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Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report Offers Interesting Real Estate Insight

Some 35.8 million U.S. single family homes and condos with a combined estimated market value of $6.6 trillion are in counties with high or very high natural hazard risk, according to RealtyTrac®’s recently released 2015 U.S. Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report. Those 35.8 ...


Human Judgement Required for Real Estate Industry Insight, Predictions

There is no single statistic that reliably identifies when a housing market is overvalued or when house prices are likely to fall, says Freddie Mac’s recently released monthly Insight & Outlook for August. Instead, substantial human judgment is also ...


July Gains for Residential Construction Spending

Total private residential construction spending for July continued to increase, rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $387 billion, according to NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data. On a month-over-month basis, private single-family spending was $218 billion, up by 2.1 percent ...


Consumer Confidence Hikes in August

Despite the August increase in overall confidence, respondents’ appraisals of current conditions and expectations for the next six months were mixed. While 82 percent of respondents rated current business conditions “good” (23 percent) or “normal” (59 percent), 56 percent of respondents characterized employment ...


Market Shifts to Buyers’ Advantage

Recent stock market volatility and seasonal trends may give buyers better financial options and more time to make purchase decisions entering the fall, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com. August data remains positive with regard to overall housing health as both demand and ...


HUD and FHA Urge Buyers to Have Homes Inspected before Purchase

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has asked the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) to give information to prospective home buyers that explains: ...


Are You Protecting Your Digital Data?

We now lead digital lives. Everything from taxes and banking to the music and movies we buy is now often accessed via the computer. ...


Get off the Seesaw and Get Going on Year-Round Success

According to Cleve Gaddis, most real estate agents are doing it all wrong. To count yourself among the top producers of the industry, you must upend the traditional view of the annual calendar and approach your business with the same level of gusto each month of the year. ...


Top 300 Markets Slow Progress to Full Price Recovery

Homes.com® recently released its June 2015 Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 ...


Global Market Volatility Pushes Mortgage Rates Lower

Freddie Mac  recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to their lowest levels since May of this year amid substantial and ongoing global volatility out of China. ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Succession Planning: Creating a Legacy for Your Business

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jim Imhoff, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Why the Future of SEO Is ‘UnOptimized!’ — Part 2

Last week, we covered the importance of “triggers and tickles” and promised further search enlightenment through “cat-lady” insights. Before I fulfill that promise, here’s a brief recap of the fundamentals of “UnOptimization,” a way to more and “more better” traffic. ...


How to Win at Lead Generation with LinkedIn

If you think LinkedIn is just a resume board, it’s time to change that misconception. Successful real estate agents are adding LinkedIn to their tool kits for expanding networks and zeroing in on new prospects. With the right tactics, the professional ...


Pending Home Sales Inch Forward in July

Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Home Values Slide after Nearly Four Years of Growth

The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow® July Real Estate Market Reports. ...


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