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Real Estate Trends Archive


March Brings Fall in New Home Sales

New home sales in March fell 1.5 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 511,000 units, according to estimates released jointly recently by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.5 percent below the ...


Maintaining an Edge in a Low-Inventory, Highly Competitive Market

A single click on her mobile device is all it takes for Barbara Marsh, a REALTOR® with CENTURY 21 United Brokers in San Diego, Calif., to stay ahead of the competition. ...


Following Criticism, NAHREP Offers Commentary on Secretary Castro and FHA DASP Program

HUD Secretary Julian Castro has recently been the subject of harsh criticism from a handful of non-profit groups in connection to HUD's administration of the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). Implemented in 2012, a full two years before Secretary Castro's appointment, the program was designed to maximize recovery to the ...


First-Time Buyers Struggle with Limited Inventory, High Prices

Home values are rising the fastest among entry-level homes in more than half of the largest U.S. housing markets, according to first quarter Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Rising home values in this segment of the market can be attributed to a lack of ...


Policy Matters: 2016 NAR Legislative and Regulatory Agenda

During the 114th Congress, NAR’s legislative and regulatory agenda has been focused on efforts to stimulate, stabilize and strengthen real estate markets across the nation while protecting the business interests of members. In 2016, NAR will be focused on the following public policy ...


Housing Market to Retain Forward Motion, Freddie Says

While recent data darkened the growth outlook for the first quarter, April data has experts predicting housing will maintain its momentum in 2016 and be an economic engine of growth. This insight comes from data recently released by Freddie Mac. The report shows that recent declines in mortgage rates have ...


House Prices Rise in February

U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI).  The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in January was revised downward to reflect a 0.4 percent increase. ...


High Housing Costs Driving Population Shifts?

(TNS)—Fewer people are moving into some of the country’s most expensive areas, including San Diego, Silicon Valley, and some Washington, D.C., suburbs. At the same time, places where the cost of living is lower, such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and parts of Florida, ...


Measuring the Impact of Technology on the Real Estate Industry

For more than 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has acted as a positive force of advocacy for its members. Over the past century, its primary efforts have focused on improving the business climate and governmental policies at the federal level. ...


Piero Orsi: Listen to the Unmet Needs of Agents

Thanks to a decrease in short sales, a higher number of regular home sales, and move-up sales coming from new construction, available inventory in Northern Illinois reached 8 percent in 2015. And although prices flatlined in 2015 compared to the prior year, niche ...


NYC’s Met Museum Recreates the Iconic ‘Psycho’ House

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Adam Savage to Keynote 2016 Realtor® Broker Summit

Adam Savage, co-host and executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters series, has been announced as the featured keynote speaker for the National Association of REALTORS® upcoming REALTOR® Broker Summit, taking place ...


Seven Companies Chosen for Next Gen of NAR REach

The National Association of REALTORS®’ strategic investment fund, Second Century Ventures, has announced the seven companies chosen to be part of the fourth class of NAR REach, a vertical tech accelerator helping launch companies into the real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance industries. The program is focused on ...


Consumer Credit Default Rates Fall Flat

Updates in consumer credit defaults show a composite rate of 0.93 percent in March, down four basis points from the previous month, according to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. The first mortgage default reported a 0.77 percent rate for March, down seven basis points from the prior month. Auto ...


March Brings Shower of Existing-Home Sales

Bolstered by big gains in the Northeast and Midwest, existing-home sales bounced back in March and remained slightly up from a year ago, according to the National ...


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