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Jun 17

Sneak Peek: Introducing Listing360 by M Squared Real Estate

Forget everything you know about single property websites. M Squared is pleased to introduce Listing360, a fully responsive single property website that works on your desktop, tablet and smartphone. HD Property Photos & Video Tour Full Screen Touch Photo Gallery Detailed Neighborhood Boundaries, Demographics and Video Tours Point of Interest Map w/ Travel Times (bike/walk/drive) & Google Street View Interactive Neighborhood Market Statistics & Housing … [Read more...]

Nov 19

Federal Reserve : New Economic Stimulus May Be Warranted

The Federal Reserve released its October Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes last week, revealing a Fed in disagreement about the future of the U.S. economy and about what, if any, stimulus may be warranted in the next 12 months. The "Fed Minutes" recaps the conversations and debates that transpire during an FOMC meeting, and is published 3 weeks after the meeting adjourns. According to the October minutes, FOMC members "generally agreed" that a housing recovery is under … [Read more...]

Oct 22

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : October 22, 2012

Mortgage markets worsened last week as hope for a European economic rebound and stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data moved investors out of mortgage-backed bonds. Mortgage rates all of types -- conventional, FHA and VA -- lost ground last week, harming home affordability in DC and reducing purchasing power nationwide. Rising rates also thwarted would-be refinancing households hoping to time a market bottom. The increase runs counter to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market … [Read more...]

Oct 18

Single-Family Housing Starts Rise To 4-Year High

The housing market continues to improve. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, Single-Family Housing Starts rose to 603,000 last month, an 11 percent increase from the month prior and the highest reading in more than 4 years. A "housing start" is a home on which construction has started and home builders are breaking ground at rates not seen even during the 2010 federal home buyer tax credit period. It's a signal to home buyers throughout … [Read more...]

Sep 04

Join M Squared Real Estate at Agent Reboot, Washington DC

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Jul 25

Home Values Rise 0.8% In May 2012

The housing market's bottom is 9 months behind us. Home values continue to climb nationwide. According to the Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index, home values rose 0.8% in May on a monthly, seasonally-adjusted basis. May's reading marks the sixth time in seven months that home values rose. Values are now higher by 4 percent since the market's October 2011 bottom. As a DC home buyer or seller, though, it's important to understand what the Home Price Index measures. Or, more … [Read more...]

Jun 22

Housing Starts Up 26% In Last 12 Months

Sometimes, the housing data headlines tell just half the tale. The stories on May's Housing Starts figures are proving to be a terrific illustration. Tuesday, the Census Bureau released its monthly Housing Starts report. A "housing start" is a home on which construction has started. The report is separated by property type with a separate count for single family homes such as detached residences and town homes; for multiple-unit homes such as 2-unit, 3-unit and 4-unit structures; and, for … [Read more...]

Apr 04

The Urban Open House Kit : A Closer Look

M Squared's Urban Open House Kit makes running open houses a breeze.  Let's take a look at the contents: 1 - Personal, lightweight helium tank 16 - Red & white balloons w/ logo 1 - One packet of easy-tie balloon string 1 - Pair of scissors to cut said balloon string 10 - Bottled waters, ready to quench thirst 10 - Inside, easy-mount directional arrow signs for hallways, lobbies and common areas 1 - iPad w/ integrated Bluetooth keyboard for sign-in (runs property-specific … [Read more...]

Mar 27

New Home Sales Slip In February

Sales of "new homes" fell to the lowest levels in four months last month. According to the Census Bureau's monthly New Home Sales report, 313,000 new homes were sold in February 2012 on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, representing a 1.6% drop from the month prior. A "new home" is a home for which there has been no prior owner nor tenant. At first glance, the data looks negative for the housing market; a suggestion that the well-publicized housing market recovery may be slowed. However, … [Read more...]

Jan 23

M Squared Serves Up Flash-less Virtual Tours

Leading Independent Washington DC brokerage M Squared Real Estate serves up Flash-less virtual tours compatible with tablet & mobile browsers. M Squared Real Estate, an official Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) virtual tour vendor, is pleased to introduce "flashless" virtual tours which are automatically syndicated to MLS and third-party syndication portals such as Zillow, Trulia and Yahoo! Real Estate. The virtual tours are created in-house by M Squared Labs,  the … [Read more...]