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REALTOR® University Provides Credible Research When Facts Matter

It is widely known that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) conducts industry research, but did you know that another resource for independent, practical, and applied research is REALTOR® University’s Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies? The Rosenthal Center for ...


Mortgage Rates Inch further Down

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down again across the board. Average fixed rates that continue to run below four percent will help keep affordability high for those ...


Effective Rate on New Home Loans Drops below 4 Percent

Last month we reported that the contract rate on new home loans dipped below 4 percent in January, based on data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  In February, the rate continued to decline, from 3.92 to 3.79 percent, as did the average initial fees and charges on the loans, ...


Home Price Appreciation Outpaces Wage Growth in 76 Percent of Markets

RealtyTrac® recently released an analysis of wage growth and home price appreciation during the U.S. housing recovery of the past two years that found home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76 percent of U.S. housing markets during ...


Report: Positive Housing Momentum Stalls

Freddie Mac recently released its updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®) showing that the U.S. housing market experienced some winter doldrums. While an improving labor market and attractive mortgage rates continue to promise a strong spring homebuying season, housing market stability stumbled ...


Mortgage Applications Rise 9.5 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 9.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 20, 2015. ...


February New-Home Sales Highest in Seven Years

Builders signed contracts on more homes in February 2015 than any time since early 2008 according to the Census Bureau and HUD. February seasonally-adjusted annual new home sales topped out at 539,000, ...


24 New MLSs to Send Listings Directly to Zillow

Twenty-four new MLS partners have signed agreements in the past week to send their listings directly to Zillow® and Trulia®, according to Zillow Group. ...


Consumer Housing Optimism Rising, Increased Rental Rates Hindering Recovery

According to the Fannie Mae February 2015 Housing Survey, consumer optimism toward the housing market and the economy has reached a new all-time survey high. Forty-seven percent of respondents says they believe the economy is headed in the right direction. Likewise, the share of respondents who believe it would be ...


Existing Home Sales Increase but Overall Market Continues to Underperform

While existing-home sales inched up a slim 1.2 percent in February, the National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year. ...


Principles before Profit

Sharing what you know with your team can help everyone grow. In the following interview, Patti Siebold, the owner of Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners in Vancouver, Wash. talks about customer loyalty, training, education and more. ...


Underwater Homeowners Sink Deeper, Even as Home Values Rise

Owners of homes at the bottom of the market are trapped underwater on their mortgages even as the real estate market continues to recover, according to the fourth quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. That’s because low-endhomes—the most likely to be upside-down—are losing value. ...


42 Percent: The Scariest Number in Real Estate

Real estate remains a very call-centric business, but millions of leads are being left at the curb—literally. Randall Standard, CEO of VoicePad, a 30-year mobile industry veteran, examines how this problem can be solved. ...


To Stage or Not to Stage? Survey Proves Home Staging Pays

I have been detailing all kinds of information about home staging for years. So it was great to know that the suspected benefits of home staging have now been validated. ...


Is Your Shed Not Pouring You Enough Beer? Convert It into a Pub Shed!

Fret not, gentle readers: summer is right around the corner. Sure, spring will peek its head out first, but let’s keep our eye on the prize here. If you are one of the lucky few homeowners to own a shed, you have just become part of a super elite ninja-style ...


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