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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 ...


The Real Estate A-List: 27th Annual Power Broker Survey Ranks Nation’s Top-Producing Firms

The industry’s most widely read and long-standing ranking of the country’s top real estate brokerage firms, RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey is now available for qualified brokers to complete. Now in its 27th year, the Power Broker Survey ranks firms by closed transactions ...


Loan Delinquencies Reach Record Low

Delinquencies continued to decline in last year’s third quarter, falling in seven out of 11 categories as the economy improved and consumers responsibly managed their finances, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. ...


Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. ...


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