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Today’s Top Story Archive


Normal Market Activity Inches Forward

While the pace may be slow, new industry findings show that the real estate market is indeed moving forward. The Advanced March NAHB/First American Leading Markets (LMI) Index remained unchanged in March at .87 from February but the number of markets considered ...


Housing Recovery Expected to Press

Americans’ outlook on housing and the economy has fluctuated somewhat during the past few months, but the trend for most indicators remains positive overall, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2014 National Housing Survey results. ...


Eye on the Economy: New Home Sales Bounce Back in January

The housing market and the broader economy shivered at the end of 2013 as weather-related factors held consumers back and generated production delays. These impacts should prove temporary and our forecast remains positive for housing and home building for the year to ...


March Housing Madness: Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros at or above Normal

Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans

(MCT)—In the wake of the housing bubble’s collapse, FHA loans have taken on renewed importance for today’s mortgage borrowers. ...


Luxury Sales Warm up a Frigid Winter

Polar vortexes are freezing home sales in much of the nation this winter but the luxury segment is finding the temperature to be just perfect as both sales and price increases warm up million-dollar-plus markets from coast to coast. ...


The Ownership Generation Is Aging

Seniors are still the age group with the greatest homeownership rate, far exceeding the national rate for all age groups even into their eighties. ...


How to Get Ahead with Facebook Ads

Last week, we looked at the effects of Facebook’s algorithm change that occurred late last year and its impact on Facebook Business Pages, and offered some tips on how to effectively increase one’s reach with the new system in place. ...


Thinking Globally to Grow Locally

Recently, a fellow mobility specialist asked us for our latest “horseback” estimate of annual international relocation volume. (As you may know, no definitive data on this seems to exist, so we practitioners compare notes and piece together various industry surveys and reports ...


Recovery Stretches to Ninth Consecutive Month; 89 Markets Reaching Full Recovery

A recently released market index shows significant improvement in the top 100 markets this month. Results show that 60 of the top 200 midsize markets have fully recovered their loss in home prices due to the housing bubble burst. These advancements bring ...


Last Chance to Be Part of Top Broker Ranking

RISMedia has announced a final deadline extension for completing its 26th Annual Power Broker Survey. The survey deadline is now Friday, Feb. 28. If you have not completed the survey yet, please click here. Hundreds of brokers across the country—from large, ...


Coming to America: More People Moved to U.S. from International Locations in 2013

The United States experienced an influx of people from international locations in 2013, with more household goods moves made to the U.S in 2013 than moves from the U.S., according to the International Migration Study recently released by UniGroup Relocation. ...


Feeling Competitive?

In conjunction with the NAR’s MVP action and rewards program, realtor.com®  is offering a way for you to get a Marketing Self-Assessment to see how your marketing efforts score—in just 5 minutes—by answering a few, key questions. This ...


Will Housing Take Gold?

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing that despite the Federal Reserve's taper activity, long-term rates have eased over the past month, providing a chance for some borrowers who are holding older mortgages an opportunity ...


FNC Index: Home Prices of Normal Sales Up 0.3% in December, Outperforming Overall Market

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices continue to rise. As of December, the RPI indicates the fastest year-over-year growth since the recovery began in early 2012. The index, constructed to gauge price movement among normal home sales ...