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How does the US Housing Market Compare to other World Powers?

May 30th 2017

Many real estate reports are nationally focused, comparing statistics across states, cities, and neighborhoods. International reports that compare the US housing market to those in other countries can also be very useful. Goldman Sachs recently published a report that compares the real estate markets in Group of Ten, or G10, ...

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A Builders’ Guide to Millennial Homebuyers’ Home Preferences

May 19th 2017

What are Millennial homebuyers looking for in their new homes? Builders and realtors everywhere need to take note. If you're curious, you’ve come to the right place! Millennial Homebuyers Buying Homes Over the next few years, we will see Millennials transition from an overlooked generation of savers to a thriving generation of buyers. ...

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The Strangest Open House Questions, and our Favorite of the Bunch

May 12th 2017

Realtor.com published one of our favorite stories this week: 10 Strangest Questions Buyers Have Ever Asked About a House. If you work in real estate, it’s more than likely that you’ve received some unusual questions of the years. Here are our top five open house questions: “How do you ...

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Lessons from the DocuSign Phishing Attack

May 5th 2017

DocuSign, a company that digitalizes the signature process and has been widely used throughout the real estate industry, confirmed that it fell victim to a phishing attack. Luckily, DocuSign took swift action to interrupt the attack and limit their access to information, has since increased security controls, and is working ...

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lumber tariff

How the Lumber Tariff will affect New Construction and Homebuilders

Apr 28th 2017

A new lumber tariff has some worried that American consumers will be hurt by the higher prices and home affordability will suffer. What’s your take?  On April 24th, U.S. Secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross made an announcement following the department’s investigation into what American lumber producers have characterized as “unfair subsidies ...

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housing bubble

Will 2017 be the year of the Housing Bubble?

Apr 20th 2017

Many questions havearisen amongst economists and real estate experts regarding the possibility of a 2017 housing bubble. Here’s the consensus. According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, home prices have been soaring, increasing in February for the fourth consecutive. There are certainly grounds for concern; however, it would appear that the ...

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5 Critical Rules to follow when you buy a home

Apr 15th 2017

Rule No. 1: It’s a marathon, not a sprint  In today’s market, it may take three to six months to buy a home. Depending on the state, it may be even longer. Low inventory and a strong buyer demand complicate the process, and increase your chances of encountering a multiple-offer situation. ...

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construction in 2017

Three Trends Shaping Construction in 2017

Apr 1st 2017

It's natural to assume that all construction related trends would involve the actual construction process. However, the truth is that there are many things outside of this process that have a big impact on the style and quantity of houses and other projects that are built each year. We expect ...

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Dodd-Frank

Loosening of Dodd-Frank Restrictions Unlikely to Slow Growth in Real Estate Market

Mar 31st 2017

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted in 2010 and was intended to curb some of the excesses of the financial and mortgage lending marketplaces. A recent executive order issued by President Trump will roll back some of the protections put in place by Dodd-Frank and ...

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Interest rates

New Credit Reporting Policy Great for Consumers, Questionable for Lenders

Mar 24th 2017

Lenders rely heavily on consumer credit reports and FICO scores to help them make an informed decision. Although some prospective borrowers may feel that this is unfair, it's one of the best ways for lenders to determine whether or not an applicant has a proven history of making timely payments. ...

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