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Introducing Housing Minute

Before you all venture off to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, take a look at our new monthly video series, Housing Minute. Housing Minute uses animated video to highlight in under one minute the most important housing data from NAR Research, including...

Online Home Value Estimates Are NOT Appraisals

Where are these home value estimates coming from? By Karen Belita, Data Scientist The prevalence of technology gives anyone more access to a broad spectrum of information on the internet. In real estate, access to property details and values is easier due partly to...

What to Do When Wire Scammers Strike

Consumers have a lot to think about when they’re buying a home, including wiring large sums of money, and protecting themselves from fraudsters might be the last thing on their mind. The National Association of Realtors® and the Federal Trade Commission are...

Growth of Property Values

Developing wealth is a hot topic in today’s economy. Some individuals have come to realize one efficient means of developing wealth is through home ownership and real estate. One way to determine this would be looking at the property values over time and monitoring...

Building Permits: A Closer Look

Building permits increased in most markets, but we see fewer permits and more expensive construction in high-priced markets. In the era of limited housing inventory, adding new construction is one of the means to deal with housing affordability issues. At the local...

May 2017 Existing-Home Sales

NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this May rose modestly 1.1 percent from last month and improved 2.7 percent from last year. May’s existing home sales reached the 5.62 million seasonally adjusted annual rate.  The...

Sources of Income for Real Estate Agents

For entrepreneurs like real estate agents who hustle for their income, every penny counts. Return on investment is important and agents will spend money on technology if it brings in new business. Let’s take a deeper look into the income and how business is generated...

Cheaper Homes Just Got More Expensive

One of the US’s largest banks made a subtle, but important change last month that could have big implications for entry-level homebuyers. That bank raised the cost of mortgages on lower priced homes significantly. If this change is adopted system wide, it could create...

The 5 Biggest Yard and Patio Staging Mistakes

By Amalie Drury, guest contributor Photo credit: Crate and Barrel A great outdoor space is at the top of many home buyers’ checklists. So even if your listing doesn’t include a large lawn or an over-the-top patio, it’s important to show buyers that the home still...

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