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2013 New-Home Sales Climb Surprisingly High

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite the monthly ...


Battlefield Lessons Learned from the Survival War Room

Feeling squeezed between online real estate giants and the latest generation of hungry independent agents who are pounding the streets to take a piece of your market? ...


Remodeling Spending to Grow by Double Digits in First Half

The home remodeling market should see strong growth in 2014, according to Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The double-digit gains in annual home improvement spending projected ...


Recovery Hits Eighth Consecutive Month

Ongoing improvements show economic stabilization, with 87 markets reaching full recovery and housing market price gains nearing 2005 records ...


Remodeling Holds Strong at Historical High

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) held steady at 57 in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is the same level as the third quarter of 2013 and the highest reading since the first ...


Ask the Experts: What Style Should I Shoot My Video In?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Marcellee Williams, the Producer & Content Manager for WellcomeMat. ...


Owners Spend $1.9 Million to Remodel in Typical Zip Code

Homeowners in the typical zip code area spent a total of $1.9 million to improve their homes in 2013, according to new zip-level estimates developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This works out to about $1,400 per owner-occupied home ...


Refinance Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 5 Percent

In happy housing news, mortgage applications increased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 17, 2014. ...


Do Internet Customers Buy the Property They Called on?

We are aware some consumers find a home on the Internet and bring the property to the attention of an agent or broker they are already working with. And historically consumers would get interested in a property, call an agent who is ...


NAR Video Spotlight: The New .REALTOR Domain

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series the third week of each month in RISMedia’s ...


Sign of Recovery: Traditional Home Sales Now Dominate Foreclosures and Short Sales

(MCT—Regional Spotlight)--For several years, banks held an iron grip on Las Vegas’ weak housing market, as most sellers either were bankers unloading foreclosed properties or underwater locals who needed their blessing. ...


Taking the Temperature of the Market

Recently, Freddie Mac released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for January showing that four of the key housing indicators are all moving in the right direction, which bodes well for an ongoing recovery. ...


The Aging Housing Stock

The American housing stock continues to age, a trend that represents an opportunity for remodelers and over the long term may signal a future increased demand for new home construction. ...


December Housing Production Tallies Third Highest Month for 2013

Following an unusual surge in housing starts in November, nationwide housing production fell 9.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the ...


REALTORS® Announce Most Valuable Home Improvements

A home’s curb appeal is crucial because it can be the first thing buyers notice about a home. That’s why REALTORS® rated exterior projects among the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. ...


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