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Real Estate Trends Archive


Brokers Share Market Strategies at Midyear Event

Leading Power Brokers from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 14th, to share strategies for capitalizing on key market opportunities during RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum, held during the ...


Remodeling Jobs—Baths Edge Kitchens again for Top Spot

To lead off National Home Remodeling Month in May, we report results from NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey on the most common type of jobs performed by NAHB Remodelers in 2014. ...


First Quarter Results Are In: Low Mortgage Rates Boost Refinance Activity

Borrowers took advantage of better than expected mortgage rates during the first quarter with the intention of lowering their monthly mortgage payment and shortening their loan term, shows Freddie Mac's recently released first quarter refinance analysis. ...


New Report Spotlights Homes Sold to Owner-Occupants

Owner-occupant buyers accounted for 63.2 percent of all residential single family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 65.8 percent in the previous quarter and 68.6 percent a year ago to the lowest quarterly level going back to ...


Homeowner Vacancy Wavers Slightly in First Quarter

National vacancy rates in the first quarter 2015 were 7.1 percent for rental housing and 1.9 percent for homeowner housing, the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau announced recently. The rental vacancy rate of 7.1 percent was 1.2 percentage points (+/-0.4) lower than the ...


U.S. Real House Prices in a Global Context: Is the Dress White and Gold or Blue and Black?

According to the Global Housing Watch at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), real house prices across the world continued to grow in the in the 4th quarter of 2014, however, global house prices remain below their pre-financial crisis peak. ...


February Home Prices Continue to Rise

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to a recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showing data for February 2015. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw larger year-over-year increases in February compared to January. ...


Housing Recovery Set to Pick Up Pace Next Year

Solid employment gains, attractive mortgage rates, a growing economy and pent-up demand will help keep the housing market moving forward throughout 2015 and into next year, according to economists who participated in a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2015 Spring ...


New Study Shows Homeowners Shifting Sense of Home Value

The average American's perception of home value in the post-crash era runs much deeper than standard measures of price and location, according to a recently released Homeowner Sentiment Survey done by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Unlike prior emphasis on square footage and amenities, today’s ...


Legalized Marijuana: A New Meaning to ‘Going Green’ in Real Estate

As the market continues on its road to recovery, many obstacles are falling by the wayside making it easier than recent years to find the right homes for the right buyers. Mortgage rates are still low and affordable, the unemployment rate has ...


Don’t Forget the Googleyness

We are all beneficiaries of Google’s innovation. Aside from making the Internet user-friendly, and the devices they have created to make information ever-present, Google has taught us the importance of setting big goals, and the importance of culture in achieving them. Earlier this ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Pending Sales Rise 3.1 Percent, Inventory Remains a Concern

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


Fair Housing: The March Continues

Each and every day, REALTORS® work to respect and safeguard fair housing rights for buyers and sellers across the country. And during Fair Housing Month—observed each April—the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and its one million members pause to reflect on the significance of this event and to reconfirm our ...


Agent Headshots: 8 Do’s and Don’ts

The real estate agent headshot: it’s an absolute necessity in this industry. Your headshot is part of your personal branding, and people expect to see it everywhere—on business cards, your website, public benches and even billboards! Real estate is a face-to-face business, ...


Existing-Home Sales Spike in March

Existing-home sales jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, while unsold inventory showed needed improvement, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Midwest, all major regions experienced strong sales gains in March and are above their year-over-year ...


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