Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

 

topStories Thursday, May 15, 2014
Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter
Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 65.5 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning …Read More >

Policy Issues Top of Mind as REALTORS(R) Head to Washington

 

topStories Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Policy Issues Top of Mind as REALTORS(R) Head to Washington
This week nearly 8,500 REALTORS® from across the country will advocate policies that impact the residential and commercial real estate markets during the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. REALTORS® will meet with legislators, congressional and regulatory staff, as well as top industry executives during the meetings, which run here through May 17. REALTORS® work tirelessly to protect and advance investment in residential and …Read More >

Realtor.com(R) Champions Accuracy for Consumers with Integrated Advertising Campaign

 

topStories Monday, May 12, 2014
Realtor.com(R) Champions Accuracy for Consumers with Integrated Advertising Campaign
Accuracy in residential listings is so vital to home buyers that premier online listing service realtor.com® today is launching a national advertising campaign, Accuracy Matters, to educate consumers about the importance of relying on realtor.com® to provide them the most accurate U.S. residential listings. Realtor.com® is operated by Move, Inc. Created by Pereira & O’Dell New York and directed by …Read More

Consumer Optimism Toward Housing Continues Gradual Climb

 

topStories Saturday, May 10, 2014
Consumer Optimism Toward Housing Continues Gradual Climb
Americans’ outlook toward the housing market continued to improve in April, perhaps foreshadowing an increase in housing activity in the coming months, according to results from Fannie Mae’s April 2014 National Housing Survey. The share of respondents who believe now is a good time to sell a home increased for the third consecutive …Read More >

REALTORS(R) Report Positive Outlook in Commercial Market

 

topStories Wednesday, May 07, 2014
REALTORS(R) Report Positive Outlook in Commercial Market
REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate reported an increase in sales transaction volume and medium gross annual income last year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Member Profile. NAR commercial members who were surveyed conduct all or part of their activity in commercial sales, …Read More >

Survey: 13 Percent of Consumers Ready to Buy a Luxury Home

 

topStories Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Survey: 13 Percent of Consumers Ready to Buy a Luxury Home
Nationally, 13 percent of surveyed consumers are ready to buy a luxury home and another 26 percent are considering a high-end home purchase, according to the Luxury Homebuyer Survey recently conducted by realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc. Survey data reveals the buying motivations of transaction-ready …Read More >

Mortgage-Interest Cap Plan Would Be Unfair to High-end Markets

 

topStories Monday, May 05, 2014
Mortgage-Interest Cap Plan Would Be Unfair to High-end Markets
Few in the real estate brokerage community think the latest proposal to cap mortgage interest deductions will actually become law in Washington. The Speaker of the House—an anti-tax Republican and leader of the same party of the plan’s author, Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee—dismissed the plan as soon as it was unveiled in February. Camp is calling for …Read More >