Home sales start to tick up across country

Home sales so far in 2014 have left a fair amount to be desired. Relatively weak economic data, waning buyer interest and slow job growth have previously hampered the housing market, but new trends have emerged that have shined a more positive light on this segment.
Home sales so far in 2014 have left a fair amount to be desired. Relatively weak economic data, waning buyer interest and slow job growth have previously hampered the housing market, but new trends have emerged that have shined a more positive light on this segment. [More]


Consumer spending struggles despite affordable interest rates

Following the Great Recession, mortgage rates began a steady upward climb. Over the past year, rates have surged from nearly 3 percent all the way up to almost 5 percent. For a while, it appeared that no end was in sight, but 2014 has brought about a different trend.
Following the Great Recession, mortgage rates began a steady upward climb. Over the past year, rates have surged from nearly 3 percent all the way up to almost 5 percent. For a while, it appeared that no end was in sight, but 2014 has brought about a different trend. [More]


Investors find rising profits in home-flipping activities

Real estate investors have some good news - home flipping has become increasingly profitable, despite comprising a smaller portion of total U.S. home sales. As a result, this profession may be an ideal avenue for those looking to get involved in real estate.
Real estate investors have some good news - home flipping has become increasingly profitable, despite comprising a smaller portion of total U.S. home sales. As a result, this profession may be an ideal avenue for those looking to get involved in real estate. [More]


Pending home sales, prices pick up after tough winter

This winter has been incredibly hard on the U.S. housing market, homebuyers and sellers. Severe winter weather hampered interest in residential construction, and a tight economy further contributed to the less-than-ideal sales numbers. However, that has changed in March.
This winter has been incredibly hard on the U.S. housing market, homebuyers and sellers. Severe winter weather hampered interest in residential construction, and a tight economy further contributed to the less-than-ideal sales numbers. However, that has changed in March. [More]


CRS Data Plans for Summer Industry Events

Clareity's March 2014 Annual MLS Executive Workshop was a wonderful success, and we hope to run into you at one of these other industry events this summer.
Clareity's March 2014 Annual MLS Executive Workshop was a wonderful success, and we hope to run into you at one of these other industry events this summer. [More]


Existing-home sales hold steady in March

Across the country, housing market conditions fluctuated from one corner of the U.S. to the other. While positive steps were noted in one region, another reported declines. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales were little changed in March, with gains in the Northeast and Midwest canceled out be decreases in the West and South.
Across the country, housing market conditions fluctuated from one corner of the U.S. to the other. While positive steps were noted in one region, another reported declines. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales were little changed in March, with gains in the Northeast and Midwest canceled out be decreases in the West and South. [More]


Better real estate conditions spur increased spending

Tighter housing market conditions, restricted lending activity and increased personal debt have always constricted homebuyer spending, but over the past year many of these trends have shifted, providing more people with the opportunity to upgrade their properties.
Tighter housing market conditions, restricted lending activity and increased personal debt have always constricted homebuyer spending, but over the past year many of these trends have shifted, providing more people with the opportunity to upgrade their properties. [More]


Foreclosure activity trends down year-over-year

Over the past several years, the high number of foreclosures and distressed properties has been a significant problem in the U.S., although those types of properties have presented real estate investors a unique opportunity to purchase affordable homes. In the past few months, however, the amount of foreclosed houses has begun to trend down.
Over the past several years, the high number of foreclosures and distressed properties has been a significant problem in the U.S., although those types of properties have presented real estate investors a unique opportunity to purchase affordable homes. In the past few months, however, the amount of foreclosed houses has begun to trend down. [More]


Homebuyer preferences shift this spring

Several home features have emerged as exceptionally popular from a recent survey of national homebuilders, including convenience, livability and energy-efficiency.
Several home features have emerged as exceptionally popular from a recent survey of national homebuilders, including convenience, livability and energy-efficiency. [More]


Pace of home sales, price gains dip in February

Recently, information from the National Association of Realtors and the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices noted that both the pace of home sales and price increases have slowed in the past month.
Recently, information from the National Association of Realtors and the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices noted that both the pace of home sales and price increases have slowed in the past month. [More]