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The Economic Impact of the Affordable Housing Credit

In addition to ensuring the supply of affordable rental housing, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) supports jobs and provides benefits to the economy, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Using the NAHB economic impact model of home building, revised ...


Florida Agent Wins Gas Card Giveaway

Last month, we rolled out with a RIS Reader Rewards contest for a tank of gas, on us. The contest, which ran from June 2 to June 27, offered all entries the chance to score a $50 gas card. Entry rules were simple: Tell us what one word describes your ...


Open Houses by the Numbers

Hosting an open house is a top way to sell your listings, meet potential clients and generate buzz for your business. According to HomeFinder.com listing data, 6.3 percent of listings hold open houses to reach potential buyers1. Below is an inside look into open houses around the country. ...


Who Moved My Real Estate Market? Trends in the New-homes Arena Offer Great Opportunities

After years of record-low housing production, builders across the nation are gearing up and bringing homebuilding back to life. Building on an inventory of lots purchased during the recession, new-home construction is helping to offset low housing inventory, increasing buyer interest in ...


Back to School with REALTOR® University

NAR PULSE--Back-to-school season is almost upon us. Are you or your agents looking for world-class education opportunities to enhance your career? Consider earning your master’s in real estate with REALTOR® University. Register for the next open house on July ...


Best to Watch Long-Term Trends in Real-Estate Market

(MCT)—When I started writing about real estate full time, the experts cautioned me not to chase month-to-month data, and to focus instead on quarterly and yearly figures. ...


Home History: A Pink and Yellow Cabin

[caption id="attachment_90151" align="alignleft" width="176"] A 1974 photo of the pink and yellow cabin on Turtle Lake, Wisc.[/caption] ...


National Association of REALTORS® Announces Major National Advertising Campaign

As a new generation of homebuyers enters into recovering real estate markets across the country, the National Association of REALTORS® today announced the launch of a major national advertising campaign in conjunction with realtor.com®, as well as a comprehensive public relations effort, ...


FHA Lenders Tighten Standards

A new report from two Federal Reserve economists says lenders have been applying strict underwriting conditions to keep borrowers who can’t afford a large down payment out of the Federally guaranteed program that is designed to make it possible first time and ...


Signs of Recovery in New-Home Sales

As families try to get their moves completed before the coming school year, some of them will choose the benefits of buying a new home. That’s good news because it underscores the slow but steady gains being made in this crucial part ...


June Housing Scorecard: New- and Existing-Home Sales Up

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the June editionof the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators, including growing equity and a rebound in ...


Renewable Energy in New Homes

A rising number of new homes include renewable energy features, a trend that is apparent in both single-family and multifamily construction. ...


6 Months of Qualified Mortgages

Six months ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began its implementation of the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). The short-term results were largely predictable with most lenders availing themselves ...


Who’s the Boss?

Living in both the real estate brokerage and technology worlds, I have seen firsthand the frustrations that brokers and the folks they buy real estate technology from experience when it comes to the lack of agent adoption. ...


Three-Quarters of American Homeowners Have Used a REALTOR®

According to the results of a housing survey released recently by BMO Harris Bank, three-quarters (77 percent) of homeowners have used a real estate agent. However, nearly half (47 percent) of Americans are confident they could sell a home without the help ...


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