housing market Archive

A Train that Leads to a Pot of Real Estate Gold?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine With financial services reform and other major pieces of legislation working their way though both houses and members of Congress already thinking about midterm elections in November, it’s a real question what...

What’s the Key Age Demographic for Real Estate in This Decade?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A recent report from the Urban Land Institute outlines a few important demographic groups in real estate going into the new decade. (The Teens? The Tens? Are we going to have another...

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #1

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine More than 10 days and 3,000 words later, we’ve finally reached the top-ranked real estate development of the decade. The “winner” is …...
December 23, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #6

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Five down, five to go! In this installment of our top real estate developments of the decade, we examine an infamous issue for practitioners:...

Things to Be Thankful for

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In the past couple of years, it hasn’t always been easy to find bright spots in real estate. Falling prices, declining sales volume, increases distressed properties, tightening credit, unemployment—all of these things...
November 25, 2009

A Quiet NAR Success on Its Calls for Action

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There are many reasons for the success of NAR’s most recent Call for Action, to which more than 18 percent of NAR members—a record— responded. First and foremost is the compelling subject...
November 19, 2009

Middle-Market Is Next Home Segment to Improve

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Executives from some of the largest brokerages in the country expect to see their sales grow 6-8 percent in 2010 and home prices to start heading up about 3 percent, REALTORS® heard in a...
November 15, 2009

Things Are Looking Up: 2010 Economic Forecast

A large crowd of REALTORS®, many with coffee cups in hand, snapping photos with iPhones and Blackberries, packed a ball room this morning to hear NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discuss housing market trends and the economic outlook. Yun...
November 14, 2009

Jumbo Freeze Might be Thawing

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s still early but there are signs the availability of jumbo financing might be improving—although underwriting standards probably won’t ease any time soon. That means the days of creditworthy borrowers having a...
October 15, 2009

Can You Afford to Say No to FHA Borrowers?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® magazine Hopefully you don’t consider it a mark against buyers if they want to use FHA financing. It’s true it typically takes longer to process FHA-backed financing than it does conventional loan applications,...
September 2, 2009