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Nationwide Housing Affordability Reaches New Record High

Nationwide housing affordability hit a new record high for a second consecutive quarter in the first three months of this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Yet tight lending conditions continue to ...


Recovery News: U.S. Home Sales Up 3.4% in April

Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices ...


Why Would You Rob Yourself?

Sometimes I wonder if people truly understand who they are and if they really value themselves on the level that they need to. Let’s face it; there is nobody in this world that you will spend more time with than ...


U.S. Homeownership Aspirations Aren’t Dead: Owning a Home Remains Defining Element of American Dream

As the country continues to emerge from the turbulent mortgage period, a Homebuyer Poll released by TD Bank reveals aspirations of homeownership are still very much alive in the U.S. The majority (84 percent) of today’s younger renting generation (ages ...


Help! Google Doesn’t Think I’m Relevant! Here’s What You Can Do

Google continues to dominate search engine market share and establish itself as one of today’s most recognizable brands, because of one simple word – relevance. ...


REO Properties: Responsibilities, Education, and Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals

With real estate owned (REO) properties numbering in the millions, agents vying for new business opportunities will find an abounding REO market. With the right insurances in place, brokers will be able to both support their agents’ REO business while ...


Future of Housing Finance Will Be Top Issue for Next President

The future of housing finance in the U.S. will be a key issue facing the winner of the upcoming presidential election. That's what a panel of industry experts told several thousand Realtors® gathered at a symposium, ...


REALTORS®, Are You Ready to Rally? Live or Virtual, Lend Your Support for the American Dream

REALTORS® from across the country are meeting with legislators, public policy makers and industry leaders this week to address pressing concerns and issues that affect homeowners, aspiring homeowners and real estate investors everywhere as the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & ...


Give Up the Rat Race

I am writing this as I am on a train on my way to Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Realtors® annual Midyear Conference & Expo. I am fortunate enough to be speaking at a few events while I ...


First Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Stabilizing, Sales Up and Inventory Down

Median existing single-family home prices are firming in many metropolitan areas, while improving sales and declining inventory are creating more balanced conditions, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. ...


As Market Recovers, How Agents Need to Approach e-Marketing

Website? Check. Blog? Check. Facebook page, Twitter handle, YouTube channel - check, check…and check. In today’s market, real estate professionals know that these web-based platforms are all must-haves in order to stay current and cover all potential business-generating bases in ...


Eye on the Economy: Waiting for Stronger Growth

The new year opened with hope that the 3 percent growth rate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reported for the end of 2011 would lead to stronger job growth and improving housing markets. While January and February offered positive economic ...


70 Percent of Affluent Homeowners Looking to DIY Projects to Save Money

According to the Summer 2012 Merrill Edge Report, many mass affluent Americans are willing to make short-term sacrifices in order to get their finances in better shape. The report, released on April 26 by Bank of America, explores the financial ...


79 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Mortgage Debt in First Quarter

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its first quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house. ...


Are You Where You Want to Be?

I don’t know how many people would openly admit this, but many feel they are just not exactly where they want to be yet in life. Some are close or on the right track, while others are nowhere near where ...


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