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Connect and Convert

Terri Murphy, speaker and legendary social media expert, says this about social media: “It’s not just about connecting with people, it’s all about conversion.” We connect, and then we convert. ...


Housing Starts Dip Slightly in February; Permits Surge

(MCT)—Construction of new housing units remained essentially flat last month compared to January as builders struggled to ramp up construction. ...


How Will the Winding Down of Fannie and Freddie Affect Homebuyers?

A bipartisan proposal seeks to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and completely overhaul the nation’s mortgage system. According to Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB (The Association of Mortgage Professionals), “A change in the mortgage system will be ...


Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home-Buying Process

At The Appraisal Foundation, we often encounter misperceptions about the appraisal process in real estate transactions – from how an appraisal is ordered and carried out, to the type of communication permitted with appraisers. As a result, we have compiled the most ...


The Plight of Today’s First-Time Buyer

Traditionally, first-time buyers are the pillars of a strong home-purchase market. However, today's industry reveals that current market dynamics may be making it difficult for them to achieve their American dream, potentially leading to a slowdown of the industry's recovery. ...


The Future of the Housing Finance System

The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. These factors ...


Applications for New Home Purchases up in February

In recent positive housing news, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) estimates sales of new single-family homes were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 533,000 units in February 2014, based on data from MBA’s Builder Applications Survey (BAS). ...


7 Simple Questions to Develop Your Mobile Strategy

When you talk mobile, it’s very easy to get lost in features and cool technology. Although those become key components in a mobile solution, the strategy is the road map to the final destination. Because of this, we decided to get a ...


New Generational Trends Study Shows Confidence in Market

Young home buyers remain optimistic and see their home as a good investment, while older buyers are more likely to trade down to a smaller property to match changing lifestyles, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller ...


Normal Market Activity Inches Forward

While the pace may be slow, new industry findings show that the real estate market is indeed moving forward. The Advanced March NAHB/First American Leading Markets (LMI) Index remained unchanged in March at .87 from February but the number of markets considered ...


Housing Recovery Expected to Press

Americans’ outlook on housing and the economy has fluctuated somewhat during the past few months, but the trend for most indicators remains positive overall, according to Fannie Mae’s February 2014 National Housing Survey results. ...


Eye on the Economy: New Home Sales Bounce Back in January

The housing market and the broader economy shivered at the end of 2013 as weather-related factors held consumers back and generated production delays. These impacts should prove temporary and our forecast remains positive for housing and home building for the year to ...


March Housing Madness: Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros at or above Normal

Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans

(MCT)—In the wake of the housing bubble’s collapse, FHA loans have taken on renewed importance for today’s mortgage borrowers. ...


Luxury Sales Warm up a Frigid Winter

Polar vortexes are freezing home sales in much of the nation this winter but the luxury segment is finding the temperature to be just perfect as both sales and price increases warm up million-dollar-plus markets from coast to coast. ...


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