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Chase chief economist on managing client uncertainty
Chase chief economist on managing client uncertainty

American homeowners have a vested interest in the U.S. economy, and by association, so do real estate agents. The size and scope of the housing market, itself just one piece of the world’s largest economy, makes this a difficult subject...

New 2019 housing forecasts reflect brighter outlook
New 2019 housing forecasts reflect brighter outlook

Only three months ago, the consensus among economists studying the U.S. housing market was that 2019 would be, at best, unimpressive. Given prevailing trends at the time, it looked as though rising interest rates would continue driving up the cost...

Big data solutions for housing’s most pressing problems
Big data solutions for housing’s most pressing problems

The U.S. Census Bureau is renewing its push to stimulate innovative technological developments through the use of its own data. The Opportunity Project (TOP), a collaborative effort between government agencies and private tech firms, continues to build upon initiatives launched...

Using data to predict the future of business
Using data to predict the future of business

The tech landscape is experiencing another transition as big data and predictive analytics take on a more significant role in how real estate professionals approach the housing market in their area.

Real Estate in Brief: New homeowners, economic growth and more
Real Estate in Brief: New homeowners, economic growth and more

Homeownership rate posts eighth-consecutive quarterly gain The newest estimate of U.S. homeownership rates, released Feb. 28 by the Census Bureau, showed that more Americans have become homeowners in the last two years. As of the fourth quarter of 2018, the...

Pending home sales grow nationally, a welcome sign for spring
Pending home sales grow nationally, a welcome sign for spring

The first evidence that homebuyers are reacting to favorable market conditions came in the National Association of Realtors’ latest Pending Home Sales report. According to NAR’s index of pending home sales activity, contract signings grew 4.6 percent in January compared...

Case-Shiller: Home price growth trending downward
Case-Shiller: Home price growth trending downward

One of the most widely cited barometers of the U.S. housing market showed home price growth continuing a downward trend at the close of 2018, an positive sign for buyers. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index registered a 4.18...

What’s ahead for FHFA nominee Mark Calabria?
What’s ahead for FHFA nominee Mark Calabria?

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Senate Banking Committee voted to confirm Mark Calabria as the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Assuming he makes it through the full Senate vote, which has yet to be scheduled, Calabria will...

Real Estate in Brief: Selling in spring, odd lots and more
Real Estate in Brief: Selling in spring, odd lots and more

Early May named the best time to list a home Plenty of Americans are getting anxious about the arrival of spring, particularly those who are homeowners looking to sell in the near future. As it turns out, spring may truly...

Jan. existing-home sales leave room to grow
Jan. existing-home sales leave room to grow

Evidence of slower price appreciation, growing inventory and falling interest rates have boosted economist expectations for U.S. home sales at the beginning of 2019. However, these trends that should entice buyers haven’t yet made an impact when it comes to...

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