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Economic Forecast Rosy, but Susceptible to Volatility

February 19, 2018 4:36 pm

Economic growth likely will not succumb to volatility, with GDP forecasted at a healthy 2.7 percent for the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for February 2018. There is, however, potential for upheaval, which could have effects in housing. “‘Fiscal Policy and the Fed: […]

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Consistency Is Key for Market Domination

February 19, 2018 4:36 pm

In the following interview, Alex Iskenderian, owner/REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Maui Properties in St. Lahaina/Wailea, Hawaii, discusses agent development, culture and more. Region Served: Maui, but also licensed in California Years in Real Estate: 6 Number of Offices: 2 Number of Agents: 25 Favorite Time-Saving Tech Tool: The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise provides a […]

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Housing Starts Blow by Expectations

February 18, 2018 2:30 pm

Home-building activity blew by expectations in January, with housing starts up 9.7 percent to a rate of 1,326,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts increased 3.7 percent to 846,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more […]

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Mortgage Rates Rise Swiftly

February 17, 2018 12:24 am

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is rising swiftly, at 4.38 percent this week, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.32 percent last week. Concurrently, the average 15-year, fixed mortgage rate is 3.84 percent, up from 3.77 percent last week, while the five-year, […]

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Industry Praises House Passage of TRID Improvement Bill

February 15, 2018 4:24 pm

The housing industry is applauding the House passage of the TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure) Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3978) that aims to correct the disclosure of title insurance premiums, which are inaccurate in the majority of states. The bill, which was made part of a larger package, was passed on Wednesday. “Although the bill […]

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Appraisals Off by a Larger Margin

February 14, 2018 4:24 pm

Appraisals are off by a larger margin, 0.6 percent below what was expected by homeowners in January, according to the latest Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The latest Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 7.03 percent year-over-year. Appraisals in January were an average of 0.6 percent lower […]

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Market Your Brand With .realtor

February 13, 2018 4:09 pm

NAR PULSE—Target your niche and increase your visibility online by spelling out who you are and what you do for your clients. Only REALTORS® can get a .realtor™ web and email address—free for the first year, one per member. Don’t wait. Stake your claim today. Learn more. 2018 NAR Member Orientation Video and Digital Materials […]

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Home Prices Still on an Upturn

February 13, 2018 4:09 pm

Home prices are still on an upturn, up 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). “A majority of the country saw an upswing in buyer interest at the end of last year, which ultimately ended up putting even more strain on […]

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New Initiative Opens Door to Airbnb Refi Options

February 12, 2018 6:09 pm

The rental industry is changing. In the last few years, Airbnb has become increasingly popular, especially among young travelers, as an alternative to pricy hotels and a shortage of short-term rentals in the market compared to traditional one-year leases. Now, refinancing will become easier for Airbnb hosts who have struggled in the past. The company […]

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Buyers Entering the Market Solo Struggle

February 12, 2018 6:09 pm

Accumulating a down payment is a struggle—and even more so for singles, according to a new report. Singles are facing more than 10 years of saving, assuming they make a 20 percent down payment on a median-priced property, an analysis by Zillow reveals. Conversely, couples can do it in half the time: 4.6 years. In […]

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