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Real Estate Trends Archive


Positive Signs Crop Up Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Recent month-to-month volatility in the housing market has softened the ongoing recovery. However, the majority of the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicators on consumer attitudes have continued to move in a positive direction during the past year, which may portend a ...


Fears about Mortgage Rate Increases Harming the Market Are Unfounded

We see it any time interest rates start creeping up: big, bold news headlines declaring that the housing market is headed for trouble. When rates go up, the doom and gloom and articles in the mainstream media spread like wildfire. These factors ...


New .REALTOR FAQs and Field Guide Posted

NAR PULSE—We are currently finalizing the process of securing the .REALTOR domain for use by members and associations. In the meantime, we've recently posted a Field Guide to Top-Level Domains and an update to our FAQs, so we encourage you to visit ...


Obama Administration Renews Support for Homeless

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the funding will ensure these ...


Recovery Spreads: Activity Exceeds Norm in Many Markets

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the just-released National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of 11 ...


Senate Sets out Untried System to Replace Fannie, Freddie

(MCT)—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, once the twin kingpins of the home loan market, have been languishing in federal conservatorship since Sept. 6, 2008. While their continued presence is an embarrassment to many on both sides of the political aisle, it is ...


U.S. Is Top Choice for International Buyers

Viewing the country as a safe place to put their money, international homebuyers preferred purchasing properties in the United States over other countries, according to the California Association of REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2013 International Clients Survey.” ...


Why ‘Local’ Is Back: LeadingRE – The Global Behind Local

Look around, and the rising consumer preference for “local” is apparent in just about every market segment. Diners flock to pedestrian areas with home-grown restaurant options, seeking a unique flavor not offered in a chain restaurant. Millennials gravitate toward craft beers from ...


Real Estate Investment Clubs for Fun and Profit, with Luck

(MCT)—Kimberly and Edward Rushing’s fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start. ...


Improving Lead Quality and Increasing Visibility

When managing a brokerage, it can be difficult to decide what tools are worth your time and which ones will bring the greatest return on investment. But it’s a much easier decision when the tools you choose are free, easy to set up and essentially automated upon activation—tools like Zillow ...


Home Warranties Lead to Faster Sales, Higher Sales Prices

According to a recent home sales study conducted by American Home Shield, the nation’s leading provider of home warranties, homes sold with one of the company’s home protection plans spend an average of almost 11 fewer days on the market and sell at a sales price that is an average ...


Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2013, Investment Property Declines

Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


NAHREP Report: Hispanics Continue to Drive Owner Household Growth

Hispanics lead the growth of U.S. owner households and many more are credit-ready to buy now if homes were available, according to the 2013 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report published this week by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate ...


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Aggressive on RESPA

This is the “end of the beginning,” to borrow from Winston Churchill. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has mostly completed the major regulations affecting the housing and mortgage industry. While there will undoubtedly be a fair amount of additional guidance issued, ...


Top Metro Areas: Single-Family Detached Concentration

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at one of those statistics; the share of homeowners living in single-family detached housing. ...