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Today’s Marketplace Archive


New-Home Sales Jump 8.3 Percent in June

Sales of newly built, single-family homes surged 8.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 497,000 units in June, their fastest pace in the last five years, according to data released today by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


Freddie Mac Announces 12th Multifamily Securities Offering of the Year, K-030

Freddie Mac recently announced a new offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates ("K Certificates"), which are multifamily mortgage-backed securities. The company expects to offer approximately $1.4 billion in K Certificates ("K-030 Certificates"), which are expected to price on or about July 25, 2013, and settle on or about August 7, 2013. ...


Market Insider: How Long Will this Housing Shortage Last?

Home prices have risen at a double-digit rate since early spring. The Case-Shiller reading was up 11 percent in March compared to a year earlier, while the NAR median price was higher by roughly the same amount in April. ...


How to Turn Your Client’s IRA into a Transaction

My IRA has three bedrooms, a kitchen and a garage. Best of all, it sends me a tax deferred rent check every month. Just think of the sales you could generate if your clients invested in real estate with their retirement ...


The Fast Track to Super Real Estate Agent Success

I grew up watching reruns of the Batman television shows starring Adam West. In 1989, Michael Keaton reprised the role and brought the character back into the main stream. Then in 2005, Christian Bale starred in Batman Begins. Today the character ...


Jumbo Mortgage Loans Are Back on the Table

(MCT)—It’s a good time to buy an expensive home. ...


Home Builder Confidence Hits 7-Year High

Newly built, single family homes are on the rise, as builder confidence landed at a 7-year high this month, showcasing the highest sentiments since January of 2006. ...


Consumer Mortgage Rate Expectations Spike

Potential homebuyers may enter the purchase market sooner rather than later as more Americans expect mortgage rates and home prices to climb, according to results from Fannie Mae’s June 2013 National Housing Survey. ...


June Housing Scorecard Shows Faster Recovery in Some Markets

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury this week released the June edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continue to show signs that the housing market is strengthening, with home prices continuing ...


Bye Bye, Buyer’s Market: Tips for Working with Clients Who Can’t Land a Home

It's official: the buyer's market is behind us. With the market improving, the real estate industry is abuzz with positive news every day. While increasing prices and multiple offers may be a dream for a seller, it may be a nightmare ...


NAR Advocates for Federal Policy Initiatives that Positively Impact Commercial Real Estate Financing

The National Association of REALTORS® actively protects the interests of its 1 million members daily by advocating for federal policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to own, buy and sell real property. With a strong understanding of the challenges today’s commercial real estate brokers and their agents ...


Tips to Help Buyers Get the Home They Want

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Not long ago, even the most desirable home might linger unsold for months in the metro Chicago real estate market. However, that is no longer true in many parts of the Chicago area. A substantial percentage of homes listed for sale today are attracting offers from more than one ...


As Market Improves, Don’t Forget Distressed Homeowners

As we get deeper into the busy summer selling season, all of the market and economic indicators we’re seeing point to a steady recovery that continues to march in the right direction. Although low inventory is posing a new kind of challenge, there’s another segment of the market that shouldn’t ...


International Buyer Queries: Is Your City in the Top 5?

Realtor.com® recently released data regarding the top countries (outside the U.S.) where consumers are the most engaged on realtor.com® and realtor.com® International. The data highlights the markets within the U.S. that are most popular amongst these global consumers throughout ...


US Foreclosure Inventory Down 29 Percent Nationally from a Year Ago

CoreLogic recently released its May National Foreclosure Report with a supplement featuring quarterly shadow inventory data as of April 2013. ...


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