News – July 7, 2015

  • For Builders, Labor/Subcontractor Shortage Intensifies
    A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. The shortages are most acute

News – July 6, 2015

  • Gains Continue to Decline through Summer Buying Season
    Data through June confirms projections that 2015 would be a “non-growth” year for housing, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report reporting on data through June 2015.

News – July 4, 2015

  • Inventory: Where Do We Stand Now?
    While an improving job market and continuing low interest rates have sent consumer confidence soaring, and research tells us that pending home sales in all four major regions rose this spring, stubbornly tight inventory

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  • How Does Your Marketing Stack Up?
    Use this free marketing assessment tool and receive a customized report offering tips and suggestions on how to improve your current marketing strategy. Learn more. In case you missed this month’s previous tips: 5

News – July 1, 2015

  • Home Price Gains Ease in April
    S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for April 2015 show that home prices continued their rise

News – June 30, 2015

  • Generate More Leads This Summer
    One of the best ways to generate leads is to get face-to-face with your best clients. However, it can be tricky to find an opportunity to do so. After all, they’re busy, you’re busy, and

News – June 29, 2015

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  • Selling with Integrity
    Maintaining integrity in your business is critical for long-term success. In the following article, Byron Kelly of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realty Center Chattanooga, Tenn. lets us know why. Byron Kelly General Manager, Principal Broker Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

News – June 26, 2015

  • National Ranking Identifies Best Latino Agents
    RE/MAX agents dominated the fourth annual National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) Top 250 Latino Agent report with 62 agents on the list—twice as many as the next highest ranked franchise and

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  • CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new

News – June 18, 2015

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  • May Housing Starts Highlight Strong Demand
    Recently reported May housing starts showed an 11.1 percent drop in new home construction nationally, falling to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.036 million units. The drop from elevated April results was broad, with

News – June 16, 2015

  • REALTORS® Report Heightened Commercial Success
    Commercial real estate markets are improving with REALTORS® specializing in commercial real estate reporting an increase in annual gross income, the number of sales transactions and sales volume, according to the 2015 National Association of

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  • ‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Drop 10 Percent
    According to a recently released RealtyTrac report, 127,021 owner-vacated zombie foreclosures as of the end of the second quarter, down 11 percent from previous quarter and down 10 percent from Q2 2014. The report concludes

News – June 10, 2015

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  • How the May Job Report Is Good for Housing
    Recent news regarding employment rates has housing professionals breathing a sigh of relief. Friday’s May Jobs Report reported that employers added a plush 280,000 jobs last month, which hints that there

News – June 6, 2015

  • New Disclosure Forms May Alter Contracts
    Major changes are coming to real estate transactions. Starting on August 1, any transaction involving a mortgage will use the new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). NAR has compiled

News – June 5, 2015

News – June 4, 2015

  • Average Down Payment Drops to Three-Year Low
    RealtyTrac® has released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhomes purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent

News – June 3, 2015

  • House Prices Move Up In April
    U.S home prices continued their upward climb in April, with CoreLogic reporting a  2.7 percent monthly advance, moving the year-on-year gain up to 6.8 percent. This forward motion represents 38 months of consecutive year-over-year

News – June 2, 2015

  • 20 Hottest Real Estate Markets Announced for May
    Realtor.com® provided an early look at the May housing market with their ‘Advance Read on May Trends,’ a glimpse into residential real estate inventory and demand trends over the first 3 weeks

News – June 1, 2015

  • Peak Out: Seven Markets Have Hit Their Peaks
    Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2015. The report found that, outside of the usual headline-making markets, there are seven markets, considered “major”

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  • Housing Starts Explode to New Heights
    After a slugging winter, housing starts have jumped a whopping 20.2 percent in April, restoring themselves to what some are calling “recovery highs,” levels similar to November 2007. Housing start landed at a 1.14

News – May 19, 2015

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  • Gap Closing Between Home Sales and Market Capacity
    On Thursday, May 21, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will be releasing its freshest batch of existing-home sales numbers. According to the data, market capacity for existing-home sales increased 1.3 percent

News – May 16, 2015

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  • Breaking News: Project Upstream Revealed
    For a few years now, industry leaders have been working together to address data problems, producing almost two years ago a solution concept called “Upstream.” Not long after that, the WAV Group was asked to

News – May 14, 2015

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  • Residential Lending: Size Really Does Matter
    In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they

News – May 9, 2015

News – May 8, 2015

  • Team Accountability: Harsh or Helpful?
    Every turn of the calendar, people make New Year’s resolutions. Every election, politicians say that government leaders need to be held accountable. And every year organizations tell their leaders, “We need to hold our people

News – May 7, 2015

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  • Home Prices Rise 5.9 Percent Year-Over-Year
    Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 5.9 percent in March 2015 compared with March 2014 according to a recently released CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI®). This change represents 37 months of consecutive

News – May 5, 2015

  • 4 Tips for Smart Negotiations
    Negotiation is about settling differences to reach an agreement, and every part of the home-buying process is about doing precisely this. Your agents practice this skill when they convert prospects into clients, help buyers prioritize

News – May 4, 2015

  • When It Comes to Housing, Hope Springs Eternal
    Housing numbers are looking hopeful for the spring season, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through April 2015. “While spring brings renewed confidence and

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  • February Home Prices Continue to Rise
    Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to a recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showing data for February 2015. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw

News – April 28, 2015

  • Housing Recovery Set to Pick Up Pace Next Year
    Solid employment gains, attractive mortgage rates, a growing economy and pent-up demand will help keep the housing market moving forward throughout 2015 and into next year, according to economists who participated

News – April 27, 2015

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  • 4 Tips for Working with Multigenerational Buyers
    Working in real estate can be a challenge in itself, but when you’re working with multigenerational buyers—a household of more than two generations—things can get even more complicated as you work to meet

News – April 18, 2015

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  • 3 Ways to Prepare for Google’s “Mobilegeddon”
    On April 21, Google will begin making major changes to its mobile search algorithm. Known (un)affectionately as “Mobilegeddon,” the search community has seen this change coming for a while. With websites, news articles

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  • Mortgage Credit Availability Marches Forward
    In yet another bundle of positive news for the housing market, mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes

News – April 11, 2015

  • Solid Real Estate Growth Predicted through 2017
    The real estate industry is expected to remain on a sustainable course of solid growth for 2015 through 2017, according to a new three-year forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for

News – April 10, 2015

  • Beyond Facebook: Building Business with Social Media
    Social media is a dominating force in business today. It seems that almost every tech-savvy mobile user can be found Liking, Retweeting, and Sharing their way through the many different social media websites

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  • Defining Your Niche
    “When you define your value, it helps you give your best ‘yes’s and your clear ‘no’s.” This sound piece of philosophy comes from Debra Trappen, chief of sass, moxie and experience at d11 Consulting, who was the

News – April 2, 2015

  • Vacation Home Sales Soar above 2006 Peak
    Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released

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  • February New-Home Sales Highest in Seven Years
    Builders signed contracts on more homes in February 2015 than any time since early 2008 according to the Census Bureau and HUD. February seasonally-adjusted annual new home sales topped out at 539,000, up

News – March 24, 2015

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  • U.S. Foreclosure Activity at Lowest Level Since July 2006
    RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for February 2015, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 101,938 U.S. properties in February, a decrease of

News – March 19, 2015

  • The Secrets to Selling a Second Home
    For real estate professionals serving vacation areas, marketing a property is a lot like telling a story: the story of the home, the story of the surroundings, the story of the community. Successfully

News – March 18, 2015

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  • Renters Feeling Heat from Heightened Housing Costs
    The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new

News – March 16, 2015

  • Will Bitcoin Buyers Break into the Housing Market?
    Digital currencies continue to take hold in real estate—this time, across the Atlantic. RE/MAX London recently announced a trial program with payment platform GoCoin that will support digital currency payments on property

News – March 14, 2015

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  • Reaching the Right Consumers at the Right Time
    In the real estate industry, timing is critical. According to NAR, an average buyer spends 10 weeks searching for a new home, two weeks shorter than the previous year. Because of this,

News – March 12, 2015

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  • Consumers Increasingly Optimistic about Economy, Housing
    Amid continued strengthening in employment, consumer optimism toward the economy is growing and appears to be contributing to further improvement in overall housing sentiment, according to results from Fannie Mae’s February 2015 National Housing

News – March 9, 2015

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