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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 ...


4 Tips for Working with Multigenerational Buyers

Working in real estate can be a challenge in itself, but when you're working with multigenerational buyers—a household of more than two generations—things can get even more complicated as you work to meet the diverse needs of parents, grandparents and children alike. ...


Go Where the Leads Are (Spoiler Alert: They’re on Social Media!)

If you’re a real estate professional and aren’t using social media to maximize your business, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table. That was the message of the latest installment of RISMedia’s monthly Agent Webinar Series, where Mike Bjorkman from HomeSmart ...


3 Ways to Prepare for Google’s “Mobilegeddon”

On April 21, Google will begin making major changes to its mobile search algorithm. Known (un)affectionately as “Mobilegeddon,” the search community has seen this change coming for a while. With websites, news articles and conference sessions specifically dedicated to this looming end-date, those ...


.REALTOR Top-Level Domains to Launch for Realtor® Associations and Brokerages on May 7

In a move to further offer consumers a trusted, valued source for real estate on the Internet, and thereby strengthen the REALTOR® brand, the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) top-level domain (TLD) .REALTOR will be available to local and state REALTOR® ...


Zillow: FTC Review Slows Trulia Integration; Revenue Expectations Fall Short

Shares slid 12 percent this week on news Zillow Group is falling short of revenue and earnings expectations in 2015. In a call to investors on April 14, CEO Spencer Rascoff stressed the transitory state of the company following its acquisition of Trulia, ...


5 Tips to Help You Make the Most of the 2015 Selling Season

By Jed Carlson, AdWerx CEOIn my business, I get to meet and talk with so many real estate agents. Every one of them is unique and incredibly motivated. And the more I get to know these agents, the more I see certain ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Marches Forward

In yet another bundle of positive news for the housing market, mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's ...


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