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Real Estate Trends Archive


FHFA House Price Index Up 0.6 Percent in November

U.S. house prices rose 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from October to November, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in October was revised upward to a 0.6 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in November, ...


Today’s First-Time Buyers Are Realistic, Planners, Reports RE/MAX

First-time home buyers have long been an important part of the housing market. And that hasn’t changed today. According to the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of REALTORS®, first-time buyers accounted for 39 percent of all housing sales from July 2011 through June 2012. ...


Top 5 Spotlight: Standing Out from the Competition

Staying on top of your industry game is crucial when it comes to succeeding in a fluctuating market. So what is next for real estate? We turn to Mike Parker of Huff Realty to find out. ...


Homeowners Take a Fresh Look at Remodeling

(MCT)—If you’ve put off redoing that kitchen or adding a deck while waiting for the economy to perk up, welcome to the club. ...


How Next Generation “Beta Brokerages” Are Shaping the Industry

Change is inevitable. From the music we enjoy to where we spend our next vacation, innovative marketing and an insatiable consumer keep our culture and our products constantly on the move. They revolutionize how we live and how we run our ...


“Sand States” are Still the Wettest

Some 10.7 million homeowners, or 22 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, were in negative equity at the end of the third quarter of 2012, down by 100,000 from the second quarter. But the “sand states,” the states that dominated foreclosures for years, still account for a lion’s ...


2013: Transition to “Normal”?

The trend of gradual but below-potential economic growth seen in 2012 is expected to carry over through 2013 and into 2014. This modest growth path combined with the real GDP growth rate during the recovery from 2009 to this point of ...


Bob Corcoran Joins Top 5 in Real Estate as Top 5 Elite Speaker

Recently, RISMedia and the Top 5 in Real Estate Network have announced a new addition to the Top 5 program: the inclusion of some of the best speakers in the industry coming together to provide better content, better events and better coaching for Top 5 members. ...


Museum Exhibit Showcases Micro-Unit Apartments

A new exhibit, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, opened Tuesday at The Museum of the City of New York, and will run through September 2013. ...


Adaptability Is Key to Success in the Year Ahead

It’s a new year, and that’s reason enough to celebrate. But now it’s time to get down to business and look at your plans for 2013. Have you set goals for the year? If not, don’t worry; it’s never too late to come up with a plan that helps you ...


Thank You Cards: Small Investment, Big Impact

Q: What piece of marketing collateral can you send just about anyone – grad student, retiree, working mother etc… – and be almost 100 percent sure they’ll open it? ...


Existing Home Sales Hit 5-year High in 2012

(MCT)—Sales of existing homes ticked down in December from the month before, while the total for 2012 hit the highest level in five years, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


In Illinois, 2012 Notches 22.9 Percent Home Sales Gain

Regional Spotlight—Illinois home sales increased 15.2 percent over previous-year levels in December and median prices increased 5.6 percent, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Starts End 2012 on a High Note

The year 2012 was a promising one for housing. With consistent improvements in housing construction and prices, home building is once again contributing to economic growth. And the December housing starts report capped off the year with confirmation of these trends. ...


Century 21 Real Estate Releases Details of Its Big Game Survey, Home is Where Most Prefer to Watch

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations, has announced the results of its Big Game Survey. CENTURY 21®, an advertiser in this year’s Super Bowl, recently surveyed Americans about their game-watching and party plans during this year’s game. The ...


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