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Real Estate Trends Archive


Simplifying Searchability: Finding the Best Home (and Neighborhood)

With most renters and homeowners starting their searches on the Web, it’s no surprise that making the process of searching for a home online more appealing and accessible has been one of the biggest topics of conversation in the real estate industry recently. Additionally, renters and homeowners want the most ...


Real Estate Community Given another Safety Scare

The real estate community witnessed yet another safety scare last week when a man held a real estate agent captive in Elk Grove , Calif. The agent was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by David Timothy Burnhart, 47, while showing an ...


Agent Spotlight: Bill Gassett’s Tips for Successfully Mastering Social Media

RE/MAX Executive Realty agent Bill Gassett is clearly doing something right. With 27 years in the business, and over 31,000 followers on Google+ and approaching 20,000 on Twitter, it’s safe to say that Gassett is hitting it out of the park when it ...


The Real Estate A-List: 27th Annual Power Broker Survey Ranks Nation’s Top-Producing Firms

The industry’s most widely read and long-standing ranking of the country’s top real estate brokerage firms, RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey is now available for qualified brokers to complete. Now in its 27th year, the Power Broker Survey ranks firms by closed transactions ...


Solving the Move-Up Home Financing Dilemma

(TNS)—When you own a home and want to sell it to buy a place that’s nicer, you are likely to confront two obstacles: ...


Loan Delinquencies Reach Record Low

Delinquencies continued to decline in last year’s third quarter, falling in seven out of 11 categories as the economy improved and consumers responsibly managed their finances, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. ...


FHA to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Fees

(TNS)—The Federal Housing Administration plans to lower its annual mortgage insurance fees by 0.5 of a percentage point—a move that it says will allow more buyers to jump into the real estate market. ...


Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


Real Estate Roundtable Praises Bipartisan House Vote to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

The recent bipartisan House vote of 416-5 to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years is a major step forward in bolstering economic security, maintaining positive momentum in commercial real estate markets and reducing policy uncertainty with a multi-year reauthorization, ...


Tulare County Association of REALTORS® Selects Point2 to Create Consumer Real Estate Search Portal

The Tulare County Association of REALTORS® (TCAOR) launched TulareCountyREALTORS.com last month, the organization announced. The consumer-facing real estate search website uses Point2 technology to surface the most accurate information about homes, land and commercial properties for sale in Tulare County, Calif. TCAOR is one of several real estate ...


3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Plunge to 19-Month Low

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 3.58 percent, down fourteen basis points from Jan. 8 to Jan. 1. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose early last week, peaking at 4.03 percent on Friday before falling to the current rate. ...


Index: Prices Up ‘Across the Board’ in 2014, Midwest Expected to Outpace the Nation

With 2014 behind us, 2015 promises changes within the market as the housing recovery moves forward, according to recently released information from Clear Capital, a provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment. The company recently released ...


Easing the Financing Crunch: New Year, New Ways to Get People into the Market

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jim Imhoff, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


New Study Shows Top Moving Destination for 2014

Wondering where people were moving in 2014? The Northeast experienced a moving deficit, losing residents for the third consecutive year, while Oregon held on to its title as "Top Moving Destination" and continued to pull away from the pack. ...


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