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Existing-Home Sales Skyrocket Toward 11-Year High

December 20th, 2017
Existing-home sales in November skyrocketed to a spree not seen in more than 10 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.81 million, a 5.6 percent increase from October and a 3.8 percent increase from one...

Survey Results: What Keeps Brokers Up at Night?

January 15th, 2018
As we begin a new year, what are the most pressing issues on the minds of the nation’s real estate brokers? What are they most looking forward to in the year ahead? What strategies do they have in place to...

Assessing the State of the Housing Union

January 28th, 2018
In 2018, the challenge for the housing industry will be balancing bursting demand with a severe shortage of supply, according to realtor.com®’s State of the Housing Union, released in-step with the U.S. State of the Union this week. As with...

New Initiative Opens Door to Airbnb Refi Options

February 12th, 2018
The rental industry is changing. In the last few years, Airbnb has become increasingly popular, especially among young travelers, as an alternative to pricy hotels and a shortage of short-term rentals in the market compared to traditional one-year leases. Now,...

Home Prices Relax Ahead of Spring

February 26th, 2018
The brakes are on growing home prices, with appreciation at 6.7 percent—the lowest rate since November 2016, according to the January Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. Appreciation hit 7.6 percent in May 2017 but tempered through the year. The deceleration...

February Jobs Impress

March 11th, 2018
Fed Has Green Light February brought the economy an impressive 313,000 jobs and 4.1 percent unemployment, with average hourly wages up four cents to $26.75. Construction jobs, notably, rose by 61,000. “[These] employment numbers strengthen the view that the U.S....

February New-Home Sales Slog

March 25th, 2018
New-home sales again slogged in February, with sales of new, single-family homes down 0.6 percent to 618,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The average new-home sales price was $376,700, while...

Appraisals Close In on Estimates by Homeowners

April 11th, 2018
Appraisals are closing in on estimates by homeowners, just 0.36 percent below what was expected, according to the March Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 7.64...

Senate Backs Tax Reform, Bill on Trump’s Desk

December 20th, 2017
With less than a week until their Christmas deadline, House Republicans passed the converged Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill—set to be the first tax overhaul in over 30 years—in a 227-203 vote on Dec. 19. However, the Senate Parliamentarian...

Buying Is Better Financially in More Than Half of Markets: Report

January 15th, 2018
It is more affordable to buy a home than rent one in more than half of markets—but for how long remains uncertain, according to recently released research. In 54 percent of the over 400 counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions,...
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