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The Best Housing Markets for Growth and Stability

Home appreciation is generally considered a good thing. It means more equity for homeowners, and a bigger payout when the time comes to sell. But as we learned during the financial crisis, when home values grow too quickly, a boom can quickly turn into a bust. That can lead to vanishing equity, ...


A Smart Home Sells Quicker

If you’re wondering why that listing you signed months ago is getting very few views, it might just be that your post is outdated. Today, the trend in real estate is smart homes, or homes outfitted with innovative conveniences, such as an energy-saving ...


New Survey Finds Like-Kind Exchanges Promote Job, Economic Growth

Real estate like-kind exchanges are an important vehicle for disposing of and acquiring properties, and support the nation’s financial growth, job creation and economy, according to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Realtor.com® Premieres Exclusive Digital Video Series with Actress Elizabeth Banks Targeting First-Time Homebuyers

Realtor.com® recently announced the launch of a five-episode digital video series created to provide first-time homebuyers with practical and entertainingly delivered advice on the start-to-finish stages of the purchase cycle. The original series is part of a broad marketing campaign realtor.com® launched in May and comes at a time when ...


Potential Buy-to-Rent Returns Down in 59 Percent of U.S. Counties

In the first five months of 2015, potential returns from buy-to-rent purchases of 3-bedroom residential properties decreased from the same time period a year ago in 59 percent of counties analyzed, according to a recently released RealtyTrac® Buy-to-Rent analysis. The analysis, coupled with ...


Consumer Housing Attitudes Signal Healthier Purchase Market Ahead

Americans’ outlook toward the current home selling market and the future of home rental prices may bode well for purchase activity this year, according to results from Fannie Mae's June 2015 National Housing Survey™. Amid continued strong ...


New Technology Built Specifically for TRID Helps Smooth the Way

With the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule nearing its implementation deadline of Oct. 3, 2015, the residential mortgage industry has been hard at work to get new or updated processes into place and tested to help ensure a ...


Survey Shows Home Buying Swagger Starts with Understanding Credit

Summer means warmer weather and increased home sales, but many homebuyers dread the process. The majority of homebuyers (95 percent) know that credit is important when purchasing a home, and those who know their credit scores feel significantly more prepared to buy according ...


For Builders, Labor/Subcontractor Shortage Intensifies

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. ...


Creating a Legacy…in Print

Although just a few well-crafted words have the ability to go viral in today’s digital environment, nothing trumps the value of book-author status. Whether a moving memoir or an insightful business guide, a book instantly denotes leadership and wisdom. That’s why book ...


Mortgage Rates Reach New 2015 Highs

Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey® recently reported average fixed mortgage rates reaching new 2015 highs, ahead of the June jobs report. ...


It’s Crunch-Time for CFPB Compliance

While the new October 3 effective date has given brokers and agents a little more breathing room, there is still a lot to be done in order to prepare for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms, ...


Listing a Fixer-Upper: When Clients May Need a General Contractor

When you've listed a property in need of minor cosmetic TLC, you can help potential buyers envision a new coat of paint or additions to the landscape fairly easily. Such inexpensive changes can usually be done by homeowners themselves, but it's a different story when a property needs several repairs ...


Consumers Voice Optimistic Outlook in June Indexes

Consumer sentiment and consumer confidence are two indexes showing consumers’ perceptions of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future’s economy. ...


Gains Continue to Decline through Summer Buying Season

Data through June confirms projections that 2015 would be a “non-growth” year for housing, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report reporting on data through June 2015. ...


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