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Real Estate Trends Archive


Talking Tech on Main Street: A Conversation with Morris Lyles

Since I’m sure you’ve all heard enough about what I think, we decided to take it to the streets to hear what you think. This month, we sat down with Morris Lyles of ERA Wilder Realty in Columbia, S.C., and picked ...


National Housing Report: February Boost in Sales and Prices

Unlike last February, this February experienced increased home sales, but with only a moderate rise in prices. Home sales in February rose 7.1 percent from January and 2.2 percent from February 2014, according to the February RE/MAX National Housing Report . Sales through the fall and winter months held ground, ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity at Lowest Level Since July 2006

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for February 2015, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 101,938 U.S. properties in February, a decrease of 4 percent from revised January numbers and down 9 percent from a year ...


Engaging in Stealth Mode: How Real Pro Systems Helps Attract and Incubate Leads

There's nothing better than a great business partner. They split the workload, offer invaluable insight and advice, and always have the business' best interests at heart, because it's their business, too. But what if your business partner isn't really a partner, but a Web solutions platform? Enter Real Pro Systems, a ...


FNC Index: Home Prices Down 0.3% in January

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows the nation’s housing market started the year with a small decline in average home prices. Based on recorded sales of non-distressed properties (existing and new homes) in the 100 largest metropolitan areas, the index fell 0.3% in January but continued to rise ...


Strong Dollar, Continued Investment from Abroad Help Facilitate Overseas Buyers

Seven years on from the Wall Street financial crisis of 2008, when the U.S. economy began to sink into recession, economic recovery has shifted into higher gear. For example, according to Reuters, Q3 2014 saw the economy grow at a 5 percent clip ...


New Report Shows 1.2 Million U.S. Borrowers Regained Equity in 2014

CoreLogic® recently released new analysis showing 1.2 million borrowers regained equity in 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity at the end of Q4 2014 to approximately 44.5 million or 89 percent of all mortgaged ...


Stand Out Online with .REALTOR

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8 Ways to Locate a Stellar Agent from Egypt Sherrod

For buyers (and sellers!) looking to enter the real estate market, locating the right agent to find their dream home may be a daunting task. Buyers want to find someone with an expertise in their desired area, who will communicate efficiently and have ...


Report Ranks Average Down Payment in 2014 at 14 Percent

RealtyTrac® recently released a report analyzing purchase loan and sales data for single family homes and condos in 2014 in 386 counties nationwide which found that on average across all counties, buyers who purchased a home in 2014 put 14 percent ...


First Mortgage Default Rate Decreases for First Time since July 2014

Data through February 2015, released recently by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, continued to show a slight upward trend, as the second mortgage default rate increased by two basis points to 0.66 percent. The national ...


Renters Feeling Heat from Heightened Housing Costs

The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new research by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Best Neighborhoods for a St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl

Grab your gold, put on your green, hope for luck and head to one of these ZIP codes to find a pub. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, RealtyTrac® partnered with enterprise data and analytics company Acxiom® to uncover ZIP codes throughout ...


California Housing Bounces Back in February after Slow Start

Slowing home price appreciation and improving inventory combined to boost California’s housing market in February as existing home sales and median home prices increased from both the previous month and year, the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) said recently. ...


Will Bitcoin Buyers Break into the Housing Market?

Digital currencies continue to take hold in real estate—this time, across the Atlantic. RE/MAX London recently announced a trial program with payment platform GoCoin that will support digital currency payments on property rentals throughout the country. ...


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