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First Quarter Moves: Metro Home Prices Maintain Steady Growth

Stronger demand amidst lagging inventory levels caused home prices to accelerate in many metro areas during the first quarter of 2015, and the number of areas experiencing double-digit price appreciation doubled compared to last quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by ...


Residential Lending: Size Really Does Matter

In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they had responded to new guidelines issued by ...


Study Finds Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S.

Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and racially integrated neighborhoods, according to a new Cornell University analysis ...


Team Accountability: Harsh or Helpful?

Every turn of the calendar, people make New Year’s resolutions. Every election, politicians say that government leaders need to be held accountable. And every year organizations tell their leaders, “We need to hold our people to their words and actions.” Yet—just like ...


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. ...


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