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Pulling Your Listings: A Boycott or a Movement? Pt. 1

Crye-Leike is only the latest brokerage to pull its listings from major syndication sites, begging the question: Is this the beginning of movement? There’s a certain dependence many in the real estate industry have placed on online listing services,

Redfin Announces New Feature for Hot Homes

Redfin’s newest feature is helping hopeful buyers identify the hottest properties in their neighborhoods. #171354749 / Late last month, customer-centric real estate brokerage Redfin unrolled its new “Hot Homes” feature, designed to help buyers identify homes likely to

NAR Report: What Pending Home Sales Can Tell Us About the Market

Pending home sales increased for the month of May, but many first-time buyers are looking for more incentive to enter the market, according to NAR. #154455910 / In May, pending home sales and inventory levels rose as mortgage rates

4 Key Housing Trends at 2014’s Halfway Point

We’re just about at the halfway point for 2014 – how has the housing market fared, thus far? #172290866 / We’re now at the halfway mark for 2014, and unsurprisingly, the year has brought many new surprises and

IAR Urging Governor Quinn to Sign SB2664 into Law

SB2664 needs only a signature to become law, and the IAR is hoping it happens. #124360764 / Earlier this month, we wrote about Senate Bill 2664, which having passed the state’s General Assembly was on its way to

5 Takeaways From the Latest New Home Sales Report

The Census Bureau came out with its latest report on new home sales this week; what were its main findings? #152392688 / The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest findings on new construction housing this week with a

New Home Sizes in the U.S. Just Keep Growing and Growing and Growing

It’s no mystery that newly built single-family homes are pretty big nowadays, but the latest data still surprises. #173750263 / The last couple of years, we’ve been steadily tracking the return of large new construction homes, but even we

NAR Report: Market Improving After “Lackluster” First-Quarter

New report finds national existing-home sales increasing for the second consecutive month. #183008215 / Carrying the momentum picked up in April, national existing-home sales continued rising strongly in May, according to a report from the National Association of

Why Millennials and Homebuying Don’t Mix

Things may be turning around for Millennials looking to settle down into homeownership, but a comfortable market is a long way off. #sb10062488l-001 / In 1982, the U.S Census Bureau began tracking homeownership by age, and in more

Low Downpayments are Much More Common Than You Think

We’re conditioned to think that downpayments lower than 20 percent are in scant supply, but the data doesn’t bare that out. #96161922 / It’s the peanut butter and jelly of today’s mortgage markets – not only do lending

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