Business Book Best Sellers

Every once in a while, we like to look at what made The New York Times’ best seller list for the business category. And what do you know? When I went to check the list for this month, I found one with the real estate industry at the center, taking up the number one...

Scammers Turn Sights on Realtors®

Realtors® have worked for years to make consumers aware of scams targeting real estate transactions. Now, scammers are turning their attention to Realtors® themselves. A recent alert from the Orlando Regional Realtor® Association warns of fraudulent letters from a...

Instant Reaction: July Jobs Report

The following is NAR Managing Director of Housing and Commercial Research George Ratiu’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics release on the July employment situation: “The employment report showed solid gains in July, with 209,000 net new...

8 Home Projects with a High ROI

Article Submitted by Fixr.com With warmer weather and longer days, summer is the ideal time of year to take on a project in or around your home. Many contractors and other pros often find this time of year a little slower, as many homeowners are waiting until fall to...

June 2017 Pending Home Sales

NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that June’s pending home sales pace is up 1.5 percent from last month and up 0.5 percent from a year ago. Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract to purchase on them but have yet to close....

Raw Count of Home Sales (June 2017)

Existing-home sales dropped 1.8 percent in June from one month prior while new home sales rose 0.8 percent.  These headline figures are seasonally adjusted figures and are reported in the news.  However, for everyday practitioners, simple raw counts of home sales are...

Instant Reaction: Q2 Homeownership Rate

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Census Bureau report on the homeownership rate in the second quarter: “The homeownership rate rose by a decimal point to 63.7% over the quarter, but there was a more worthy gain of a...

Instant Reaction: Q2 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on Q2 GDP: “The second quarter GDP growth rate was still unimpressive despite doubling the pace from the first quarter. The latest 2.6% expansion is still...

Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to make a bigger statement with a wall? Watercolor wallpaper can add some pizzazz and wispiness to an otherwise blah wall in the home. Pinterest called watercolor wallpaper one of the hottest trends that emerged from...

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