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Top 10 Priciest U.S. Cities for Renters – November 2014

With the holiday season upon us, rental markets consolidated their substantial price rises over the past year. Zumper recently released the November 2014 rent report for top 10 priciest cities in the U.S. Here are the highlights: ...


What’s Next for Real Estate? Power Broker Predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, Power Brokers are pretty pleased. While specifics vary and hurdles still exist, most brokers report important progress this year, with home prices and overall volume heading in generally positive directions. The big question: What’s next for real ...


Forget the Homeownership Rate. It’s the Process that Matters

(TNS)--Because of the widespread belief that homeownership is valuable, the recent decline in the homeownership rate has generated some dismay. The rate, which had peaked at 69.1 percent in 2005, shortly before the financial crisis, has since fallen to 64.8 percent. This is the lowest it has been since 1995. ...


Mortgage Rates Inch Up Slightly

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates slightly up from the last week, but with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remaining below four percent. ...


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Households Show Willingness to Take on Most Forms of Debt

Data released by the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding increased over the month of October 2014. The data released by the Federal Reserve Board covers most short- and intermediate-term credit extended to individuals, excluding loans secured by real ...


Identified: Top Metro Areas Poised for Uptick in Baby Boomer Home Sales

Metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants in the labor market, according to ...


Research Shows Many U.S. Renters Still Dream of Homeownership

The majority of U.S. renters are struggling financially and plan to remain renters for the next three years, according to recent Freddie Mac survey data. However, the recent financial crisis did not tarnish renters' dreams of homeownership with 91 percent of them viewing homeownership as something of which to be ...


REach® Technology Accelerator Program Accepting 2015 Applications

NAR PULSE—Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment fund of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, is accepting applications for the 2015 REach® Accelerator program through Jan. 30, 2015. The nine-month program provides a unique opportunity for technology companies to get intense exposure into the real estate industry. ...


Auctions: Love Them or Hate Them

Remember that kid in high school that none of your friends liked, so you weren’t supposed to like them either? Instead of getting to know them and making your own assessment, you just went along with the crowd in condemning that kid as an unlikable person. Auctions are like that. ...


Don’t Give up on Facebook: Do This Instead

At first, you were excited about social media but your page still only has a few likes. Your small audience combined with a lack of response to the first few posts you made knocked the wind out of your sails. ...


Check out This Must-Take Relationship-Building Webinar

Are you looking to stop building pipelines and start building relationships? Back by popular demand, on Thursday December 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT, NAR is hosting a must-take webinar that includes real-time walkthrough of the Top Producer® CRM ecosystem capabilities in generating and nurturing leads ...


What Homes Do Millennials Buy?

New NAHB research shows that millennials tend to buy homes that are smaller, older, and less expensive than homes bought by older generations. Being the youngest home buyers with little or no accumulated wealth also affects how millennials shop and buy their homes. ...


Preparing for the Future: Sweepstakes Winners Get Jump Start on New Year with Business and Style Makeover

As 2014 begins to wind down, real estate professionals across the board are taking a good hard look at the past 12 months—celebrating their successes and thinking outside the box to strategically position themselves ahead of the competition moving forward. While it’s never too early to start planning for the ...


Stock of Residential AD&C Loans Up 17 Percent over Last Four Quarters

One factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction has been the tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans. However, the stock of residential AD&C loans outstanding has been on the rise, posting a 17 percent gain since the third quarter of 2013. ...


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