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HUD Awards Millions to Next Generation of Housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced that nine communities across the U.S. will receive Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. The $4.37 million awarded today provides these communities the resources they need to craft comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize ...


Listing Portals: What’s the Real End Game?

The ongoing contention regarding the ultimate motives of the major online listing portals recently came to a head during a rousing panel discussion at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange earlier this fall. During the session - “The Data Debate: Is Disintermediation a ...


October Pending Home Sales Down Again, but Expected to Level Out

Although conditions were mixed across the country, pending home sales continued to move lower in October, marking the fifth consecutive monthly decline, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


2014: The Emerging Purchase Market

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for November showing that the major shift for the coming year will be a transition from a refinance-dominated mortgage market to the first purchase-dominated market the industry has seen since 2000. ...


Become a #twitterexpert: 5 Ways to Master Networking on Twitter

Last time out we examined the power that Twitter could have on growing your business and client base, as emphasized by Katie Lance, CEO and owner of Katie Lance Consulting in Homes.com’s webinar, “Secrets of Top Selling ...


October Housing Data Stretched Summer Demand into October

October witnessed solid price increases, steady inventory and strong demand continuing well into the fall, according to realtor.com®’s data ...


Multifamily Market off Recent Peak, but Still Positive

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released recently by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), reached 54 in the third quarter, seven points lower than a spike in the second quarter but the seventh consecutive reading above 50. ...


Home Prices Continue Rising, Sales Steady

RE/MAX Releases National Housing Report on 52 Metro Areas ...


Spotlight on Housing Q3: Home Values Strengthening, Affordability Sliding

Strengthening house prices and increased interest rates in metros across the country contributed to lower housing affordability in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released recently. ...


Rising Home Prices Push Down Housing Affordability during Third Quarter

Housing affordability fell for the sixth consecutive quarter, after reaching an all-time high in the spring of 2012, as significantly higher home prices shut out more California home buyers during the third quarter of 2013, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported. ...


Not All Leads Are Equal

At realtor.com®, we take great care to focus on the outcome for the brokers and their agents when we provide lead solutions. Leads come in all shapes and sizes; and it is not until you back out the intent of the ...


Recovery to Continue in 2014, Says NAR; Rates and Home Prices Predicted to Rise

The real estate market will continue its road to recovery in 2014, with home prices rising 6 percent and mortgage rates hitting 5.4 percent. In addition, demand is predicted to plateau, all according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior ...


Rising Rates, Health Care Lead Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate

Rising interest and capitalization rates top the list of issues that have future implications for real estate. That’s according to an industry expert at the “Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate” session held recently at the 2013 REALTORS® Conference and Expo. ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Continues to Improve in Third Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market showed continued improvement in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. All ...


REALTORS® Report Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities

Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying home, and research by the National Association of Realtors® has consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. ...