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Top Towns for an ‘Affordable’ Retirement

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 5, 2018 - 12:00am

Where are retirees headed? If you live in these communities, you may find out first-hand.

Categories: Real Estate

Study Reveals ‘Starbucks Effect’ on Home Prices

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 5, 2018 - 12:00am

When a new Starbucks opens near a neighborhood, that could be a good sign for home prices, a new Harvard study suggests.

Categories: Real Estate

Gen Z May Prove to Be Serious Competition for Millennials in Housing

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 5, 2018 - 12:00am

Despite its young age, "Generation Z" is showing a lot of interest in homeownership. Is it youthful optimism or is the eagerness real?

Categories: Real Estate

Opendoor Aims to Capture More Market Share

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

The company’s planned expansion would make its service accessible to 15 percent of the U.S. population.

Categories: Real Estate

3 Plants That Can Kill Your Listing’s Curb Appeal

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

Though lush shrubs and flowering plants can boost a home's curb appeal, some have a reputation for being destructive to lawns.

Categories: Real Estate

Ultra-Luxury Market Grapples With $1B in Price Reductions

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

Sellers who own the priciest homes in the country have had to make mega price cuts to lure buyers. Here’s a theory for why.

Categories: Real Estate

Yards for New Homes Are Smaller Than Ever

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

Median lot sizes nationwide have reached record lows, according to the Census Bureau.

Categories: Real Estate

Mortgage Borrowers Get Loan Approval With Lower Credit

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

Recent studies suggest that home buyers with low credit scores and high debt-to-income ratios may have an easier time qualifying for financing.

Categories: Real Estate

4 Rules for Creating Real Estate Signs That Sell

NAR Daily News Magazine - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am

Follow these best practices for signage that will communicate your message and brand, as well as catch prospects’ attention.

Categories: Real Estate

Hackathon, Pitch Battle Add Dynamism to iOi

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Interactive demos and app-building exercises at NAR’s inaugural tech conference brought a distinctive element missing from many real estate events.

Categories: Real Estate

Mortgage Rates Mostly Holding Steady

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Rates have barely budged over the last few weeks and may be offering a window of opportunity for prospective buyers.

Categories: Real Estate

Home Prices Are Climbing Three Times Faster Than Rents

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Only 41 percent of the U.S. population now lives in a county where a median-income household can afford to buy a home at the median list price.

Categories: Real Estate

Judge Orders Aid Cutoff to Hurricane Maria Victims

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 31, 2018 - 12:00am

More than 1,000 Puerto Rican families who fled to the U.S. mainland will lose federal housing assistance by Sept. 14.

Categories: Real Estate

How Consumers and Businesses Can Both Win

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am

The state attorneys general who addressed attendees at the iOi Summit stressed the importance of tech companies, real estate, and the law all working together to foster the future of the American dream of homeownership.

Categories: Real Estate

First-Time Buyers Have Bought 985K Homes This Year

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am

New buyers under the age of 35 have been increasing their homeownership rates and are “showing a determination and resiliency to become homeowners,” according to a new report.

Categories: Real Estate

News Corp to Buy Tech Platform Opcity

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am

The acquisition will bring more lead generation offerings to realtor.com® with a platform that matches qualified home buyers and sellers will real estate professionals in real time.

Categories: Real Estate

Community Searches for Missing Texas Real Estate Agent

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am

Police continue to investigate the disappearance of a 28-year-old real estate professional in Killeen, Texas, who was last seen on Sunday.

Categories: Real Estate

10 Good Neighbor Finalists Represent Hearts of Servants

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am

These REALTORS® make an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer service.

Categories: Real Estate

Borrowers Are Bogged Down by Too Much Paperwork

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2018 - 12:00am

“As the Amazons and Ubers of the world continue to raise the bar for ‘consumer-grade’ experiences, home buyers have made it clear that it’s also time for the home purchasing and mortgage processes to change,” a Fannie Mae researcher notes.

Categories: Real Estate

Wildfire Risk Isn’t Spooking Home Buyers

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2018 - 12:00am

Real estate prices in wildfire-prone areas are in line with homes in low-risk areas, even immediately after fires, a new study shows.

Categories: Real Estate