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Spring Set Up to Be Buyers’ Market

National home values rose just 0.2 percent in January from December to a Zillow® Home Value Index of $169,600, the smallest monthly increase since May 2012, as more inventory of for-sale homes helped slow previously high rates of appreciation, according to the ...


Will Housing Take Gold?

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing that despite the Federal Reserve's taper activity, long-term rates have eased over the past month, providing a chance for some borrowers who are holding older mortgages an opportunity ...


New-Homes Market Continues to Play Leading Role in Real Estate Today, and Long into the Future

Scott MacDonald, real estate investor, real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX Gateway has received numerous accolades, including a nomination for REALTOR® of the Year and induction into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement. With more than 25 years of ...


Changes in Mortgage Servicing Industry: Top 3 Challenges Hindering Servicers

This year has been full of changes when it comes to mortgages. With new regulations and rules being introduced to the industry, mortgage servicing companies have been scrambling to keep up and move forward. ...


New Home Purchases Up Sharply in January 2014

MBA estimates that sales of new single-family homes were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 543,000 units in January 2014, based on data from MBA’s Builder Applications Survey. ...


NAR Tech Edge helps REALTORS® Keep Abreast of the Latest Technologies

The ever-changing technology landscape continues to transform the way that REALTORS® and the real estate business operate. To help REALTORS® keep up with the latest mobile and web-based technologies that can benefit their business and clients, the National Association of REALTORS® is continuing its one-day technology conference series, NAR Tech ...


Investors Ended 2013 on a Roll

Though experts predict investors will be buying fewer residential properties in 2014, they ended 2013 on a roll. ...


Home Values Expected to Rise through 2018

A majority of more than 100 forecasters says they expect large-scale investors to sell off the bulk of homes in their portfolios in the next three to five years, boosting inventory and potentially contributing to a smoother market ahead, according to the ...


For Your Clients: Tips for Boomerang Homebuyers

(MCT)—Folks in the housing biz love people who want to buy homes. And these days, many real estate and mortgage brokers feel especially fond of so-called rebound or boomerang buyers — people who lost a home to foreclosure, but are now ready ...


Jobs in Home Building and Remodeling

Home building is an industry dominated by small businesses around the nation. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal the many job categories within the industry and their relative concentrations. ...


Lessons from a Real Estate Entrepreneur: Personalizing the Customer Experience

The real estate industry has long been an entrepreneur’s playground. Knowing how to get started and acquiring the needed skills to start your own business are essential, but the basics will only take you so far. If you want to maximize your rate of success, you need to be able ...


Metro Areas See Solid Home-Price Growth

The lion’s share of metropolitan areas continued to experience strong year-over-year price growth in the fourth quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. A companion metro area annual affordability report shows less favorable conditions, particularly in ...


Real Estate Leaders Report Success in 2013

Validating that the real estate market has indeed rebounded, hundreds of brokers have already responded to RISMedia’s 26th Annual Power Broker Survey, reporting an overall increase in sales volume and closed transactions for 2013. ...


Can Shadow Inventory Help Relieve Price Pressure?

Home prices grew at the fastest pace in seven years in 2013. This is good news for property owners, both homeowners and landlords, as they witnessed, on average, a $32,000 gain in housing equity over the past two years. The equity increase ...


Instilling Confidence in Buyers and Sellers—Home Warranties Cover All the Bases

When it comes to buying, selling, or simply enjoying your own home, few things can be as frustrating or as costly as dealing with the unexpected breakdown of a major system or appliance. Experienced real estate professionals know they can expect a ...