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Real Estate Trends Archive


Emerging Mortgage Trends and Their Impact on Your Brokerage Business

In 2015, purchase mortgage originations were estimated around $900 billion, or 14 percent higher than purchase mortgage originations in 2014. This year, $998 billion in purchase mortgage originations are expected, a number that’s predicted to steadily grow and surpass $1 trillion in 2017. ...


Mortgage Applications Tumble, Says MBA

Mortgage applications decreased 3.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 29, 2016. ...


Survey Says: Homeownership Rate Not Hurt by Student Loan Factor

While the U.S. homeownership rate has neared a half-century low, student debt is not the cause, according to a new Evidence Speaks report by Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and University of Michigan Economics Professor Susan Dynarskiy. ...


Military Homebuyers Purchase Younger, Buy Larger and More Expensive Homes, Says NAR

Differences in household demographics and affordable financing options spur homebuying demand for young active-service military members, causing them to significantly outpace the share of non-military homebuyers under the age of 35, according to the first-ever 2016 Veterans & ...


Will Zero-Energy Homes Change the Future of Real Estate?

While trends typically come and go, one that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the concept surrounding the zero-energy home, a space that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable energy to meet heating, cooling and energy needs. As ...


New Flood Insurance Legislation Offers Consumers Support, Flexibility

Property owners who opt to purchase flood insurance in the private market rather than through the National Flood Insurance Program may do so under current rules, but they risk paying higher rates if they return to the ...


Tech Trends: Smart Buyer’s Reps Know about Smart Homes

Smart-home technology is shifting into high gear. By all accounts, 2016 will be the tipping point for consumer interest and adoption, nearly five years ahead of experts’ original projections. ...


Fed Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged, Gives No Hints on Timing of Future Hike

(TNS)—Federal Reserve officials, concluding their latest policy meeting last Wednesday, left interest rates unchanged and gave no clear signal of a rate increase in June. ...


Consumer Confidence Cramps in April, says University of Michigan

Consumer sentiment continued its slow decline in April due to weakening expectations for future economic growth, although their views of their current finances remained positive. The top concerns of consumers involve whether the anticipated slowdown in economic growth will lead to a slower ...


Affordable Housing Now National Debate, Economist Says

(TNS)—Affordable and attainable housing is not just a hot topic in Southwest Florida. ...


First Look: Home Buying Season Is Already Booming

The 2016 home-buying season is in full swing, with homes in April moving 7 percent faster than one year ago, even as asking prices continue to break records. This, according to new data released this week by realtor.com®. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Window to the Law—New Effort to Combat Money Laundering

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. ...


Talking Tech on Main Street: A Conversation with Derek Beatrice

Derek and I have known each other for a number of years, but just recently started working together. I’ve always known he had his finger on the pulse of technology, but didn’t see the full extent of it until I spent the day at his office with him and his ...


Technology Adoption: Getting Agents on Board

Why are so many agents reluctant to dive into technology? In this month's NAR Power Broker Roundtable, we talk to brokers about their secrets for getting agents on board with new tools. ...


Your Place: A Little Fresh Paint Can Help Woo A Homebuyer

(TNS)—I know I talked about painting in a recent column, but that was just about my plans for the exterior of the house this year. ...


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