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First Quarter 2014: Housing Share of the Economy at 15.5 Percent

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the first quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building yielding 3 percentage points of that total. ...


The Most Popular Features to Improve the Performance of Your Home

According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which ...


Eye on the Economy: Mixed Signals as Spring Data Bloom

With the unseasonably cold winter now finally over, the spring home building and selling season has begun. Economic data thus far presents mixed news. For example, new home sales disappointed for the month of March. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department ...


Low Cash-Out Share, Shorter Terms Point to Equity Build-Up

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its first quarter 2014 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers will save on net more than $1 billion in interest payments over the coming year as they continue to shorten their payment terms and build ...


Mortgage Applications Slide in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 25, 2014. ...


The Changing Landscape of Rentals

America’s recent recession brought about many changes to the housing market, with one major impact being an increase of single-family rental housing units. Freddie Mac reports that the single-family rental market, not to be confused with multifamily, has expanded 16 percent (about ...


Keeping Social Media Manageable

We are just about at that point where social media marketing is really another tool in our marketing bag, and as a result, our industry struggles with how to incorporate these tools into an already taxing and busy schedule. ...


REALTOR® Party Convention and Trade Expo Takes on Washington

Nearly 8,500 REALTORS® and guests will gather together in Washington, D.C., May 12-17 for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo, where they’ll advocate policies that protect and advance investment in residential and commercial property. ...


Trending: Crowd Funding and Commercial Real Estate

A recent report by data analysts Crowdnetic regarding activity since the SEC enacted general solicitation last fall showed some interesting developments: far and away, real estate investing and development has benefitted most from the rule change, receiving the highest amount ...


In Most of U.S., Buying Beats Renting after Only Two Years

In half of U.S. metros, buying a home is a better financial decision than renting for home buyers who plan to stay in their home for at least two years, according to the first quarter Zillow® breakeven horizon analysis. ...


Home Prices Up 12.9% from Last Year: Case-Shiller

In recent housing news, the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index tracked a 0.8 percent rise in February based on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is slightly better than the predictions of national economists; A Reuters poll of economists had forecast ...


Attend the Idea Exchange Council for Brokers May 13 in Washington, D.C.

NAR PULSE—Broker/owners from companies of all sizes are invited to join the “Think Tank” discussion at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 during NAR’s REALTOR® Party Convention in Washington D.C. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in an honest exchange of ideas, ...


Hot Property: Actress Ready for Seller Role

(MCT)—Actress Victoria Tennant has listed her home in Bel-Air for sale at $6.995 million. ...


After Stagnant Winter, Pending Home Sales on the Move in March

After months of stagnant activity, pending home sales rose in March, marking the first gain in the past nine months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Good News and Bad News about the Spring Housing Market

As America emerges from winter into a hopeful but untested spring housing market, the real estate industry has been aflutter with a mix of news. ...


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