Real Estate Trends

Is the Housing Market Normalizing? One Sign the Tide’s Turning

August 21st, 2018
With demand strong and supply weak, the housing market is overwhelmingly partial to sellers. The average homeowner is profiting $40,000 at resale (with decade-high returns in 2017), and higher in the hottest markets, where they’re attracting multiple offers in record...

Home Price Cuts Increase, but Still Not Buyer’s Market

August 30th, 2018
Realtor.com® has announced the findings of its August housing trend report which revealed a surge in price cuts and the second largest drop in the U.S. median list price in three years. Although competition between buyers remained stiff and list...

CEO Exchange Keynote: Leadership, in Every Sense of the Word

September 9th, 2018
Credit: PlanOmatic Against a backdrop of changing consumer preferences, technology and shifts in Washington, brokerages are navigating new territory—one where the customer experience is tops, and creativity, inclusiveness and leadership are non-negotiables for success. For Paul Boomsma, CEO of the...

Hurricane Florence: 32 Deaths, Housing Shortages and Increasing Flooding Dangers

September 18th, 2018
Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas over the weekend, battering the region and surround states with record amounts of rainfall; over 30 inches fell in Swansboro, N.C. by Saturday, Sept. 15, as reported by the National Weather Service. Sources...

Working Together for the Greater Good

September 27th, 2018
In the following interview, Navid Ali, regional director and broker/owner of Realty ONE Group BMC Associates in San Ramon, Calif., discusses the advantages of the brand, the firm’s growth, and more. Region Served: San Francisco’s East Bay and Central California...

Student Loan Debt: Ongoing Hurdle to Homeownership

October 6th, 2018
The U.S. currently has a student debt load of over $1.4 trillion, which accounts for 10 percent of all outstanding debt and 35 percent of non-housing debt. The magnitude of the debt continues to grow in size and share of...

Some Not-So-Tiny Obstacles in the Growing Market for Tiny Houses

July 26th, 2018
(TNS)—When Tom Alsani heard about plans for a tiny-home community in St. Petersburg, Fla., he got so excited he immediately wanted to know more. “Right now I have a house with three bedrooms, but the kids are gone and I’m...

Building Momentum for Mortgage Rates

August 4th, 2018
There is a building momentum in mortgage rates, with the average 30-year, fixed rate up for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year fixed increased to 4.6 percent, up from 4.54...

Borrower Beware: Soon It Will Be Tough to Unload College Loans

August 13th, 2018
(TNS)—Here’s a good reason to think twice about taking out piles of student loans after watching a catchy TV ad for a for-profit college. The U.S. Department of Education is on a path to make it far tougher to get...

3 for 3 Listings: What Makes This REALTOR® Hit Home Runs

August 21st, 2018
NAR PULSE—Cash flow analysis, demographics, economic indicators and in-depth property details make up these can’t-do-without Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) Commercial tools. Learn more. Stay Safe and Earn Big With MVP Register for NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Month webinar, A Day in...
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