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Furniture and Appliance Purchases off Lows

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported results from the 2013 consumer expenditure survey. In 2013, the average annual expenditure on housing increased 1.5 percent to $17,148. As a share of total expenditures housing was 33.6 percent; an increase from the 2012 share of 32.8 percent. ...


U.S. Waterfront Home Values Twice as High as Overall Home Values

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of ...


New Home Purchases Down by 9 Percent

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for August 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 9 percent relative to the previous month.  This change does not include any ...


Vinyl Is the Most Widely Used Siding on New Homes Started

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common exterior wall material used in homes started in 2013 (31 percent), followed by brick or brick veneer (24 percent), stucco (22 percent), and ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Increases 7 Percent in August but Overall Down from Last Year

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for August 2014, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 116,913 U.S. properties in August, an increase of 7 percent from the previous month but still down 9 percent ...


How One Florida Brokerage Pushes Past All Obstacles to Succeed

RE/MAX Anchor Realty has seen it all. From rebuilding after Hurricane Charley, which left the majority of the company’s agents homeless, to surviving the economic downturn in 2005, the Florida-based company has been through its share of tough times and still manages to come out on top. So far on ...


The Great Delay: Student Loan Debt and Homeownership

A record number of Millennials, individuals aged 18 to 34 years, are delaying household formation. This “Great Delay,” instead of the forbearance of impending doom, may actually be a sign of prudent economic decision ...


Final Push on 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are ...


The Most Affordable Cities for Millennial Buyers

It’s no secret young buyers have faced challenges when it comes to saving money to purchase a home of their own thanks to limited job opportunities and skyrocketing debt. Despite all this, the millennial generation still believes in homeownership. To help them achieve ...


CFPB Update for Real Estate Brokers

As the real estate industry continues to recover from the financial meltdown, mortgage lenders, title companies and closing professionals have been adapting to a wide variety of new regulations. And while lenders can quickly recite what they ...


2015 Housing Forecast: Recovery Will Continue Gradually

Americans’ attitudes toward the housing market continued to soften in August and suggest that housing activity may resume its modest recovery in 2015 after some pullback this year, according to results from Fannie Mae’s August 2014 National Housing Survey. Despite ongoing improvements ...


The Typical American Subdivision

Data collected during a 2014 survey allow NAHB to produce, for the first time, summary statistics that describe the typical residential subdivision being built in the United States. The results were recently published as a Special Study in HousingEconomics.com. For subdivisions of single-family detached homes, the summary ...


Earn $25 Restaurant Gift Card with the Member Value Plus (MVP) Program

NAR PULSE—Sign Up and MVP Register for the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo and earn a John Besh gift card, plus a chance to win $250 American Express gift card with MVP! Your Premier Access pass includes entrance to John Besh’s ...


Commercial/Multifamily Delinquencies Continue Decline

Delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans continued to decline in the second quarter of 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report. ...


Move Over Millennials: Home-buying Dreams of Gen Z Teens Revealed

Today’s teens will likely never wait for transportation for more than two minutes, can buy nearly anything with the click of a button and have it delivered in 24 hours, and can instantly consult a cast of 1,000 of their closest friends ...


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