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Real Estate Trends Archive


Targeting Consumers, Serving REALTORS®

With the word ‘REALTOR®’ embedded in its DNA, realtor.com® was clearly born and bred in the real estate industry, for the real estate industry. And to that end, as the real estate business has evolved, so has realtor.com®. By balancing the changing ...


Great Spaces: The “Scarface” Mansion

Say hello to my little friend! Actually, it’s not that little—it’s a behemoth. It’s hard to talk about Al Pacino’s Cuban refugee Tony Montana without dropping many colorful, yet inappropriate, expletives, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that this ...


Bringing Quality and Value to Real Estate Transactions

For Mollie Hancock, a REALTOR® with Ebby Halliday, REALTORS® in the Dallas metroplex, providing first-class service to clients begins with having the right partners by her side. Having entered the business in 1998, one of the first relationships Hancock struck up was with American Home Shield® (AHS) account executive Mary ...


Recent Housing Growth a Sign of Long-Term Stability

According to Clear Capital’s most recent (HDI) Market Report and recent housing forecasts, it seems national home prices will be moderating over the next six months—only 0.9 percent growth forecasted. When all is said and done, Clear Capital expects to see 2014 ...


Pending Home Sales Surge in May

Pending home sales rose sharply in May, with lower mortgage rates and increased inventory accelerating the market, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All four regions of the country saw increases in pending sales, with the Northeast and West experiencing the ...


Broker Training Series, ‘One Byte at a Time,’ Puts Focus on RISMedia Content

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a four-part series highlighting video training sessions and creative-use ideas, created by San Diego-based Century 21 Award for their agents in using RISMedia’s Content Solutions and specifically, RISMedia’s RREIN platform. ...


Contract Rate on New Home Loans Dips Under 4 Percent

On average, mortgage interest rates declined in May, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, the average contract interest rate dropped by more than 30 basis points, from 4.19 ...


Family and Home – What’s Next?

The rapid adoption of technology, our changing economy and ever-evolving family dynamics mean that the family and home of today may not be the family and home of tomorrow. With an eye on the changing dynamics of our culture, we are ...


Your Place: Though Home Sales Lag, Multiple Offers Are Common

(MCT)—I was talking with real estate agent Jane Wellbrock a few weeks back about the increasing number of multiple bids for what are, in most of the Philadelphia region, too few houses for sale. ...


Existing-Home Sales Heat Up in May, Inventory Levels Continue to Improve

Existing-home sales rose strongly in May and inventory gains continued to help moderate price growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four regions of the country experienced sales gains compared to a month earlier. ...


Even as Inventory Surges in May, First-Time Homebuyers Remain Challenged

After plunging throughout 2012 and for much of 2013, and rising only modestly through the beginning of this year, the inventory of all for-sale homes nationwide spiked in May, jumping 11.8 percent year-over-year according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. ...


Senator Johnny Isakson and David Eisenhower Confirmed to Speak at Broker Summit

NAR PULE—David Eisenhower has been added to the roster of speakers at the REALTOR® Broker Summit in Atlanta, GA. He is the grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Attendees will gain insight into the leadership qualities General Eisenhower needed ...


Northeast Dominates Monthly Price Increases

Homes.com recently released its April Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for defined areas ranked from 101­300. Utilizing home pricing data, the Index shows year-­over-­year gains for ...


Independently Healthy: Chicago Broker Bucks Brand Trend

As the real estate market continues down the path to recovery, brokers are looking to bounce back in a big way. For some, this means signing on with a franchise, banking on name recognition and corporate resources to boost marketshare. But others ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Determining Your Investment Options Using a Risk-Return Model

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


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