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Home Buyers Uncertain about How a Credit Score Affects Financing Process

As Americans enter the peak time of year to buy a home, a recent survey from TransUnion reveals a majority of those planning on or considering buying a home in the next 12 to 18 months are unsure about actions that could help improve their credit score. A majority was ...


Boomerang Buyers Are Coming, and Will Require Special Expertise

Over seven million Americans are reported to have lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale from 2007 - 2014, and an estimated 250,000 - 500,000 are beginning to re-enter the market. In all, reports say that half of the 7.3 million will ...


NAR Member Survey Reveals Slight Dip in REALTOR® Business in 2014

After gradually climbing for three consecutive years, the decline in existing-home sales in 2014 resulted in a slight reduction in REALTOR® business activity and income last year, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Member Profile. The survey also found ...


REALTORS® View State Supreme Court Decision a Win for Consumers and Industry: Massachusetts Ruling Affirms Long-Standing Broker-Agent Relationship

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) announced Wednesday that the Massachusetts State Supreme Court (SJC) decision in Monell vs. Boston Pads LLC is a win for consumers and the entire real estate industry. The ability for real estate agents to choose to affiliate with real estate brokers as independent contractors ...


Average Down Payment Drops to Three-Year Low

RealtyTrac® has released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhomes purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent of ...


House Prices Move Up In April

U.S home prices continued their upward climb in April, with CoreLogic reporting a  2.7 percent monthly advance, moving the year-on-year gain up to 6.8 percent. This forward motion represents 38 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices. While spring is typically the ...


Old Meets New for Historic House Hunters

Eyeing the area on a map between U.S. Route 1 and the Boulevard in Richmond, Va., a distinct pattern emerges. City blocks multiply as roadways fan westward in the aptly-named Historic Fan District, home to residences built in the 19th and early 20thcenturies. Scanning ...


Houses Get Bigger, Again

(TNS)—The average size of homes built in the U.S. increased for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 to a record 2,657 square feet, according to census data released June 1. ...


Providing a Better Level of Service

In the following interview, Eric Lee of Equity Real Estate divulges his top tips for time management, motivation, and more. ...


20 Hottest Real Estate Markets Announced for May

Realtor.com® provided an early look at the May housing market with their ‘Advance Read on May Trends,’ a glimpse into residential real estate inventory and demand trends over the first 3 weeks of the month. For May 2015, the analysis of realtor.com®’s data indicates ...


How to Create Better Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Do you create Facebook ads to promote your brand, your listings and your real estate services? ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable—From Renter to Buyer: Turning Millennials into Homeowners

Editor's note: The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS®. Watch for this column each month. ...


Housing Recovery—Prices and Production

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Standard and Poor’s/Case-Shiller recently released the Home Price Index (HPI) for March. ...


New Studies Illustrate How Consumers Misjudge Home Values

Encouraged by strong price increases and hot sales this spring, increasing numbers of owners are listing their homes for sale. But chances are good that millions of owners are making wrong assumptions about the value of their homes, according to two new studies. ...


Peak Out: Seven Markets Have Hit Their Peaks

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2015. The report found that, outside of the usual headline-making markets, there are seven markets, considered “major” in density and culture, which are in bubble territory. These markets ...


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