Archive for March, 2015


Pending home sales point to hopeful sign for housing

Colder than average temperatures and heavy snow in much of the U.S. failed to keep February home buyers away. Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose 3.1 percent from January, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The Realtors’ so-called “Pending Home Sales Index” is 12 percent higher than one year ago, and is […]

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Pending Sales of U.S. Homes Rose More Than Forecast in February

(Bloomberg) — More Americans than forecast signed contracts to purchase previously owned homes in February, indicating a pickup in the housing market ahead of the spring selling season. The index of pending sales increased 3.1 percent to 106.9, the highest since June 2013, after a 1.2 percent gain the prior month that was smaller than […]

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Pending Home Sales Jump 3% in February

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Monday morning released its data on pending sales of existing homes for February. The pending home sales index rose 3.1% from a slightly downwardly revised index reading of 103.7 in January to the February reading of 106.9. That is 12% higher than in February 2014, when the index […]

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National Association of Realtors Sees Slow Uptake of .realtor Domains

SPONSORED CONTENT FROM AND What’s this? By Julia Haskins / Mar 30, 2015 (iStock/Thinkstock) Registrations for .realtor domain names have declined, but the low level of interest could point to larger issues with how generic top-level domains are being created and marketed to consumers. More than four months after the National Association of Realtors (NAR) […]

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February’s Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Level Since June 2013, Says NAR

The number of contracts signed to buy previously-owned homes in February hit the highest level since June 2013, thanks to big leaps in the Midwestern and Western regions, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, which tracks contract signings (as opposed to closed sales), rose 3.1% in February to 106.9, from […]

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Tucson, Phoenix face growing gap between income and rent hikes

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68% of international buyers hail from Latin America, led by Venezuela …

The Miami skyline The South Florida real estate market experienced its fourth straight year of record-breaking sales, fueled by a continuing surge of wealthy Latin America buyers, according to a report released Friday, conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the Miami Association of Realtors. “The difference between Miami today and Miami of a […]

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Realtor® Associations Honored with NAR Community Outreach Awards

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Realtors® has honored seven local Realtor® associations with NAR Community Outreach Awards. These awards recognize associations that have worked with their communities to make them a better place to live and do business. View photo . “Realtors® are community leaders and are dedicated to building […]

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REALTOR(R) Associations Honored with NAR Community Outreach Awards

The National Association of REALTORS® has honored seven local Realtor® associations with NAR Community Outreach Awards. These awards recognize associations that have worked with their communities to make them a better place to live and do business. “REALTORS® are community leaders and are dedicated to building successful neighborhoods and advocating on behalf of homeowners,” said NAR President […]

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Existing Home Sales Face 2 Major Headwinds in the US

Europe’s Consumer Confidence Rises while China’s Manufacturing Falls (Part 1 of 3) Existing US home sales edge up in February Consumer confidence in the Eurozone reached an eight-year high, while China’s manufacturing sector dipped to its 11-month low. The Europe-tracking iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) gained about 50 basis points, while the China-tracking iShares China Large-Cap […]

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