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Tampa Bay Has Nation's Third Fastest Growing Housing Market
Tampa Bay has the third fastest appreciating housing market in the country, part of a Southern real estate resurgence, according to home market tracker Zillow. Zillow estimated the average......

Webcast Recording: Using a Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home
specialist with Reverse Mortgage Funding in Bloomfield, N.J. Jon Boughtin of NAR Communications hosted the prigram. Sam Silverstein Sam Silverstein is a writer-producer...

Dream Team
reply to clients who say they don’t want to pay for title insurance: “I reply I would have to charge them far more for my time to prepare a disclosure document explaining how ridiculously stupid......

Highlights of the January 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report
a modest rise, up from 29 percent in 2014. With fewer new foreclosures, distressed properties accounted for seven percent of sales, purchases for investment purposes made up 15 percent of sales......

A home equity loan Is a smart choice as rates rise
have been scraping the bottom. Cash-out refis have been sought because with mortgage rates at a historical floor, millions of homeowners have been refinancing to lower their rates and tap the......

Attention Sellers: Remodeling Projects to Increase Your Sales Price – Part 2
The results are in! NAR surveyed thousands of consumers, real estate agents, and industry professionals on interior and exterior home remodeling projects. The projects listed below are the best......

What Threatens Your Closings the Most
January, down slightly from 42 days a year ago in January 2016, NAR reports. Source: “ REALTORS® Confidence Index: January 2017 ,” National Association of REALTORS® (Feb. 22, 2...

FHA Strong Enough for MIP Cut, Analysis Suggests
FHA to reduce hurdles to homeownership with a lower mortgage insurance premium? NAR says yes, but the Trump administration and some members of Congress aren’t so sure. On Inauguration Day, the......

Mortgage Rates Are Mostly in Holding Pattern
Mortgage rates continue to defy expectations, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate barely budging for the fourth consecutive week. Freddie Mac reports the following national......

NAR: 2017 Will Be Strong Year for Commercial
estate forecast. Read more : Contemplating a Career in Commercial Real Estate? NAR predicts that the national office vacancy rate will drop 1.1 percentage points to 12.1 percent this......

What Happened to Black Homeownership?
period.  Black home buyers purchased homes at the peak of the housing market at higher rates than whites and Asians, the report notes. Many blacks purchased homes using subprime loans, even......

New Home Sales in January Were Slower Than Forecast
new homes in January were slower than forecast, signaling an increase in mortgage rates may be giving some potential buyers pause. Sales climbed 3.7% to a 555,000 annualized pace, Commerce......

Cushman & Wakefield Commerce Negotiates Sin City Apartment Sale
the fastest growing economies in the nation in 2016, and the multifamily housing market was no exception. The Millburn Company has renovations in mind for the villas that will be on par with......

St. Louis House Prices Post Biggest Gain Since 2003
5.9% last year. That means metro St. Louis outpaced the national housing market for the first time since the recession year of 2009. In the fourth quarter alone, prices rose 3.1% in metro......

How to track your tax refund
to take the appropriate steps. RATE SEARCH: Shopping for a mortgage? Compare mortgage rates today at Bankrate.com! What if it's lost? Occasionally, though, a tax check actually is lost......

50 ways house hunters can get ready for homebuying season
Per our partner Realtor.com, you’ll want to ask about the home’s sales history, any renovations the seller has done, monthly maintenance and utility costs and other things. 37. Brush up on......

Give All Creditworthy Borrowers Mortgage Loans, Regardless of Race
on the effects of subprime lending found that a disproportionate number of foreclosures occurred in communities of color — even when these borrowers qualified for less expensive and sustainable......

January 2017 Existing-Home Sales
NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this January improved 3.3 percent from last year. January’s Existing-Home Sales reached the 5.69 million......

New Reality? Buyers Face Fewer Choices
for homes in the lower- and mid-market price range,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Read more : Existing-Home Sales Reach Decade High Realtor.com® notes that the following......

Chicago Home Sales, Prices Caught Fire in January
Chicago home sales and prices heated up in January after an early winter freeze. Sales of homes in the city jumped 9.3 percent and prices shot up 12.4 percent to......

Connecticut Home Sales and Prices Rose in January
Home sales in Connecticut got off to a good start in 2017, with sales and prices rising in January, a report released Wednesday shows. The median sale price of a single-family......

Continued Uncertainty Keeps Mortgage Rates Stable: Freddie
basis point. This week's survey once again displays the disconnect between mortgage rates and Treasury yields, a result of continued uncertainty," said Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie......

Southern Cities Experience Faster Home Value Growth: Zillow
will slow throughout the rest of 2017 as a result of rising mortgage rates and worsening affordability nationwide....

Stable Growth Expected for Commercial Real Estate in 2017
apartment completions keep openings mostly flat at 6.5 percent. Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, says the U.S. economy is poised for slight improvement in 2017. "Last year was the 11 th......

Helpful Resources for Global Experts
and know what differences you’ll need to point out to them. NAR’s 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate: Each year NAR conducts a survey among REALTORS® to identify......