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Real Estate Trends Archive


Gap Closing Between Home Sales and Market Capacity

On Thursday, May 21, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will be releasing its freshest batch of existing-home sales numbers. According to the data, market capacity for existing-home sales increased 1.3 percent in April, and improvements in the labor market and a spring ...


5 Home Upgrades to Consider This Season

When it comes to home improvement, the options are endless. While many homeowners have their sights set on a huge overhaul (hello five-star kitchen complete with the latest and greatest appliances and gadgets), simple home ...


Existing-Home Sales on the Rebound despite Some Affordability Concerns

Existing-home sales are expected to finish the year at their highest pace since 2006, but accelerating price growth and rising mortgage rates have the potential to slow sales, according to an economic forecast forum here at the 2015 Realtors® Legislative Meetings & ...


New Move, Inc. Product Enhancements Increase Lead Conversion and Reduce Response Times

Move, Inc., recently announced enhanced features for realtor.com® Showcase(SM) Listing Enhancements, FiveStreet(SM), and Top Producer® CRM to help real estate professionals establish deeper connections with buyers and streamline the way they manage inbound leads. ...


The Road to Recovery: 4 Factors That Affect Home Prices

With housing on a steady path to recovery, home prices have risen approximately 20 percent in the last three years, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Case-Shiller house price indices—and both consumers and industry professionals ...


Household Debt Stays Flat, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies Improve

Aggregate household debt balances were largely flat in the first quarter of 2015, according to the recently released Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Household Debt and Credit Report. As of the end of March, total household indebtedness was $11.85 trillion, a $24 billion, or 0.2 percent, increase during the first ...


Registration Now Open for 2015 Broker Summits

NAR PULSE—Travel in one day and travel out the next at any of NAR’s three REALTOR® Broker Summit events taking place this fall. Network with colleagues and gain advice on business management issues that matter to you as a Broker and business ...


Drone Movement Flies High on Latest Exemption

Amid ongoing efforts to sanction the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in real estate, a Las Vegas REALTOR® has been granted a drone exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ...


New Study Shows a Greater Divide Forming between Appraiser and Homeowner Perceptions

Detroit-based Quicken Loans recently reported appraiser home value opinions continued to fall below homeowner estimates in April, according to the company’s Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The national index shows appraiser estimates 0.69 percent below homeowner estimates, on average. ...


First Quarter Moves: Metro Home Prices Maintain Steady Growth

Stronger demand amidst lagging inventory levels caused home prices to accelerate in many metro areas during the first quarter of 2015, and the number of areas experiencing double-digit price appreciation doubled compared to last quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by ...


Job Growth: April’s Employment Bounces Back

Job growth in March was worse than originally estimated but bounced back in April. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that payroll employment expanded by 223 thousand in April. Job gains in February were revised upward by 2 thousand to 266 thousand and the March figure was revised downward ...


Beyond Housing: Advocating for NYC’s Homeless

Heidi Burkhart’s philosophy is simple: Give to Live. Live to Give. ...


Residential Lending: Size Really Does Matter

In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they had responded to new guidelines issued by ...


RE/MAX Appoints New President

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The Long-Term Impact of Moving Families Away from High-Poverty Neighborhoods

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) embarked on a 10-year demonstration and research project called Moving to Opportunity (MTO).This experimental program was designed to measure the long-term effects of moving families away from neighborhoods with deeply concentrated poverty to ...


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