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Homes.com and IXACT Contact Integration to Provide Real-Time Lead Generation and Conversion Tools for Agents
IXACT Contact, a leader in real estate CRM and marketing automation, announced its integration with Homes.com, a top consumer real estate resource and leading provider of advertising solutions for real estate professionals. Focusing on real-time data processing, this partnership will enable IXACT Contact customers to acquire and convert potential leads directly through the Homes.com website. Through its search portal and extensive product inventory, Homes.com has been helping real estate agents connect with local buyers and sellers for over 25 years. "We're excited to have Homes.com as one of our integrated partners for incoming leads. Sending new contacts into our database in real time increases the chance to convert that lead into a client," says Rich Gaasenbeek, IXACT Contact's Co-Founder and EVP. Through its Homes.com Connect platform, Homes.com collects early-stage transaction information when properties are listed for sale and as consumers interact with real estate professionals in the home search process. IXACT Contact helps agents convert leads into clients, maintain relationships with current and past customers, manage their spheres of influence, and encourage repeat transactions and the referral business that most real estate agents depend on. Pairing with Homes.com's lead generation and advertising solutions, IXACT Contact's automated marketing tools and email campaigns will streamline the conversion of prospects into buyers while maintaining high referral and retention rates. "At Homes.com, we're committed to connecting real estate professionals with the highly engaged consumers who visit our site. The API integration with IXACT Contact gives our advertisers quick and easy access to manage those incoming leads" said Andy Woolley, Homes.com Vice President of Industry Development. "Speed to first contact is critical in the lead conversion process, so avoiding duplicate data entry offers a big win to our shared customers." For more information about Homes.com marketing services visit marketing.homes.com and for more information about IXACT Contact visit www.ixactcontact.com. About IXACT Contact IXACT Contact® is a next-generation real estate CRM and marketing automation system that is changing the game. IXACT Contact provides a wide range of business-building features and capabilities, including an intelligent Dashboard, automated Keep in Touch call reminders, an automated monthly e-Newsletter, automated lead capture and nurturing, Google Sync, agent websites, Goal Setting and Tracking, and so much more. It is easy to use and setup, especially with our Concierge Setup Service. It is the virtual assistant agents need, and the marketing support they crave. With its robust CRM and fresh, relevant content IXACT Contact helps agents to do more with greater efficiency, affordability, and confidence. Learn more at ixactcontact.com. About Homes.com Homes.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises that offers today's demanding homebuyers, renters and those somewhere in between, a simply smarter home search. With smart search features like Homes.com Snap & Search, home shoppers now have a more personalized and conversational way to search for their next home. Since its launch over 25 years ago, Homes.com offers real estate professionals' brand and property advertising, search engine marketing, and instant response lead generation to help them succeed online. For more information, visit Homes.com.
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Curbio Named Winner at NAR's Second Annual iOi Summit Pitch Battle
SEATTLE (August 22, 2019) -- The National Association of Realtors announced that Curbio, a presale renovation technology startup company, won the Pitch Battle at NAR's second annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit in Seattle. Second Century Ventures, NAR's strategic investment arm, hosted the pitch battle which featured a select group of startups focused on developing innovative solutions for the commercial and residential real estate marketplaces. Contestants presented live demos in front of venture capitalists, technology executives, innovators, brokers and real estate professionals to pitch their ideas and help define the future of real estate. Fourteen finalists competed in the battle live in front of conference attendees and thousands of virtual attendees through livestream. Curbio's pitch was delivered by Vice President of Marketing, Rikki Rogers, who was one of eight women in the battle. Curbio's solution allows agents to drive return on investment for the seller through presale renovation, with the goal of helping the homeowner sell quickly and for the best price possible. Curbio does not get paid until the property completes settlement. Rogers successfully quipped with the judges to illustrate Curbio's innovative model for success. "Our goal with this competition is to identify and showcase concepts poised to help drive the real estate industry forward," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "This year's finalists are among the best new technology startups for real estate. The iOi Summit Pitch Battle is an exceptional platform for these startups to share their ideas not only with the judges, but also with potential investors, clients and Realtors®." As the victor – aside from the notable exposure – Curbio also received a prize package which includes $15,000, official Pitch Battle trophy, a booth at 2019 Realtors® Conference & Expo, with an exclusive opportunity to deliver a live demonstration in the NAR Booth Theatre, a forthcoming article featured in Realtor® Magazine and an additional story written by RISMedia. To see a full list of 2019's 14 finalists, visit nar.realtor/ioi. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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NAR's Commitment to Excellence Program Selected as Learning! 100 Award Winner
CHICAGO (August 12, 2019) - The National Association of Realtors has been selected as a 2019 Learning! 100 Award Winner for its Commitment to Excellence Program, also known as C2EX. Previous winners of this award include Amazon, the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Heart Association, with NAR joining this group in recognition of its superior learning and development programs. Unveiled by NAR less than one year ago, C2EX has aimed to help Realtors® demonstrate their commitment to professionalism and the association's Code of Ethics, ensuring NAR's 1.3 million members continue setting the real estate industry standard in client service and ethical conduct. The 2019 Learning! 100 Award specifically honors organizations for fostering a culture of professional growth, innovation and organizational performance while "investing in a truly immersive learning culture," according to sponsoring organization Elearning! Media Group. "When we launched Commitment to Excellence in November of 2018, we envisioned a program that could help lead us into a future where consumers everywhere recognize that Realtors® are a step above the rest in their knowledge, skills and ability to serve their clients," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "The program gives our members a tangible way to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism." C2EX's self-guided assessment and training course generates customized learning paths in 10 competencies of professionalism (11 for brokers), including the areas of data security, technology, client service, and professional reputation, among others. Program completion leads to an endorsement from NAR that members use to show peers and clients that they conduct their business at the highest professional standard. Participants can get started by logging in to www.C2EX.realtor. "As the real estate industry is always evolving, we know that our members must have access to every resource needed to thrive in a quickly changing market. We remain active in our pursuit of approaches to grow and improve the C2EX program. We thank Elearning! for the added motivation as we work to ensure Realtors® are differentiated from real estate licensees who haven't made professionalism their hallmark," Goldberg concluded. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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The Constellation Real Estate Group Acquires Assets of SmartZip
Constellation Real Estate Group adds to its best-in-class lead generation solutions for real estate agents and brokers. BELLEVUE, WASH. (AUGUST 19, 2019) -- The Constellation Real Estate Group ("CREG"), has announced today that it has acquired certain assets of SmartZip Analytics Inc. ("SmartZip"), a pioneer in predictive analytics and award-winning provider of data-driven marketing automation and lead generation products for the real estate industry. The acquisition includes SmartZip's SmartTargeting platform, patent-pending predictive analytics, data solutions, and automated referral-building content system, Reach150. The addition of SmartZip, which closely follows the recent acquisition of the Offrs.com business in July, marks CREG's second predictive analytics company and fourth new portfolio business in 2019, and aligns with CREG's strategy of investing in forward-thinking technology companies with a focus on strong solutions and its commitment to being a long-term, stable technology partner for the real estate industry. "We are excited to have both Offrs.com and SmartZip in the Constellation portfolio of real estate and mortgage software companies," said Scott Smith, President of the Constellation Real Estate Group. "We recognize the value of predictive analytics and big data and the importance of making it accessible to agents in a way that allows them to make smart business decisions. With these two companies, we can deliver unprecedented value and insights to our customers." "The Constellation Real Estate Group has a proven track record of delivering long-term value and stability to the companies it invests in, with a demonstrated commitment to their customers, products, and people," said Avi Gupta, CEO of SmartZip, "As demand for our pioneering work in predictive analytics and data-driven marketing continues to grow, this union presents a powerful opportunity to leverage decades of expertise to advance our products, ultimately benefiting SmartZip customers." Founded in 2009 in Silicon Valley, CA, SmartZip has spent over a decade developing predictive analytics and data-driven marketing automation solutions for the real estate industry and has consistently been recognized as a leading innovator in both the technology and real estate industries. The acquisitions of Offrs.com and SmartZip strengthen the Constellation Real Estate Group's position as one of the largest technology providers in the fragmented real estate industry, providing innovative lead generation, automated sales and marketing solutions, back office software, and mortgage loan origination and servicing solutions for over half of a million real estate agents, brokerages, MLSs, and banks across the U.S. and Canada. "I am very excited to combine the value propositions of Offrs.com and SmartZip and continue to deliver a best-in-class lead generation solution to real estate agents and brokers nationwide. Predicting future real estate transactions and driving high-value leads to our customers is our number one priority, and this acquisition demonstrates our commitment at the Constellation Real Estate Group," confirms Rich Swier, co-founder of Offrs.com. The Constellation Real Estate Group welcomes SmartZip customers and partners and we look forward to enhancing and growing these relationships for the long-term. The Constellation Real Estate Group The Constellation Real Estate Group, which is a business unit within the Perseus Operating Group of Constellation Software Inc., acquires and invests in real estate software brands that are committed to providing long-term solutions and partnerships with franchises, brokers, agents, MLSs, and banks. CREG provides a suite of market-leading technology solutions designed specifically for the real estate industry through its brands, which include: Market Leader, Constellation Web Solutions, Sharper Agent, Zurple, Z57, Diverse Solutions, Birdview, ReloSpec, Real Estate Digital, Baynet World, Mortgage Builder, TORCHx, Offrs.com and now SmartZip. Over 500,000 real estate agents, teams, and brokerages across North America rely on CREG's products and services to power, manage, and grow their businesses. For more information, visit: https://www.constellationreg.com The SmartZip Products The SmartZip SmartTargeting platform uses patent-pending predictive analytics, multi-channel marketing automation, and smart CRM to identify top home seller prospects, engage them through targeted marketing campaigns, and ultimately close more business with smart nurturing and prospecting tools. It also integrates the Reach150 system that automatically requests and publicizes client-generated testimonials and referrals to help real estate teams and professionals boost their reputation, online presence, and word-of-mouth business. Together, SmartTargeting and Reach150 help enterprises and professionals across the real estate ecosystem efficiently grow their business with the targeted acquisition of new, repeat and referral customers. For more information, visit: https://smartzip.com/
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Over 1.5 Million Vacant U.S. Homes in Q3 2019 Represent 1.6 Percent of All Single-Family Homes and Condos
Over 9,600 Vacant "Zombie" Foreclosures in the Third Quarter of 2019 IRVINE, Calif. - August 15, 2019 -- ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), today released its Q3 2019 Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report showing there are over 1.5 million (1,530,563) U.S. single-family homes and condos vacant in the third quarter of 2019, representing 1.6 percent of all homes. The report analyzes publicly recorded real estate data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions — including foreclosure status, equity, and owner-occupancy status — matched against monthly updated vacancy data. (See full methodology enclosed below.) During the third quarter of 2019, over 304,000 homes were in the process of foreclosure, with about 3.2 percent being "zombie" foreclosures. While the count of properties in the process of foreclosure is down by nearly 22 percent since ATTOM's last foreclosure vacancy report in the same period of 2016, the number that sits empty has dropped nearly in half. "The blight of vacant, decaying properties facing foreclosure has declined dramatically across the United States – another good-news offshoot of the housing boom that's gone on for eight years," said Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. "A handful of areas still face notable problems with homes abandoned by owners after they get hit with foreclosure claims. But with the economy improving and the housing market still hot, an expanding number of neighborhoods across the country face little or no problem with these so-called zombie properties." High-level findings from the report: A total of 9,612 properties facing possible foreclosure have been vacated by their owners nationwide. Washington, D.C. had the highest percentage of zombie foreclosures (12.5 percent). States where the rates were above the national average of 3.2 percent included Oregon (8.8 percent), Maine (8.5 percent), Kansas (7.6 percent) and New Mexico (7.0 percent). The lowest rates – all less than 1.4 percent – were in New Hampshire, Idaho, Colorado, Connecticut and Delaware. New York had the highest actual number of zombie properties (2,428), followed by Florida (1,634), Illinois (985), Ohio (891) and New Jersey (463). Among metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 residential properties, Peoria, IL, had the highest percent of vacant foreclosures (zombies) at 16.5 percent, followed by Wichita, KS (9.5 percent), Syracuse, NY (9.3 percent), Honolulu, HI (8.5 percent) and Youngstown, OH (8.4 percent). Among zip codes with at least 100 properties in pre-foreclosure, the highest rates of owner-vacated properties were concentrated in New York, Florida, Ohio and Illinois. The zip codes with the top percentages were zip code 61605 in the Peoria, IL metropolitan statistical area with 48.6 percent, zip codes 44108 (26.0 percent), 44112 (23.0 percent), and 44105 (19.7 percent), all in the Cleveland, OH, area and rounding out the top five is zip code 14701 in Jamestown, NY with 19.6 percent. The top zombie foreclosure rates in counties with at least 500 properties in foreclosure included Peoria County, IL (21.9 percent); Baltimore City, MD (11.4 percent); Broome County, NY (11.1 percent); Onondaga County, NY (9.6 percent) and Madison County, IL (9.6 percent). The highest levels of vacant investor-owned properties were in Indiana (8.8 percent), Kansas (6.7 percent), Minnesota (6.0 percent), Ohio, (5.9 percent) and Rhode Island (5.8 percent). Report Methodology ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed county tax assessor data for more than 98 million single-family homes and condos for vacancy, broken down by foreclosure status and, owner-occupancy status. Only metropolitan statistical areas with at least 100,000 single-family homes and condos and counties with at least 50,000 single-family homes and condos were included in the analysis. Vacancy data is available here. About ATTOM Data Solutions ATTOM Data Solutions provides premium property data to power products that improve transparency, innovation, efficiency and disruption in a data-driven economy. ATTOM multi-sources property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties covering 99 percent of the nation's population. A rigorous data management process involving more than 20 steps validates, standardizes and enhances the data collected by ATTOM, assigning each property record with a persistent, unique ID — the ATTOM ID. The 9TB ATTOM Data Warehouse fuels innovation in many industries including mortgage, real estate, insurance, marketing, government and more through flexible data delivery solutions that include bulk file licenses, APIs, market trends, marketing lists, match & append and introducing the first property data deliver solution, a cloud-based data platform that streamlines data management – Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).
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National Association of Realtors Moves to Dismiss Antitrust Suits; Shows Lawsuits Are Self-Contradictory, Ignore Precedent and Lack Economic Sense
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CoreLogic Reports U.S. Overall Delinquency Rate Remains Steady at 20-Year Low in May
CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report. The report shows that nationally 3.6% of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure) in May 2019, representing a 0.6 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with May 2018, when it was 4.2%. This marks the second consecutive month the rate has been at its lowest point in more than 20 years. As of May 2019, the foreclosure inventory rate – which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process – was 0.4%, down 0.1 percentage points from May 2018. The May 2019 foreclosure inventory rate tied the prior six months as the lowest for any month since at least January 1999. Measuring early-stage delinquency rates is important for analyzing the health of the mortgage market. To monitor mortgage performance comprehensively, CoreLogic examines all stages of delinquency, as well as transition rates, which indicate the percentage of mortgages moving from one stage of delinquency to the next. The rate for early-stage delinquencies – defined as 30 to 59 days past due – was 1.7% in May 2019, down from 1.8% in May 2018. The share of mortgages 60 to 89 days past due in May 2019 was 0.6%, unchanged from May 2018. The serious delinquency rate – defined as 90 days or more past due, including loans in foreclosure – was 1.3% in May 2019, down from 1.8% in May 2018. May's serious delinquency rate of 1.3% tied the April 2019 rate as the lowest for any month since August 2005 when it was also 1.3%. Since early-stage delinquencies can be volatile, CoreLogic also analyzes transition rates. The share of mortgages that transitioned from current to 30 days past due was 0.8% in May 2019, unchanged from May 2018. By comparison, in January 2007, just before the start of the financial crisis, the current-to-30-day transition rate was 1.2%, while it peaked in November 2008 at 2%. "Growth in family income and home prices continues to support low delinquency rates," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "Communities that experienced a rise in delinquencies are generally those that also suffered from natural disasters. Last year's hurricanes and wildfires, and this spring's severe flooding from heavy rainstorms and snowmelt have pushed delinquency rates higher in these impacted communities." The nation's overall delinquency rate has fallen on a year-over-year basis for the past 17 consecutive months. In May 2019, 20 of the country's metropolitan areas posted at least a small annual increase in overall delinquency, with some of the highest gains occurring in the Midwest and parts of the Southeast. Specifically, areas impacted by flooding this spring in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana have experienced an increase in delinquency rates. "While the rest of the country experienced record-low mortgage delinquency rates again in May, the Midwest and parts of the Southeast are still experiencing higher rates as they recover from extreme weather," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "Areas in Kentucky and Ohio, which were hit particularly hard this spring with historic flooding, experienced some of the largest annual gains in the country." The next CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Report will be released on September 10, 2019, featuring data for June 2019. For ongoing housing trends and data, visit the CoreLogic Insights Blog. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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BoomTown Announces New Consumer-Facing Mobile App for Clients
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U.S. Housing Market Deja Vu
Increased demand spurred by lower interest rates and fewer homes coming to market reverse 10 months of inventory growth SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2019 -- Lower interest rates are prompting more buyers to come into the market, putting pressure on an already tight U.S. housing market and reversing 10 months of national inventory growth, according to realtor.com's July 2019 Monthly Housing Trend report released today. The report, which tracks key trends across the market, including the national median home price, days on market and inventory, showed flat inventory growth, which could lead to inventory declines sooner than originally predicted. In July, active listings on realtor.com were flat, following slowing growth since the start of the year. Newly listed properties were down 7 percent from a year ago. The national median home price in July was $315,000, up 5.5 percent from a year ago and a decrease from last year's year-over-year growth of 8.7 percent. Additionally, July prices were down 0.2 percent from June, marking the earliest seasonal slowdown in home prices since 2012. The median number of days on market in July was 58, the same as a year ago. "July's data highlight tension in the housing markets between buyers eager to take advantage of lower mortgage rates and potential sellers concerned about slowing price growth," said George Ratiu, realtor.com's senior economist. "The decline in newly listed properties suggests that some would-be sellers are stepping back from the market, during the peak buying season, when most people are searching for their next home." Ratiu noted that although overall housing inventory had been growing, the number of homes in the entry-level segment declined. Now that trends are shifting for the market as a whole, he said challenges for entry-level and first-time buyers are mounting, including faster price growth ahead. The inventory of properties priced below $200,000 in July decreased 9.9 percent year-over-year, while at the same time, the inventory of homes priced above $750,000 increased 6.6 percent. Competition for entry-level homes continues to be tight -- homes priced below $200,000 only spent 56 days on the market, whereas properties priced over $750,000 spent 81 days on the market. Despite these challenges, some millennials are finding success. The share of millennial mortgage originations increased to 46 percent from 43 percent last year, according to realtor.com's second quarter Generational Propensity report. The report found the median home purchased by millennials was priced at $248,000, up 5 percent year-over-year, a bigger increase than either Gen X or boomers had in home purchase price. Looking across generational cohorts, the larger gains in the price of homes purchased by millennials reflect both the intense competition at the entry-level price point and the fact that some millennials have been delaying major life milestones (e.g. starting families, forming households, having children), and are skipping the starter home to purchase larger, trade-up homes. The report also found that while Gen X and boomers have increased their down payment percentages, millennials saw the average down payment slip to 8.2 percent from 8.9 percent a year ago. This increased the size of the typical millennial loan amount to $227,000 from $215,000. Lower mortgage rates are helping to cushion the impact of buying a higher-priced home and making additional debt more affordable. The monthly mortgage amount that millennials paid on a newly purchased home fell to $1,099 from $1,131 year-over-year. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Luxury Home Prices Up 1% Amid Falling Sales and Surging Supply in the Second Quarter
High-end market remains chilly despite a modest rebound in prices SEATTLE, Aug. 6, 2019 -- The average sale price for luxury homes nationwide increased 1 percent year over year to $1.64 million in the second quarter of 2019, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. This marks a modest return to the trend of rising luxury home prices, which was interrupted by a 1.7 percent decline in the first quarter of this year. For this analysis, Redfin tracked home sales in more than 1,000 cities across the U.S. (not including New York City) and defined a home as luxury if it's among the 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the quarter. In the other 95 percent of the market, home prices increased 3.2 percent year over year to an average of $322,000 in the first quarter, a continuation of seven straight years of increases. Sales of homes priced at or above $1.5 million declined 4.6 percent year over year last quarter. That's the third consecutive quarter of dropping sales in the category, though the decline was much smaller than the 13.8 percent dip last quarter. Sales of homes priced under $1.5 million dropped 6.7 percent year over year. Supply of homes priced at or above $1.5 million increased 18.7 percent in the second quarter, the fifth straight quarter of rising luxury inventory and the biggest increase in two years. Supply of homes priced under $1.5 million increased just 2.1 percent annually. The minor gain in prices, along with dipping sales and a significant increase in supply, suggests that demand for luxury homes is tepid, especially compared to the past few years. "Luxury home sales have been relatively soft since early 2018 when the tax code overhaul made it so that people with big mortgages and those living in high-tax states and counties couldn't deduct as much from their annual tax bill," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "But wealthy Americans who would otherwise be considering a multi-million dollar home purchase may now be a bit spooked that the economic expansion they've been enjoying for the past decade could soon be nearing its end." "Business owners and people with large investments are paying close attention to the escalating trade war and other uncertainties in global markets," Fairweather explained. "Despite the fact that the economy at home is continuing to grow, these and other signs that a recession could be looming are likely causing well-heeled homebuyers to feel extra cautious about a big purchase or investment. The Fed's rate cut is unlikely to have a big impact on the course of the economy and especially on the luxury housing market, where buyers are the least rate-sensitive. As a result, I expect to see continued caution in the high-end market as the future of the economy becomes more clear to those whose wealth is most closely tied to it." Luxury homes are selling slightly faster than they were last year. The typical luxury home that sold in the second quarter went under contract in 68 days, down slightly from 71 days a year before. That's the fastest luxury homes have sold in at least a decade. The typical non-luxury home that sold during the same time period went under contract seven days faster than a year earlier, in 56 days. Just 1.3 percent of homes priced in the top 5 percent sold above list price in the second quarter, down from 1.6 percent a year earlier. That's a much smaller share of homes sold above list price than the other 95 percent of homes; among those, 23.4 percent sold above list price in the second quarter. Biggest price gains Two Las Vegas suburbs are among the cities with the biggest increases in luxury home prices in the second quarter. In Paradise, Nevada, where home prices in the top 5 percent of homes increased 46.8 percent year over year, more than any other city, the average luxury home sold for $1,079,000. In Henderson, Nevada, seventh on this quarter's list, the average luxury home sold for $1,223,000, up 16.4 percent from the year before. Cities in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg and Tampa, also experienced some of the biggest increases in luxury home prices. Though it's typical for Florida cities to be among the regions with the biggest increases in the category, this is the first time since the third quarter of 2017 a Florida city hasn't topped the list. Biggest price declines Seattle, Washington, D.C., Honolulu and San Jose—some of the most expensive real estate markets in the U.S.—are among the cities where luxury home prices have dropped the most. In Seattle, home prices for the top 5 percent of the market declined 14.4 percent to roughly $2.2 million in the second quarter, and in San Jose prices in the same category dipped 8.2 percent to $2.37 million. "Part of the reason prices for luxury homes in Seattle are dropping this year is because it experienced a bigger market boom in all price ranges (especially the high-end market) in the last six years than most other cities, with Amazon and other tech firms bringing folks into the area quickly with high salaries. A bigger rise tends to lead to a bigger fall, and luxury is usually one of the first markets to feel the crunch," said local Redfin agent Tamar Baber. "Now that the market has cooled down a bit, high-end buyers are scrutinizing their home purchases very carefully. Some of them feel the country could be headed toward a recession and aren't willing to spend $2 million, $3 million or $4 million on a home right now unless it meets their exact specifications. Luxury sellers are slowly adjusting their pricing accordingly." To read the full report, including methodology and a list of the most expensive home sales last quarter, please click here. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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296,458 U.S. Properties with Foreclosure Filings in First Six Months of 2019, Down 18 Percent from a Year Ago
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Metro Home Prices Increase in 91% of Metro Areas in Second Quarter of 2019
WASHINGTON (August 7, 2019) – Most metro areas saw price gains under marginal inventory growth in the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors. Single-family median home prices increased year-over-year in 91% of measured markets in the second quarter, with 162 of 178 metropolitan statistical areas1 showing sales price gains. That is up from the 86% share in the first quarter of 2019. The national median existing single-family home price in the second quarter was $279,600, up 4.3% from the second quarter of 2018 ($268,000). The metro areas where single-family median home prices declined included the high-cost areas of San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., (-5.3%), San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif., (-1.9%) and Urban Honolulu, Hawaii (-1.2%). Ten metro areas experienced double-digit increases, including the moderate-cost metro areas of Boise City-Nampa, Idaho; Abilene, Texas; Columbia, Mo.; Burlington-South Burlington, Vt. and Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said home builders must bring more homes to the market. "New home construction is greatly needed, however home construction fell in the first half of the year," he said. "This leads to continuing tight inventory conditions, especially at more affordable price points. Home prices are mildly reaccelerating as a result." Ninety-three out of 178 metro markets under study have price growth of 5% or better. "Housing unaffordability will hinder sales irrespective of the local job market conditions," Yun said. "This is evident in the very expensive markets as home prices are either topping off or slightly falling." Notable Takeaways The five most expensive housing markets in the second quarter were the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $1,330,000; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif., $1,050,000; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif., $835,000; Urban Honolulu, Hawaii $785,500; and San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif., $655,000. The five lowest-cost metro areas in the second quarter were Decatur, Ill., $97,500; Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio, $107,400; Cumberland, Md., $117,800; Binghamton, N.Y., $119,300; and Elmira, N.Y., $119,400. In expensive metro areas where the median prices were $500,000 and above, the single-family median prices declined when compared to the levels of one year ago. The most costly area, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., saw a 5.3% drop. Next in line was San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif., whose decline was 1.9%. Homes in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii dropped by 1.2%, followed by Boulder, Colo., which saw a 0.9% slide. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., recorded single-family housing prices that were slightly down (0.6%) from last year, possibly due to limits on property tax deductions. In addition, in other expensive metro areas, prices rose, albeit at a lukewarm pace, including in Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif., which rose only 0.6%. Home prices in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif., saw a 1.8% gain, while San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif., saw a 1.6% price increase. Second Quarter Affordability Declines National family median income is estimated to have risen to $78,3662 in the second quarter, but greater home price growth contributed to an overall decrease in affordability from last quarter. A buyer making a 5% down payment would need an income of $62,192 to purchase a single-family home at the national median price, while a 10% down payment would necessitate an income of $58,918, and $52,372 would be required for a 20% down payment. In the most expensive metro areas in the West, families seeking to avoid paying no more than 25% on mortgage payments saw steep requirements for median household income. San Jose home buyers would need $295,832, while buyers in San Francisco would need $233,552. At the end of 2019's second quarter, 1.93 million existing homes were available for sale,3 which is about equal to the total inventory at the end of 2018's second quarter. Average supply during the second quarter of 2019 was 4.4 months – up from 4.3 months in the second quarter of 2018. Yun says housing sales should improve, but cautions of greater economic uncertainty. "The exceptionally low mortgage rates will help with housing affordability over the short run. But if the low interest rates are due to weakening economic confidence, as reflected from a correction in the stock market, then the low rates will not help with job growth and will eventually hinder home buying and home construction." The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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CoreLogic Reports June Home Prices Increased by 3.4% Year Over Year
CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for June 2019, which shows home prices rose both year over year and month over month. Home prices increased nationally by 3.4% from June 2018. On a month-over-month basis, prices increased by 0.4% in June 2019. (May 2019 data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results each month.) Single-family home prices stand at an all-time high and continue to increase on an annual basis, with the CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicating annual price growth will increase by 5.2% from June 2019 to June 2020. On a month-over-month basis, the forecast calls for home prices to increase by 0.5% from June 2019 to July 2019. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices calculated using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state. "Tepid home sales have caused home prices to rise at the slowest pace for the first half of a year since 2011," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "Price growth continues to be faster for lower-priced homes, as first-time buyers and investors are both actively seeking entry-level homes. With incomes up and current mortgage rates about 0.8 percentage points below what they were one year ago, home sales should have a better sales pace in the second half of 2019 than a year earlier, leading to a quickening in price growth over the next year." According to the CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators (MCI), an analysis of housing values in the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 38% of metropolitan areas have an overvalued housing market as of June 2019. The MCI analysis categorizes home prices in individual markets as undervalued, at value or overvalued, by comparing home prices to their long-run, sustainable levels, which are supported by local market fundamentals such as disposable income. As of June 2019, 24% of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued, and 38% were at value. When looking at only the top 50 markets based on housing stock, 42% were overvalued, 16% were undervalued and 42% were at value. The MCI analysis defines an overvalued housing market as one in which home prices are at least 10% above the long-term, sustainable level. An undervalued housing market is one in which home prices are at least 10% below the sustainable level. During the second quarter of 2019, CoreLogic together with RTi Research of Norwalk, Connecticut, conducted an extensive survey measuring consumer-housing sentiment among various millennial age cohorts. The study found home-price increases in lower-cost homes disproportionately impact older millennials (ages 30 - 39). Additionally, this cohort is significantly more active in searching for a new home than any other age group. Nearly half (45%) say they purchased a home in the past three years, while 25% say they will likely do so within the next year. While affordability concerns drive older millennials toward renting, they have more positive market perceptions than older generations and 37% say purchasing a home within their market is at least somewhat affordable. "Millennial homebuyers are no longer a trend on the industry horizon. In fact, they are the new, first-time homebuyers of today. However, only about half of recent millennial buyers were satisfied with the number of options of available homes in their market or price range," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "Affordable housing continues to be a growing issue. A deeper look at the data shows that 43% of those surveyed indicated they couldn't afford to buy a new home or are concerned they won't be able to." About the CoreLogic Consumer Housing Sentiment Study In the second quarter of 2019, 508 Millennial renters and homeowners were surveyed by CoreLogic together with RTi Research. This study is a quarterly pulse of U.S. housing market dynamics. Each quarter, the research focuses on a different issue related to current housing topics. This first quarterly study concentrated on consumer sentiment within high-priced markets. The survey has a sampling error of +/- 3.1% at the total respondent level with a 95% confidence level. About RTi Research RTi Research is an innovative, global market research and brand strategy consultancy headquartered in Norwalk, CT. Founded in 1979, RTi has been consistently recognized by the American Marketing Association as one of the top 50 U.S. insights companies. The company serves a broad base of leading firms in Financial Services, Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceuticals as well as partnering with leading academic centers of excellence. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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New ATTOM Data Solutions Analysis Examines the Grocery Store Impact on the U.S. Housing Market
Trader Joe's takes the gold for homebuyers and ALDI triumphs with investors; Average home values near Trader Joe's is $608,305, compared to $521,142 near Whole Foods and $222,809 near ALDI IRVINE, Calif. - August 2, 2019 -- ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), today released its 2019 Grocery Store Battle analysis, which examines whether living near a Trader Joe's, a Whole Foods or an ALDI can affect a home's value – as a homebuyer based on seller ROI and home equity, or as an investor looking for the best home flipping returns and home price appreciation. For this analysis, ATTOM looked at current average home values, 5-year home price appreciation from YTD 2019 vs. YTD 2014, current average home equity, home seller profits, and home flipping rates on 1,859 zip codes nationwide with a least one Whole Foods store, one Trader Joe's store and one ALDI store. (See full methodology enclosed below.) Click here to view the infographic visualizing the results of this analysis. For Homebuyers Homes near a Trader Joe's realized an average home seller ROI of 51 percent, compared to homes near a Whole Foods with an average home seller ROI of 41 percent and ALDI at 34 percent. The average home seller ROI for all zip codes with these grocery stores nationwide is 37 percent. Homes near a Trader Joe's have added equity, owning an average 37 percent equity in their homes ($247,445), while homes near Whole Foods had an average of 31 percent equity ($187,035) and homes near ALDI had average 20 percent equity ($53,650). The average equity for all zip codes with these grocery stores nationwide is 25 percent. For Investors Properties near an ALDI are an investor's cornucopia with an average gross flipping ROI of 62 percent, compared to properties near a Whole Foods which had an average gross flipping ROI of 35 percent and Trader Joe's at 31 percent. The average gross flipping ROI for all zip codes with these grocery stores nationwide is 52 percent. Properties near an ALDI have seen an average 5-year home price appreciation of 42 percent, compared to 33 percent appreciation for homes near a Trader Joe's, and 31 percent appreciation for homes near a Whole Foods. The average appreciation for all zip codes with these grocery stores nationwide is 38 percent. Report methodology For this analysis ATTOM Data Solutions looked at current average home values, 5-year home price appreciation from YTD 2019 vs. YTD 2014, current average home equity, home seller profits, and home flipping rates on 1,859 zip codes nationwide with a least one Whole Foods store, one Trader Joe's store and one ALDI store. Grocery store locations are from the USDA (http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailerlocator). About ATTOM Data Solutions ATTOM Data Solutions provides premium property data to power products that improve transparency, innovation, efficiency and disruption in a data-driven economy. ATTOM multi-sources property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties covering 99 percent of the nation's population. A rigorous data management process involving more than 20 steps validates, standardizes and enhances the data collected by ATTOM, assigning each property record with a persistent, unique ID — the ATTOM ID. The 9TB ATTOM Data Warehouse fuels innovation in many industries including mortgage, real estate, insurance, marketing, government and more through flexible data delivery solutions that include bulk property data licensing, Property Data APIs, market trends, marketing lists, match & append and introducing the first property data deliver solution, a cloud-based data platform that streamlines data management – Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).
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Redfin Report: Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Home Equity and Wealth Widened during the Historic Decade-Long Economic Expansion
U.S. home prices have risen 73% since 2010, but the resulting home equity gains haven't benefited black Americans, whose homeownership rate fell to a record low in the second quarter SEATTLE, July 31, 2019 -- Homeowners in primarily white neighborhoods gained an average of $70,000 more in home equity than homeowners in primarily black neighborhoods from 2012 to 2018, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. In part as a result of the inequality in homeownership and home-equity gains, black Americans have seen their median net worth decline in the past decade while for white Americans it rose by double digits. While U.S. home prices have risen 73 percent since the first quarter of 2010, homeownership rates among all Americans dropped 3 percentage points to 64.1%. Still, 73.1 percent of white Americans owned homes as of the second quarter of 2019, compared with a record-low of 40.6 percent for black Americans and 46.6 percent for Hispanic & Latino Americans. The resulting 32.5 percentage-point gap in homeownership between black and white Americans is 3.6 points wider than it was at the beginning of 2010. Meanwhile the homeownership gap between white and Hispanic & Latino Americans widened by half a point. "With higher unemployment rates and less wealth to begin with, black Americans were less able to buy homes even when prices were at their lowest point, meaning many missed out on opportunities to build wealth and put down roots in their communities through homeownership," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "The growing racial homeownership gap has widened the wealth gap, as home equity remains one of the most significant wealth-building tools. And now, with higher home prices and tighter lending standards than before the housing crash of 2008, it's more difficult than ever for minorities to break into the housing market. That's likely to contribute to growing economic inequality in the U.S." Redfin compiled data on homeownership rates, home equity, net worth and unemployment by race. The already-large homeownership gap between black and white Americans has widened since 2010 The homeownership rate for black Americans dropped 5 percentage points to 40.6% in the second quarter of 2019 from 45.6% in the first quarter of 2010. The rate for white Americans dropped just 1.4 percentage points, from 74.5% to 73.1%, over the same time period. The homeownership rate for Hispanic & Latino people fell 1.9 points (from 48.5% to 46.6%). The nationwide rate dropped 3 points to 64.1%. The homeownership gap between black and white Americans has widened over the last decade to a 32.5 percentage-point gap in the second quarter of 2019, from a 28.9 percentage-point gap in the first quarter of 2010. The homeownership rate remained over 70% for white Americans from 2010 through the first quarter of 2019, but it never surpassed the 50% threshold for black Americans. Homeowners in majority-black neighborhoods experienced significantly smaller home-equity gains in dollars than those in majority-white neighborhoods from 2012 to 2018 Homeowners in primarily black neighborhoods saw smaller dollar gains in home equity ($120,800) from 2012 to 2018 (the most recent full year for which data is available) than those in Hispanic/Latino and white neighborhoods. Homeowners in primarily white neighborhoods saw a gain of $190,935 during the same time period, and they started and ended with the most equity in dollars. Homeowners in primarily Hispanic & Latino communities gained $206,000 in equity. Home prices in majority-black neighborhoods rose 24.9% from 2012 to 2018, higher than the 21% gain for Hispanic & Latino communities and the 12.5% gain for white communities. Homeowners in majority-black neighborhoods saw the biggest percentage gain in equity (213%), but started with substantially lower equity in the homes than white and Hispanic & Latino neighborhoods. The home-equity gap between black and white Americans widened slightly from 2012 to 2018, from $67,229 to $70,135. Home-equity gains for black Americans haven't translated into an increase in net worth The median net worth for black Americans dropped 2.8% to $17,100 in 2016 (the most recent full year for which data is available) from $17,600 in 2010. That leaves the typical black American more than $10,000 short of the 20% down payment ($27,980) likely needed to purchase a median-priced home in Detroit, one of the most affordable major housing markets in the U.S. Median net worth rose 18.5% to $171,000 during the same period for white Americans. The net-worth gap between black and white Americans increased 22.8% to $153,900 in 2016 from $125,300 in 2010. Hispanic & Latino Americans saw their median net worth increase by 15.1% over the six year period to $20,600, also well below the typical down payment for a home in Detroit. In 2010, the ratio of white to black net worth was 8:1. By 2016, the ratio had widened to 10:1. The unemployment rate for black Americans is nearly double the rate for white Americans The unemployment rate for black Americans dropped 10.5 percentage points to 6% in June 2019 from 16.5% in January 2010, while the rate for white Americans fell 5.5 percentage points to 3.3% over the same time period. The unemployment gap between black and white Americans has narrowed substantially since the beginning of 2010, from a 7.7 percentage-point gap to a 2.7-point gap. To read the full report, including charts and methodology, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/black-americans-homeownership-rate. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. 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RPR Adds Qualified Opportunity Zones
CHICAGO (August 1, 2019) - Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a nationwide data resource and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), is pleased to announce the addition of Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) to its platform. This powerful data layer will allow REALTORS® to use RPR's map interface to analyze and search for properties within the 8,700 Opportunity Zones throughout the U.S. Created in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the purpose of the federal government's QOZ program is to drive economic growth through long-term investments in economically disadvantaged communities. Designated as "Opportunity Zones," these areas present opportunities for real estate investment and development by offering tax incentives to investors. "With the Opportunity Zone initiative poised to transform American communities that have long been shunned by investors, NAR has developed resources to help facilitate and expedite investments in these areas. As our work continues, REALTORS® are committed to ensuring Americans can take full advantage of this valuable new initiative," said Joseph Ventrone, NAR Vice President, Federal Policy and Industry Relations. Through RPR, REALTORS® will search a geographic area, then choose to display the Opportunity Zones layer, which will then reveal shaded areas that qualify. REALTORS® can then analyze all properties that fall in the Opportunity Zone, review economic and demographic statistics for the area, and create reports for investors about the buying potential. They will also be able to reach out to residents and business owners in the area about selling advantages through RPR's recently launched Mailing Labels feature. "These Opportunity Zones encourage private investment into low-income communities, with the intent of stimulating economic growth and job creation," said Bob Turner, NAR's 2019 Commercial Liaison and RPR Advisory Council Member. "Residential practitioners will notice homes that fall within Opportunity Zones gain a boost to their marketability because of increased attention, while Commercial practitioners will likely see properties once being skipped over turn into desirable investment opportunities." Under the program, taxpayers who reinvest capital gains from a previous sale into a fund for investing (called "Opportunity Funds"), are eligible to defer paying taxes on those gains, and can potentially reduce their tax liability by 10 – 15% (based on the amount of time they hold the investment). Additionally, if the investment is held for at least ten years, any appreciation on it is tax-free. "I'm very excited to see RPR offer REALTORS® another tool to help us serve our clients," said Deena Zimmerman, Vice President of SVN in Chicago, IL. "The benefits of Opportunity Zones are broad, and with the tax benefits on the table for investors, we should see increased attention to properties in these areas." About Realtors Property Resource® Realtors Property Resource, LLC®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an exclusive online real estate database created to support the core competence of its members. The parcel-centric database, covering more than 160 million residential and commercial U.S. properties, provides REALTORS® with the analytical power to help clients make informed decisions while increasing efficiency in the marketplace. Log in to RPR today: narrpr.com. For support on this feature, contact RPR at (877) 977-7576.
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Get Ready to Make a Splash! Realtor.com Reveals the Top 10 Affordable Lake Towns of 2019
As temperatures continue to rise, realtor.comⓇ offers a glimpse into hot deals for lake town real estate across the United States SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2019 -- As the summer heat shows no signs of relenting, realtor.com®, the Home of Home Search℠, today released its list of the 10 most affordable lake towns, which offer waterfront properties under $450,000. Unlike owning a vacation home on the ocean, lake homes can be more accessible – not just in price, but also for those who don't live near the coasts. "Lake towns often offer people an affordable destination with water sports, amenities, natural beauty and an array of often top-quality dining options," said Clare Trapasso, senior news editor, realtor.com®. "Some of these lake towns also double as ski resorts in the winter. Those who enjoy cold-weather sports, in addition to summer activities may in fact, be getting a home they can enjoy throughout the year." The most affordable town on the list is Jamestown, N.Y., with a median list price of just $59,000, but if you desire a two-bedroom home with a private shoreline that can raise the price significantly. Sandpoint, Idaho, is the most expensive of the affordable lake towns, with a median list price of $429,000 and a variety of lakefront houses that can cost well over $1 million. While the cost of homes in these affordable lake towns can vary, some of the common themes shared by the majority on the list are attractions that provide year-round entertainment and an abundance of single-family homes available for purchase. From East Coast to West Coast - and everywhere in between - the following towns are the best places to score an affordable lake house, in rank order: 1. Branson, Mo. Median Listing Price: $205,900 Near two of Missouri's most popular lakes, Branson is a Midwestern vacation destination filled with music venues, amusement parks, nightlife, and other attractions for locals and visitors to enjoy. For those seeking a prime spot for watersports and boating, Table Rock Lake is surrounded by a variety of single-family homes, which often range from $350,000 to over $650,000. Lake Taneycomo comes in at a top pick for trout fishers and those seeking a quieter destination where buyers can find one-bedroom condos for approximately $120,000. 2. East Stroudsburg, Pa. Median List Price: $187,000 A popular destination for people looking to escape city living, East Stroudsburg is a vacation spot within the Poconos, known for its lakes, ski resorts, historic towns and water parks. While most properties in the area have a low price tag, prime lakefront homes can range from $900,000 to $1.4 million. Lake Naomi and Timber Trails are also great nearby options that have smaller single-family homes that start around $120,000. 3. Port Clinton, Ohio Median List Price: $259,900 Port Clinton is a charming small town on the western edge of Lake Erie with plenty of low-priced condos, and single-family homes that typically start around $300,000. In addition to the many beaches, islands and quiet bays of Port Clinton, the town has a plethora of entertainment, including an African Safari Wildlife Park, The Watering Hole Safari and Waterpark, unique antique stores, and waterfront restaurants. 4. Jamestown, N.Y. Median List Price: $59,900 Jamestown sits at the tip of Chautauqua Lake and is known for its exceptionally affordable real estate, and of course, its lakes. However, Jamestown has also made a name for itself as a top-notch comedy destination. As the hometown of comedian Lucille Ball, Jamestown hosts the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which has featured Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and Jay Leno, among others. Those looking to stay year-round will be able to land a bargain as the area is filled with older single-family homes listed at great prices. 5. Alexandria, Minn. Median List Price: $288,900 Alexandria is located in Douglas County, where there are about 300 lakes and certainly no shortage of lakefront homes. Waterfront properties are predominantly single-family homes that start at just over $100,000. However, there are also a variety of larger houses, with more acreage, and higher price tags available. 6. Clearlake, Calif. Median List Price: $219,900 The popular Northern California vacation town, Clearlake, was hit hard by the previous foreclosure crisis and recent wildfires. However, the town is making a comeback and there are even plans to reopen the renowned Konocti Harbor Resort. Rumored to be the oldest lake in North America, the fresh water of Clear Lake is still a major draw, especially with real estate prices that are just a fraction of those in nearby cities like Napa and San Francisco. 7. Spirit Lake, Iowa Median List Price: $315,000 With waterfront attractions, including an amusement park, and deep clear water that is perfect for boating, Spirit Lake and Okoboji are two of Northern Iowa's more lively and desirable lake towns. West Okoboji Lake is filled with waterfront, multi-million-dollar homes and grand estates, while East Okoboji and Spirit Lake house more affordable condos and single-family homes with shared lake access. 8. Mountain Home, Ark. Median List Price: $174,900 For those seeking a tranquil, peaceful abode by the lake, head to Mountain Home. Unlike many of the other lake towns on this list, Mountain Home doesn't have a lot of entertainment. Instead, the main attraction to this peaceful place is Lake Norfolk, a 22,000-acre manmade lake that has nearly two dozen parks and 550 miles of shoreline. In this slower paced town, you can find a two-bedroom home overlooking the lake or river for about $200,000 or a larger waterfront house which can range from $300,000 up to $2 million. 9. Baraboo, Wis. Median List Price: $189,900 Baraboo is home to the world-renowned Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which started in 1888 and shut down in 2017. The town is also known for its outdoor adventures and attractions, such as rock climbing, the International Crane Foundation, Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River. The lake and river are lined with single-family homes that range from $200,000 for a modest two-bedroom cottage up to $3.6 million for a grand estate on the water. 10. Sandpoint, Idaho Median List Price: $429,000 While Sandpoint is the most expensive town on the list, this small community in Idaho is surrounded by a lake and mountains that provide year round attractions for visitors and residents. Fishing, boating, wine tasting, and The Festival at Sandpoint are some of the main summer activities, while skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Resort is popular during the winter. Prime lakefront homes in the area typically go for over $1 million, while houses on the river can be found for less than half of the price. To put together the list, realtor.com® looked at real estate listings that mentioned things such as "lake view" and "lake house" in more than 900 U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Each location had to have at least 50 listings over a 12-month period ending May 31, 2019 and couldn't have more than 150,000 households. To ensure these were true vacation spots, the percentage of vacation homes and the percentage of dining, drinking and outdoor activity establishments were also measured. Finally, to measure affordability, realtor.com® ensured that none of the towns in this ranking had median prices of more than $450,000. For more information about these towns, please click here. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Realtor.com Expands Local Expert to Cities
Agents and brokers can now augment their branding with city searches on the site SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 29, 2019 -- Consumers who search for homes on realtor.com® by city may now see branded content and listings from Local Expert agents, teams and brokers in their search results and then again in their social media feeds, thanks to new citywide branding opportunities through realtor.com®'s Local Expert. With this new release, agents, teams and brokers can elevate their brand to consumers on a citywide level as well as targeting specific zip codes. Real estate professionals can customize ads that showcase their current or sold listings with prominent branding that displays in city and/or zip code searches on realtor.com®. Local Expert also targets these potential buyers on social media with first-party data exclusive to realtor.com®. Local Expert Agent Listing Ad Local Expert Broker Branding Ad The city version of Local Expert is available in approximately 25,000 cities across the U.S. "We're excited to expand our successful Local Expert branding program to the city level for brokers, teams and agents, and the initial response has been very positive," said Deepak Thakral, realtor.com® senior vice president, product management. "It's just one more example of how realtor.com® is helping real estate professionals compete in a rapidly changing marketplace." Since its initial launch in November 2018, Local Expert has helped thousands of agents and teams build their brand awareness with customized, branded ads in targeted ZIP code searches on realtor.com® and in home shoppers' social media feeds. According to the 2018 National Association of Realtors®' Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 40 percent of recent home buyers said the most important factors when choosing an agent were the agent's experience, reputation, or knowledge of the neighborhood. Local Expert helps real estate professionals demonstrate their strengths in all of these areas. Agents, teams and brokers can use Local Expert to expand their visibility and awareness with buyers who are looking for homes in their markets of expertise and amplify their marketing tactics for their seller clients' properties at the same time. "Realtor.com® wants to make buying and selling homes easier and more rewarding for consumers, agents and brokers alike," said Thakral. "Whether it's brand building tools like Local Expert, the means to capture, communicate, and connect with leads through solutions like Connections Plus, or our broker concierge service, realtor.com® is anticipating where the market is headed and leveraging those insights to help connect consumers with the real estate professionals who can help them achieve their goals. To learn more about how real estate professionals are leveraging Local Expert in their own businesses, visit https://industry.realtor.com/branding-and-local-expert. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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June's Northeast Region Buyer Traffic Shows Modest Improvement as Demand in Other Areas Remains Sluggish, Consistent with Seasonal Patterns
Modest Year-Over-Year Dips in Buyer Traffic Seen in Three of Four U.S. Regions July 24, 2019 – For the second consecutive month, the Northeast Region reported a more modest year-over-year increase in buyer traffic while the rest of the U.S. saw signs of showing activity stabilizing, according to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index® report. The 0.9 percent year-over-year increase in the Northeast is a positive sign for the region that had, until May, seen a full year of slower activity. Though the West, South and Midwest regions each saw drops in year-over-year activity, the declines were more modest compared to prior months. The West Region's 5.8 percent decline is the smallest percentage decline in the region for more than a year, while the South's 1.5 percent dip is the lowest since September 2018 – the last time the region saw a year-over-year increase in buyer activity. "Year-over-year showing traffic continues to stabilize, as June's overall activity was in line with June 2018 while the Northeast Region recorded a modest increase," said ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy. "Activity in the South and Midwest remains slightly slower than in 2018, though there is more buyer activity in the lower price quartiles of the market. Pricier homes continue to see less traffic compared to the same time last year." The ShowingTime Showing Index, the first of its kind in the residential real estate industry, is compiled using data from property showings scheduled across the country on listings using ShowingTime products and services, providing a benchmark to track buyer demand. ShowingTime facilitates more than four million showings each month. Released monthly, the Showing Index tracks the average number of appointments received on active listings during the month. Local MLS indices are also available for select markets and are distributed to MLS and association leadership. To view the full report, visit showingtime.com/showingtime-showing-index/. About ShowingTime ShowingTime is the residential real estate industry's leading showing management and market stats technology provider, with more than 1.2 million active listings subscribed to its services. Its showing products and services simplify the appointment scheduling process for real estate professionals, buyers and sellers, resulting in more showings, more feedback and more efficient sales. Its MarketStats division provides interactive tools and easy-to-read market reports for MLSs, associations, brokers and other real estate companies. ShowingTime products are used in more than 250 MLSs representing over 950,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact us at [email protected]
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Redfin Releases National Survey on the State of the Real Estate Profession
99% of agents are proud of their service, yet just 1 in 5 would recommend their careerReal estate agents report the internet has increased marketing costs and decreased productivity, while commissions remain stable SEATTLE, July 24, 2019 -- Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, released findings today from a national survey of real estate agents. The comprehensive survey sought to uncover the state of the real estate agent profession in the United States in terms of career fulfillment and growth, commissions, income, feelings about technology, and the pervasiveness of racial bias and sexism in the industry. "As a company that has long aspired to be the best employer in real estate, Redfin commissioned this survey to understand, at a time when billions in private and public capital is being invested in U.S. real estate brokerages, how the life of an agent has changed, and what we can do to attract a new generation of talent to our profession," Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said. "What we learned is that agents love the customer relationships and entrepreneurial independence of being an agent but question whether internet technology has made them more productive, and still worry about finding enough customers to earn a steady living." Among the key findings: Nearly half of respondents have a second job; a third outside of real estate. Millennials were the customers agents were least likely to identify as easy to serve. 41% of agents who advertised on lead-generation sites had a positive return on investment. 33% of agents said the internet had increased the amount of work associated with a sale compared to 32% who claimed a decrease. 21% of agents would recommend their career to others. Of agents with five years of experience or more, 49% said commissions have remained about the same over the past five years, 31% said commissions had declined. 33% of non-white agents believe bias is pervasive, compared to 18% of white agents. 13% of female agents report sexism or harassment from customers, 6% from colleagues. Survey Methodology The survey was done in March; 500 U.S. agents who sold at least one home in the last year participated. Respondents were affiliated with a wide variety of brokerages and were not aware that Redfin commissioned the survey. More than 80 percent of respondents had four or more years of experience. Respondents reported a median of 7 to 9 closed sales in 2018, and a median income between $25,000 and $50,000 after work-related expenses, similar to findings from the National Association of Realtors. Career Satisfaction: Agents Like Serving Customers, Dislike Prospecting Relationships with customers and entrepreneurial independence are what agents enjoy most about their job, with 86 percent of respondents selecting those responses. Eighty-one percent said their favorite thing about being a real estate agent was helping people whose lives are in transition. And 99 percent of respondents said they're proud of the service they provide. But just one in five real estate agents would recommend their career to others. The most disliked parts of the job include income unpredictability (42%) and difficulty finding customers (38%). Sixty percent of experienced agents said their incomes had increased in the past five years, while 14 percent said it decreased. Nearly half of all respondents worked other jobs to supplement their income. Agents Feel the Internet Has Decreased Productivity while Increasing Costs The findings also revealed that agents are spending more money than they were five years ago on the costs of finding customers like advertising and online lead-generation, despite their increased pervasiveness. The survey findings also suggest that the internet has not led to increased productivity for agents, most of whom said the internet has either caused them to spend more time and effort to close a sale (33%) or hasn't affected the amount of time they spend (33%). Meanwhile, commissions have been mostly stable, according to agents with five-plus years' experience, 49 percent of whom reported no major change. More than half of respondents said Gen-Xers were the easiest clients to serve. Millennials and Baby Boomers were deemed the toughest, with just 23 and 25 percent of respondents indicating that those generations were easy to serve. "The lessons for the broader industry are first that rumors of the agent's demise are greatly exaggerated. But we should also pay heed to agents' broad frustration with technology, their struggle to make new lead-generation channels profitable and to meet the demands of a new, more fickle set of young homebuyers," wrote Kelman. Racism and Bias in the Industry Redfin asked several questions about diversity and racial bias in the industry with input from Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, assistant professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico, who has focused her research on how real estate agents connect with customers of different races and ethnicities. Professor Korver-Glenn has researched how white agents often have privileged access to listings, lenders, builders and other resources that benefit white clients, unwittingly perpetuating the segregation that exists in many neighborhoods across the U.S. Asked about the races and ethnicities of their last 10 clients, the survey found white agents were far more likely to work with white clients compared to non-white agents. White agents said an average of two of their clients were not white, compared with an average of four non-white clients served by non-white agents. Non-white agents were also nearly twice as likely to agree with the statement 'bias is pervasive' at 33 percent compared with 18 percent of white agents. "Our hope has been that the internet will mitigate some of the effects caused by the differing social networks of white and non-white agents," wrote Kelman. "We've found that a white customer who might have hired a white agent from her social network is perfectly comfortable hiring an agent of color on Redfin.com, particularly when we can show that agent's reviews and sales performance." To read the full white paper, complete with charts and methodology, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/the-next-generation-of-real-estate-agents/ About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 90 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has helped customers buy or sell homes worth more than $85 billion.
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ReferralExchange Releases Directory of Real Estate Lead Sources
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Out with the Fake, in with the Real with the Latest Realtor.com Campaign
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Second Century Ventures Selects Inaugural Commercial Accelerator Class
WASHINGTON (July 18, 2019) -- Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors, announced its first REACH Commercial Class today. REACH is a growth technology accelerator program helping launch companies into the real estate, financial services, banking, home services, and insurance industries. The newest track, REACH Commercial, focuses on accelerating innovative solutions for all aspects of the commercial real estate marketplace. The inaugural REACH Commercial class offers innovation in multifamily housing, vacation rental, lending, listing, smart office planning, and transaction management. "REACH Commercial will leverage an exceptional network of real estate industry professionals, strategic partners, investors, and mentors to increase the depth of the commercial real estate field and further advance our mission to keep REALTORS® at the forefront of the industry," said Bob Goldberg, CEO of the National Association of Realtors®, and President of Second Century Ventures. "We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic group of entrepreneurs revolutionizing the commercial real estate marketplace." The companies chosen for the 2019 REACH Commercial class are: Biproxi: End-to-end transaction platform for commercial real estate practitioners; Coeo: Open data CRE platform that matches brokers and users to their ideal space in seconds; CRE Simple: Integrated commercial real estate lending platform delivering transparency, speed and certainty; LulaFit: Luxury amenity management firm for Class A+ multifamily and commercial office spaces; Trove: Boutique vacation rental service delivering exceptional consumer experiences and maximum value for property owners; Twofold: Smart, zero-footprint furniture and structures for home and office space optimization. "REACH Commercial is uniquely positioned to help launch and accelerate the most promising new technology companies focused on delivering innovation at all levels of the commercial real estate eco-system," said Tyler Thompson, Managing Partner, Second Century Ventures. "The 2019 REACH Commercial class is a remarkable lineup of solutions benefiting property investors, sellers and practitioners alike." REACH Commercial will offer its 2019 class a robust curriculum including mentorship, education, a curated insight panel, exclusive networking opportunities, and significant exposure to the global real estate marketplace. Those chosen for the program have demonstrated solid business models, executable business plans and significant potential to influence our nation's economy. "We have selected six companies for the first REACH Commercial class that are already well on their way to being the market leaders in their spaces. They are changing how we buy and lease properties, live and work in them, and are providing end-to-end industry-changing platforms," said Bob Gillespie, Executive Director, REACH Commercial. "We have an outstanding 2019 class and look forward to helping them achieve exponential growth." REACH is a unique real estate technology accelerator created by Second Century Ventures, a strategic technology investment fund backed by the National Association of Realtors®, which leverages the association's more than 1.3 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries. The REACH Accelerator program helps technology companies launch into the real estate vertical and its adjacent markets. The program provides education, mentorship and market exposure to one of the world's largest industries. For more on REACH, visit www.narreach.com. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Equifax responds to the needs of real estate agents with Lead Accelerator
New solution helps real estate agents prioritize prospects, estimate income, property value and propensity to buy ATLANTA, July 18, 2019 -- According to the National Association of Realtors, seven in ten home buyers select the first real estate agent that connects with them. To help real estate agents quickly and intelligently connect with potential buyers, Equifax, a global data, analytics and technology company, today introduces Lead Accelerator™, a new solution designed specifically to help agents become the first contact for prospective home buyers. "If 79 percent of Millennials use their phones at least three hours a day*, you can guarantee they will expect a technology-driven home buying experience that is fast and intuitive. In order to meet this demand, real estate agents need sophisticated data and analytic tools at their disposal to move at lightning speed," said Tyler Sawyer, vice president of rental and real estate, Equifax. Lead Accelerator leverages proprietary data and analytics to provide lead-specific insights via three unique modules: The Personal Wealth module provides real estate agents with anonymized insights of a lead they have not previously met in addition to an overview of the lead's likely financial capacity and estimated household income. Also, the Personal Wealth module includes visibility into the household economics, further helping real estate agents differentiate leads, match offers and deliver relevant marketing messages. The Property Value module uncovers property data to determine whether a lead is likely an existing property owner or a prospective first-time home buyer. For existing property owners, additional data is provided relative to property value, time-in-home, home equity and other property attributes indicating a buyer's estimated financial health. The Propensity Score module identifies the likelihood that a lead will purchase a home within the next six months. Likewise, real estate agents can prioritize similar looking leads based on those most likely to convert and determine a preferred approach to contact. For more information on Lead Accelerator, please visit: https://www.equifax.com/business/lead-accelerator/ "Lead Accelerator enables real estate agents to qualify leads faster using data to make prioritization decisions; utilize the propensity score to help understand a lead's transaction likelihood; and convert more leads to closed deals by identifying and prioritizing top lead clusters, connecting the right buyer to the right home," added Sawyer. In an internal analysis of the solution, Equifax found that the top 10 percent of the propensity scores captured between 2.4 to 4 times more mortgage applicants than a randomly selected sample of equal size. As a result, real estate agents can expect improved productivity and a reduction in time spent with leads by as much as 75 percent. About Equifax Equifax is a global data, analytics, and technology company and believes knowledge drives progress. The Company blends unique data, analytics, and technology with a passion for serving customers globally, to create insights that power decisions to move people forward. Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. It is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. Equifax employs approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit Equifax.com.
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HUD and Census Bureau Report Residential Construction Activity in June 2019
WASHINGTON (July 17, 2019) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2019. Building Permits Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,220,000. This is 6.1 percent (±1.2 percent) below the revised May rate of 1,299,000 and is 6.6 percent (±1.1 percent) below the June 2018 rate of 1,306,000. Single‐family authorizations in June were at a rate of 813,000; this is 0.4 percent (±1.0 percent)* above the revised May figure of 810,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 360,000 in June. Housing Starts Privately owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,253,000. This is 0.9 percent (±7.9 percent)* below the revised May estimate of 1,265,000, but is 6.2 percent (±7.8 percent)* above the June 2018 rate of 1,180,000. Single‐family housing starts in June were at a rate of 847,000; this is 3.5 percent (±9.6 percent)* above the revised May figure of 818,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 396,000. Housing Completions Privately‐owned housing completions in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,161,000. This is 4.8 percent (±12.8 percent)* below the revised May estimate of 1,220,000 and is 3.7 percent (±10.5 percent)* below the June 2018 rate of 1,205,000. Single‐family housing completions in June were at a rate of 870,000; this is 1.8 percent (±11.5 percent)* below the revised May rate of 886,000. The June rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 283,000. Read more about new residential construction activity. Explanatory Notes In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage. Estimated relative standard errors of the most recent data are shown in the tables. Whenever a statement such as “2.5 percent (±3.2 percent) above” appears in the text, this indicates the range (-0.7 to +5.7 percent) in which the actual percentage change is likely to have occurred. All ranges given for percentage changes are 90 percent confidence intervals and account only for sampling variability. If a range does not contain zero, the change is statistically significant. If it does contain zero, the change is not statistically significant; that is, it is uncertain whether there was an increase or decrease. The same policies apply to the confidence intervals for percentage changes shown in the tables. On average, the preliminary seasonally adjusted estimates of total building permits, housing starts and housing completions are revised 3 percent or less. Explanations of confidence intervals and sampling variability can be found at the Census Bureau’s website. * The 90 percent confidence interval includes zero. In such cases, there is insufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.
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CoreLogic Reports Lowest Overall Delinquency Rate in More than 20 Years This April
U.S. serious delinquency rate this April was the lowest for any month in nearly 14 years CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report. The report shows that nationally 3.6% of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due, including those in foreclosure) in April 2019, representing a 0.7 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with April 2018, when it was 4.3%. This was the lowest rate for any month in more than 20 years. As of April 2019, the foreclosure inventory rate – which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process – was 0.4%, down 0.1 percentage points from April 2018. The April 2019 foreclosure inventory rate tied the prior five months as the lowest for any month since at least January 1999. Measuring early-stage delinquency rates is important for analyzing the health of the mortgage market. To monitor mortgage performance comprehensively, CoreLogic examines all stages of delinquency, as well as transition rates, which indicate the percentage of mortgages moving from one stage of delinquency to the next. The rate for early-stage delinquencies – defined as 30 to 59 days past due – was 1.7% in April 2019, down from 1.8% in April 2018. The share of mortgages 60 to 89 days past due in April 2019 was 0.6%, unchanged from April 2018. The serious delinquency rate – defined as 90 days or more past due, including loans in foreclosure – was 1.3% in April 2019, down from 1.9% in April 2018. April's serious delinquency rate of 1.3% was the lowest for any month since August 2005 when it was also 1.3%. Since early-stage delinquencies can be volatile, CoreLogic also analyzes transition rates. The share of mortgages that transitioned from current to 30 days past due was 0.7% in April 2019, down from 0.8% in April 2018. By comparison, in January 2007, just before the start of the financial crisis, the current-to-30-day transition rate was 1.2%, while it peaked in November 2008 at 2%. The nation's overall delinquency rate has fallen on a year-over-year basis for the past 16 consecutive months. In April, Nebraska's overall delinquency rate was unchanged from a year earlier and all other states posted at least a small annual decline. "Thanks to a 50-year low in unemployment, rising home prices and responsible underwriting, the U.S. overall delinquency rate is the lowest in more than 20 years," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "However, a number of metros that suffered a natural disaster or economic decline contradict this national trend. For example, in the wake of the 2018 California Camp Fire, the serious delinquency rate in the Chico, California metro area this April was 21% higher than one year ago." In April 2019, 10 metropolitan areas logged an increase in the serious delinquency rate. The highest gains continue to plague the hurricane-ravaged parts of the Southeast (in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina), and in Northern California where the Camp Fire devastated communities in 2018. "The U.S. has experienced 16 consecutive months of falling overall delinquency rates, but it has not been a steady decline across all areas of the country," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "Recent flooding in the Midwest could elevate delinquency rates in hard-hit areas, similar to what we see after a hurricane." The next CoreLogic Loan Performance Insights Report will be released on August 13, 2019, featuring data for May 2019. For ongoing housing trends and data, visit the CoreLogic Insights Blog: www.corelogic.com/insights. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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CHICAGO (July 10, 2019) -- Realtors Property Resource (RPR), a nationwide data platform and a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS, is pleased to introduce Mailing Labels as a new feature within its array of products and programs exclusively for REALTORS. RPR users can now create ready-to-print mailing labels for farming, prospecting or direct mail marketing within custom geographies. "Through a targeted outreach program, RPR met with MLS CEOs and user focus groups to solicit input to help RPR provide additional value to agents and brokers." said Emily Line, Vice President of Member Experience. "Mailing labels came up consistently in those conversations, coinciding with user feedback from other RPR channels and social media where the number-one requested feature has been the ability to create mailing labels. We've listened, and we're excited to deliver this new capability to our users." Armed with RPR's new Mailing Labels feature, REALTORS® will be able to create farming or prospecting lists and generate up to 2,000 pre-formatted labels per month for mailings to residential or commercial property owners based on any RPR search. The easy-to-create labels are available in popular formats and users can choose to export results into a standard CSV file. The data used to create the lists is licensed from Black Knight, RPR's public records provider. "As a member of the RPR User group for Mailing Labels, I was able to preview and share feedback about the feature while it was being developed," said Jennifer Archambeault, Broker/Owner of Urban Provision REALTORS® in Austin, TX. "RPR has been one of my core business tools for years. Now, with the addition of this new feature, RPR can now do more to help REALTORS® generate new opportunities with buyers and sellers." Additionally, REALTORS® who are interested in expanded capabilities or additional fields for their mailing labels can link directly from RPR into Black Knight's property analytics product, SiteXPro.com. This added benefit will help REALTORS® who are looking for advanced list generation features. The link, and a discount, will be available for RPR users beginning in August through a banner on the bottom of the Mailing Labels modal window. "REALTORS® know how important it is to keep their prospecting pipeline full and to have the right tools to create dynamic direct mail campaigns," said Leslie Rouda Smith, Broker with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate in Dallas, TX. "The new Mailing Labels feature in RPR will give agents a simple way to market new listings, just sold properties, or promote their brand." About Realtors Property Resource® Realtors Property Resource, LLC®, a wholly owned subsidiary of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, is an exclusive online real estate database created to support the core competence of its members. The parcel-centric database, covering more than 160 million residential and commercial U.S. properties, provides REALTORS® with the analytical power to help clients make informed decisions while increasing efficiency in the marketplace. Log in to RPR today: narrpr.com.
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Realtor.com Predicts Market Shift That Could Impact Buyers Well Into 2020
U.S. Inventory Declines Likely to Return by October SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9, 2019 -- The housing market is posed for a shift that could affect buyers well into 2020 -- the resurgence of national inventory declines. According to realtor.com's July 2019 Monthly Housing Trend report released today, in just a few months* buyers may begin to see a drop in the number of homes for sale that could lead to the return of bidding wars, stronger price appreciation and quicker home sales. Continuing its unabated record growth, the U.S. median listing price in June reached its likely high point for the year at $316,000, earlier than its usual July peak due to the mismatch of what's available and what buyers want. Nationally, housing inventory grew 2.8 percent year-over-year, an addition of approximately 40,000 listings, down from May's 2.9 percent growth. The slowing of inventory gains first appeared in 2019 with a decline from 6.4 percent growth in January to 5.8 percent in February. It continued throughout the spring with 4.4 percent growth in both March and April, 2.9 percent in May and now 2.8 percent in June. If this trend continues, inventory growth will flatten over the next three months and could hit its first decline in October 2019. "It was only 18 months ago that the number of homes for sale hit its lowest level in recorded history and sparked the fiercest competition among buyers we've ever seen. If the trend we're seeing continues, overall inventory could near record lows by early next year," said Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. "So far there's been a lackluster response to low mortgage rates, but if they do spark fresh buyer interest later in the year, U.S. inventory could set new record lows." Part of this slowdown can be attributed to the fact that newly listed homes have either declined or reported meager growth in 2019, such as June's 2.3 percent yearly decrease. According to Hale, the reason why people aren't putting their homes on the market is more difficult to determine. "It's likely a combination of rate-lock, recently decreased consumer confidence and older generations choosing to age in place," she added. Only seven years ago, 30 year fixed mortgage rates reached their lowest point at 3.3 percent since Freddie Mac began tracking this data, which prompted many homeowners to refinance. Although rates are still low, they're currently 50 basis points higher than they were in December 2012 and higher than one third of the weekly rates recorded over the last seven years, which means a substantial number of homeowners have mortgages with rates well below today's levels. If homeowners want to trade up, they would not only have to pay more for a larger home, they would pay more to finance it. Additionally, consumer confidence fell 4.4 percent over the past year, which could reflect consumer concerns over a potential recession or future economic growth. The time properties spent on the market in June 2019 was 56 days, a two-day increase from last year. Additionally, the number of homes with price reductions increased by 8.7 percent compared to the previous year, which means one in five homes on the market this June had a price cut, compared to one in six last year. *Projections based on January-June 2019 inventory trend data and assume no disruption to current trajectory. For more information on realtor.com®'s June housing trend report, please visit: https://www.realtor.com/research/june-2019-data/ Editors note: Realtor.com® is upgrading its database to a new system that allows for more enhanced listings tracking. Market level trend data is being held until the conversion is complete. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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NAR's Strategic Investment Fund Opens Applications for iOi Pitch Battle
WASHINGTON (June 26, 2019) – Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors®' strategic investment arm, is proud to present the opening of applications for the second annual Innovation, Opportunity and Investment Summit Pitch Battle. A select group of technology startups focused on real estate will compete with live presentations in front of the iOi Summit audience on Wednesday, August 21 in Seattle, Washington. "We are pleased to announce that Chris Smith, Co-Founder of Curaytor will once again emcee the event. The goal of the iOi Pitch Battle is to highlight how some of the most cutting edge and impactful startups are helping to define the future of real estate. All iOi Summit registrants are welcome to attend the live iOi Pitch Battle," said Glenn Shimkus, NAR VP of Strategy and Innovation. The Pitch Battle is a unique opportunity for tech startups focused on the real estate industry to provide a live demonstration in front of the iOi Summit 2019 audience. Selected startups will have the chance to have their product or service viewed by key influencers and venture investors, receive free press mentions, obtain an all-access pass to iOi Summit 2019, and the opportunity to receive personalized presentation coaching by Chris Smith of Curaytor. First place winner will also walk away with $15K cash and other valuable benefits. "If you consider yourself an innovator, entrepreneur, investor, or executive seeking to lead change, I encourage you to join the conversation. It's one you won't want to miss," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. Please visit https://www.nar.realtor/ioi/Pitch-Battle for more information. The National Association of Realtors® annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit brings together the industry's top tech companies, investors and Realtors® to collaborate, network, and drive the industry forward. The two-day conference will take place in Seattle, Washington with a welcome reception beginning on Tuesday, August 20 at 5 p.m. and ending late afternoon on Thursday, August 22. The iOi Summit attracts attendees who are looking to embrace, leverage, and be part of the change that currently surrounds real estate. Hear the latest from entrepreneurs and global tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others. Find out what products and services are poised to make a major impact on the industry. Learn how you can tap into these breakthroughs to better your business. The National Association of Realtors® is the world's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Supply of Homes for Sale Down 0.3% in June, First Annual Decline in 10 Months
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CoreLogic Reports May Home Prices Increased by 3.6% Year Over Year
Annual U.S. home-price growth accelerates for the first time in 14 months CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for May 2019, which shows home prices rose both year over year and month over month. Home prices increased nationally by 3.6% from May 2018. On a month-over-month basis, prices increased by 0.9% in May 2019. (April 2019 data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results each month.) After several months of moderation earlier this year, the CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates home prices will increase by 5.6% from May 2019 to May 2020. On a month-over-month basis, home prices are expected to increase by 0.8% from May 2019 to June 2019, bringing single-family home prices to an all-time high. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices calculated using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state. "Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages fell by nearly one percentage point between November 2018 and this May," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "This has been a shot-in-the-arm for home sales. Sales gained momentum in May and annual home-price growth accelerated for the first time since March 2018." According to the CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators (MCI), an analysis of housing values in the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 38% of metropolitan areas have an overvalued housing market as of May 2019. The CoreLogic MCI analysis categorizes home prices in individual markets as undervalued, at value or overvalued, by comparing home prices to their long-run, sustainable levels, which are supported by local market fundamentals such as disposable income. As of May 2019, 24% of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued, and 38% were at value. When looking at only the top 50 markets based on housing stock, 42% were overvalued, 16% were undervalued and 42% were at value. The CoreLogic MCI analysis defines an overvalued housing market as one in which home prices are at least 10% above the long-term, sustainable level. An undervalued housing market is one in which home prices are at least 10% below the sustainable level. During the first quarter of 2019, CoreLogic together with RTi Research of Norwalk, Connecticut, conducted an extensive survey measuring consumer-housing sentiment in high-priced markets. Given the significant increases in home prices in these markets, homeowners are questioning their ability to afford replacement homes, and 28% of homeowners reported they are concerned they won't be able to afford buying a new home in the future. Only half of the respondents are satisfied with the number of options available in their market, and 40% of homeowners who are considering selling said they would have to move outside of their current market to afford another home. "The recent and forecasted acceleration in home prices is a good and bad thing at the same time," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "Higher prices and a lack of affordable homes are two of the most challenging issues in housing today, and every buyer, seller and industry participant is being impacted. The long-term solution lies in expanding supply, which will require aggressive and effective collaboration between policy makers, state and local government entities and home builders." About the CoreLogic Consumer Housing Sentiment Study In the first quarter of 2019, 1,002 renters and homeowners were surveyed by CoreLogic together with RTi Research. This study is a quarterly pulse of U.S. housing market dynamics. Each quarter, the research focuses on a different issue related to current housing topics. This first quarterly study concentrated on consumer sentiment within high-priced markets. The survey has a sampling error of +/- 3.1% at the total respondent level with a 95% confidence level. About RTi Research RTi Research is an innovative, global market research and brand strategy consultancy headquartered in Norwalk, CT. Founded in 1979, RTi has been consistently recognized by the American Marketing Association as one of the top 50 U.S. insights companies. The company serves a broad base of leading firms in Financial Services, Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceuticals as well as partnering with leading academic centers of excellence. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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Redfin Report: McAllen, Texas, Salt Lake City and Grand Rapids Have the Highest Homeownership Rates for Single Mothers
31% of single mothers are homeowners nationally, down from nearly 36% in 2010 SEATTLE, June 24, 2019 -- Just 31.1 percent of single mothers nationwide owned homes in 2017, on par with the 2016 rate and down from 35.5 percent in 2010, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. At 63.9 percent, the overall homeownership rate for households across the country was more than double that of single mothers, though it was also down from nearly 70 percent in 2010. Over the same time period, the national median home price rose by more than 40 percent. The metros with the highest rates of homeownership among single moms tend to be relatively affordable. McAllen, Texas, where the typical home sells for $165,000, has the highest homeownership rate among metro areas with at least 20,000 single mothers in 2017, with 46.6 percent of single moms owning homes. That's followed by Salt Lake City (41.7%), Grand Rapids (41.5%) and Minneapolis (40.3%). All but two (El Paso and San Antonio) of the top 10 metros for single-mom homeownership have higher-than-national overall homeownership rates as well. The four metros with the lowest rates of single-mom homeownership are all in California: Fresno (20.5%), Los Angeles (20.7%), San Diego (22.4%) and Bakersfield (22.6%). The metros with the lowest rates of homeownership among single mothers all have overall homeownership rates below the national rate. "Although more single moms have entered the workforce since 2015, thanks in part to a growing economy, single mothers haven't yet been able to gain increased wealth through equity from homeownership. That's because in many expensive metros, single moms aren't able to access the benefits of homeownership due to a lack of affordable homes for sale," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "But in areas like Salt Lake City and Minneapolis, single moms are better able to afford a home without a dual income or financial support from a partner. Beyond being a primary source for building wealth, owning a home can provide some necessary stability for children because homeowners have predictable monthly mortgage payments and don't have to worry about a landlord raising rent or selling their home." To read the full report, with additional metro-level data and analysis, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/single-mother-homeownership-rate-us. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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Gap Widens Between What Buyers Want and What's for Sale
Half of all buyers are looking for homes priced at least 9 percent below the nation's median list price of $315,000 SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2019 -- There is a wide gap between what buyers want and what's currently available for sale, according to new research released today from realtor.com, the Home of Home Search. According to the study, half of all home shoppers are currently looking for a home priced under $288,000, which is 9.1 percent below the median list price of homes currently on the market. "The price differences between what buyers are searching for, closing on, and what's available on the market demonstrates just how big the gap is for entry level home buyers," said Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. "Buying a first home has always been a challenge, but with such a slim number of entry-level homes available, it's especially difficult now." According to realtor.com® home search data, half of all home shoppers are currently looking for a home under $288,000, which is 9.1 percent or $27,000 below today's median price of $315,000 for homes currently on the market. This is supported by the fact that the median sales price of homes purchased in April was $267,000 (NAR, Existing Home Sales data*), which is about 15 percent or $48,000 lower than the price of inventory on the market. Based on the analysis, currently, the only price range where supply is meeting demand for homes is between $340,000 and $350,000, with an imbalance below and above. The gap between what buyers are looking to purchase and current available inventory can be attributed to the 4 percent year-over-year decrease in the pace of home sales so far in 2019, according to Hale. In order to promote sales growth and satisfy the imbalance between what buyers want and what is available, realtor.com® estimates approximately 94,000 homes priced $100,000-$340,000 would need to be added to the market. That would mean a 15 percent increase in the number of listings currently available in the entry- to mid-price-tier, which is no small feat, especially considering inventory growth is currently flat in this category. By comparison, homes above $750,000 -- the tier where inventory is growing the most -- only saw an 11 percent yearly increase in April. "Entry-level homes continue to be difficult to come by as the inventory composition shifts more and more toward higher priced homes. This is causing smaller and more affordable homes to appreciate rapidly, resulting in a mismatch between what buyers are able to spend and what sellers expect to receive." This year, smaller homes (750-1,750 sqft.) have appreciated 12.1 percent, or 3.5 times faster than mid- to large-sized homes (3,000-6,000 sqft.), which have appreciated 3.4 percent year-over-year. Markets where buyers can find what they want As the gap between what buyers want and what is available continues to widen, buyers are beginning to search other parts of the market in an effort to close. The best U.S. markets where buyers can find what they want is topped by Buffalo, N.Y., with a median list price of $194,950. It is followed by Memphis, Tenn. ($219,950), Baltimore ($329,050), Pittsburgh ($189,950), and Philadelphia ($279,950). On average, buyers in the top 10 markets with the smallest imbalance search for homes that are 8.9 percent above the median listing price, demonstrating the average buyer can afford more than the median home for sale. Lower barriers to entry mean these markets have high home ownership rates on average of 66.6 percent and a relatively low median search price of $245,000, as well as a relatively small income percentage requirement of 25 percent of a buyer's salary. Markets with the largest discrepancy In contrast, the top 10 metros with the largest imbalance are associated with larger barriers to entry. The U.S. top markets where there is the largest discrepancy between what buyers want and what is available is topped by Cincinnati with a median list price of $275,045, followed by Houston ($324,950), Minneapolis ($370,050), Indianapolis ($284,950), and Atlanta ($339,050). On average, the top 10 metros with the largest discrepancies have typical home buyers who are searching 15.3 percent below the median asking price, demonstrating the vast discrepancy of what people are looking for and what's available for sale. Buyers in these markets also have a low average home ownership rate at just 64.6 percent, as well as a relatively high entry price point of $442,000. This price point has the largest income percentage requirement of 35 percent, which sits above the recommended 30 percent. * National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Existing Home Sales Data for April. May data published by the NAR shows the median search price of existing homes rose to $277,700. Research Portal link: https://www.realtor.com/research/entry-level-demand-surplus-remains-sizable/ About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Generation Z Seeks Diverse Neighborhoods in Homebuying Decisions
Homes.com Survey Reveals Striking Demographic Shifts in Home Purchase Patterns AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2019 -- Generation Z, 18- to 24-year-olds who are entering the age bracket for first-time homebuying, is the first generation in American history with a preference for buying homes in culturally diverse neighborhoods, according to a recent Homes.com survey. Polling more than 1,000 young adults in the Gen Z age bracket, the survey is the first to examine how Generation Z and millennial habits differ across several facets of homebuying. The survey found that 58% of future Gen Z homebuyers prefer a diverse community compared to 12% who prefer a homogeneous neighborhood. Gen Z's commitment to diversity has important ramifications for national housing policy, cross-cultural enrichment, and the evolution of a post-racial definition of the American Dream. "Generation Z is more multicultural than ever before, with demographics that include the largest percentage of Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks at 22% and 15%, respectively. Our survey suggests that their preferences will have a substantial impact on homebuying patterns," said David Mele, president of Homes.com. "That, in turn, may create a new dynamic where diverse communities thrive more than ever before." The Gen Z homeownership survey also found that: The vast majority of Gen Z-ers expect to buy a home. 86% of respondents reported they plan to become homeowners someday. Only 5% don't, and the remaining 9% are unsure. Since Gen Z is even larger than the millennial generation, strong home demand can be expected for many years to come. Most expect to buy their first homes before age 35. Specifically, 14% anticipate purchasing homes between ages 18-24, 48% from 25-29, and 25% between 30-34. If they succeed, they will follow the same schedule as Generation X and Baby Boomers. They will also achieve a much higher homeownership rate than millennials, who were stymied by high unemployment and low-income levels for young workers from 2008 to 2013. 'A place to call home' and investment value are among the top reasons to buy. The fact that half want to buy because they believe owning a home is a good investment reflects how far the wealth-building aspects of homeownership have rebounded since the housing crash of 2008 when less than 1% of first-time buyers said financial security was their primary purchase motivation. Having a good home for pets ranked as the #3 reason to buy, outstripping safety and a sense of community as key incentives. Proximity to work is Generation Z's top priority in selecting a place to live. When asked to rank the most important considerations in deciding where to live, proximity to work (71%) as well as to friends and family (52%) surpassed urban location (25%), proximity to shopping (24%) and access to nightlife (12%). That means that employers located in suburban and ex-urban areas will find it easier to attract Gen Z employees. Four in 10 are concerned they won't earn enough to qualify for a mortgage. Even though most are years away from buying a home, Generation Z is more worried about making enough income to afford a home in five or 10 years than about their ability to save for a down payment or pay off student loan debt. Gen Z-ers have misconceptions about down payments. Despite the availability of lower-cost down payments like those required with 3.5% FHA loans, many young homebuyers believe they will need to save for two or three years to meet down payment obligations unless they get financial help from friends and family. That scenario is unlikely unless they live in an expensive market or don't use a low down payment loan. "With Gen Z poised to become the next wave of homebuyers, it's important to look at how their attitudes and behaviors will affect the homebuying process," Mele noted. "The insights provided by this survey can help agents anticipate and prepare for the changes that will occur as this age group begins their home search." View the full results of the Homes.com survey at http://go.homes/gen-z. About Homes.com Homes.com offers today's demanding homebuyers, renters and those somewhere in between a simply smarter home search. With smart search features like Homes.com Snap & Search, home shoppers now have a more personalized and conversational way to search for their next home. Since its launch over 25 years ago, Homes.com offers real estate professionals brand and property advertising, search engine marketing, and instant response lead generation to help them succeed online. For more information, visit Homes.com.
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Redfin Report: May Home Prices Up 3.6% in May, the Largest Year-over-Year Increase in 7 Months
Recent upticks in mortgage applications and home tours suggest that home price growth will strengthen this summer SEATTLE, June 20, 2019 -- U.S. home-sale prices edged up again in May, growing 3.6 percent from a year ago to a median of $315,700, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. This was the biggest annual home price increase in seven months. Only six of the 85 largest metro areas Redfin tracks saw a year-over-year decline in their median sale price, the biggest of which were a 6 percent drop in San Jose, a 2.5 percent dip in New York, and a 2.2 percent decline in Honolulu. All three of the other metros that saw price drops were in California: Orange County (-1.4%), Los Angeles (-0.8%) and Oakland (-0.7%). "As mortgage rates have fallen this month, Redfin has seen upticks in the number of people wanting to talk with our agents about buying homes and the number going on home tours," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "Recent surges in mortgage applications also reflect the impact low rates are having on homebuyer demand nationwide. We haven't yet seen a commensurate increase in U.S. home sales, and I don't expect sales to increase substantially in the long run. That's because there still aren't enough homes for sale for all of the people who want to buy homes. In May, inventory posted its smallest increase in eight months, and fewer new listings came on the market than last year. Low rates and rising prices will likely lure sellers onto the market this summer, but the lack of new construction will continue to hold back sales growth." Home sales were essentially flat in May, up 0.2 percent year over year. Forty-eight of the 85 metros tracked by Redfin saw an increase in sales from a year earlier. The number of homes for sale as of the end of May was up 2.5 percent from the same time last year. This was the smallest year-over-year increase in home supply in eight months. The number of homes newly listed for sale last month fell 0.7 percent from a year earlier. Nationwide, measures of competition are mixed, with some pointing toward a hotter market than a year ago and others indicating that the market has cooled. One indicator of a hotter market is the median number of days on market, which dropped to 36 days in May from 37 days a year earlier. This is the lowest days on market measured in any month of May since at least 2010 (as far back as Redfin has recorded this measure nationally). An indicator pointing to a cooler market is the share of homes for sale that had a price drop, which rose to 25.9 percent, the highest rate since September's record high, and up from 23.4 percent last year. The share of homes sold above list price is also falling, down to 24.4 percent in May from 28 percent last year. Still, last month's rate of homes selling above list price was the highest since last August. To read the full report, including charts and metro-level data breakdowns, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/may-2019-housing-market-tracker. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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May Residential Real Estate Traffic Down in 75% of Regions, but More Comparable to Prior Year
Northeast Region Posts First Year-over-Year Increase in Buyer Traffic Since April 2018, while U.S. as a Whole Reports Slightly Lower, but More Stable Showing Activity June 21, 2019 – In a welcome sign for the Northeast, which has experienced lower year-over-year buyer traffic since April 2018, the region saw showings increase 1.5 percent in May, according to the latest data from the ShowingTime Showing Index. The Northeast was the only region to report higher buyer traffic, however, as the U.S. as a whole was slower, albeit more in line with prior-year showing traffic. The U.S. declined 2.3 percent, the lowest such decline since August 2018 after 10 consecutive months of slower activity. The West Region continued its trend of slowing traffic, seeing a 10.6 percent drop year over year. The South and Midwest saw more modest declines in activity at 4.1 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively. "Year over year, the situation is stabilizing with May 2019 roughly in line with May 2018 and with the Northeast region crossing into positive territory," said ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy. "Activity in the Midwest and South are also in line with last year as we continue to see stronger traffic in the lower price quartiles of the market, with more expensive homes still seeing less traffic compared to the same time last year." The ShowingTime Showing Index, the first of its kind in the residential real estate industry, is compiled using data from property showings scheduled across the country on listings using ShowingTime products and services, providing a benchmark to track buyer demand. ShowingTime facilitates more than four million showings each month. Released monthly, the Showing Index tracks the average number of appointments received on active listings during the month. Local MLS indices are also available for select markets and are distributed to MLS and association leadership. To view the full report, visit showingtime.com/showingtime-showing-index. About ShowingTime ShowingTime is the residential real estate industry's leading showing management and market stats technology provider, with more than 1.2 million active listings subscribed to its services. Its showing products and services simplify the appointment scheduling process for real estate professionals, buyers and sellers, resulting in more showings, more feedback and more efficient sales. Its MarketStats division provides interactive tools and easy-to-read market reports for MLSs, associations, brokers and other real estate companies. ShowingTime products are used in more than 250 MLSs representing over 950,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact us at [email protected]
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Chime Technologies Unveils Dynamic Ads for Real Estate Designed for Facebook
Unique user mapping technology empowers brokers with targeted insight to more effectively generate and nurture leads PHOENIX, June 19, 2019 -- Chime Technologies, an operating system for the real estate industry, today unveiled DARE (Dynamic Ads for Real Estate) designed for Facebook. The new offering, fully integrated with Chime's AI-powered sales acceleration platform, optimizes and delivers ad creatives sourced from MLS to a targeted audience based on broker preferences. By customizing the ads and actively responding and adjusting to lead behaviors accordingly, DARE delivers high quality ads via Facebook to targeted leads for more effective results. Designed to help brokers and real estate teams automate online lead generation and fuel top of funnel advertising, Chime's DARE delivers more leads, ensures a better conversion rate and costs less per lead than traditional options. To learn more, visit www.chime.me. Historically, online lead generation solutions have not performed effectively or yielded successful results for most brokers. Meanwhile, the demands of the real estate market make managing this program unwieldly for busy agents. As a result, many brokers miss out on the opportunity to capture leads via influential online channels. By leveraging the power of Facebook, automating the process, and integrating lead data into Chime's comprehensive real estate platform, agents ensure their lead generation program exclusively delivers relevant, active and interested buyers and sellers. "The new dynamic ads solution from Chime is a valuable, cost effective lead generation tool that our industry desperately needs," said Mike Klemsrud, CEO, eHouse Realty, Inc. "Like many brokers, my team is strapped for time and always on the go. Chime helps us leverage the power of social media and get to a close faster without the burden of having to manually manage the system, and helps ensure we stay focused on our target market and motivated consumers. Chime has been a game changer for my brokerage and team." To get started, the Chime customer success team helps clients identify the ideal properties to feature and seamlessly connects each ad back to a page on the IDX site. By strategically mapping properties back to clients' business objectives and unique broker profile, Chimes' DARE helps to deliver the most relevant and targeted leads, shortening the window from contact to close. Once an interested lead clicks to learn more and a lead form is populated, the lead is entered into Chimes' CRM and is automatically analyzed by an intelligent scoring system. The AI-powered platform leverages unique user mapping technology to consistently review user behavior and adjust the lead score, in turn adjusting how to effectively nurture the lead over time. "Leads are the lifeblood of the real estate business but many agents and teams find managing the process of online lead generation daunting and unsuccessful. DARE helps alleviate this burden," said Mike McGowan, Vice President of Sales, Chime. "By automating the process and integrating leads into our end to end real estate platform, agents are freed to focus only on those intent focused buyers and sellers." About Chime Technologies Chime is an all-in-one Sales Acceleration Platform for the real estate industry headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Its award-winning productivity suite offers a robust set of features that help real estate professionals and teams of all sizes run and grow their business. Chime Technologies operates as a US subsidiary of Renren, Inc. (RENN). For more information, contact [email protected] or 888-682-4463, or visit www.chime.me.
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Redefy Launches RedefyDIY, the First 'Do It Yourself' Residential Real Estate Listing Platform
Proprietary Technology Makes it Faster, Easier and Less Expensive to List Residential Real Estate for Sale DENVER, June 17, 2019 -- Redefy Corporation, a technology and data-enabled company that seeks to disrupt the way people buy and sell residential real estate, today announced the launch of RedefyDIY, the First "Do It Yourself" residential real estate listing platform. Built with proprietary technology, RedefyDIY makes it faster, easier and less expensive for homeowners to list residential real estate for sale. RedefyDIY is initially available in Florida and Texas through RedefyDIY.com, with plans to expand nationally. Florida and Texas were selected as preliminary launch states due to their economic growth, real estate market dynamics and perceived market receptivity. "In an environment where customers are demanding easier and more cost-efficient ways to sell their home, we are excited to expand our service offerings to include a 'Do-It-Yourself' platform," said Chris Rediger, Chief Executive Officer of Redefy. "We believe the residential real estate industry is on the cusp of significant innovation that will make it faster, easier and less expensive for homeowners to sell real estate. It wasn't too long ago when consumers had to call their stockbroker to buy or sell securities. Today, they can accomplish the same task entirely online, in less time and at lower cost. We believe the innovation introduced through RedefyDIY will transform how homeowners sell their residential real estate." Homeowners visiting RedefyDIY.com start the listing process by typing in their property's address. In the background, Redefy automatically collects information from multiple data sources to help customers complete the listing process faster, easier and more accurately. The homeowner is provided with three flat-fee pricing and service options, including self-service, limited-service and virtual full-service, then enters custom information about the property, and uploads or schedules photography. After the homeowner makes their selection, Redefy's proprietary software coordinates the process of selling the home. RedefyDIY provides three pricing and service options, where applicable by law: Self-Service ($379) includes listing posted on the sellers local MLS, Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia (as well as other sites), a yard sign, contracts, addendums and disclosures and up to 10 photos on MLS. This option does not include agent support and prospective buyers contact the customer directly. Limited Service ($499) includes all Self-Service benefits, plus email, text & live chat support, as well as an additional 15 photos on the MLS listing. Virtual Full Service ($2995) includes all Limited Service benefits, plus full, virtual-agent support (contract review, negotiation and closing services, as well as fielding all buyer inquiries) and a professional photographer. RedefyDIY is the first platform to use data from multiple sources to prepopulate home information once an address is entered, thereby saving home sellers time in completing the listing process. There are more than 600 Multiple Listing Services used by real estate agents to share information and each requires hundreds of fields of information about the features of a property. Since each field is determined by local real estate professionals and uses different terminology or data fields, we overcame a significant challenge to create the foundation for a national residential real estate listing platform. "We took the new Real Estate Standards Organization's (RESO) recommended standards for listing fields to create a solution that translates all of the database fields to the MLS of the property location," said Scott Petronis, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Redefy and Board Member of RESO. "This is the fastest, easiest and lowest cost process to get homes listed for sale." About Redefy Corporation Redefy is a technology and data-enabled company that seeks to disrupt the way people buy and sell residential real estate. The company's mission is to make it faster, easier and less expensive for customers to buy and sell residential real estate. We offer a broad range of real estate sales services for a flat fee, saving homeowners thousands of dollars in real estate commissions. We conduct business in key states and major metro markets across the U.S. Acknowledged for its innovation and growth by several leading sources Redefy was named one of "Inman's 2017 Most Innovative Brokerage" award finalists; was one of Inc. 500 List's 2016 "Fasting Growing Companies" (Final Rank #103), "2016 Top 5 Real Estate Companies", "2016 Top Denver Company" and "2016 Top Colorado Company"; Denver Business Journal's 2016 "Top 10 Best Places to Work (Medium Sized Company category); and was named a finalist for "Inman's 2015 Most Innovative Real Estate Company" award. For more information about our company, please visit: www.Redefy.com.
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U.S. Completed Foreclosures Decrease 50 Percent from a Year Ago
Foreclosure Starts Continue Upward Trend in Florida; New Jersey, Maryland and Florida Rank Highest in Foreclosure Rate; Overall Foreclosure Activity Decreases 22 Percent from a Year Ago IRVINE, Calif. – June 13, 2019 – ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), today released its May 2019 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 56,152 U.S. properties in May 2019, up 1 percent from the previous month but down 22 percent from a year ago for the 11th consecutive month with an annual decline. "We are continuing to see a downward trend with overall foreclosure activity, especially in completed foreclosures declining year after year," said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. "However, in May 2019 we did see an uptick in the number of states increasing in foreclosure starts going from 17 to 23 states rising annually, and again Florida is bucking the national trend with a continuous annual increase." May 2019 Foreclosure Starts by County Foreclosure completions decline annually in every state except Vermont Lenders completed foreclosures (REO) on 10,634 U.S. properties in May 2019, down 4 percent from the previous month and down 50 percent from a year ago – a 7th consecutive annual decline. States across the nation, except for Vermont all saw annual declines in completed foreclosures. Those that saw an annual decline of more than 50 percent in REOs included Michigan (down 84 percent); Massachusetts (down 74 percent); Indiana (down 67 percent); Kentucky (down 66 percent); and New Jersey (down 64 percent). In looking at those greater metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more and those that had at least 100 completed foreclosures in May 2019, with double-digit decreases were Birmingham, Alabama (down 67 percent); New York, New York (down 59 percent); Washington, DC (down 58 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (down 57 percent); and Detroit, Michigan (down 54 percent). Florida foreclosure starts continuing double-digit annual increase Lenders started the foreclosure process on 30,554 U.S. properties in May 2019, while slightly up (less than 1 percent) from last month they are down 9 percent from May 2018 –fourth consecutive month with an annual decline. Counter to the national trend states that saw an increase in foreclosure starts in May 2019 were Wisconsin (up 99 percent); Kentucky (up 64 percent); Louisiana (up 53 percent); Missouri (up 34 percent); and Florida (up 23 percent). This is the 12th consecutive month that Florida has seen double-digit annual increases in foreclosure starts. "To put the numbers in perspective, I would use a full year, perhaps 2006 as a "normal" benchmark number. That would be the last year before the real estate world crashed," said Bruce Norris, president of The Norris Group. "The total foreclosure starts for Florida in 2006 was 102,875. In 2018, there were 33,031 foreclosure starts. Even at a 25% increase over 2018, 2019 will still be less than 50% of 2006. An increase of some 8,000 foreclosure starts is not a game changer at this point." States that posted annual decreases in foreclosure starts in May 2019, included Texas (down 39 percent); Pennsylvania (down 38 percent); Massachusetts (down 34 percent); Oklahoma (down 29 percent); and New York (down 25 percent). Those major metropolitan statistical areas with a population greater than 1,000,000 that saw an annual decrease in foreclosure starts included Indianapolis, Indiana (down 82 percent); Houston, Texas (down 65 percent); San Jose, California (down 58 percent); Austin, Texas (down 41 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (down 34 percent). New Jersey, Maryland and Florida rank top 3 in worst foreclosure rate Nationwide one in every 2,411 housing units had a foreclosure filing in May 2019. States with the highest foreclosure rates were New Jersey (one in every 1,117 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Maryland (one in every 1,127 housing units); Florida (one in every 1,238 housing units); Delaware (one in every 1,279 housing units); and Illinois (one in every 1,363 housing units). Among 220 metropolitan statistical areas with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest foreclosure rates in May 2019 were Atlantic City, New Jersey (one in every 680 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Jacksonville, Florida (one in every 764 housing units); Fayetteville, North Carolina (one in every 777 housing units); Columbia, South Carolina (one in every 936 housing units); and Rockford, Illinois (one in every 941 housing units). About ATTOM Data Solutions ATTOM Data Solutions provides premium property data to power products that improve transparency, innovation, efficiency and disruption in a data-driven economy. ATTOM multi-sources property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties covering 99 percent of the nation's population. A rigorous data management process involving more than 20 steps validates, standardizes and enhances the data collected by ATTOM, assigning each property record with a persistent, unique ID — the ATTOM ID. The 9TB ATTOM Data Warehouse fuels innovation in many industries including mortgage, real estate, insurance, marketing, government and more through flexible data delivery solutions that include bulk file licenses, APIs, market trends, marketing lists, match & append and introducing the first property data deliver solution, a cloud-based data platform that streamlines data management – Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).
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Redfin Determines the Value of a Garage Across Major U.S. Metros
Nationwide, homes with garages sell for $23,211, or 12%, more than homes withoutA garage is worth most in Chicago, adding nearly $47,000 to a typical home's value SEATTLE, June 7, 2019 -- Chicago homes with garages sell for an estimated 38% more than comparable homes without them, according to a new analysis from Redfin, a technology-powered real estate brokerage. This equates to an additional $46,745 on the sale price of a typical Chicago home, the biggest home price premium of any metro area in the U.S. that meets the criteria for the analysis. Nationwide, homes with garages sell for $23,211 more than homes without garages, which equates to a 12 percent premium. The five metros where garages are worth the most—Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, Oklahoma City and Cleveland—are all located in the Midwest, where winters tend to be cold and snowy. Garages aren't as valuable in places with warmer year-round climates like Honolulu, Los Angeles and Austin. "In the winter, finding a place to park is even more difficult because more people drive to work when it's cold outside," said Lamar Austin, a Redfin agent in Chicago. "And when you finally do find a parking spot at the end of the day, you usually have to shovel the snow before you can park there. If you have a garage, you may have to shovel snow from the driveway, but at least your car won't get buried overnight." Table: Home Price Premiums Associated with Having a Garage In Austin, a sprawling metro area where snow is very rare, garages are associated with a much lower premium. Garages are also much more common in Chicago than Austin: nearly 95 percent of homes in the Chicago metro have garages, while less than half of them in the Austin metro do. "A lot of builders in the inner core of Austin skip garages in favor of adding more livable square space to the house," said local Redfin agent Andrew Vallejo. "Homebuyers don't necessarily expect to get a garage if they're buying a home inside the city, though many people do value them, particularly in the suburbs where a two-car garage is the norm." Redfin compared the sale prices of single-family homes that sold in 2018 with a garage to comparable homes without a garage. The results are reported by metro area in terms of the sale price premium, as a percentage and in dollars, attributed to the presence of a garage. The ranking is limited to metro areas with at least 1,500 homes that met the criteria for this analysis, with at least 500 homes with a garage and 500 homes without. To read the report, including a full methodology, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/does-a-garage-add-value-to-a-home About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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Redfin Ranks the Most Affordable Places to Get Married and Buy a Home in the Same Year
For Newlyweds, Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh are the most affordable places to have a wedding and purchase their first home SEATTLE, June 11, 2019 -- Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh are the most affordable places where couples can throw a wedding and also cover a down payment on their first home, according to a new report from Redfin, a technology-powered real estate brokerage. In all three Midwestern metro areas, the average combined cost of a wedding and a down payment is less than $65,000, compared with the national average of more than $109,000. San Francisco, where typical wedding and down payment costs add up to $325,000, is the most expensive place to get married and buy a home, followed by Los Angeles($168,000) and New York($158,000). To determine how much cash couples in different parts of the country would need on hand to throw a wedding and buy their first home, Redfin calculated down payment amounts in 25 metro areas, assuming a 20 percent down payment on the median list price as of April 2019. Redfin paired it with metro-level and national data on wedding costs from WeddingWire, which found the average cost of a wedding, including an engagement ring, ceremony and reception, and honeymoon to be $38,700 in 2018. Here is the full ranking of the most affordable cities to have a wedding and purchase a home, leading up to the most expensive: In expensive coastal metros including Seattle, Boston and San Diego, a down payment alone costs over $100,000, without factoring in a wedding. For couples in these places with visions of a dream wedding, it might be worth spending the money on the party, considering it is roughly half the cost of a down payment, which may be far less attainable. Even in relatively affordable housing markets like Phoenix, Minneapolis or Atlanta, a typical down payment is more than twice as much as an average wedding. If saving for a home is a priority of residents in these areas, skipping the big day and eloping to city hall might be a worthwhile strategy. To read the full report, including personal stories from Redfin employees currently navigating the wedding and home buying process, please visit: click here. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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U.S. Home Flipping Rate Reaches a Nine-Year High in Q1 2019
Total dollar volume of homes flipped with financing reaches 6.4 billion – a 12-year high Average flipping ROI continues to decline to an almost eight-year low, while gross flipping profits drop 12 percent from last year IRVINE, Calif. – June 6, 2019 — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), today released its Q1 2019 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 49,059 U.S. single family homes and condos were flipped in the first quarter of 2019, down 2 percent from the previous quarter and down 8 percent from a year ago to a three-year low. The 49,059 homes flipped in the first quarter represented 7.2 percent of all home sales during the quarter, up from 5.9 percent in the previous quarter and up from 6.7 percent a year ago — the highest home flipping rate since Q1 2010. Homes flipped in Q1 2019 sold at an average gross profit of $60,000, down from an average gross flipping profit of $62,000 in the previous quarter and down from $68,000 in Q1 2018 to the lowest average gross flipping profit since Q1 2016. The average gross flipping profit of $60,000 in Q1 2019 translated into an average 38.7 percent return on investment compared to the original acquisition price, down from a 42.5 percent average gross flipping ROI in Q4 2018 and down from an average gross flipping ROI of 48.6 percent in Q1 2018 to the lowest level since Q3 2011 — a nearly eight-year low. "With interest rates dropping and home price increases starting to ease, investors may be getting out while the getting is good, before the market softens further," said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. "While the home flipping rate is increasing, gross profits and ROI are starting to weaken and the number of investors that are flipping is down 11 percent from last year. Therefore, if investors are seeing profit margins drop, they may be acting now and selling before price increases drop even more." Home flipping rate up from year ago in 62 percent of local markets Eighty-five of 138 metropolitan statistical analyzed in the report (62 percent) posted a year-over-year increase in their home flipping rate in Q1 2019, including Columbus, Georgia (up 83 percent); Raleigh, North Carolina (up 73 percent); Charlotte, North Carolina (up 65 percent); McAllen-Edinburg, Texas (up 55 percent); and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (up 49 percent). Along with Raleigh, Charlotte, and Milwaukee, other metro areas with a population of at least 1 million and a home flipping rate increasing in the double digits were San Antonio, Texas (up 47 percent); Houston, Texas (up 41 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (up 38 percent); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (up 36 percent); and Minneapolis, Minnesota (up 33 percent). The number of homes flipped reached new peaks in Q1 2019 for Raleigh, North Carolina and San Antonio, Texas in the first quarter of 2019. Home flip lending volume up 35 percent to 12-year high The total dollar volume of financed home flip purchases was $6.4 billion for homes flipped in the first quarter of 2019, up 35 percent from $4.7 billion in Q1 2018 to the highest level since Q2 2007 — over a 12-year high. Flipped homes originally purchased by the investor with financing represented 37.5 percent of homes flipped in Q1 2019, down from 39.5 percent in the previous quarter and down from 41.2 percent a year ago. Among 53 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed in the report with at least 1 million people, those with the highest percentage of Q1 2019 completed flips purchased with financing were San Diego, California (56.0 percent); Seattle, Washington (52.5 percent); San Francisco, California (51.7 percent); Denver, Colorado (51.6 percent); and Boston, Massachusetts (51.3 percent). 11 Markets where investors are doubling their ROI Among the 138 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed in the report with at least 50 home flips completed in Q1 2019, those with the highest average gross flipping ROI were Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (131.2 percent); Flint, Michigan (127.6 percent); Shreveport, Louisiana (112.5 percent); Scranton, Pennsylvania (112.0 percent); and Knoxville, Tennessee (105.0 percent). Along with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metro areas with a population of at least 1 million and an average gross flipping ROI of at least 79 percent were Cleveland, Ohio (100.0 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (100.0 percent); Buffalo, New York (89.7 percent); and Memphis, Tennessee (79.2 percent). Average home flipping returns continue to slip Homes flipped in the first quarter of 2019 were sold for a median price of $215,000, a gross flipping profit of $60,000 above the median purchase price of $155,000, down from a gross flipping profit of $62,000 in the previous quarter and a gross flipping profit of $68,000 in Q1 2018 — to the lowest levels since Q1 2016. Of those 138 markets with at least 50 or more flips and a population greater than 200,000 in the first quarter of 2019, those that saw the lowest gross flipping profit were McAllen-Edinburg, Texas (profit of $8,752); Daphne, Alabama (profit of $15,761); Boise City, Idaho (profit of $18,332); Lexington, Kentucky (profit of $20,000); and San Antonio, Texas (profit of $23,596). Average time to flip nationwide at 180 days Homes flipped in Q1 2019 took an average of 180 days to complete the flip, up from an average 175 days for homes flipped in Q4 2018 but down from 182 days a year ago. Among the 138 metro areas analyzed in the report, those with the shortest average days to flip were McAllen-Edinburg, Texas (127 days); Memphis, Tennessee (136 days); Raleigh, North Carolina (142 days); Mobile, Alabama (144 days); and Phoenix, Arizona (151 days). Metro areas with the longest average days to flip were Naples, Florida (235 days); Bridgeport, Connecticut (230 days); New Haven, Connecticut (225 days); Provo, Utah (219 days); and Hartford, Connecticut (219 days). Flipped homes sold to FHA buyers increases from previous quarter Of the 49,059 U.S. homes flipped in Q1 2019, 14.2 percent were sold by the flipper to a buyer using a loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), up from 13.2 percent in the previous quarter but down from 15.2 percent a year ago. Among the 138 metro areas analyzed in the report, those with the highest percentage of Q1 2019 home flips sold to FHA buyers — typically first-time homebuyers — were Worcester, Massachusetts (30.0 percent); Shreveport, Louisiana (29.0 percent); Modesto, California (27.3 percent); Hartford, Connecticut (27.2 percent); and Springfield, Massachusetts (27.0 percent). Eight zip codes with a home flipping rate of more than 30 percent Among 1,433 U.S. zip codes with at least 10 home flips in Q1 2019, there were eight zip codes where home flips accounted for more than 30 percent of all home sales, here are the top five: 93212 in Kings county, California (48.0 percent); 11433 in Queens county, New York (35.7 percent); 33147 Miami-Dade county, Florida (32.7 percent); 38115 in Shelby county, Tennessee (32.4 percent); and 92802 in Orange county, California (32.1 percent). About ATTOM Data Solutions ATTOM Data Solutions provides premium property data to power products that improve transparency, innovation, efficiency and disruption in a data-driven economy. ATTOM multi-sources property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, and neighborhood data for more than 155 million U.S. residential and commercial properties covering 99 percent of the nation's population. 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Realtors Release First Profile on LGB Buyers and Sellers
WASHINGTON (June 6, 2019) -- June is national LGBT Pride Month, and in recognition, the National Association of Realtors has released its first-ever Profile of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Buyers and Sellers. The report, which utilizes four years of data from NAR's Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, analyses the differences between LGB and other buyers and sellers. The report found that all groups — those identifying LGB and heterosexual — were most likely to purchase real estate because of a desire to own their own home. "The American Dream of homeownership traverses across the spectrum of our society — including sexual orientation — and Realtors® always have and will continue to advocate so that anyone who wants to, and is capable of purchasing a home, is able to do so," said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. "Realtors® have always embraced the significance of the protections secured by the Fair Housing Act, and have encouraged efforts to extend them by amending our Code of Ethics in 2009 to prohibit discriminations based on sexual orientation and gender identity." Home Buyer/Seller Characteristics Bisexual home buyers were the most likely to indicate they were first-time homebuyers (58%), followed by lesbian and gay buyers (36%) and heterosexuals (32%). Bisexuals were also the youngest buyers, a median age of 36 years old, and had the lowest median income of $62,400. In comparison, lesbian and gay buyers were the oldest buyers at 45 years old. Heterosexual buyers reported a median age of 44 and a median income of $91,200, similar to $92,900 for lesbian and gay buyers. In addition to being the most likely to identify as first-time home buyers, bisexual sellers were the most likely to identify as first-time home sellers at 50%. Lesbian/gay and heterosexual first-time sellers each registered at 36%. "The number of home buyers and sellers who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual has remained steady at 4% since we first included the question in our HBS survey in 2015," said Dr. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "Given that Millennials now make up 37% of home buyers and attitudes regarding sexual orientation continue to shift even among Generation Z, we expect to see this percentage increase in future surveys as younger generations are more likely to self-identify as LGB." Bisexual home buyers were less likely to identify as white/Caucasian than lesbian/gay or heterosexual buyers (77%, compared to 88% and 85%, respectively), and were nearly twice as likely to identify as Hispanic than both groups (13% compared to 7%). Fourteen percent of bisexual buyers were born outside of the U.S., versus 7% of lesbian and gay buyers. Eight percent of bisexual buyers reported speaking a primary household language other than English, more than lesbian and gay buyers (4%) and heterosexual buyers (2%). More than one-third of bisexual buyers identified as single females (38%), while a quarter of lesbian and gay buyers identified as single men (25%). Lesbian and gay buyers were also the group most likely to identify as an unmarried couple at 22%, compared to 15% of bisexual buyers and 7% of heterosexual buyers. Heterosexual buyers were the most likely to identify as a married couple (66%), followed by lesbian and gay buyers (38%) and bisexual buyers (34%). While heterosexual buyers were the most likely to have children in their households (38%), bisexual buyers were nearly three times as likely to have children in their households compared to lesbian and gay buyers (29% to 11%). Characteristics of Homes Purchased Bisexual buyers purchased the smallest and oldest homes, with a median square footage of 1,840 square feet and median year built of 1966. Lesbian and gay buyers followed with a median square footage of 1,900 and a median year built of 1974, while heterosexual buyers purchased the largest and newest homes (2,060 median square feet, 1985 median year). Bisexual buyers were the most likely to purchase a detached single-family home (86%), while lesbian and gay buyers were the least likely (79%). Heterosexual buyers were the most likely to purchase a multi-generational home at 13%, compared to 10% of LGB buyers. Lesbian and gay buyers were most likely to purchase in an urban area or a city center (28%), while bisexual buyers were most likely to buy a home in a small town (22%). All sexual orientations were equally likely to purchase in a resort or recreation area, 2%. Bisexual buyers were most likely to have made at least one compromise in their home purchase, most likely on the price (28%), style of home (23%) or distance from their jobs (23%). Lesbian and gay buyers were the least likely to have compromised on convenience to schools (7%). The data used for the report is an aggregation of data from responses from the 2015 through 2018 NAR Profile of Home Buyer and Sellers, totaling 22,521 responses. Four percent of all respondents identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual (3% and 1%, respectively), making for a total sample size of 918 LGB buyers and sellers. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for April 2019, which shows home prices rose both year over year and month over month. Home prices increased nationally by 3.6% from April 2018. On a month-over-month basis, prices increased by 1% in April 2019. (March 2019 data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results each month.) Looking ahead, after several months of moderation in early 2019, the CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates home prices will begin to pick up and increase by 4.7% from April 2019 to April 2020. On a month-over-month basis, home prices are expected to decrease by 0.3% from April 2019 to May 2019. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices calculated using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state. "The pickup in sales between March and April, has helped to counter the recent slowing in annual home-price growth," said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. "Mortgage rates are 0.6 percentage points below what they were one year ago and incomes are up, which has improved affordability for buyers. However, price growth has remained the highest for lower-priced homes, constraining housing choices for first-time buyers." According to the CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators (MCI), an analysis of housing values in the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 37% of metropolitan areas have an overvalued housing market as of April 2019. The MCI analysis categorizes home prices in individual markets as undervalued, at value or overvalued, by comparing home prices to their long-run, sustainable levels, which are supported by local market fundamentals such as disposable income. As of April 2019, 26% of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued, and 37% were at value. When looking at only the top 50 markets based on housing stock, 42% were overvalued, 16% were undervalued and 42% were at value. The MCI analysis defines an overvalued housing market as one in which home prices are at least 10% above the long-term, sustainable level. An undervalued housing market is one in which home prices are at least 10% below the sustainable level. During the first quarter of 2019, CoreLogic together with RTi Research of Norwalk, Connecticut, conducted an extensive survey measuring consumer-housing sentiment in high-priced markets. Eight in 10 residents in high-priced markets said home prices have continued to climb over the past three years and are still rising, although more moderately. The impact of continued price increases means new homeowners had to make compromises when purchasing. As many as 40% of respondents indicated they could not buy a home in their preferred area, and a third felt they had to purchase a smaller home than they desired. "According to our consumer research, buyers feel that high prices are forcing them to spend more than they'd expect on a home," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "As many as one-third of buyers admit they put down a higher down payment as well." About the CoreLogic Consumer Housing Sentiment Study In the first quarter of 2019, 1,002 renters and homeowners were surveyed by CoreLogic together with RTi Research. This study is a quarterly pulse of U.S. housing market dynamics. Each quarter, the research focuses on a different issue related to current housing topics. This first quarterly study concentrated on consumer sentiment within high-priced markets. The survey has a sampling error of +/- 3.1% at the total respondent level with a 95% confidence level. About RTi Research RTi Research is an innovative, global market research and brand strategy consultancy headquartered in Norwalk, CT. Founded in 1979, RTi has been consistently recognized by the American Marketing Association as one of the top 50 U.S. insights companies. The company serves a broad base of leading firms in Financial Services, Consumer Goods, and Pharmaceuticals as well as partnering with leading academic centers of excellence. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, acquire and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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W+R Studios announces RESO Web API compatibility with all Cloud Agent Suite products
Company will no longer accept RETS feeds for new MLS integrations. Cloud CMA and all other products in the Cloud Agent Suite now live with RESO Web API integration in ABOR's MLS June 4, 2019 (HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) - Real estate software company, W+R Studios, announced compatibility with its Cloud Agent Suite line of products and the RESO Web API. The Cloud Agent Suite is the complete line of W+R Studios' popular software products for real estate professionals including Cloud CMA, Cloud Streams, Cloud MLX, and Cloud Attract. W+R Studios is an industry leader developing software solutions that leverage MLS data to improve and streamline fundamental real estate functions such as creating CMA reports, sending listing alerts, and searching the MLS. "We want to help move the industry forward," stated W+R Studios co-founder and CEO Greg Robertson. "This six month initiative has now borne fruit. We now have compatibility with the three major interfaces for the Web API, CoreLogic's Trestle, Zillow's Bridge Interactive and FBS' Spark platform. We are now live in production using the RESO Web API with the Austin MLS" continued Mr. Robertson. This recent milestone was first presented last month at the Real Estate Standards Organization's Spring Technology Summit held in Boise, ID. "By committing to this new standard, the team at W+R Studios has shown a tremendous amount of leadership," stated Sam DeBord, CEO of RESO. "Serving brokers, agents, and consumers with the best possible tools and insights requires the industry to continually upgrade its technology. W+R Studios is investing in RESO standards and lighting the path for others to follow." "While implementing RESO's Web API is a no-brainer for new vendors, existing vendors who have spent time, money and resources on platforms designed for RETS are going to be slower to adopt." stated Jon Druse, Engineering Director at W+R Studios. "We think by being one of the first not to accept new RETS feeds, we can push all vendors forward and help usher in the future." As part of this initiative, W+R Studios has partnered with RESO to provide open source libraries that vendors can use to help ease their transition to Web API. W+R Studios created a Ruby library for connecting to RESO WEB API Servers which can be found at https://github.com/wrstudios/reso_web_api. More libraries can be accessed at https://github.com/RESOStandards. For more information on W+R Studios and its products please visit http://wrstudios.com. About W+R Studio Founded in 2008, W+R Studios is a privately held web software company located in Huntington Beach, California. The company focuses on creating the next generation of web-based software solutions for the real estate industry. By providing a "less is more" approach to software design, elegant user interfaces, and using the latest in agile programming, W+R Studios' software applications are at the same time powerful, yet accessible to everyone. Co-founders Dan Woolley and Greg Robertson have over 26 years of experience each developing and marketing real estate software solutions.
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Redfin: Millennials Could Buy Homes 3 Years Faster under Sen. Warren's Student Debt Cancellation Plan
2019 Morehouse College graduates can become homeowners 3.7 years sooner thanks to billionaire's debt payment gift SEATTLE, May 31, 2019 -- A typical aspiring first-time homebuyer could save a down payment three years faster under Senator Elizabeth Warren's plan to cancel up to $50,000 of student loan debt per person, according to a new analysis of student loan and home price data from Redfin, the tech-powered real estate brokerage. The Redfin analysis looked at a typical potential first-time homebuyer earning the national average salary of $65,879 for the Census Bureau's 24-44 year old age bracket, with an average of $17,938 in student debt, based on data from Lending Tree. If said potential homebuyer spent 10 percent of her income ($549 per month) on debt repayment at the average 5.8 percent interest rate, it would take 3 years to pay off the student debt. If after paying off her student debt she started saving that 10 percent of her income toward a 20 percent down payment on the national median-priced home ($308,000), it would take a total of 12.3 years to both pay off her student loans and save enough money for the full 20 percent down payment ($61,600), assuming home price and income did not change. Under Sen. Warren's plan to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt, the time it would take to save for a down payment would shrink to 9.4 years. Nearly 400 graduating seniors at Morehouse College in Atlanta recently had their student loans eliminated as part of a massive graduation gift from billionaire Robert F. Smith. This gift of debt forgiveness could get them into their own home 3.7 years faster than if they'd retained that debt. Based on estimates of $31,833 in average debt per Morehouse graduate and Atlanta's median income of $66,357 for 24-44 year olds, the graduates could save for a down payment on a median-priced Atlanta home in just 7.3 years, compared to 12.9 years if they had to pay off their student loans on their own before saving for a downpayment. "The idea of taking on a mortgage when you're still paying off tens of thousands of dollars in student loans is a non-starter for many people," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "If student debt were eliminated, college grads would be able to start building wealth through homeownership, laying down roots and contributing to their communities years earlier in their lives. An influx of young, educated homeowners could have positive impacts on neighborhoods and society at large. " Under Warren's student debt forgiveness plan, the median 24 to 44-year-old homebuyer in Detroit, where the typical home costs $130,000, could save for a down payment in just 4.2 years—the shortest time in the nation—down from 7.4 years currently. Metro areas with the highest ratios of student debt to income could see the biggest decrease in the time it takes to save for a down payment, with metros in the South like Memphis (4.3 years quicker), Birmingham (4.0 years quicker), and New Orleans (3.9 years quicker) among those where student-debt laden homebuyers stand to benefit the most. To read the full report, complete with market-level data and methodology, click here. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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April showings sluggish as market sees ninth straight month of diminished YOY activity
Upper End Hit Hardest as Luxury Buyers Stay Home Key Points: April saw a 6.5 percent year-over-year decrease in showing activity across the U.S. despite a drop in mortgage rates; the West Region, down 11.1 percent, again recorded the largest year-over-year decline of all four regions For the seventh consecutive month, showing activity also fell in the South (-8.1 percent), the Midwest (-7.1 percent) and the Northeast (-3.8 percent) May 29, 2019 – Real estate agents throughout the U.S. may have to brace for a more sluggish market than anticipated based on last month's decline in home showing activity, the ninth consecutive month of a nationwide year-over-year decrease according to the ShowingTime Showing Index®. Buyer traffic was down 6.5 percent across the U.S. compared to the same time last year. The diminished showing activity was felt in every region throughout the country, most notably in the West, where for the 13th consecutive month showings declined on a year over year basis. "Showing activity stabilized and is holding steady, but it is still slightly off from the higher levels registered in 2018," said ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy. "The slowdown in showing traffic continues to be concentrated in the upper price quartiles across the U.S., with less expensive homes registering the same or slightly higher levels of showing traffic than at the same time last year." The ShowingTime Showing Index, the first of its kind in the residential real estate industry, is compiled using data from property showings scheduled across the country on listings using ShowingTime products and services, providing a benchmark to track buyer demand. ShowingTime facilitates more than four million showings each month. Released monthly, the Showing Index tracks the average number of appointments received on active listings during the month. Local MLS indices are also available for select markets and are distributed to MLS and association leadership. To view the full report, visit showingtime.com/index. About ShowingTime ShowingTime is the residential real estate industry's leading showing management and market stats technology provider, with more than 1.2 million active listings subscribed to its services. Its showing products and services simplify the appointment scheduling process for real estate professionals, buyers and sellers, resulting in more showings, more feedback and more efficient sales. Its MarketStats division provides interactive tools and easy-to-read market reports for MLSs, associations, brokers and other real estate companies. ShowingTime products are used in more than 250 MLSs representing over 950,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, contact us at [email protected]
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OJO Labs: Five Months, Eight Major Awards
AI Tech firm, OJO Labs, among leading companies drawing world-class talent to Austin AUSTIN, Texas, May 28, 2019 – OJO Labs, a leading-edge technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational AI assistant, OJO, won the highly coveted 2019 A-List Award among mid-sized companies from the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SXSW. This brings OJO Labs' major award count so far this year to eight, dominating national and local "Best Places to Work" lists, including Inc. Magazine's "Best Workplaces 2019," Fortune Magazine's 2019 list of "Best Places to Work," Austin Business Journal's "Best Places to Work in 2019," and Built in Austin's "Best Places to Work in 2019." The Austin-based company was also a winner of the "Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award" from Business Intelligence Group, named the "Best Digital Property Search Platform" by Corporate Vision Magazine, received HousingWire's biggest honor, its TECH100 list, and honored with the prestigious "2019 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award." Winning the Red Herring award, which is judged by industry experts, insiders and journalists on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy, and market penetration, is a significant achievement with previous winning alumni including Alibaba, Google, Kakao, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube. "These awards are a reflection of the incredibly talented and passionate people we have working at our company," said John Berkowitz, CEO of OJO Labs, "our vision and dedication to developing technology, products and exceptional customer experiences is a part of the fabric of our culture. Inherent in these awards is the character of an intelligent team collaborating to solve some of the biggest challenges and executing on our goals. As we continue to hire across all departments and office locations, we are accelerating our scale to serve millions more consumers." Angela Dunham, COO of OJO Labs, notes that the "Best Places to Work" awards were based on independent surveys of its team members. "When you win an award recognizing the company, it's a special honor. But when you win an award that is rooted in how the people you hire feel about working at their company, it's priceless," she said. OJO, the machine-powered assistant, helps consumers with answers to any questions and access to all kinds of real estate information through vast databases of online and offline sources. Accessing listing details, home features, neighborhood selection, budget or financing guidance, and education surrounding one of their largest purchases, is in their hand all the time. Consumers have the control and ability to source information without pressure, or get connected to a professional when they are ready. OJO works in partnership with leading REALTORS® and matches them with highly qualified agents who can best serve their needs based on their customized profile. By providing both parties with a foundation of information through a warm hand-off, OJO helps to establish trust between the agent and the consumer from the start. Now in its ninth year, the 2019 A-List Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce and SXSW honors breakthrough local, homegrown companies. Some 165 firms were nominated and considered for the award. A panel of independent judges evaluated businesses in three investment stage categories: start-up, mid-size and scaling. OJO Labs' A-List Award was for a Mid-Size firm receiving more than $10 million in funding. "Austin was recognized as the number one city to live by U.S. News this year, and it is a growing hub of incredible talent," noted Berkowitz, "Our founding headquarters was launched in Austin to bring together generations of talent, build an exceptional company and have an impact on the community of such a vibrant, expanding city." Recently, OJO Labs raised $45 million in Series C funding to accelerate its development and expansion. The company has increased its market-leading position as it continues to hire and build world-class data science, engineering, product and design teams. OJO Labs is rapidly expanding in each of its three offices — Austin, where OJO Labs' headquarters is based; Minneapolis-St. Paul, where last fall, OJO Labs combined with leading real estate data services provider, WolfNet; and St. Lucia, where the company operates its AI training and customer service teams. A list of current career opportunities with OJO Labs is available at https://corporate.ojo.me/careers. About OJO Labs Inc. OJO Labs is on a mission to empower people to make better decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company's unique, patented AI technology products can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the products allow consumers to deeply engage in a purchase process before interacting with a salesperson. OJO Labs is backed by the two most active VC firms in Texas, leaders in real estate and financing industries, as well as key industry executives. OJO Labs has been recognized as a Best Places to Work in Austin by the Austin Business Journal, an Austin A-List and 50 On Fire winner, recognized in Comparably's 2018 Best Company Culture Awards, named a Built In Austin 2019 Best Company to Work For, and a 2019 Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards recipient. The OJO team has decades of combined success scaling businesses and deep experience in data science, engineering, product marketing and operations.
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Redfin Survey: Less than Half of Homebuyers Said Tax Reform Has Affected their Search
14% of Homebuyers Surveyed Lowered their Price Range as a Result of Tax Reform, While 13% Moved to a Nearby City with Lower Taxes SEATTLE, May 17, 2019 -- More than a year after the historic tax code overhaul, less than half of homebuyers (47%) say that tax reform has had an effect on their home search, according to a March survey commissioned by Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That's down from 56 percent last year, when tax reform's effects were still mostly speculative and not yet realized in people's paychecks. The tax reform law lowered the caps on the tax deductions allowed for mortgage interest payments and state and local taxes. The Redfin-commissioned survey included more than 2,000 U.S. residents who planned to buy or sell a primary residence in the next 12 months. More than 1,800 homebuyers responded to the question: "How has the recent tax reform law affected your plans to buy a home?" Results from this survey were compared to over 1,300 responses to the same question in a similar survey commissioned in March 2018. The most common tax-reform effect reported by homebuyers this year was that they lowered their price range because of decreased benefits on high-priced homes (14%, down from 16% last year). Another way tax reform has been affecting the housing market is in the form of migration to places with lower taxes, a trend we've noted in reports on Redfin.com user search patterns. This March, 13 percent of buyers said they shifted their search to nearby cities with lower taxes, and 9 percent said they shifted their search to states with lower taxes, down from 16 percent and 12 percent, respectively, last year. This year, 8 percent of respondents said they are searching for higher-priced homes because the new tax law gives them additional income, down from 17 percent last year. Eleven percent of buyers this March said they decided to buy a home because the new tax law gives them additional income, down from 19 percent in the March 2018 survey. "Last year more homebuyers were worried that tax reform would hurt their homebuying budgets, but it turns out tax reform wasn't all bad or all good for homebuyers," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "Some homebuyers, especially in low-tax states, are now paying less in taxes overall, which has left them with more cash for a more expensive home. For others, not being able to deduct as much of their property taxes or mortgage interest from their taxable income was the other shoe that needed to drop to make them pick up and move to a more affordable area. In the long run, we will see demand for luxury homes in high-tax states suffer the most because those homes have been hit the hardest by this tax reform, and there's actually early evidence of that already happening." How Were Households with Different Incomes Affected by Tax Reform? High-income homebuyers were the most likely to report in this year's survey that tax reform has had some sort of effect on their home search. Of those homebuyers earning $150,000 or more, 61 percent said that the new tax law had an effect on their home search, which was true for less than half of households earning under $150,000. The largest reported effect on high-income homebuyers was that 18 percent said they have now decided to buy a home thanks to their extra take-home income, but 16 percent said they are now lowering their price range due to decreased tax benefits on high-priced homes. Which States Were Most and Least Affected by Tax Reform? New York had the largest share of homebuyers who said that tax reform had affected their home search—61 percent. Homebuyers in New York were most likely to have lowered their price range (17%) or shifted their home search to cities with lower taxes (17%). California had the next-highest share of homebuyers impacted by tax reform at 55 percent. The largest effect there was homebuyers shifting their search to cities with lower taxes (18%). Thirteen percent of both New York- and California-based respondents said they were moving to a state with lower taxes. On the other end of the spectrum, Kansas and Indiana had the smallest share of homebuyers whose search was affected by tax reform, each at 24 percent. Washington, D.C., was just behind with 25 percent of homebuyers saying tax reform had some effect on their search. To read the full report, complete with market-level survey data and detailed methodology, please click here. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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NAR Signs 100th Bilateral Partner; Increases Global Network
WASHINGTON (May 23, 2019) – The National Association of Realtors is pleased to announce a new bilateral agreement with the Syndicat National des Professionnels Immobiliers (SNPI) (Real Estate Professionals Trade Union), a French institution with over 8,000 members, expanding its network of business partnerships around the world This signing is particularly important, marking a milestone for NAR Global and its partners as the 100th bilateral partnership in 85 countries. Bilateral agreements provide for the reciprocal exchange of education and training and a commitment to high standards of ethics and best practices. "It is important for NAR to expand outreach across the world and continue to render the global real estate markets accessible, profitable and ethical for Realtors® everywhere. The announcement of the 100 th bilateral partnership symbolizes the success of NAR's global programs and showcases how these alliances help Realtors® establish worldwide business partnerships and referral opportunities," said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota and broker at Edina Realty. NAR has maintained formal bilateral partnerships since the 1930s, with Canada, Mexico, Cuba and the Philippines as its original partners. Between 1970 and 2015, NAR established 78 new partnerships throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, creating the largest professional real estate network on earth. An additional 22 partnerships have been signed since 2015, thus maintaining the largest network for global bilateral partners and international Realtor® members. Foreign investment in the U.S. continues to remain high, with $250B in assets accounting for close to 10% of the total U.S. market, helping NAR's members become more successful in the lucrative global real estate markets. Providing educational opportunities and best practices to NAR's bilateral partners through individual membership opportunities raises the level of professionalism in the real estate field throughout the world. Helping implement leading practices and strategies into global markets, including basic advocacy, licensing standardization, MLS and property platforms, among other initiatives, enables real estate markets around the world become stronger and create more transparency for consumers. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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PlanOmatic Expands Tech Capabilities and 3D Services with Walkthrough Acquisition
PlanOmatic, a national real estate photography and floor plan provider, has acquired Walkthrough, a Colorado-based real estate marketing service provider, the company has announced. The acquisition couples best-in-class service from both companies, including PlanOmatic's national presence and Walkthrough's low-effort process, which handles orders from live scheduling to media delivery, entirely online. DENVER (MAY 19, 2019) -- Headquartered in Denver, Colo., PlanOmatic provides the real estate industry with marketing services, including photography, interactive floor plans, virtual staging, aerial photography and digital marketing in 35 states across the US. Prior to the acquisition the company did not offer services in Colorado. The combined talent-base will position PlanOmatic as a leading photography, floor plan and 3D tour provider. The transaction promotes PlanOmatic's strategy to invest in technology-driven acquisition opportunities that build on the company's high standards for both visual marketing products and their supporting tech platforms. "The technology Walkthrough has built, combined with PlanOmatic's amazing operations team, will provide one of the best services and experiences in the industry," said Pascal Wagner, Founder and CEO of Walkthrough, "not only in Colorado but across the US. I'm excited for what's to come next." PlanOmatic will acquire Walkthrough's operations, including its products, services and technology. The newly founded subsidiary will continue to function independently under PlanOmatic as their original brand. Walkthrough clients will still enjoy the same existing prices, services and photographers under the new ownership. Kellie Smith, Head of Operations, will remain a member of the Walkthrough team and will continue supporting client and photographer needs. "We've always admired the efficient processes Walkthrough has built, and the quality and support standards they have set." Kori Covrigaru, PlanOmatic CEO stated, "The acquisition puts the most talented photographers in the state and incredibly powerful technology under the same roof, which will ultimately benefit our clients across the country." PlanOmatic was advised on the deal by King & Spalding LLP. Learn more about PlanOmatic at planomatic.com Learn more about Walkthrough at getawalkthrough.com About PlanOmatic PlanOmatic provides the real estate industry with marketing services, including photography, interactive floor plans, virtual staging, aerial photography, and digital marketing. With a network of over 200 photographers in 35 states and an automated ordering process, PlanOmatic is positioned to be every broker's marketing solution for every listing. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Denver, PlanOmatic serviced more than 73,000 properties nationwide in the past year alone. The company has been named the last four consecutive years as one of Inc. 5000s "America's fastest growing companies." For additional information about PlanOmatic call 720.414.2778 or email [email protected]
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Redfin: Vacant Homes Fetch Less Money and Take Longer to Sell
SEATTLE, May 20, 2019 -- Nationwide, vacant homes sell for $11,306 less and spend six more days on the market than comparable occupied homes, according to an analysis from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. The analysis looked at homes that were listed and sold in 2018, comparing the sale prices and time spent on the market for home listings that were marked 'vacant' at the time they were sold with those that were not flagged as vacant. "Although vacant homes are easy for buyers to tour at their convenience, the fact that the sellers have already moved on is often a signal that buyers can take their time making an offer," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "It's also likely that sellers who are in a comfortable enough financial situation to own a property that's sitting empty aren't as motivated to get the highest possible price for their home as sellers who need the cash from their first home in order to buy the next one." Though vacant homes sell for less money in every metro area included in the analysis, the amount varies by location. Vacant homes come with the biggest discount compared with occupied homes in relatively affordable inland areas. Vacant homes still sell for less than occupied homes in expensive West Coast metros, but the price differential is smaller. In both Omaha, Nebraska and Greenville, South Carolina, where vacant homes are associated with the biggest discount, vacant homes sell for 7.2 percent, or about $15,000, less on average than occupied homes. In San Jose, buyers get the smallest discount on vacant homes, which sell for just 0.9 percent less than homes that aren't vacant, followed by Las Vegas (-1.5%) and Orange County (-2.3%). Vacant homes take longer to go under contract in every metro except San Jose, where they spend an average of one and a half fewer days on the market than occupied homes. "Whether occupied homes sell faster and for more money depends on a lot of factors, as everyone's tastes and preferences are different," said Billie Jean Hemerson, a Redfin agent in Orange County. "If a home is occupied and the furniture is modern, up to date and fits the space, it has a positive impact on a potential buyer's perception of the home and they may pay more than if the home were vacant. But if a seller's furnishings are dated, dark or too large for the space, buyers may offer less." Staging Vacant Homes Redfin agents suggest that although vacant homes tend to sell for less money and spend more time on the market before going under contract, staging or virtual staging can help vacant homes make a better impression with buyers. Staging involves hiring a company to bring and arrange furniture in your home to showcase its potential to buyers. Staging can be particularly impactful for homes with open spaces or unusual layouts, where buyers most often need help to see how the furniture could be arranged. Professional staging can cost several thousand dollars, depending on the number of rooms staged and the length of time. "Staging a property can have a profound effect on both the sale price and days on the market, but the main challenge of physical staging is that it's cumbersome, costly and offers no flexibility to showcase various aesthetic stylings," said Pieter Aarts, CEO and co-founder of roOomy, a leading virtual staging, CGI and 3D modeling platform. Aarts added: "Virtual staging is a cost-efficient option that gives homebuyers an ultra-realistic view of what the vacant home will look like at its full potential. It caters to today's homebuyers who are increasingly demanding immersive services and mobile augmented and virtual reality tools that allow them to evaluate a property, often times without needing to physically set foot in the home." To read the full report, complete with market-level analysis, methodology and virtual staging photos, please click here. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.
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Adwerx Receives Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces 2019 Award
Adwerx once again nationally recognized for company culture, employee development and engagement DURHAM, N.C., May 16, 2019 -- Adwerx has been named one of Inc. magazine's "Best Workplaces" for the second year in a row. This is the fourth annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. The list is a measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Collecting data on nearly 2,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 346 finalists. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Omaha's Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. Employers were then ranked using a composite score of survey results. The strongest scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. According to the Adwerx's survey results, 92% of Adwerx employees feel strongly engaged with their work. This is driven by feeling valued by senior leadership and the organization as a whole. The leading descriptors of the work environment were "collaborative" and "fun". "With today's tight labor market, building a great corporate culture is more important than ever," says Inc. magazine editor in chief James Ledbetter. "The companies on Inc.'s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from." Adwerx added 67 brokerages to its client roster in 2018 and recently launched a new advertising program with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. These initiatives along with other planned launches scheduled for later this year have led Adwerx to consistently hire more talented employees and expand its headquarters at the American Tobacco campus in Durham, North Carolina. "At Adwerx, we've seen rapid growth in recent years and that's due to our fantastic employees who are dedicated to supporting our clients. Our mission is to provide them with great training and opportunities, as well as giving them an exciting place to work," said Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx. "From catching a Durham Bulls baseball game to challenging each other in company-wide contests, we are a team that stays engaged and connected." About Adwerx Adwerx provides Brilliantly Simple Digital Advertising™ for real estate, mortgage, insurance, financial services, and other businesses. Ads powered by Adwerx have received billions of impressions on social media, mobile platforms, and the most widely read news sites. Adwerx has served over 150,000 customers across the U.S., Canada, and Australia and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies for two years in a row. To see current openings at Adwerx please visit www.about.adwerx.com/careers. About Inc. Media Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. For more information, visit Inc.com. About Quantum Workplace Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit QuantumWorkplace.com.
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Realtors Midyear Forecast: Home Sales Expected to be Stronger
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RatePlug Integrates with Optimal Blue's Scenario Pricing API to Improve Purchase Loan Transparency
Integration Modernizes MLS Property Specific Listings with Accurate, Compliant Pricing PLANO, Texas--Optimal Blue, the leading provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, announced today the integration certification of RatePlug. Through direct integration with Optimal Blue's real-time product eligibility and pricing API, RatePlug's proprietary mortgage marketing platform now seamlessly delivers compliant scenario pricing and connects today's real estate agents, lenders, and homebuyers via participating Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Optimal Blue's advanced RESTful API endpoints enable RatePlug to provide property specific affordability calculations with over 70 MLS partnerships. This comprehensive pairing of technology brings mortgage transparency to the homebuying process and creates a unique, fully compliant flow of mortgage data between the MLS platforms that active agents, their lender partners, and homebuyers rely on daily to transact home purchases. "We are excited to afford our audience of +800,000 real estate agents the ability to share real-time mortgage payment options directly to homebuyers that are actively searching for a home," explained Brad Springer, President of RatePlug. "Any lender focused on purchase originations will recognize that this is an incredible opportunity to not only build deeper agent relationships, but to encourage more digital pre-approvals and write more loan applications." The RatePlug MLS footprint, coupled with Optimal Blue's industry-leading product eligibility and pricing, sets the gold standard for MLS listing promotions and broadens the scope of opportunity for those shopping for affordable mortgage payments. The integration also creates additional marketing opportunities for lenders, such as ‘total monthly cost to own' flyers and search results for special financing programs. "Our partnership with RatePlug is unique in that it ties an MLS property listing to a borrower's personalized profile," said Chazz Huston, Manager of Strategic Alliances at Optimal Blue. "This integration exhibits another great example of leveraging Optimal Blue's API technology to create a high-impact experience for lenders and their realtor partners alike, as well as today's homebuyer." About Optimal Blue Optimal Blue, a financial technology company, operates the nation's largest Digital Mortgage Marketplace, connecting a network of originators and investors and facilitating a broad set of secondary market interactions. The company's technology solutions include product eligibility and pricing, lock desk automation, risk management, loan trading, and data and analytics. More than $750 billion of transactions are processed each year across the Optimal Blue platform. For more information, visit www.optimalblue.com. About RatePlug RatePlug is the nation's leading mortgage technology that is integrated directly into Multiple Listing Service platforms. Providing over 800,000 Agents and their homebuyers with real time mortgage information, including a digital pre-approval process, specific to every property they view. Realtors benefit from this technology as it has been shown to accelerate the speed of the transaction by upwards of 15%. Lenders benefit by having their information compliantly shared by their Agent's with each and every homebuyer they work with, which increases capture rate and ultimately generates more purchase volumes. The RatePlug Program also includes an automated flyer system, and transactional alerts. To learn more about us, visit our site at www.rateplug.com.
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Metro Home Prices See 3.9% Increase in 2019's First Quarter
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NAR Partners with CREXi, Industry Leading Commercial Real Estate Listing Marketplace
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2019) -- In an effort to provide an enhanced commercial real estate information service for Realtors, members of the National Association of Realtors, NAR has partnered with Commercial Real Estate Exchange, Inc., the industry leading public marketing platform for commercial real estate listings. CREXi is a commercial real estate community, marketplace and technology company that simplifies transactions and accelerates business for brokers, buyers, agents and tenants. CREXi offers a suite of tools allowing brokers to more quickly and easily manage their for-sale and for-lease offerings while also connecting customer supply with the widest pool of buyer demand. "In the evolving world of real estate technology, it is crucial that NAR aligns with an innovative, public facing commercial listing portal that aggregates data from multiple sources, displays commercial properties and creates national exposure for our members' listings. CREXi is an industry-leading, Realtor®-friendly technology tool that will help advance our members-first mission for years to come," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "CREXi is thrilled to be partnering with the National Association of Realtors® in bringing the commercial real estate industry's fastest growing listing platform to commercial Realtors® nationwide. Our exclusive discount for Realtor® members will ensure that those members using our platform will grow their business using the industry's most advanced and comprehensive marketplace and transaction management solution," said Eli Randel, Vice President of Operations and Strategy at CREXi. CREXi will integrate its data with Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) so that Realtors® can gain a more comprehensive overall research experience. Together, CREXi and RPR enable NAR's commercial members to streamline, manage and grow their business. About CREXi Founded in 2015, CREXi is a venture-backed commercial real estate ("CRE") marketplace that simplifies transactions for brokers and buyers with a suite of easy-to-use tools which digitize the sourcing and managing of CRE sale and lease transactions. Bringing the traditional CRE sales process online, CREXi leverages the latest advances in technology to make transactions faster and more efficient while powering the leading brokers' workflow and business. CREXi is CRE Made Easy. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing over 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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