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Todays Real Estate News Archive


First Quarter 2014: Housing Share of the Economy at 15.5 Percent

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the first quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building yielding 3 percentage points of that total. ...


The Most Popular Features to Improve the Performance of Your Home

According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which ...


Fannie Mae Releases Results of Economic Stress Test

As required under the Dodd-Frank legislation, Fannie Mae conducted a stress test reflecting three hypothetical economic scenarios: a “base” scenario, an “adverse” scenario and a “severely adverse” scenario. The results of the severely adverse scenario were published recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Fannie Mae. ...


‘Boomerang Buyers’ Purchase New Homes after Foreclosures

(MCT)—Less than five years after Jose and Mary Guadalupe lost their longtime family home to foreclosure, the Orange County couple were able to buy back their house. ...


How-To: Spring-Clean your Small Business

(MCT)—Professional organizer Jennifer Burnham tackles everything from hoarders’ homes to estate sales, corporate headquarters to home-based offices. ...


Prudential Select Properties Listed as Second Largest Local Residential Real Estate Agency by St. Louis Business Journal

The St. Louis Business Journal recently listed Prudential Select Properties, a locally-owned real estate firm, as the second largest residential real estate agency. ...


HGTV Partners with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®

HGTV has joined forces with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® as the exclusive real estate partners for its annual Doory Awards. Billed as “The Ultimate House Hunt,” the Doory Awards present extraordinary homes for sale to HGTV’s extensive audience, allowing consumers to vote for ...


Eye on the Economy: Mixed Signals as Spring Data Bloom

With the unseasonably cold winter now finally over, the spring home building and selling season has begun. Economic data thus far presents mixed news. For example, new home sales disappointed for the month of March. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department ...


Low Cash-Out Share, Shorter Terms Point to Equity Build-Up

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its first quarter 2014 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers will save on net more than $1 billion in interest payments over the coming year as they continue to shorten their payment terms and build ...


Mortgage Applications Slide in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 25, 2014. ...


House Flippers Are Back in New Reality TV Series

(MCT)—In an era of rising home prices, making money flipping a house seems like a slam-dunk. ...


The Changing Landscape of Rentals

America’s recent recession brought about many changes to the housing market, with one major impact being an increase of single-family rental housing units. Freddie Mac reports that the single-family rental market, not to be confused with multifamily, has expanded 16 percent (about ...


Keeping Social Media Manageable

We are just about at that point where social media marketing is really another tool in our marketing bag, and as a result, our industry struggles with how to incorporate these tools into an already taxing and busy schedule. ...


5 Rules for Becoming a Maverick

No matter how well our lives may be going, many of us seem to be at our wit’s end when it comes to attaining that next level of success, but there is a solution to this challenge, says world-traveling entrepreneur Julian Pencilliah, author of “The Jetstream of Success,” (www.thejetstreamofsuccess.com). ...


The 3 Major Sins of Sales Management

It’s a simple fact of business: Without sales, no one else downstream can do their jobs, says veteran sales manager and business speaker Jack Daly, author of “Hyper Sales Growth,” (www.jackdaly.net). Because of how vital sales are to a company, CEOs frequently tend to misuse their best people, he says. ...


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