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Home Prices Surge in June, Double-Digits Continue, All Tracked Cities Showing Gains

(MCT)—Home prices in large U.S. cities rose sharply in June, marking the fourth consecutive double-digit gain for the nation’s leading home price index. ...


Are Higher Mortgage Rates Prompting a Pause in New-Home Sales?

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 13.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000 units in July as higher mortgage rates prompted a temporary pause in buying activity, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. ...


Must-Haves: Porches on 90 Percent of New Homes in 4 Southern States

Regional Spotlight—There is a clear geographic pattern to the exterior amenities included on new homes, according to data from the Survey of Construction (SOC). Among Census divisions, the highest incidence of one of these amenities occurs in the East South Central ...


Time on Market Falls to 8.6 Weeks

Houses are selling faster in America than they have in three and a half years, the height of the homebuyer tax credit, as the recovery continues to roar through the summer months despite predictions the torrid pace of sales will slow. ...


10 Tips Every Homebuyer Needs to Know before Buying

Buying a home can be confusing, especially for first-time homebuyers. ...


House Prices Continue to Rise

Nationally, house prices continued to rise in the second quarter of 2013. According to the most recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. house prices rose by 2.1 percent on a quarter-over-quarter seasonally adjusted basis. This is the eighth ...


Living Smart: Tree Care

(MCT)—The green that trees provide goes beyond the beauty of their foliage. Part of your home’s market value is rooted in the quality and quantity of healthy trees on your property. ...


Focusing on First-Time Buyer and Seller Needs Boosts Competition among Real Estate Companies

The housing market is abuzz with activity this summer, as sellers attempt to unload homes onto the market as their values rise and buyers compete for affordable pricing while mortgage rates are still low. Given the level of activity among market ...


The Single-Office Entrepreneur

Realtor.com® designs programs to help brokers manage their listings and to provide branding and lead generation for all their agents and properties on the site. While this is true for large brokers, realtor.com® also has a dedicated team focused on brokerages ...


Top 4 Ways to Capture Mobile Business

Successfully connecting with your target audience is the best way to drive traffic back to your website. While this may seem like a “no-brainer,” you must always be on the lookout for emerging new trends and tactics to enhance your marketing ...


Your Three Best Bets for Building Business this Year and Next

Revenues continue to rise for brokers and their agents as the recovery tightens its grip in markets around the country. However, today’s real estate landscape is markedly different from the pre-recession boom years, and building business will require heading down new ...


5 Ways to Expand Business Outside Your Primary Market

(MCT)—Energy executive Frank McGovern talked to the Dallas Morning News recently about five ways to grow your business outside of your home city or state. ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise 6.5% in July, Double Digits Remain on Median Home Prices

U.S. existing-home sales rose strongly in July, jumping to their highest level in almost four years—with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to data released yesterday morning by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Economy Picks Up Steam; Housing Recovery, Consumer Spending, and Manufacturing Pave the Way

Economic growth continues to gain momentum in the second half of the year, as expected, despite the slow start at the beginning of 2013. Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group’s full-year forecast for both the economy and housing market remains ...


Privately Owned Housing Starts Up 21 Percent from Last Year, Sizeable Gains in Multifamily Housing


Data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development indicates that privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 in July, 6 percent above the upwardly revised June ...


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