT)—The stone house has small rooms, an overgrown yard and a roof that begs to be replaced. But investor Frank Oliveri and his business partner, Al Best, see the potential in its Wyckoff, N.J., address and the $125,000 in renovations they’ve got planned. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Ease Going into the Labor Day Weekend

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, showing fixed mortgage rates pulling back and following bond yields lower after gradually moving higher over the past month. ...


Summer Ends Sweetly: July Pending Home Sales Rebound

Great news on the housing front: Pending home sales rose in July to the highest level in over two years and remain well above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Good News for Housing: Home Prices Continue Positive Trend

The Case-Shiller indexes of home prices increased again when compared to the previous month or the previous year. Both the 10-city and 20-city seasonally-adjusted (SA) indexes rose 1 percent and 0.9 percent respectively from May to June 2012. This is ...


Urbanization and Single Family Homes

The total number of single family homes in the residential building stock in the United States will shrink by 4 billion square feet in nine years, a new study by a subsidiary of Navigant Research forecast last week. ...


Commercial Real Estate Recovering at a Slower Pace

Positive underlying fundamentals continue to support all of the major commercial real estate sectors, but a slowdown in job creation and ongoing tight loan availability has tempered growth in some areas, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. ...


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