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Real Estate In Brief: Opportunity Zone rules, purchase activity and more
Real Estate In Brief: Opportunity Zone rules, purchase activity and more

Updates on Opportunity Zone rules, tax breaks The Treasury Department released a document April 17 offering the first detailed look into regulations it is proposing around the new Opportunity Zones program. Announced as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and...

NY Fed: Don’t underestimate first-time buyers
NY Fed: Don’t underestimate first-time buyers

Researchers warn recent measures of the first-time buyer population may not be accurate, noting that estimates from the National Association of Realtors “reflect a relatively small sample of housing transactions and therefore may not be representative of the overall market.”

What high-end buyers want
What high-end buyers want

New trends emerge every year, and the start of the spring selling season is a great time to take stock of what will be in demand this year. Here are a few things that today’s high-end buyers are looking for.

What the NAR generational trends report says about you
What the NAR generational trends report says about you

NAR's Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report is full of facts and figures, but we’ve focused on a topic that may be especially close to the hearts of agents: what buyers from these various generations think of you.

Hispanics the only ethnic group with net growth in US homeownership
Hispanics the only ethnic group with net growth in US homeownership

In the decade following the housing crisis, Hispanic and Latino populations accounted for the majority of growth in the U.S. homeownership rate, according to a recent report from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. The 2018 “State of...

Real Estate in Brief: Mortgage reform, house flipping and more
Real Estate in Brief: Mortgage reform, house flipping and more

Chase CEO urges mortgage reform In his most recent annual letter to shareholders, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon expressed concerns about the current state of mortgage industry regulation in the U.S. “The country desperately needs mortgage reform,” Dimon wrote in...

Southern cities lead in new construction
Southern cities lead in new construction

The Census Bureau recently released a report for February 2019, showing a shortage of homes on the market. Despite a national drop in construction of new homes, a few cities have still been able to push permits for new residential...

Consumer confidence in housing market surges
Consumer confidence in housing market surges

Surveys of American consumers continue to point to renewed optimism in the housing market. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index approached an all-time high reading in March, gaining five points over February to reach 89.8. This was driven by greater...

Real Estate in Brief: Rent burden, global affordability and more
Real Estate in Brief: Rent burden, global affordability and more

Housing affordability is an issue that dominates discussions of local politics, but the data on the topic can be hard to interpret. Studies from multiple sources regularly

What new tax laws mean for homeowners this year
What new tax laws mean for homeowners this year

April 15 this year marks the first Tax Day under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, one of the most significant overhauls of the federal tax code in decades. While Tax Day is the deadline for most Americans, many...

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