Real Estate Trends

CLOSING THIS WEEK: Are You an Industry Newsmaker? Nominate Yourself or Others Today!

September 13th, 2018
Are you an industry newsmaker, or know someone who is? Act now to nominate yourself or others for RISMedia’s 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers, designed to recognize individuals making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the residential/commercial real estate industries, and/or...

Remodeling Spending to Spike

September 22nd, 2018
Across 50 of the largest major markets, home remodeling spending will spike this year, according to findings released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Expenditures for home remodels will rise by...

In ‘Healthy Shift,’ More Homeowners on Board With Selling

September 30th, 2018
Are homeowners warming up? With prices rapidly rising, homeowners have been reluctant to sell, fearful of being unable to afford another home—a catch-22, because inventory is limited as it is, and compounded further when homes are kept off the market....

Gas Pipelines a Blight in Real Estate? Explosions and Easements May Cause Resale Concerns

October 9th, 2018
Natural gas. In recent years, when hearing this single, seemingly minor detail for a property’s utility hook-up, buyers typically conveyed a tone of excitement. Nationally and in recent history, natural gas has been the leading choice for heating fuel in...

NAR: 6 Percent Bump in Memberships, With Diverse Entrants

July 22nd, 2018
Membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)—which, for agents and brokers, denotes higher standards than what is required by their respective states—has increased in the last year, from 1.22 million to 1.3 million, according to the 2018 NAR Member...

Contracts Flicker in June, but Pending Sales Still Underwhelm Year-Over-Year

July 30th, 2018
With an 0.9 percent gain month-over-month, June pending sales slightly sparked, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)—but, on an annual basis, contracts still underwhelmed, down 2.5 percent. From May to June, activity increased...

Is a State With No Income Tax Better or Worse?

August 7th, 2018
(TNS)—Is it better to live in a state with no income tax? It’s a great question to ask, especially when considering how much of our paycheck is already set aside for Uncle Sam. Seven U.S. states forgo individual income taxes...

Staying Ahead of a Shifting Technology Landscape

August 15th, 2018
In the following interview, Dan Bowden, broker/owner of HomeSmart Realty Group in Orland Park, Ill., discusses the advantages of the brand, the local market, technology, and more. Region Served: Midwest Chicago Years in Real Estate: 18 Number of Offices: 3...

Challenged by a Down Payment? The Easiest Markets to Save For

August 23rd, 2018
One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently,...

Finding Success in a Thriving Relocation Market

September 4th, 2018
In the following interview, Tonya Hamilton, vice president, Relocation and Business Development, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty in Brentwood, Tenn., discusses the advantages of the brand, the local market, trends, and more. Region Served: Greater Nashville and the Middle Tennessee...
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