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Home Valuation: Clearing the Way to More Listings

Real estate is a competitive industry, and even that might be an understatement. That’s why many brokerages spend millions of dollars on lead generation every year in hopes of converting the very best leads and increasing sales. Some brokerages are even setting their ...


How Property Tax Rates Vary across and within Counties

A new NAHB Economics research article shows that the effective real estate tax rates vary substantially across and within counties, with the highest rate area displaying rates that are often multiple times higher than the lowest rate areas within the same county. ...


Stock Market Volatility Good for Some Housing Markets, Bad for Others

Instead of starting with a bang, 2016 kicked off with a plunge. On the first day of trading, Jan. 4, the American indexes recorded the biggest losses ever ...


Britney Does It Again: Pop Icon’s Thousand Oaks Home Up for Sale

Don’t hold it against her. Britney Spears has placed her Thousand Oaks, Calif. home on the market —seven months after purchasing a nearby property—for $8,995,000. The Mediterranean-style, single-story home is located in the Lake Sherwood enclave, neighboring a who’s-who in music that includes Paul Anka ...


Report: Hot Tech Cities with Emerging High-End Markets

Sales of $1 million-plus homes in 2015 surged 32 percent year-over-year in Austin, which is experiencing a boom in tech and entertainment as the home of the SXSW Festival; 31 percent in Fort Lauderdale, which benefits directly from its proximity to the perennial luxury hub of Miami; and 30 percent in Seattle, which ...


Equifax: First Mortgage Origination Balances Increase 42.9 Percent

According to data from the Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report, the total balance of new first mortgages originated in 2015 was $1.82 trillion, a year-over-year increase of 42.9 percent, while the total number of new first mortgages originated in that same time was 7.71 million, an increase of 31.6 ...


Keep Calm: An Instagram Change Is Coming

Instagram recently announced some big algorithm changes that have created panic in the social media world. According to their blog, rather than displaying in the familiar reverse-chronological order, Instagram will organize users’ feeds “to show the moments [they] believe [followers] will ...


First-Time Homebuyers: How to Save Money with an In-Law Apartment, Duplex or Guest House

Buying your first home is exciting, but the price tag can cause major trepidation for even the most prepared homebuyer. Investing in a multi-unit property with a mother-in-law apartment or other rental unit can bring in additional income to help cover your mortgage ...


American Dream: The Changing Interests of Homebuyers throughout the Decades

Those immersed in housing trends likely know what makes today's buyers tick: updated kitchens and bathrooms, ample closet space, low-maintenance features, in-home technology. But what excited potential homebuyers a decade ago is vastly different from what interests today's generation of homeowners. This ...


Sales Seesaw: Vacation Homes Retreat, Investment Purchases Leap

Vacation home sales cooled off in 2015 but remained at the second highest amount in nearly a decade, while investment purchases increased for the first time in five years, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released by the National Association of ...


NAHREP Expands Search for Top Latino Agents and Mortgage Originators

The submission period for the top-performing Latino agents and mortgage originators across the U.S. is set to close on April 29. The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Top 250 Latino Agent and Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originator lists are published annually and highlight the most successful Latino practitioners in their respective category. The organization ...


Construction Job Openings at Cycle High

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector reached a post-Great Recession high in February. ...


Smart Home, Happy Pet: How Today’s Tech Is Changing the Game for Pet Owners

The smart home revolution has led to some mind-boggling advances to our daily routine. From brewing a world-class cup of coffee from your smart phone to streaming your favorite Spotify playlist through a lightbulb in the kitchen, it seems there’s no end to the daily life ...


Help NAR Celebrate Our Members!

NAR PULSE---2016 marks the Centennial of the REALTOR® trademark, and NAR needs your help in celebrating a century of distinction of REALTORS®—the power you hold in protecting the American dream, advocating for property ownership and the work you do to promote healthy ...


Andy Warhol’s First New York Art Studio Listed for $10M

Heads up Art History lovers: Andy Warhol's very first studio, located in New York's Upper East Side, is now on the market. ...


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