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Housing Bright Spot: Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend

Pending home sales are on an upward trend, which has been uneven but meaningful since reaching a cyclical low last April, and are well above a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


NAR Collaborates with U.S. Treasury on Short Sale ‘Help for Homeowners’

A new National Association of REALTORS® collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury will help REALTORS® better assist homeowners who are struggling to sell their homes in a short sale. ...


Positive Trends in Florida Housing Market

Regional Spotlight—Florida's housing market reported gains in median sales prices and a reduced inventory of homes for sale in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida REALTORS®. ...


Ohio Finds January Housing Sales Best in Years

Regional Spotlight—Not only were central Ohio housing sales up in January, but they showed the highest activity for that month since 2008. The 1,125 sales showed a 6.0 percent increase over January of 2011 according to the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. ...


More Previous Homeowners are Looking to Rent in 2012

Increasingly more people are looking to renting as an affordable, flexible lifestyle option, causing apartment vacancies to fall to their lowest point in 10 years. Reis reported that the apartment vacancy rate dropped to 5.2 percent in Q4 of ...


The RREIN Roundtable: Business Development in 2012

As the market continues to show slow but steady signs of stabilization and recovery, discerning brokers are ramping up business development efforts in order to take full advantage of the present and imminent market opportunities. Here, RREIN members Gary Rabon and Steve Summers share their outlook on forging ahead in ...


Deadline Extended for Top Broker Ranking: Firms Now Have Until March 2 to Complete Power Broker Survey

In response to the overwhelming number of leading real estate firms participating in its 24th Annual Power Broker Survey, RISMedia has extended the survey deadline until Friday, March 2. To take the survey now, click here. ...


Illinois Sees 16.1 Percent Increase in Home Sales

Regional Spotlight—Illinois Home sales in January were the strongest for the month since 2007, according to data released today by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. ...


February 2012 U. S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook

Freddie Mac (OTC:FMCC) recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing cautious signs of the economy and housing market moving in a positive direction fueled by an environment of low interest rates and more favorable job prospects for Americans. ...


US Unveils Plan to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(MCT)—The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise Again in January, Inventory Down

Existing-home sales rose in January, marking three gains in the past four months, while inventories continued to improve, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Houston Market on the Upswing

Regional Spotlight—The Houston housing market held to positive territory as 2012 began, with January marking the eighth consecutive month of increased home sales. The year also opened with a continued decline in active property listings and growth in pending sales—a combination that signals a healthy market with a balanced supply ...


REALTOR.com Amplifies Power of iOS Real Estate Search App

REALTOR.com is making it easier and faster for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to discover and research price reduced, foreclosed, and recently sold properties with the updated REALTOR.com iOS real estate search app. Announced today by REALTOR.com operator Move, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOVE), the updated REALTOR.com iOS app helps today's ...


Freddie Mac Prices New $4.5 Billion Three-year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently that it priced its new 0.50 percent $4.5 billion three-year USD Reference Notes® security due on April 17, 2015. The issue, CUSIP number 3137EADD8, was priced at 99.728 to yield 0.587 percent, or 20 basis points more than three-year U.S. Treasury Notes. The issue ...


2012 Starts with Increased Sales and Stable Prices

For the 7th straight month, home sales in January inched higher, rising 3.4 percent above the level seen last January. This data is based on a weighted average of 53 metropolitan areas surveyed for the RE/MAX National Housing Report. After an unexpected jump in sales at the end of 2011, ...


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