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Housing Starts Decline, Permits Rise in August

Nationwide housing starts declined 5.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 units in August, according to figures recently released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The decline was primarily on the more volatile multifamily side, with single-family housing production edging down just 1.4 percent. Meanwhile, permits for new ...


5 Real Estate Trends to Watch For

If the housing market were human, it would look like it just wrestled a few alligators after running an obstacle course through a snake pit. ...


Keeping Contracts on the Right Track

Most professionals in the real estate industry accept that recovery will continue to be up and down from month to month—sometimes even day to day. You understand that prices and sales will likely be skipping along the bottom for the next year or two before housing is back on a ...


4 Tips for Marketing your iPhone or iPad App

(eM+C)—In the early days of Apple’s iOS App Store, dozens of developers experienced a gold rush of success as iPhone users raced to download new releases from a small catalog of only a few hundred apps. Some of the best-selling apps even made a few developers into millionaires within mere ...


Builder Confidence Virtually Unchanged in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes dipped by a single point to 14 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for September. The index has now held between 13 and 16 for six consecutive months. ...


Local REALTOR® Associations to Receive Branded Market Analytics

Following the successful launch of The Thing, an interactive market analysis tool created by 10K Research and Marketing, Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) announced recently it is providing MRED's REALTOR® Association partners with branded statistical reports for distribution to association members and consumers. All will be brandable at the ...


Company Profile: Moving Customer Service in the Right Direction

Mortgage lenders across the country have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. From helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to showing buyers some of the best bargains in decades, lenders have sought to keep customer service levels high through it all. At ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Access to 6 business building webinars for only $14.99, a message from Liberty Mutual, and promotional materials now available for REALTOR® Designation Awareness month. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Market Views from Ed Forman, President of Watson Realty Group in Jacksonville, FL

This week, Greg Rand (@gsrand) , CEO of OwnAmerica hosts Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, discusses with Ed Forman the benefits, industries, economics and real estate market of Jacksonville, Florida. ...


Builders Call on Congress to Extend Loan Limits

With the Oct. 1 deadline rapidly approaching when the conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will be lowered, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently called on Congress to move swiftly ...


Homeowners Expectations Low for 2012

Homeowners are growing even more pessimistic about the potential short- and long-term values of their homes. ...


Dispelling the Myths of Advertising

I often find myself hearing the same comment in several variations about advertising: “I bought a large ad in my local newspaper and didn’t receive any immediate business from it. It’s obviously not working and a waste of money.” ...


Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

Bathroom renovations have become extremely popular in recent years. Many consumers choose to renovate their bathroom before any other room; not only is the bathroom a major focal point when it comes time to sell, but square footage is limited and depending on the plans, the cost can be affordable—especially ...


Soaring Prices Suggest a Florida Phenomenon

The numbers leap off the page. Seven of the top 10 markets in the nation whose media list prices are up year over year are Florida markets. According to the latest data from Realtor.com, Florida single-family home and condo prices are zooming at the same time that the rest of ...


Household Debt Drops for 12th Straight Quarter

Household debt declined by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.6%, dragged lower by a 2.4% decline in mortgage debt as consumers took out fewer mortgages, paid off or had debts forgiven, the Federal Reserve reported in its voluminous flow-of-funds ...


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