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Millennials Emerge after Getting Priced Out of Rentals

Opinions on where real estate prices are heading from here might be mixed, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Millennials will be a big part of it. According to a recent survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the so-called millennial ...


Home Prices Rise 5.9 Percent Year-Over-Year

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 5.9 percent in March 2015 compared with March 2014 according to a recently released CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI®). This change represents 37 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices nationally. On a month-over-month ...


4 Tips for Smart Negotiations

Negotiation is about settling differences to reach an agreement, and every part of the home-buying process is about doing precisely this. Your agents practice this skill when they convert prospects into clients, help buyers prioritize needs while touring homes, ...


In D.C. for NAR? Don’t Miss RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum: ‘Seizing Key Market Opportunities’ Thursday

Leading Power Brokers from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 14th, to share strategies for capitalizing on key market opportunities during RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum, held during the ...


How to Get Your Genius Noticed in a Crowded Internet

It seems like everyone has a real estate blog these days, as many real estate agents have joined the blogosphere over the last few years. ActiveRain has grown to over 250,000 bloggers, Zillow, Realtor.com, Homes.com and many other major real ...


New Report Spotlights Homes Sold to Owner-Occupants

Owner-occupant buyers accounted for 63.2 percent of all residential single family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 65.8 percent in the previous quarter and 68.6 percent a year ago to the lowest quarterly level going back to ...


Pending Home Sales Move Up for Third Consecutive Month

Pending home sales in March continued their recent momentum, rising for the third straight month and remaining at their highest level since June 2013, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, ...


February Home Prices Continue to Rise

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to a recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showing data for February 2015. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw larger year-over-year increases in February compared to January. ...


Housing Recovery Set to Pick Up Pace Next Year

Solid employment gains, attractive mortgage rates, a growing economy and pent-up demand will help keep the housing market moving forward throughout 2015 and into next year, according to economists who participated in a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2015 Spring ...


DOJ Taking Action against Quicken Following Preemptive Suit

In a recent turn of events, the U.S. government is suing Detroit-based lender Quicken Loans after accusing the lender of taking improper action on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration, costing the federal government millions of dollars on FHA-insured mortgages. ...


Mortgage Applications on the Move

Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 17, 2015. ...


Americans Agree: Real Estate Best Long-Term Investment

Signaling growing confidence in the housing recovery, a majority of Americans once again named real estate the best long-term investment—a trend now continued for two consecutive years, according to a recently released Gallup poll. ...


Existing-Home Sales Spike in March

Existing-home sales jumped in March to their highest annual rate in 18 months, while unsold inventory showed needed improvement, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Midwest, all major regions experienced strong sales gains in March and are above their year-over-year ...


Understanding the State of Hispanic Real Estate: An Interview with NAHREP President Teresa Palacios Smith

As the housing market continues to recover, more and more minority communities will enter the real estate scene. Recent studies have shown that the Hispanic community will soon represent a major segment of the homeownership ...


Return Buyers Expected to Re-Enter and Restore Market, Study Shows

Nearly a decade since the start of the foreclosure crisis, formerly distressed homeowners with restored credit are re-entering the housing market, but damaged ...


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