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Get the Best ROI with Your Next Home Improvement Project

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes it’s also where a homeowner’s savings plan comes into account. Homeowners may have a long wish list of home renovations and projects, and sometimes the work is never done. While return on investment (ROI) may not be the biggest consideration in a ...


Start Your Year with Savings!

NAR PULSE—Traveling soon? You and your agents can save up to 25 percent on your next car rental with Hertz. Plus, from now until Jan. 31, choose between either a FREE weekend rental day (with a 3 weekend day minimum ...


Foreign Investors Will Continue to Impact U.S. Housing in 2016

Despite moderate concerns about the impact of higher interest rates, 64 percent of respondents to the 24th annual survey taken among the members of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) say they expect to have modest or major increases in their investment in US real estate in ...


Asian Americans: The Next Big Boom in Housing

Since 2000, the Asian American community has been the fastest-growing minority demographic in the U.S., with a rapidly growing purchasing power. Twenty-eight percent of Asian American households include two or more adult generations, double the rate of non-Hispanic whites, and ...


NAR Broker Tip of the Month: Safety Alert: The Liability of Warnings

Many associations and brokerages have become early warning systems for safety issues, alerting their members or agents to anything from suspicious characters posing as homebuyers to con artists burglarizing homes during showings to hazards potentially affecting properties. Yet there's a legal risk to trying to do the right thing. ...


Nearly Half of Americans Will Have Smart Home Technology by the End of 2016

The year 2020 has long been a benchmark for when the “smart home” will finally be mainstream, but according to the results of a survey released today by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, that time may ...


FHA Urged to Ease Rules on Condo Financing

FHA kicks off 2016 with some of the strongest books of business in years. In November 2015, FHA reported that its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund surpassed the mandated 2 percent capital reserve ratio requirement for the first time since 2009. Early payment ...


Spring Clean Your Office Collateral

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means…spring cleaning! This year, take that fresh-start mentality out of your home and into the office, and assess your office collateral. Over the course of a year, it’s easy to become ...


Wildfire Home Danger Update: Researchers, Responders Developing Data

In a previous report, I pointed out that America's more wildfire prone Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zones contain 46 million single family homes, several hundred thousands of businesses, and a population of more than 120 million. ...


U.S. Home Values Gained $1.1 Trillion in 2015

The value of all homes nationwide grew $1.1 trillion in 2015, and is expected to end the year at $28.5 trillion total. The value of the entire housing stock grew 4.1 percent over the past year, slower than the 6 percent growth in 2014. ...


Consumers Have Confidence in 2016

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased moderately in November, improved in December. The Index now stands at 96.5 (1985=100), up from 92.6 in November. The Present Situation Index increased from 110.9 last month to 115.3 in December, while the ...


November Brings Modest Decrease in Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales in November slightly declined for the third time in four months as buyers continue to battle both rising home prices and limited homes available for sale, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest gains in the Midwest and South were ...


How Much Do Homicides Affect U.S. Home Values?

Homicides wipe a whopping $2.3 billion off the U.S. property market every year.  Though it's no surprise that a murder on the premises can lower the value of your home, that's still a lot of money going cold every single year. ...


More States Find Housing Stability

The U.S. housing market continues to improve with two additional states--New York and Kansas--entering their outer range of stable housing activity, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). The index also added three more metro areas: New York, N.Y.; Minneapolis, Minn. and ...


Mortgage Interest Rates Move Lower in November

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from October to November, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts. ...


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