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Zillow, Trulia Shares Soar Friday as Merger Rumored to Get Approval by FTC

Several outlets were reporting Friday that stocks of Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) had soared by midday on talk of expectations that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going to green-light the merger between the two online listing giants. ...


3 Surefire Ways to Attract Younger Buyers

It’s no secret in the real estate world that young men and women between the ages of 24-32 (aka the Millennial Generation) are one of the most important segments for a real estate agent to target. In fact, a recent report by Nielsen ...


Home Prices Stand Still in November

The nation's average home prices stood stagnant this fall, largely unchanged from October to November, according to the latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI). This trend occurs after prices declined for the first time in September following two-and-a-half years of modest-to-strong price increases ...


Zillow Chief Economist, HUD Secretary Talk Housing Following SOTU, Castro Calls 2015 ‘Year for Housing Opportunity’

Following on the heels of President Barack Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union Address, during which he made a passing reference to the changes made at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), HUD Secretary Julián Castro sat down at the ...


Seriously Underwater Properties Down 2.2 Million

2014 ended with 7,052,570 U.S. residential properties seriously underwater, or about 13 percent of all properties with a mortgage, according to the recently released RealtyTrac® U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for the fourth quarter of 2014. Seriously underwater properties are defined as ...


Study Shows Consumers Aren’t Shopping around for Mortgages

A recently released study done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found nearly half of Americans looking to purchase a home do not do their due diligence by shopping around for mortgage lenders. Rather, the survey found potential borrowers seriously consider only ...


Bank Economists Predict Robust Economic Growth in 2015

2015 will show an economic improvement, according to the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association, who predicts that the U.S. economy will grow nearly 3 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis this year compared to 2.5 percent last year. ...


Is 2015 the Year You Decide to Plan?

Have you taken time (yet) to review last year? If not, chances are that 2015 will end up looking like 2014 did. So, if you’re satisfied with last year, skip the rest of this article. However, if you ended 2014 with more dreams than dollars, take four minutes and read ...


New Research Highlights Finance Constraints on Housing Demand

An interesting new paper published by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York demonstrates the important role downpayment and wealth constraints play in shaping housing demand, particularly for lower-income homebuyers. ...


Selling Solar: Homebuyers Willing to Pay More for Outfitted Homes

Once exclusive to wealthy, eco-conscious homeowners, rooftop solar panels are becoming an increasingly common fixture in residential housing – and homebuyers are taking notice. ...


Many Buyers No Longer See Marriage as Prerequisite to a Mortgage

(TNS)—In more than two decades as a real estate agent, Marc Tahler has seen his client base of would-be buyers shift. ...


Ask the Expert: What Are the Best Ways to Dominate My Local Market?

In today’s digital age, the Web is an ever-present hub where consumers have instant access to information and can be influenced by what they find online. In turn, real estate marketers now have access to consumer demographics like location, age, income, employer, interests ...


Remodelers See Market Improving

NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) was 60 in the final quarter of 2014, indicating widespread confidence among remodelers that the market was improving compared to the previous quarter. The RMI and each of its components lies on a scale of 0 to 100, ...


E.T. Drone Home: Everything You Need to Know about Drones for Real Estate Marketing

For those old enough to remember E.T.,  or for those introduced to the loveable alien by their parents, there’s a scene where the little Extra Terrestrial muppet lifts his finger and says “home,” as objects ...


A Year without Social Media? Taking Mom to the Prom? Teens Say They Would Sacrifice Big Today to Get the Right House Tomorrow

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