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Advocating for Our Future

In an era in which many associations see a diminishing role, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is moving in the opposite direction. As it evolves, NAR continues to live by one overarching credo: advocacy. ...


Concentration of Single-Family Housing 2005 to 2012

In a series of posts, NAHB examined key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) for metro areas in the United States. One statistic that drew interest was the share of homeowners living in single-family detached housing. This post expands that analysis by looking at ...


Real Estate Is a Better Investment than Gold

Almost every day, I hear advertisements about buying gold because it is such a great investment. As I have heard these claims, I have wondered how real estate stacks up to gold as an investment. ...


REALTORS® Report Positive Outlook in Commercial Market

REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate reported an increase in sales transaction volume and medium gross annual income last year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Member Profile. ...


Improving Listing Data Quality Online

The Web and mobile devices have become an integral part of our daily lives. For those looking to purchase a home, the Internet has turned into a main part of the process. With the Internet home search here to stay—and access to ...


New Report Shows American Dream Is Still Tangible

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through April 2014, showing that for many, the American dream is still accessible. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the ...


Survey: 13 Percent of Consumers Ready to Buy a Luxury Home

Nationally, 13 percent of surveyed consumers are ready to buy a luxury home and another 26 percent are considering a high-end home purchase, according to the Luxury Homebuyer Survey recently conducted by realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, ...


Baths Edge Kitchens for Most Common Remodeling Project in 2013

May is National Home Remodeling Month. This is the first of a series of posts in recognition of the occasion with results from NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey showing that bathrooms remained the most common type of jobs performed by ...


Home Loans Fall Off as Sales Slow, Rates Rise

(MCT)—Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation’s lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. ...


Great Spaces: Immaculate, Zen-Like Connecticut Estate

This Mid-Century modern New England estate, designed by architects Donald Billinkoff and Yvan Prokesch and nicknamed Strawberry Ridge, is located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Ridgefield, Conn. Spanning 11,272 square feet, the six-bedroom, six-bathroom home has some unique features, ...


Mortgage-Interest Cap Plan Would Be Unfair to High-end Markets

Few in the real estate brokerage community think the latest proposal to cap mortgage interest deductions will actually become law in Washington. ...


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 ...


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