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Real Estate Trends Archive


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 ...


More Than 4 Million First-Time Buyers Want to Enter the Housing Market in 2014, Buoyed by Strong U.S. Housing Confidence

Millions of current renters nationwide aspire to buy a home in the next year, according to the inaugural edition of the Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI)[i], suggesting strong demand among potential first-time homebuyers if market conditions are favorable. But existing headwinds, including ...


New Generational Trends Study Shows Confidence in Market

Young home buyers remain optimistic and see their home as a good investment, while older buyers are more likely to trade down to a smaller property to match changing lifestyles, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller ...


Distressed Housing Market Shrinks Dramatically in California

Regional Spotlight--Vastly improved home prices over the past five years have changed the landscape of California’s distressed housing market, which is now just a fraction of what it was during the Great Recession, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) found recently. ...


Normal Market Activity Inches Forward

While the pace may be slow, new industry findings show that the real estate market is indeed moving forward. The Advanced March NAHB/First American Leading Markets (LMI) Index remained unchanged in March at .87 from February but the number of markets considered ...


Open Enrollment under ACA Ends March 31 but Don’t Stress, NAR Can Help

NAR PULSE—Still not sure about your health insurance options? Visit the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace powered by SASid, a REALTOR Benefit® Program partner, to explore NAR’s private exchange and learn about your insurance options. Also NAR President Steve Brown walks members through the ...


Fed Reports Winter Cools Inventories

In its latest report on the economy, Federal Reserve economists report that winter weather has contributed to a slowing of real estate markets and inventories are low in most districts. ...


New Survey Reveals Pulse of 2014 Spring Real Estate Market

A recently released survey indicates a lively spring season ahead for real estate sales. MRIS, a Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS), recently released the results from its 2014 Spring Real Estate Outlook Survey. ...


zipLogix Releases Major Update for zipForm Plus

zipLogix recently announced the release of a feature update for zipForm® Plus, the official and exclusive forms software of the National Association of REALTORS®. This update delivers the latest advancements to real estate professionals that utilize zipForm(R) Plus every day. The new feature set enhances the entire transaction process. ...