Current Market Data

Zillow: Negative Equity in the U.S. Continues to Improve

The negative equity situation in the U.S. is one of improvement, reported real estate website Zillow, though there is still progress to be made. As Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, put it, the benefits of an improving equity situation are

Pending Home Sales Index Jumps 9.5 Percent in January

The Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors rose 9.5 percent year-over-year in January, rising to its highest reading since April 2010 and boasting its 21st straight month of yearly

Playing With the Big Boys in Chicago Homebuilding

The Chicago homebuilding environment used to be a locally competitive one, made up primarily of local, privately-held companies. That was then, however. Now, as the housing market recovers from its worst downturn since the Great Depression, the Chicago homebuilding

New Home Sales in January at Highest Level Since 2008

New home sales posted very encouraging numbers in January, rising 15.6 percent from December to January and 28.9 percent from January 2012, according to the latest analysis by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban

Chicago Home Prices Drop 0.7 Percent in December Case-Shiller

Chicago home prices were down 0.7 percent in the December Case-Shiller Home Price Indices from Standard & Poor’s, as prices in Chicago continued to lag behind the rest of the

With Housing Inventory Plummeting, Are We in a Seller’s Market?

There was much to like in last week’s existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales were up 9.1 percent from last year, median existing-home price was up 12.3 percent yearly, and most encouraging of all, distressed

Multifamily Housing Strong in January Architecture Billings Index

The multifamily housing market continued its strong performance in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index, a leading economic indicator of future construction activity that is based on the billings from the nation’s architectural firms. For January, the

Mortgage Markets on the Mend in MBA National Delinquency Survey

The mortgage markets showed considerable signs of healing in the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest National Delinquency Survey, a wide-ranging measure of the U.S. residential mortgage markets. Among the survey’s many highlights were the national delinquency rate, which at 7.09

What Are the Most Recognizable Brands in Real Estate?

There are numerous brands in the real estate industry, all of which follow unique business models and offer their clients and agents different experiences in the homebuying and selling process; which of those brands, though, is the most recognizable

NAR: Existing-Home Sales Inch Up While Housing Inventory Falls

In what has become a recurring pattern for the housing market, existing-home sales inched up in January while housing inventory declined, according to the latest analysis from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Nationally, existing-home sales were up 0.4

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