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Oct 30

Pending Home Sales Index Suggests Housing Momentum Into 2013

The home resales is expected to finish the year with strength. Last month, for the fifth straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index hovered near its benchmark value of 100, registering 99.5 in September. The Pending Home Sales Index tracks homes under contract to sell, but not yet sold, and is published by the National Association of REALTORS®. The index is a relative one. It compares today's housing market activity to the housing market activity of 2001 -- the index's first year of … [Read more...]

Sep 24

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : September 24, 2012

Mortgage markets improved for the second consecutive week last week as demand for U.S. mortgage-backed bonds remained high. A series of economic reports showed strength in housing and a stability in jobs. Wall Street looked past it, however, to send mortgage rates to their lowest levels in history. One week into the Federal Reserve's newest bond-buying program, the stimulus appears to be working. According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate slipped to 3.49% … [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...]

Dec 30

Pending Home Sales Index Rises Back Above 100

Low home prices and mortgage rates have combined to push home affordability to record levels nationwide. Home buyers are taking advantage. The Pending Home Sales Index rose 7 percent in November to rise to its highest level since April 2010, the last month of last year's home buyer tax credit program. The Pending Home Sales Index is published monthly by the National Association of REALTORS®. It measures homes under contract nationwide, but not yet "sold". In this way, the Pending Home Sales … [Read more...]

Dec 22

Home Supplies Fall To 7.0 Months Nationwide; Buyer Demand Strong

Home resales moved to a 10-month high in November, the latest in a series of strong showings from the housing sector. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, November's Existing Home Sales rose to a seasonally-adjusted, annualized 4.42 million units nationwide --  a 4 percent climb from October 2011. An "existing home" is a home that has been previously occupied and cannot be categorized as new construction. Home buyers and sellers throughout DC should take note of November's numbers … [Read more...]

Oct 21

Despite 18% Contract Failure Rate, Home Resales Stay Strong

Despite fewer homes for sale nationwide, the number of home resales remains steady. According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, September's Existing Home Sales eased by 150,000 units, falling to 4.91 million units nationwide. An "existing home" is a home that's been previously occupied and, despite last month's drop, September's sales volume remains the second-highest on record since April 2011. This statistic is noteworthy … [Read more...]

Sep 27

Existing Home Sales Jump; Home Supplies Falling

Are home resales rebounding? According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Existing Home Sales rose 8 percent in August from the month prior, and 19 percent as compared to August of last year. "Existing homes" are homes that are previously owned; ones that cannot be considered new construction. A total of 5.0 million existing homes were sold last month on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis. This is slightly better than the 12-month home resale average, a statistic partially … [Read more...]

Aug 31

Dominic Morrocco Discusses Web-Based Live Chat with RE Technology Inc.’s Emily Youngman

Dominic Morrocco (M Squared Real Estate Co-Founder) recently sat down with Emily Youngman of RE Technology, Inc. to discuss web-based, live chat for the residential real estate industry. Below is the full article.  The original publication can be found here.   Chatty Kathy, Beware! The Don’ts of Chat for REALTORS® In today’s virtual world, the concept of a workspace has become – er – relaxed. More people are working at home, in coffee shops, on airplanes. This presents obvious … [Read more...]