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How the May Job Report Is Good for Housing

Recent news regarding employment rates has housing professionals breathing a sigh of relief. Friday's May Jobs Report reported that employers added a plush 280,000 jobs last month, which hints that there will be no slowdown in job growth anytime soon. ...


Mortgage Rates Remain High

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its  Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates remaining near their highest level of the year. ...


Fed Survey: Renters More Bullish on Prices than Owners

Renters are slightly more optimistic than owners regarding price increases, both in the coming year and thereafter, according to the new consumer survey conducted by the New York Federal Reserve Bank in February. In fact, renters respond to the annual survey were more bullish for the second year in a ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Opens up in May

Mortgage credit availability increased in May, according to the recently Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool. ...


New Disclosure Forms May Alter Contracts

Major changes are coming to real estate transactions. Starting on August 1, any transaction involving a mortgage will use the new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). NAR has compiled a lot of information on this topic at www.realtor.org/respa, ...


NEW REALTOR® Store Provides Cutting-Edge Online Shopping

Now, searching for and purchasing valuable real estate publications and products that can help you and your agents gain a competitive edge is faster and easier! Thanks to the dynamic features of the all-new and improved REALTOR® Store from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), you can get in, get ...


Real Estate Community Reacts to CFPB TRID ‘Sensitivity’ Announcement

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made an announcement regarding 'sensitivity' to those companies making a good-faith effort to comply with the 1,888 pages of TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulation. The announcement stirred up quite a response from the mortgage-lending community, both ...


Broker Public Portal Elects Executive Committee

The Broker Public Portal recently announced that the Board of Managers has selected the first Executive Committee. ...


Home Buyers Uncertain about How a Credit Score Affects Financing Process

As Americans enter the peak time of year to buy a home, a recent survey from TransUnion reveals a majority of those planning on or considering buying a home in the next 12 to 18 months are unsure about actions that could help improve their credit score. A majority was ...


Boomerang Buyers Are Coming, and Will Require Special Expertise

Over seven million Americans are reported to have lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale from 2007 - 2014, and an estimated 250,000 - 500,000 are beginning to re-enter the market. In all, reports say that half of the 7.3 million will ...


NAR Member Survey Reveals Slight Dip in REALTOR® Business in 2014

After gradually climbing for three consecutive years, the decline in existing-home sales in 2014 resulted in a slight reduction in REALTOR® business activity and income last year, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Member Profile. The survey also found ...


REALTORS® View State Supreme Court Decision a Win for Consumers and Industry: Massachusetts Ruling Affirms Long-Standing Broker-Agent Relationship

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) announced Wednesday that the Massachusetts State Supreme Court (SJC) decision in Monell vs. Boston Pads LLC is a win for consumers and the entire real estate industry. The ability for real estate agents to choose to affiliate with real estate brokers as independent contractors ...


Average Down Payment Drops to Three-Year Low

RealtyTrac® has released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhomes purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent of ...


House Prices Move Up In April

U.S home prices continued their upward climb in April, with CoreLogic reporting a  2.7 percent monthly advance, moving the year-on-year gain up to 6.8 percent. This forward motion represents 38 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices. While spring is typically the ...


Old Meets New for Historic House Hunters

Eyeing the area on a map between U.S. Route 1 and the Boulevard in Richmond, Va., a distinct pattern emerges. City blocks multiply as roadways fan westward in the aptly-named Historic Fan District, home to residences built in the 19th and early 20thcenturies. Scanning ...


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