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Keller Williams moves closer to release of iBuying service
Keller Williams moves closer to release of iBuying service

To be launched in May in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, the company hopes to expand the iBuyer program to six to eight “major markets by the end of 2019,” and plans to “deploy $100 million through Keller Offers” over the course of the year.

Why Americans aren’t moving as much
Why Americans aren’t moving as much

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently analyzed the decline in U.S. mobility to determine possible reasons for the steady downturn in residential migration. It turns out everything from “house passion” to zoning laws to multi-generational housing could be to blame.

Home sales fall back to earth in March
Home sales fall back to earth in March

Although disappointing on its face, the news that sales activity declined in March compared to an unusually strong February wasn’t a shock to housing market experts.

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...

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