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Builder Confidence on the Rise in March

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). ...


The Future of the Housing Finance System

The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. These factors ...


Senate Takes Speedy Action on Bipartisan Flood Insurance Affordability Bill

Late last week, the senate passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which won the votes by a windfall of 72 to 22. ...


The Future of Real Estate Is Here

When Realty Executives International’s regional developers and senior management gather together, it isn’t without purpose and direction. Recently, the company’s leadership group spent several days together planning for 2014. Coming off one of the company’s best years in recent history, the entire organization is alive with energy and ready to ...


February Delivered Rising Home Prices in Chicago

Regional Spotlight—Residential sales in the seven-county metropolitan Chicago real estate market during February followed a pattern similar to that established in January, with prices rising but the pace of sales slowing when compared to the same month last year. ...


Unmarried Couples Buying a House May Also Be Buying Trouble

(MCT)—More and more couples, both mixed- and same-sex, are electing to live together without getting married, and often this includes purchasing a home together. This is a major decision fraught with potential consequences if and when they decide to split. ...


RE/MAX Unveils New Ad Campaign: “Dream with Your Eyes Open”

RE/MAX, LLC recently launched its first advertising campaign since the company went public last fall. Created by the real estate company’s new lead advertising agency The Leo Burnett Group, the “Dream With Your Eyes Open” campaign highlights the critical bond between home buyers and RE/MAX agents as Americans become more ...


Real Estate Leader Named a Winning “W” Company for Third Consecutive Year

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, announced that it was named a 2020 Women on Boards Winning "W" Company percent3D for the third consecutive year. Winning "W" Companies is the ...


Applications for New Home Purchases up in February

In recent positive housing news, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) estimates sales of new single-family homes were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 533,000 units in February 2014, based on data from MBA’s Builder Applications Survey (BAS). ...


January Marked Ninth Consecutive Increase in Home Sales in Connecticut

Regional Spotlight—Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose 2.0 percent in January, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. This marks nine consecutive months of home sale increases in the Nutmeg State. ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Jump 10 Basis Points

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.21 percent, up 10 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate steadily rose last week, peaking at 4.27 percent on Monday before dropping slightly to today's rate. ...


7 Simple Questions to Develop Your Mobile Strategy

When you talk mobile, it’s very easy to get lost in features and cool technology. Although those become key components in a mobile solution, the strategy is the road map to the final destination. Because of this, we decided to get a ...


Spring into Sales: 5 Tips to Get Ready for the Buying Season

Numerous studies have proven that late spring and the summer months are the busiest times in the real estate market, with approximately 35 percent of all real estate transactions occurring between May and July (Washington Post). ...


zipLogix Announces Service Provider Feature for zipForm Plus Users

zipLogix, creator of zipForm(R), one of the real estate industry's leading forms software providers, recently announced the release of the Service Provider feature for zipForm(R) Plus. The feature is available nationwide. The Service Provider program places each participating company's contact information in the zipForm(R) Plus address book, a form library ...


Labor Shortages Are a Key Issue for Housing

According to recent NAHB industry surveys, finding and hiring workers is a key challenge for home builders as construction activity grows. This issue is of such significant importance that it has been selected as a primary issue for NAHB’s 2014 legislative conference, “Bringing Housing Home,” which takes place ...