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Real Estate Trends Archive


HUD Releases Proposed 2015 Budget

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently unveiled HUD’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. This year The President’s Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. The Budget adheres to the 2015 spending levels agreed to in the ...


Industry Leaders Align On Digital Transaction Management Standard

DocuSign, in partnership with industry, security, and policy thought leaders announced a new global standard for secure cloud-based Digital Transaction Management, xDTM. The xDTM Standard protects and empowers organizations and consumers to securely conduct business around the world. Key requirements include security, privacy, compliance, enforceability, availability, openness, scalability, ...


March Housing Madness: Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros at or above Normal

Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Real Estate with a Humanitarian Twist: New Company Bridges Home Sales with Building Homes for Those in Need

REALTORS® have been giving back to their communities for decades. However, a new company is working with agents to provide a different kind of service: building homes for those in need. ...


Average Size of New Single-Family Homes Down at the End of 2013

The size of a typical new single-family home declined slightly for the final quarter of 2013, although the trend for the year was one of increasing size. The trend is likely due to an atypical mix of buyers. ...


NAR Surveys Mortgage Companies on QM

On January 10, 2014, the requirements of the Ability to Repay Qualified Mortgage (ATR/QM) rule went into effect. All applications received on or after that date were required to comply with the rule that includes, among other things, full documentation of income, ...


Great Spaces: A One-of-a-Kind, Two-Story Florida Penthouse

Furnished by Fendi Casa, this wowing, two-story penthouse contains more than 15,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, an indoor/outdoor theater, an outdoor dining area, a family room, a wine room, a billiard room, a grand salon with an ...


HomeFinder.com Launches Ultimate Home Transformation Sweepstakes

HomeFinder.com, a leading digital real estate site, announces its inaugural Ultimate Home Transformation Sweepstakes is open for entries. U.S. homeowners have the chance to be one of 10 randomly chosen winners to receive $20,000 intended for home renovation projects. Homeowners can enter to win at: ...


7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans

(MCT)—In the wake of the housing bubble’s collapse, FHA loans have taken on renewed importance for today’s mortgage borrowers. ...


Buyers Ready to Make a Move This Spring

The National Association of REALTORS®’ Consumer Advertising Campaign TV commercial, “Make Your Move,” debuted recently in more than 20,000 national spots, and is expected to generate 3.9 billion impressions in 2014. This year’s campaign theme is market momentum, and the latest ad ...


Global Real Estate Conference Attracts 2,500 Attendees, Recognizes Industry Leaders

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference Week, held February 23-27 at Wynn Las Vegas, attracted nearly 2,500 attendees from 20 countries, a record attendance for the event, the company announced. Hosted by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) for its affiliates, the event offered targeted conference ...


NY State MLS Joins Zillow Partnership Platform

Zillow, Inc. recently announced that the NY State Multiple Listing Service has joined the Zillow® Partnership Platform, which sends MLS data directly to Zillow as often as every 15 minutes, ensuring that current, active listings always are up to date, correct and in sync with the MLS data. ...


Luxury Sales Warm up a Frigid Winter

Polar vortexes are freezing home sales in much of the nation this winter but the luxury segment is finding the temperature to be just perfect as both sales and price increases warm up million-dollar-plus markets from coast to coast. ...


eSig Provider Releases Broker-centric Transaction Platform for Real Estate

After successfully joining forces with Cartavi last year, DocuSign, the global leader of eSignature platforms, has released its first-ever broker-centric product. The new offering called DocuSign for Real Estate PLUS, Broker Edition allows for a collaborative and mobile cloud-based solution for document ...


U.S. Negative Equity Rate Takes a Dive

The national negative equity rate ended 2013 below 20 percent for the first time in years, dipping to 19.4 percent of all homeowners with a mortgage, according to the fourth quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. Nationally, more than 9.8 million homeowners remain underwater, owing more on their mortgage than their ...