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Housing Starts Rise 2.8 Percent in March

Led by a 6 percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and ...


No Gimmicks, Just Superior Service

“Staying informed is one of the most basic ingredients to success in real estate,” says Juli Feinberg of Crestmark Realty Group. “I believe if you don’t have knowledge, you cannot service a buyer or seller.” For more of Feinberg's words of wisdom, ...


Builders Continue to See Market Improvements

The March NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose one point from a one-point downwardly revised February to 47. This is the third consecutive month with the index below 50, the point where more builders see the market improving rather than getting poorer. ...


Customer Service Singalong: I Want to Hold Your Hand

“I’ll tell you something ...


Ask the Expert: How Can a Home Meet Both Short and Long-Term Needs?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Vik Raghavan, the CEO of GrayRoost. ...


REALTORS® Take Their Message to Nation’s Capitol

Next month REALTORS® will head to Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo, May 12-17, to promote public policies that protect investment in commercial and residential property and advance the real estate industry and REALTOR® business. Nearly 8,500 REALTORS® ...


Buyers on the Move: Applications Rise for New Home Purchases

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for March 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 15 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


Working at Home: Who Claims the Home Office Deduction?

Often cited as a “red flag” for audits, the home office deduction is in fact a legitimate business deduction with particular importance for certain careers and small business owners. Moreover—from the housing economics perspective—IRS data concerning the deduction, along with Census data ...


Great Spaces: Record-Breaking Mansion in Sydney, Australia’s Prime Waterfront

Owned by the Fairfax family, one of Australia’s most famous media dynasties, “Elaine” is set to break all previous price records in the local market. Based on independent sources, it is expected that the achieved sale price will be in the region ...


Who Pays America’s Highest (and Lowest) Property Taxes?

The second biggest cost of homeownership—following the mortgage—is usually property taxes. In 2012, U.S. homeowners paid an average of about $2,800 in property taxes, according to a recent Zillow study. And if you live in New York, New Jersey, or Colorado your ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Tick Down

Recently, Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly as we head into the spring homebuying season. ...


Buyers Bloom in the Springtime

Daffodils, April showers, robins and a new crop of For Sale signs seem to be working their seasonal magic on home buyers. The latest Fannie Mae survey, conducted in March, reports that the gloominess that shrouded buyers during the bitter winter months ...


In Top Metro Areas, a Relationship Is Found between Income and Home Values

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at two of those statistics; the median household income and median value of owner-occupied housing units. ...


Is Corporate Culture Part of Your Business Plan?

Whether you’re launching a new business or wondering why your existing company isn’t performing as well as predicted, longtime corporate executive Larry Katzen suggests taking a careful look at your business plan. ...


The Wonder of Widgets: Keep Buyers and Sellers Coming Back to Your Site

When you visit Homes.com, there are a myriad number of ways the site can help you and your real estate company grow, be it the informative articles, helpful blogs or thought-provoking webinars. ...