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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Real Estate Will Rock in 2014

Housing starts will nearly double and home prices will begin to rise in 2013, with prices increasing significantly in 2014. Those rosy predictions come from a new semi-annual survey of 38 of the nation’s leading real estate economists and analysts … Continue reading

NAR: Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

Sales of investment and vacation homes jumped in 2011, with the combined market share rising to the highest level since 2005, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR’s 2012 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home … Continue reading

New Foreclosures Slow in Foreclosure Hot Spots

Markets that experienced the biggest boom in foreclosures in 2009 and 2010 today are experiencing a decline in new foreclosures. New data from the National Association of REALTORS®’ Local Market reports shows that the national foreclosure rate eased from 2.8 … Continue reading

Investment Outlook: An Economy on the Rise

It is becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. economy is improving, creating a more favorable backdrop for residential real estate investment. Our nation’s economy is kicking into second gear; monthly job gains have exceeded 200,000 for three consecutive months, providing … Continue reading

How Will the JOBS Act Affect Small Business?

The U.S. Senate passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) on Thursday, ushering in a new era of investment regulation. Some are even calling the JOBS Act a small-business investment bill. In some ways it is, as many … Continue reading

Content + Delivery = Power: How to Succeed in an Information-Driven Market

No matter what business you’re in, the role of information in influencing consumer decisions is nothing short of a major paradigm shift. But while we can all agree that providing consumers with relevant content is essential, not everyone may realize … Continue reading

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Launches Reality Broadcast Series: ‘Home, First Home’

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently unveiled its new online and television reality series, “Home, First Home”(SM). The series, which features real stories from first-time homebuyers across the country, as well as advice from Better Homes and Gardens Real … Continue reading

The Seller’s Role: How Big Is Their Part?

(MCT)—Spring arrived very early this year in much of the country, bringing what traditionally is the best time to buy and sell real estate, even through the downturn. Issues of tight credit linger, and median home prices continue to decline, … Continue reading

Consumer Confidence Rises Nationally, More So in Houston

A new national survey released by Prudential Real Estate shows that Americans are significantly more optimistic about home ownership than they were a year ago. According to the survey, a full 60 percent of Americans have favorable views toward the … Continue reading

Brokers and Agents Say: ‘I Want My iPad App’

More than three-out-of-four real estate professionals surveyed who registered to attend the 2012 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference that began Thursday in Orlando, Fla. selected an iPad Presentation App as the single most preferred marketing tool they … Continue reading