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Real Estate Trends Archive


Owners Again Borrowing against Homes as Market Recovers

(MCT)—Retired aerospace engineer Owen Klasen was rejected last year when he sought a second mortgage to paint and re-roof his house. ...


The Ownership Generation Is Aging

Seniors are still the age group with the greatest homeownership rate, far exceeding the national rate for all age groups even into their eighties. ...


Understanding Zestimates and Making Them Work for You

Every day I speak to real estate agents and brokers who use Zillow. Every day these agents and brokers tell me they use the Zestimate® home value, and inquiries about it, to create opportunities for further interaction with contacts. ...


Inventory Loosens Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Regional Spotlight—With the statewide housing inventory slowly improving, California pending home sales picked up steam in January and reversed a two-month decline, but pending sales were still down from a year ago, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


Your Place: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning a Threat during Bad Winters

(MCT)—Cabin fever is taking hold across a huge chunk of the country these days. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands in Washington State

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently announced the addition of Penny’s Team in Kitsap County, Washington to its franchise network, further strengthening its presence in the Pacific Northwest. The newly franchised Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate McKenzie Group will be led by co-owners Rod and Barb McKenzie as ...


Realogy Now Accepting Applications from Entrepreneurs for 2014 Realogy ‘FWD’ Innovation Summit

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, announced that it is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and early-stage technology companies to earn one of just 15 coveted invitations to the 2014 Realogy FWD Innovation Summit. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Gradual Climb Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates mixed with the fixed-rate products moving higher for the fourth consecutive week, while adjustable rate mortgages eased. ...


Home Prices Edge Down in Big Cities

(MCT)—Home prices fell slightly across large U.S. cities in December from a month earlier, further evidence that the housing market cooled to close the year, according to a closely watched index. ...


Why the Luxury Housing Market Is Hot, Hot, Hot

The real estate market feels like it’s bouncing back. But the luxury home market is downright hot in several markets. ...


Short Sales on Their Way Out?

Short sales and foreclosures played a starring role during the Great Recession. According to National Association of REALTORS® statistics, in the summer of 2009, distressed sales made up just under 50 percent of all transactions as reported by REALTORS®. Fast forward to ...


House Prices End the Year Higher

Data from Standard and Poor’s indicates that house prices rose in December 2013. According to the release, the seasonally adjusted S&P/Case-Shiller HPI – 20 City Composite rose by 0.8 percent in December 2013. This is the 23rd consecutive month-over-month increase ...


January House Sales Shine Bright

Home sales rose in January, clocking in at the fastest pace since July 2008, offering hope that despite arctic winter temperatures, the market is still on the right track. ...


NAR Names New General Counsel

After a comprehensive national search, the National Association of REALTORS® selected Katie Raynolds Johnson as the association’s newest Senior Vice President and General Counsel. She assumes her new responsibilities effective this week. ...


Luxury Home Values Increase in Fourth Quarter

Luxury home values increased in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to a year ago, according to a recent home index released by a private bank and wealth management company. ...