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New Survey Reveals Pulse of 2014 Spring Real Estate Market

A recently released survey indicates a lively spring season ahead for real estate sales. MRIS, a Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS), recently released the results from its 2014 Spring Real Estate Outlook Survey. ...


Housing Recovery Expected to Press

Americans’ outlook on housing and the economy has fluctuated somewhat during the past few months, but the trend for most indicators remains positive overall, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2014 National Housing Survey results. ...


Buyers Seek Out House of Their Youth

(MCT)—The home you grew up in creates the framework for the home you choose as an adult—whether you end up someplace very similar, or seek out its opposite. And for some people, the answer is a place that manages to offer both ...


Eye on the Economy: New Home Sales Bounce Back in January

The housing market and the broader economy shivered at the end of 2013 as weather-related factors held consumers back and generated production delays. These impacts should prove temporary and our forecast remains positive for housing and home building for the year to ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

In recent housing news, Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down following weaker than expected economic and housing news. ...


March Housing Madness: Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros at or above Normal

Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Home Shopping: Dream Wish List for Relocating Employees

Employees relocating to a new market for a job know all too well which features and amenities they want most in their next home and the location: it needs to be larger than their previous home, with an upgraded kitchen and be ...


5 Tips for Marketing Your Rental Listings

It used to be that a homeowner who decided to rent out his home rather than sell did so as a last resort—usually because it was time to move to a new house and there was a need for some sort of ...


Real Estate with a Humanitarian Twist: New Company Bridges Home Sales with Building Homes for Those in Need

REALTORS® have been giving back to their communities for decades. However, a new company is working with agents to provide a different kind of service: building homes for those in need. ...


NAR Surveys Mortgage Companies on QM

On January 10, 2014, the requirements of the Ability to Repay Qualified Mortgage (ATR/QM) rule went into effect. All applications received on or after that date were required to comply with the rule that includes, among other things, full documentation of income, ...


7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans

(MCT)—In the wake of the housing bubble’s collapse, FHA loans have taken on renewed importance for today’s mortgage borrowers. ...


Buyers Ready to Make a Move This Spring

The National Association of REALTORS®’ Consumer Advertising Campaign TV commercial, “Make Your Move,” debuted recently in more than 20,000 national spots, and is expected to generate 3.9 billion impressions in 2014. This year’s campaign theme is market momentum, and the latest ad ...


Luxury Sales Warm up a Frigid Winter

Polar vortexes are freezing home sales in much of the nation this winter but the luxury segment is finding the temperature to be just perfect as both sales and price increases warm up million-dollar-plus markets from coast to coast. ...


eSig Provider Releases Broker-centric Transaction Platform for Real Estate

After successfully joining forces with Cartavi last year, DocuSign, the global leader of eSignature platforms, has released its first-ever broker-centric product. The new offering called DocuSign for Real Estate PLUS, Broker Edition allows for a collaborative and mobile cloud-based solution for document ...


The Rise of New Construction: Maximizing the Opportunity

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS®. Look for this column each month, where we address broker concerns, issues, and milestones. ...


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