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    July New Home Sales Soar to Eight-Year High
    A recent new home sales report for July showed that sales of newly built homes increased 12.4 percent since June, and rose 31.3 percent year-over-year. This surge marks the highest point in almost eight years. ?New homes are being purchased at a furious pace, and it could give the housing market the added push it?s […]

    Stay Safe and Earn Big with MVP
    NAR PULSE?Register now for the free REALTOR® Safety Program Webinar on Sept. 14 titled, ?Get Smart about Smart Homes and Your Safety? to earn a free The Little Red Book: Safety Rules to Live By for REALTORS®-Download, and be automatically entered for a chance to win a Guard Llama Personal Protection Kit. This Member Value […]

    Brand Report: Home Sales Cool, Price Increases Moderate
    Unlike the month?s temperatures, July home sales cooled off from June?s highest year-to-date level. In the RE/MAX National Housing Report analysis of 53 U.S. cities, July sales fell in 49 markets by 8.8 percent from July 2015 and by 13.1 percent from June. Over the last seven years, the average drop in sales from June to […]

    HUD and VA Work to Find Permanent Homes for Homeless Veterans
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a second round of funding to help provide permanent homes to an estimated 108 veterans experiencing homelessness in seven states.  The rental assistance announced this week is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines […]

    Where Innovation and Networking Meet: Registration Open for Results Summit
    The real estate market?s made record strides this year, with spring and summer?s decade-high activity offering an encouraging outlook for the future. There?s no better time to capitalize on the market?s momentum than at the® Results Summit, taking place this September in Las Vegas, where real estate professionals have the opportunity to learn from […]

    ?Nicaragua? Is Not an Address: Success Strategies for Cross Border Referrals
    Do you work with clients who have real estate needs outside of U.S. borders? As the global marketplace continues to evolve and more people purchase homes outside of their native countries, you can provide exceptional service to them by helping them connect with a broker just about anywhere in the world (?just about? being the […]

    Negative Equity Still Impacts Over 1 in 10 Homeowners
    Both urban and suburban communities have a significant share of homeowners in negative equity five years into the recovery, according to the second quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. Nationally, 13.7 percent of homeowners in urban regions and 11.2 percent of homeowners in suburban regions are underwater. After the housing bubble burst, nearly a third of […]

    Mortgage Rates Hover at All-Time Low
    Average fixed mortgage rates dipped slightly last week, remaining near their all-time record lows, according to the recently released Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.43 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending August 18, 2016, down from the last week when it averaged 3.45 percent. A […]

    Where Do Olympians Live? Homes of Our Country?s Most Gifted Athletes
    During the Olympics, athletes are set up in some pretty serious digs, from a revamped naval ship (yep), to an art museum and even a beach-front sports club. But where are Olympians living in the off season? Sure, many go home to mom and dad, or a regular-old two bedroom. But some athletes are living that luxe life even during […]

    Consumer Spending Expected to Bolster Economic Growth for Second Half of 2016
    Economic growth is expected to rebound in the second half of 2016 after a disappointing second quarter, keeping the full-year growth outlook at 1.8 percent, according to Fannie Mae?s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research Group?s August 2016 Economic and Housing Outlook. However, continued momentum in consumer spending in the third quarter is crucial for driving growth […]