The Latest GDP

The broadest measurement of the U.S. economy (GDP) expanded solidly in the third quarter at a 3.55 percent annualized rate.  This  marks two straight quarters of robust growth.  Growth at this rate can accelerate future job creations.  Still, we are missing consistency.  The first quarter was negative.  For the year as a whole in 2014, […]

Community Banks Are Main Source of REALTORS®’ Commercial Financing in 2014

During 2013, commercial real estate witnessed a noticeable reversal in capital availability.  Following exceedingly stringent capital standards and overly tight liquidity in the wake of the 2008 recession, funding sources broadened.  The trends accelerated during 2014, as most major capital providers returned to the markets and actively competed, leading some investors to express concern about […]

REALTORS® Reported Slower Buyer Traffic in September

For the first time since January 2012, the Buyer Traffic Index, which captures on the aggregate how REALTORS® viewed traffic conditions in their markets, dropped  to 44  in September  (55 in August), according to data from the September 2014 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey:  http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index. An index below 50 indicates that more REALTOR® respondents viewed their […]

Scary Tenant Stories for Halloween

Every landlord has a scary story to tell about the worst tenant they ever had. Sometimes, the scary stories are so terrible that only an audience of landlords can truly appreciate them. In honor of Halloween and with the hope to scare you silly, we’re sharing some of the best places to read really scary […]

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Check Out Some Devilish Décor for Halloween

Home owners love to decorate their homes for the holidays. But how far is too far when it comes to curb appeal with your Halloween décor? Get amused – or maybe even a little spooked – and check out this new slideshow at REALTOR® Magazine, the “Scariest (or Funniest?) Home Décor.”

Case-Shiller Home Price Numbers

Today, S&P/Case-Shiller showed that home prices grew 5.6 percent year over year in August for the 20-city index while the 10-city index showed a gain of 5.5 percent.  The newer Case Shiller monthly national index showed a gain of 5.1 percent year over year in the August. Headlines seem to be focusing on the slow-down […]

REALTORS®: Six-Month Single Family Home Outlook “Moderate”

REALTORS’® confidence about the outlook for the next six months for single-family homes is still generally “moderate” in many states, according to the September  REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey:  http://www.realtor.org/reports/realtors-confidence-index . The graphs below show a measure of REALTORS’® confidence for the single family residential market on a state-by-state basis.[1]  An index above 50 indicates that […]

Inflation and Mortgage Rates

There is no consumer price inflation to speak of – as of yet.  Even the expectation of future inflation rates remains low.  This is the key reason as to why mortgage rates remain at historically low rates and why the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for social security checks will barely rise next year. The latest consumer price […]

Show Off a Home’s Dining Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Nearly three-quarters of about 1,700 home owners recently surveyed say that they use their dining rooms on a daily or weekly basis, according to the 2014 Houzz Decorating Trends Survey. The majority of home owners surveyed say they want big tables in their dining rooms too. More specifically, rectangular […]