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More Buyers May Qualify For Zero-Down Rural Loans

WASHINGTON – Feb. 14, 2019 – Prisons and military bases are commonly located outside small, rural towns and often they’re the biggest employers and economic drivers around. But that’s been a double-edged sword – until now. A town with a population greater than 35,000 isn’t considered rural under federal Rural Housing Service (RHS) guidelines, even […]

Rent vs. Buy? FAU Sees it Still Moving Closer to ‘Rent’

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Dec. 5, 2018 – U.S. metropolitan residential real estate markets are peaking and some cities are in another pricing bubble, according to the latest national index produced by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU) faculty. The Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index estimates wealth creation […]

Study: Housing Market Underperforming by 6.5%

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Nov 19, 2018 – The First American Potential Home Sales Model for the month of October 2018 finds that the housing market is underperforming by 6.5 percent due largely to the lack of inventory. “The primary culprit for the housing market’s performance gap remains severe supply shortages – homebuyers can’t buy […]

Study Shows That Higher Interest Rates Aren’t Stopping Millennials

Study: Higher interest rates don’t stop millennial buyers PLEASANTON, Calif. – Nov. 16, 2018 – Millennial homebuyers continued to close purchase loans in September 2018, despite interest rates rising to the highest point in the year, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker. Interest rates on all loans rose to 4.87 percent in September, […]

Realtors’ role in property valuations and appraisals

BOSTON – Nov. 6, 2018 – At the 2018 Appraisal Forum – held during the 2018 Realtors® Conference & Expo in Boston – a panel of experts focused on proper communication and cooperation approaches for agents and appraisers. The event began with a panel conversation between Lynn Madison, owner of Madison Seminars in Schaumburg, Illinois; John […]

NAR: Do Homes Near Marijuana Dispensaries Go Up In Value?

BOSTON – Nov. 7, 2018 – Nearly 10 percent of Realtors® reported an increase in property values located near marijuana dispensaries, according to a new report discussing the impact of marijuana legalization on residential and commercial real estate. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the report, “Marijuana and Real Estate: A Budding Issue,” during the […]

National Association of Realtors: 3rd Quarter U.S. Home Prices up 4.8%, Sales Down 2.6%

WASHINGTON – Nov. 1, 2018 – Low inventory levels of moderately priced homes continued to stifle home sales, even as it maintained the trend of increasing metro market prices, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The national median existing single-family home price in the third quarter was $266,900, up […]