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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:09:29 +0000

April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses. In a previous analysis, we used data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) to offer proof. The AHS classifies new construction as homes no more than four years [...]

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:38:25 EDT

Surging home prices have helped nearly two million homeowners get back above water on their mortgages over the past year.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:53:19 EDT

Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing market.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:34:10 EDT

According to Gallup, Americans think real estate is the best long-term investment. Unfortunately, they're wrong.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:15:50 EDT

While Nolita's name identifies it as being north of Little Italy, the small Manhattan neighborhood has, in recent years, come into its own as an area defined by the many independent businesses lining its streets.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:03:06 +0000

Led by a 6 percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. “We see improving signs of new-home construction as we [...]

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:07:59 EDT

Robert Vadra, an in-law of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of India's ruling Congress party, built a real-estate portfolio nearly from scratch in a few years.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:46:20 EDT

For those weighed down by large mortgage payments, there are ways to save money when next year's tax season arrives; beekeeping, anyone?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:46:35 EDT

This hilltop property features a private chapel, an indoor swimming pool and a total of 25 bedrooms spread across the main house, cabins and other buildings.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:28:02 EDT

At least 500 New York City homes damaged by superstorm Sandy would be rebuilt and 500 reimbursement checks would be issued to storm victims by the end of this summer, under the mayor's new recovery plan.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:50:33 EDT

Keeping a tiger or a giraffe at home involves a tangle of federal, state and local laws. And when it comes time to sell, a herd of water buffalo can complicate the move.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:32:10 EDT

The design of this contemporary home in Kent, Conn., draws inspiration from traditional farm structures and was done by architect Steven Harris in the early stage of his career.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:07:22 EDT

Google made a limited number of its Google Glass products available to the general public for the first time, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts wants in.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:16:47 EDT

When Enrique Nieto arrived in Palma eight months ago, there was one communal water tap and no paved roads. Now he is about to open the village's first hotel. The reason: natural gas.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:01:04 EDT

Want to make money as a landlord? Consider Detroit... seriously.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:09:17 EDT

Preservationists have long staked a claim to rescuing architecturally important train stations and government buildings. Many now are shifting their focus to saving vestiges of America's industrial past.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:16:25 +0000

The March NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose one point from a one-point downwardly revised February to 47. This is the third consecutive month with the index below 50, the point where more builders see the market improving rather than getting poorer. Two of the three components of the index remained unchanged; the current sales [...]

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:38:42 EDT

Shares of Nicholas Schorsch's latest real-estate investment trust closed trading at $10.75 a share, rising close to 3.8% in the last hour of trading. Before Tuesday, the shares were valued at $10 each.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:28 EDT

In the early 1990s, an inflow of Russian money boosted tourism and drove up real-estate prices in the German spa town of Baden-Baden. Now locals are worried about Russian funds drying up.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:18 +0000

Next month REALTORS® will head to Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo, May 12-17, to promote public policies that protect investment in commercial and residential property and advance the real estate industry and REALTOR® business. Nearly 8,500 REALTORS® and guests are expected to attend the meetings. Throughout [...]

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:14:56 EDT

Overbuilding by Chinese real-estate developers has left many of the country's smaller cities with a glut of apartments for sale, driving down prices and posing an economic threat.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:52:42 EDT

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. is renovating its high-wattage building in Times Square as it leverages its growing New York City presence to attract more corporate clients and recruit more high-tech talent.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:21:55 EDT

In its ongoing battle to fight blight, Detroit is launching a website where it will auction off vacant homes seized in tax foreclosures.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:26:57 +0000

Often cited as a “red flag” for audits, the home office deduction is in fact a legitimate business deduction with particular importance for certain careers and small business owners. Moreover—from the housing economics perspective—IRS data concerning the deduction, along with Census data reporting who works at home, can shed light on an important [...]

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:43:05 EDT

Built for a member of the Carnegie family, this 1920s waterfront home features many of its original architectural details.

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:07:48 +0000

The second biggest cost of homeownership—following the mortgage—is usually property taxes. In 2012, U.S. homeowners paid an average of about $2,800 in property taxes, according to a recent Zillow study. And if you live in New York, New Jersey, or Colorado your taxes were in some cases five times more than the national average. The [...]

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:03:16 +0000

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at two of those statistics; the median household income and median value of owner-occupied housing units. The key to housing affordability is that the market meets the needs of the people who [...]

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:10:49 EDT

American guitarist Dave Navarro is selling his Hollywood bachelor pad along with his custom bed.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:50:17 EDT

Chinese buyers are laying the groundwork for their kids, some still in diapers, to study abroad by snapping up high-end real estate in college towns.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:17:03 +0000

When you visit, there are a myriad number of ways the site can help you and your real estate company grow, be it the informative articles, helpful blogs or thought-provoking webinars. One thing that might get overlooked are the helpful widgets offers, which can be customizable to your brokerage or firm’s website or [...]

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:25:04 EDT

After a weekend of wine tasting, singer-actress Rita Moreno and her husband decided to build a house in Berkeley with views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge—and one insane peacock.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:02:02 +0000

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and requirements for buying a home and refinancing a mortgage, also known as the “qualified mortgage” or “ability-to-repay” rules, are in effect. There may be a few challenges ahead for buyers who may not be prepared for the heightened level of financial [...]

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:17:36 EDT

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:38:47 EDT

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:07:50 +0000

Recent month-to-month volatility in the housing market has softened the ongoing recovery. However, the majority of the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicators on consumer attitudes have continued to move in a positive direction during the past year, which may portend a pick-up in homebuying and selling activity this spring. According to Fannie [...]

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:09:44 +0000

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the just-released National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of 11 metros year over year. The index’s nationwide score ticked up to .88 from [...]

Sun, 06 Apr 2014 11:13:46 EDT

Both sales and prices of vacation homes rose steeply in 2013.

Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:08:21 +0000

(MCT)—Kimberly and Edward Rushing’s fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start. Seven years ago, at the height of the housing market, the young couple bought a home they intended to fix up and flip in San Bernardino County, Calif. “As soon as we bought it,” Kimberly Rushing says, “the market crashed.” [...]

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 04:03:38 +0000

Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2013, shows vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated [...]

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:08:53 EDT

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:55:24 EDT

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:58:25 EDT

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:01:01 EDT

These six prospective buyers have been looking to buy a home in their city for months, or even years, only to be outbid.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:51:57 EDT

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:58:51 +0000

While many brokers continue to question the ROI of social media along with the amount of time their agents devote to posting, tweeting, pinning and the like, it has proven to be a very valuable resource for real estate professionals. It’s helped them promote their listings in front of a larger audience. It’s helped them [...]

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:53:44 EDT

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:57:03 EDT

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:09:32 +0000

This is the “end of the beginning,” to borrow from Winston Churchill. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has mostly completed the major regulations affecting the housing and mortgage industry. While there will undoubtedly be a fair amount of additional guidance issued, any remaining actions should focus on adjustments to regulations [...]

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:49:26 EDT

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:59:53 +0000

“My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action. I will act now.” Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” These words from the great Og Mandino have inspired millions to take action. Procrastination holds us back, and fear is [...]

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:36:59 +0000

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing with home buyers the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year, revealing that convenience, livability [...]

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:07:33 +0000

It’s a common question for consumers, students and real estate professionals: How much do real estate agents make? The answer can vary wildly depending on where you’re working, how many hours a week and with whom. The following infographic will explain some of the variables. Whether you’re an agent, a potential buyer or just someone [...]

Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:04:16 +0000

Pending home sales declined for the eighth straight month in February, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest increases in the Midwest and West were offset by declines in the Northeast and South; all regions are below a year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, dipped 0.8 [...]

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:25:19 EDT

Whether it's an oil boom or an influx of tech jobs, the populations of these 10 cities grew faster than in any other major metro area between July 2012 and July 2013, according to data from the Census Bureau.

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:06:54 +0000

The best way to grow your business is with a consistent marketing strategy that includes both online and offline tactics. Just because you started blogging or using Facebook doesn’t mean you should forget about door knocking and walking your farm. Chances are you have an advertising plan that includes flyers, print ads and hundreds of [...]

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:29:41 EDT

Borrowers with bad credit were shut out of the mortgage market after the housing bubble burst, but now a handful of small lenders are starting to offer subprime loans again.

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:33:26 +0000

20-year veteran in technology and real estate sectors to lead company’s industry relations Zillow, Inc., a leading real estate and home-related marketplace, announced that Errol Samuelson will join the company in the new position of Chief Industry Development Officer to lead the company’s real estate industry relations strategy. He will [...]

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:04:40 +0000

(MCT)—A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. In my household, we have run humidifiers in bedrooms because, for example, one son suffered from croup-like symptoms [...]

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:08:04 +0000

Do you know some kids that are full of imaginative insights and love to get in front of a video camera? If so, you have a good chance to win some great prizes from American Home Shield®. AHS knows how complicated it can be to describe how household systems and appliances work. That’s why they’ve [...]

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 05:01:58 +0000

In Q4 2013, Appreciation Slowed from Summer Peaks; Formerly Boiling Markets like Bay Area Reduced to a Simmer, According to Zillow Fourth Quarter Real Estate Market Reports • U.S. home values ended 2013 up 6.4 percent year-over-year, to a Zillow Home Value Index of $169,100. • National annual appreciation rate expected to slow to 4.8 [...]

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:05:42 +0000

“Videos will create competitive immunity for you and your team.” That was one of the remarks from Raj Qsar, broker and founder of The Boutique Real Estate Group in Orange County, Calif., during our Beta Broker Google+ Hangout on Monday. The hangout also included Jeff Gaffney, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate III [...]

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 05:02:17 +0000

Regional Spotlight—Central Ohio home sales are on track to be the second highest year ever, despite the decrease in inventory according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing System (MLS). So far, there have been 23,292 homes and condos sold this year between January 1 and October 31. The current record for the first ten months [...]

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:45:48 +0000

Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate,  a leading high-end real estate brokerage with 20 offices in New Jersey, has announced it will open its first-ever Pennsylvania office in Washington Crossing. Located within historic Bucks County, at 1075-4 River Road, the office will open in the coming weeks and has been dubbed “The Crossings.” With the [...]

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:00:40 +0000

Buffini & Company, one of the world’s largest real estate training and coaching companies, recently announced that Dermot Buffini has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company. In his new role, Buffini will provide strategic direction for the company’s revenue growth and global operations while leading a seasoned management [...]

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:10:09 EST

Calculate the return on your home and how it compares to returns on stocks, bonds and overall home prices.

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:02:50 +0000®, operated by Move, Inc., has unveiled its Turnaround Towns Report for the third quarter of 2013, revealing that the Detroit, Santa Barbara, Calif. and Reno, Nev. markets are currently leading the nation in recovery. The proprietary algorithm used for the report evaluates acceleration in key housing indicators observed on® [...]

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:53:21 +0000

(MCT)—Terrie Suit, Virginia’s first secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, will become chief executive officer of the Virginia Association of Realtors, a 29,000-member trade organization based in Henrico County. The association’s board of directors made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after a unanimous vote. The appointment [...]

Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:32:42 +0000

With nearly a quarter century of experience in the real estate industry under his belt, real estate professional Dave Abdallah has gone from being a staunch skeptic of home warranties to one of the nation’s top selling advocates of the diverse protection plans. In fact, Abdallah, with CENTURY 21 Curran and Christie in Dearborn Heights, [...]

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:09:29 +0000

Nationally speaking, the real estate recovery has taken a firm hold, to the point of inventory shortages and bidding wars in many locations across the country. However, regional scenarios vary greatly, demonstrating unique market trends that must be tapped in order to fully capitalize on the real estate upswing. During RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange, [...]

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:37:14 +0000

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for October showing that the federal government shutdown, debt ceiling issues, and the slowing economy — including the severely depressed level of new home construction — are slowing the housing recovery heading into the fourth quarter of the year. “The housing [...]

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:06:38 +0000

RISMedia is pleased to announce that NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young will be this year’s special celebrity guest speaker at the company’s annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner honoring the nation’s top 500 brokerage firms. The event will take place on Friday, November 8th in San Francisco during the annual NAR Convention and [...]

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:05:37 +0000

The keys to success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. – Simon Mainwaring I recently attended a Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate conference where that quote and the meaning behind accountability took on a whole new meaning for me. A word many of us tend to shy away from due to a perceived negative [...]

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:25:10 +0000

Revenue-generating trends, profitability success strategies to be discussed by top real estate execs Nov. 8th in San Francisco At RISMedia’s 18th Annual Power Broker Forum, real estate’s top executives and brokers will gather to exchange ideas and strategies for maximizing success in today’s recovering housing market. The Forum will take place [...]

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:46:35 +0000

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. For most of us, it’s been a gratifying summer. Phones ringing…buyers bidding…inventory in growing [...]

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:00:41 +0000

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) released this statement following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) release of finalized amendments and clarifications to the comprehensive mortgage rules it released in January. “The CFPB has taken important measures to minimize the negative impact of new mortgage regulations [...]

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:03:41 +0000

Rising inventory, slow-and-steady price increases signal healthier outlook in most markets®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., has released the® National Housing Trend Report for August 2013. As the year’s peak home-buying season comes to a close, key market indicators point to a shift in the dynamics [...]

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:04:55 +0000

NAR PULSE–Searching for ideas to give your business a jump? The upcoming Sales and Marketing Webinar Summit offered on Oct. 17 will teach you how to attract clients using video on your iPad, harness the power of photo marketing using Pinterest and Instagram, and become an automated and paperless real estate professional and much more! [...]

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:43:35 EDT

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