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Real Estate Trends Archive


Buying with Cash Brings Huge Discount, RealtyTrac Report Shows

All-cash buyers of single family homes and condos nationwide paid 23 percent less per square foot than all homebuyers, but that cash buyers in 9 percent of local housing markets paid a premium price per square foot. This data comes from the recently released RealtyTrac®Q1 2016 U.S. Cash & Institutional ...


Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Nearly 12 Months

Pending home sales increased slightly in March for the second consecutive month and reached their highest level in almost a year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Only the West region saw a decline in contract activity last month. ...


February Brings Slowdown in Home Price Increases

Data released for February 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, albeit at a slower clip, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. ...


Housing Industry Faces Flood Challenges, Says Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac recently released its monthly Insight for April with a focus on the flood challenges the industry faces, the current system in the United States for dealing with flood risk, and some questions that will have to be addressed if climate change raises sea levels significantly. ...


March Brings Fall in New Home Sales

New home sales in March fell 1.5 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 511,000 units, according to estimates released jointly recently by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.5 percent below the ...


Maintaining an Edge in a Low-Inventory, Highly Competitive Market

A single click on her mobile device is all it takes for Barbara Marsh, a REALTOR® with CENTURY 21 United Brokers in San Diego, Calif., to stay ahead of the competition. ...


Following Criticism, NAHREP Offers Commentary on Secretary Castro and FHA DASP Program

HUD Secretary Julian Castro has recently been the subject of harsh criticism from a handful of non-profit groups in connection to HUD's administration of the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). Implemented in 2012, a full two years before Secretary Castro's appointment, the program was designed to maximize recovery to the ...


First-Time Buyers Struggle with Limited Inventory, High Prices

Home values are rising the fastest among entry-level homes in more than half of the largest U.S. housing markets, according to first quarter Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Rising home values in this segment of the market can be attributed to a lack of ...


Policy Matters: 2016 NAR Legislative and Regulatory Agenda

During the 114th Congress, NAR’s legislative and regulatory agenda has been focused on efforts to stimulate, stabilize and strengthen real estate markets across the nation while protecting the business interests of members. In 2016, NAR will be focused on the following public policy ...


Housing Market to Retain Forward Motion, Freddie Says

While recent data darkened the growth outlook for the first quarter, April data has experts predicting housing will maintain its momentum in 2016 and be an economic engine of growth. This insight comes from data recently released by Freddie Mac. The report shows that recent declines in mortgage rates have ...


House Prices Rise in February

U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI).  The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in January was revised downward to reflect a 0.4 percent increase. ...


High Housing Costs Driving Population Shifts?

(TNS)—Fewer people are moving into some of the country’s most expensive areas, including San Diego, Silicon Valley, and some Washington, D.C., suburbs. At the same time, places where the cost of living is lower, such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and parts of Florida, ...


Measuring the Impact of Technology on the Real Estate Industry

For more than 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has acted as a positive force of advocacy for its members. Over the past century, its primary efforts have focused on improving the business climate and governmental policies at the federal level. ...


Piero Orsi: Listen to the Unmet Needs of Agents

Thanks to a decrease in short sales, a higher number of regular home sales, and move-up sales coming from new construction, available inventory in Northern Illinois reached 8 percent in 2015. And although prices flatlined in 2015 compared to the prior year, niche ...


NYC’s Met Museum Recreates the Iconic ‘Psycho’ House

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