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Luxury Real Estate Network Issues White Paper on the New Rules of Luxury Living

Luxury Portfolio International® recently released a white paper on “The New Rules of Luxury Living,” developed to give its member firms a deeper understanding of the journey of luxury and what it means to the affluent demographic today. ...


Millennials and Non-White Americans Show Strongest Association between Homeownership and the American Dream

Millennials and people of color are most likely to associate homeownership with the American Dream, according to the latest Zillow® Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI). ...


January Brings Slowdown in Pending Home Sales

Following the highest average year for the index in nearly a decade, pending home sales declined to begin 2016 but remained slightly higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of ...


Powerhouse Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s May Power Broker Forum

RISMedia has announced an all-star speaker line-up for its upcoming Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. this spring. ...


U.S Inflation Rate Doubles

The U.S. inflation rate nearly doubled in January, rising from December's 0.7 percent to 1.3 percent in the new year. This number, as reported by the Federal Reserve’s preferred PCE index, further flirts with the notion that an additional interest rate boost may be on the horizon. ...


Spring Buying Season Starts Early

Residential real estate is off to the races with spring home-buying season velocity driven by strong demand and slight inventory growth, according to realtor.com®’s preliminary analysis of February data. Housing inventory is moving six days faster than last year ...


The Update on Upstream: What’s in It for Brokers and Consumers?

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Nick D’Ambrosia, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Final Deadline for Power Broker Survey Now March 2

The final deadline to complete RISMedia’s 28th Annual Power Broker Survey has been extended to Wednesday, March 2. This will be the last opportunity for brokers to submit their data for potential inclusion in RISMedia’s Power Broker Report, the industry’s longest-running ranking of America’s top brokerage firms. To view the ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Resume Decline

Fixed mortgage rates resumed their decline, aiding homebuyer affordability amid a tight supply of for-sale homes in many markets, according to the recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). ...


Gentrification: How to Identify Promising Markets

First come the hipsters, then the middle class and finally the Michelin-star gastropubs. These are just some of the trademarks of gentrification according to Tranio, a trend that can be very profitable for local property markets but only if ...


The Comeback Continues: U.S Housing Market On the Rise

The U.S. housing market continues to improve as Florida and Arizona enter their outer range of stable housing activity, according to a recently released Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). The MiMi purchase applications indicator improved by nine percent in 2015, its best ...


January New Home Sales Fall 9.2 Percent

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report showed that new home sales in January fell 9.2 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 494,000 units. This is 5.2 percent below the January 2015 estimate of 521,000. The median sales price of new houses sold in January 2016 was $278,800; the average ...


Housing Prices Slide Up 5.7 Percent

U.S. home prices were up 5.7 percent year-over-year, according to the recently released S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, covering all nine U.S. Census divisions. The report recorded a slightly higher year-over-year gain with a 5.4 percent annual increase in December 2015 versus ...


Rocket Mortgage: Digging Deeper

If you’re one of the 111 million-plus people who watched Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 (or one of the millions more like me who was just in it for the snacks, commercials and half-time show), you probably saw the debut of the ...


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