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Pending Home Sales Stall in December

Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in December. ...


Home Staging Can Boost Selling Price

Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes,REALTORS® say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer ...


Price Recovery Resumed in November: Report

Homes.com® has released its November Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for defined areas ranked 101300. ...


ListHub Releases Details, Terms of Listing Deal Proposed to Zillow

In the wake of the news earlier this month that ListHub will be sunsetting its listing agreement with Zillow in April, ListHub released a letter to its customers and key constituents Monday that ...


Existing-Home Sales Bounce Back in December

Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months, according to ...


Home Sales Increase in Year End Bounce Back

Defying the normal trend, home sales in December rose above the number of November sales by a significant 14.4 percent. Sales were also 3.9 percent above those of last December. Although home sales have generally been lower in 2014 than 2013, ...


3 Surefire Ways to Attract Younger Buyers

It’s no secret in the real estate world that young men and women between the ages of 24-32 (aka the Millennial Generation) are one of the most important segments for a real estate agent to target. In fact, a recent report by Nielsen ...


Zillow Chief Economist, HUD Secretary Talk Housing Following SOTU, Castro Calls 2015 ‘Year for Housing Opportunity’

Following on the heels of President Barack Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union Address, during which he made a passing reference to the changes made at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), HUD Secretary Julián Castro sat down at the ...


Bank Economists Predict Robust Economic Growth in 2015

2015 will show an economic improvement, according to the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association, who predicts that the U.S. economy will grow nearly 3 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis this year compared to 2.5 percent last year. ...


Is 2015 the Year You Decide to Plan?

Have you taken time (yet) to review last year? If not, chances are that 2015 will end up looking like 2014 did. So, if you’re satisfied with last year, skip the rest of this article. However, if you ended 2014 with more dreams than dollars, take four minutes and read ...


Selling Solar: Homebuyers Willing to Pay More for Outfitted Homes

Once exclusive to wealthy, eco-conscious homeowners, rooftop solar panels are becoming an increasingly common fixture in residential housing – and homebuyers are taking notice. ...


Webinar: Make Money from Your Database Using Top Producer®

Make 2015 a success by joining in this webinar, being held on Tuesday, January 27 at 10-11 a.m. PST, to learn how to make more money from your past customers, prospects, and your entire database using marketing automation with Top Producer® CRM. ...


Mortgage Applications Skyrocket 49 Percent – Largest Weekly Jump Since 2008

Mortgage applications made big moves last week, increasing 49.1 percent from one week earlier and showcasing the largest jump since November 2008, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 9, 2015. ...


High Court Makes It Easier for Borrowers to Walk Away from Underwater Homes

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that borrowers looking to rescind their mortgages simply need to notify creditors in writing of their intention to rescind within three years under a key fair lending law. This ruling could possibly make it much easier ...


Real Estate Community Given another Safety Scare

The real estate community witnessed yet another safety scare last week when a man held a real estate agent captive in Elk Grove , Calif. The agent was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by David Timothy Burnhart, 47, while showing an ...


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