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Real Estate Trends Archive


The ‘State’ of REO at Slight Increase

The proportion of short sales and REO (Real Estate Owned) sales nationally rose 2.2 percentage points in Q1 2015, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, with data through March 2015. The nation has not observed an increase this ...


Celebrate Fair Housing Month with NAR’s AHWD and MVP

NAR PULSE—Now is the time to purchase the Online At Home With Diversity® certification! Let clients know your agents are capable of working effectively with—and within—a rapidly changing multicultural market with this certification. Knowing how to transact business in culturally competent ways ...


Record-Setting Number of Multiple Listing Services Sign Direct Agreements with Zillow Group in Past Week

Zillow Group recently announced that Zillow® and Trulia® have signed a record-setting 32 new agreements with multiple listing services in the past week, including two of the nation’s largest MLSs; Georgia-based First Multiple Listing Service and Washington D.C.-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. ...


NAHB Updates Local Impact of Home Building Numbers

A recent Eye on Housing post reported on NAHB’s 800th customized local impact study. ...


House Prices Record Annual Gains, Expected to Rise in the Future

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index—Purchase Only, rose by 5.1 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in January 2015. This marks the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. ...


Annual Home Appreciation Slows in 65 Percent of Major Metros

RealtyTrac® recently released a February 2015 Home Price Appreciation Analysis which found that annual home price appreciation in February slowed compared to annual home price appreciation a year ago in 60 of the 92 metros analyzed with a population of 500,000 or more ...


RESPA/TILA Integration Remains a Learning Experience

Over the last several months, NAR has been conducting webinars and educational sessions, as well as participating in several industry forums, to educate real estate professionals on the upcoming RESPA/TILA integration. Through this outreach, it is clear that the RESPA/TILA integration is going ...


Prospecting for Gold

Prospecting for new buyer clients is an important and ongoing process for even the most established firms. Here are some tips to consider if your leads aren’t where they should be: ...


Facebook Floats Idea for More Housing in Menlo Park

(TNS)—Amid the California rumble of bulldozers and buzz of traffic, a 394-unit apartment complex partly funded by Facebook is taking form here, with perks such as a bike repair shop, pet spa and sports pub designed to attract tech workers. ...


HUD Secretary Tells REALTORS® FHA Is Exploring Alternative Credit Scoring Models to Expand Mortgage Access

A diverse group of housing industry stakeholders participated in a credit access symposium recently to discuss how alternative credit scoring models could expand access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers who may have thin credit histories or extenuating ...


Mortgage Rates Remain Calm

According to the recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), average fixed mortgage rates remain largely calm amid mixed economic and housing data. ...


Vacation Home Sales Soar above 2006 Peak

Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released Wednesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Company Spotlight: Bridging the Gap between Agent and Consumer

For Homes.com, one of the nation’s top online real estate destinations, the goal has always been about creating a better consumer experience. ...


Annual Gains for Residential Construction Spending Continue

NAHB analysis of Census construction spending data finds that over the last year, the pace of private single-family construction spending increased 9.7 percent and multifamily construction spending increased 31.5 percent. ...


NAR Broker Tip of the Month: NAR RESPA/TILA March Webinar Posted Online

On Thursday March 19, 2015, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) held a webinar to highlight changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...


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