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New Study Finds Price Premium for Solar Homes

A study conducted by a team of researchers,  led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Laboratory, found that homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes that have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. The research (Selling into the Sun: ...


87 Percent of U.S. Homes Qualify for Down Payment Help

RealtyTrac recently released a Down Payment Resource (DPR) on the availability of down payment programs across the country. Out of more than 78 million U.S. single family homes and condos, more than 68 million (87 percent) would qualify ...


Effective Rate on New Home Loans Continues Downward Drift

On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, remained a constant 4.03 percent in December, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). However, initial ...


3 Characteristics of Great Listing Agents

If you ask a room full of agents whether they work with more buyers or more sellers, most of the time you’ll see the majority of hands raise for the buyer side of the question. ...


Ranked: Best U.S. Markets for Buying Residential Rental Property

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q1 2015 Residential Property Rental Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties in the first quarter of 2015. The report also looks at which markets are seeing the biggest increases in rental rates in 2015 ...


Getting to Go: Pre-Qualifying Your Buyer Clients

As you know, the first step to working with any good buyer client is pre-qualification. You and your agents may have a formal process in place to vet potential clients, or you may approach this on a ...


Healthy Demand Expected for First-Time and Move-Up Buyers

Fifteen years into the new millennium, we are finally seeing real potential that the market can support full buyer momentum, according to the recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report from Clear Capital, with data through January ...


CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Rules in Rural Areas

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. If finalized, the proposal would increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types ...


Pending Home Sales Stall in December

Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in December. ...


A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

NAHB hosted an economic and housing outlook seminar at its International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas inviting Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, and David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, to join David Crowe to discuss the outlook for 2015. Here’s ...


Know the Risks of Adding Additional Insureds to Your E&O Insurance Plan

Do you want to share your E&O insurance coverage with a bank or even the government? Most real estate professionals would agree that this does not sound like a good idea. ...


Making Extra Income with Rentals

Every real estate pro knows the importance of getting new listings and finding new clients; it’s the lifeblood of the industry. However, for some savvy agents looking to make a little more income, getting involved in rental properties has been the secret to ...


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Regulator Defends 3 Percent Down Payment Mortgages

(TNS)—The regulator for bailed-out housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lawmakers Tuesday that new programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3 percent had enough safeguards to make them as safe as loans with higher down payments. ...


Jobless Claims Hit 15-Year Low

(TNS)—In a positive sign for the labor market, initial claims for jobless benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in 15 years, the Labor Department said Thursday. ...


Are You on Real Estate’s A-List? Numbers Coming in for 27th Annual Power Broker Survey

The numbers are coming in to RISMedia from several hundred of the nation’s top-ranking real estate firms, submitting their 2014 totals of closed transactions and sales volume to RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey. The Power Broker Survey is the industry’s most widely read ...


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