Real Estate Trends

Brokers Turn to Pocket Listings in Rising Markets

September 4th, 2018
The real estate market has heated up so much in certain regions that brokers are taking transactions into their own hands—or, rather, their pockets. With increasing prices and, seemingly, more buyers willing to pay an amount that’s leaving sellers with...

1 Million Lockboxes Later: SentriLock Celebrates 15 Years With NAR

September 11th, 2018
NAR PULSE—SentriLock, a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) strategic investment company and REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, is celebrating 15 years as the official lockbox solution for NAR. As the leading electronic lockbox manufacturer and service provider, SentriLock is one of...

No Gain, No Loss: Existing-Home Sales Stabilize

September 20th, 2018
August existing-home sales stabilized, ending a regressive streak, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. At 5.34 million, activity neither decreased nor increased from July, but was down 1.5 percent from the prior year. Inventory month-over-month also steadied, at 1.92...

Zillow Creating a More Streamlined Experience for Offers Customers With Lender Acquisition

September 29th, 2018
Company Is Developing Opportunities for Broker Partners as It Builds Out New Mortgage Technology Zillow Group’s Zillow Offers (formerly Instant Offers) program continues to make its presence known, expanding into new markets and offering new tools to consumers. Recently, Zillow...

Inventory Watch: Is ‘Big Change’ on the Horizon?

October 8th, 2018
The grip on inventory is loosening, with fresh listings sprouting up and the severity of the shortage starting to unwind, according to findings by realtor.com®. On an annual basis, there were 8 percent more listings on the market in September,...

Flipping the Model to Put Agents on Top: Realty Group Inc.

July 21st, 2018
(L to R) Long Doan, Broker/CEO, and Mike Bernier, President/Co-owner, Realty Group Inc. For Long Doan, broker and CEO of Minnesota’s fast-growing Realty Group Inc., success is measured by the achievement of his partner-agents. “Every one of our agents is...

International Real Estate Sales Slide in U.S.

July 29th, 2018
Against insufficient inventory and mounting prices, international sales are sliding, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2018 Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate, an annual survey. Foreign home purchases sank 21 percent from April 2017...

Affordability Challenges Keep Millennials on the Sidelines

August 7th, 2018
Affordability is fading fast—and although millennials are eager to enter the market, and succeeding, they’re bearing the brunt of the challenge, according to recent research. Sixty-three percent of millennials under 29 are challenged by the cost of homeownership, according to...

Luxury Market on Record Streak

August 14th, 2018
The luxury market is on a record streak, with double-digit growth in 19 of the largest markets in the nation, according to the July Luxury Home Index by realtor.com®. High-end homes are moving rapidly, with age of inventory at 108...

401(k) Auto-Enrollment Connected to Early Withdrawals, With Housing Implications

August 23rd, 2018
With Social Security trust fund reserves waning—predicted to be depleted by 2034, leaving Social Security unable to maintain full scheduled benefits—and the number of retirees expecting to receive benefits increasing, more and more Americans are relying on 401(k) savings to...
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