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– Maya Angelou
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Mortgage refinance applications surge 9 percent as rates fall back
Interest rates on home loans are now significantly lower than a year ago, and that may be bringing more homeowners back to their lenders to refinance.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/06/mortgage-refinance-applications-surge-9-percent-as-rates-fall-back.html
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Mortgage rates spike in the wake of bond sell-off
Rates for home loans rose but are still lower than their long-term averages, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said Thursday.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-spike-in-the-wake-of-bond-sell-off-2017-12-07?mg=prod/accounts-mw
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Hotels around the world are feeling China’s capital controls, Hyatt CEO says
China’s crackdown on outbound capital has seen corporates’ global shopping spree slow in the past year
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/07/chinas-capital-controls-are-being-felt-in-parts-of-the-hospitality-sector-hyatt-ceo.html
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If you own a cheaper house, you’re in the money
Home prices on the low end of the market are rising at twice the pace as those on the high end.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/28/if-you-own-a-cheaper-house-youre-in-the-money.html
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Want That House? You’d Better Pay in Cash
Meagan Freeman and her boyfriend have been looking for a midprice house in the Seattle area for six months but keep running into a hurdle: cash buyers swooping in and snatching up their properties.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/want-that-house-youd-better-pay-in-cash/ar-BBGfsQD?srcref=rss
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These holiday gifts could increase the value of your friend’s home
Helping a loved one spruce up their home can boost the return they receive on a sale
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-gifts-can-increase-your-friends-home-value-by-thousands-2017-12-04?dist=realestate
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As house prices rise, this is how much more you need to save for a down payment
Home prices are expected to continue rising in the year ahead — and that means buyers will have to work even harder to build up a down payment. Real-estate website Zillow, which is based in Seattle, predicted that home buyers there will need to save an additional $394 per month to keep pace with rising prices.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-prices-rise-this-is-how-much-more-home-buyers-need-to-save-for-a-down-payment-2017-11-09?dist=realestate
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New-home sales surge to the highest in a decade as year-to-date sales rise 9%
The housing cycle grinds on, with slow and steady momentum
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-home-sales-surge-to-the-highest-in-a-decade-as-year-to-date-sales-rise-9-2017-11-27
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More Americans are buying new homes that haven’t even been started yet
By this measure, buyers haven’t been so eager to give builders their money since 2005.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-americans-are-buying-new-homes-that-havent-even-been-started-yet-2017-11-29
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These 4 colors can be the kiss of death when selling your home
Painting your home with a weird color either inside or out could repel prospective buyers
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-4-colors-can-be-the-kiss-of-death-when-selling-your-home-2016-08-23?dist=realestate
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Paint your bathroom this color and boost your home’s selling price by $5,400
Home prices increased in September at their fastest pace in more than three years, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices released by S&P Dow Jones and CoreLogic.
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/41902-case-shiller-home-prices-rise-at-fastest-pace-since-2014
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Have You Served? 5 Reasons You’ll Want a Veteran-Friendly Real Estate Agent
That’s why you need a savvy real estate agent to guide you. And while any agent technically can help with a VA purchase, an agent who’s particularly experienced with military buyers can help you better navigate the process.
https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/veterans-military-need-specialized-real-estate-agents/
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As more Americans become rent-burdened, homelessness rises in the costliest areas
Sky-high housing costs aren’t just straining Americans’ budgets. They’re increasing homelessness.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-more-americans-become-rent-burdened-homelessness-rises-in-the-costliest-areas-2017-12-06
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Reverse Mortgages Costing Some Older Americans Their Homes …
Since the financial crisis, the reverse mortgage market has been in flux, dampened by a drop in property values, complaints about the loans and the recent departure of big lenders. Originations backed by the federal government peaked at about 115,000 in 2007 and totaled about 51,000 loans last yea

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Fannie and Freddie Overhaul Plan Takes Shape on Capitol Hill
Congress still has a long way to go before resolving the most significant overhang that remains from the 2008 financial crisis. But a consensus is emerging around principles for overhauling Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the U.S. mortgage-finance system
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-07/lawmakers-plans-to-overhaul-fannie-and-freddie-come-into-focus
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FHA increases loan limits in nearly every area of U.S. for 2018
More than 3,000 counties to see increases
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/42038-fha-increases-loan-limits-in-nearly-every-area-of-us-for-2018?eid=311687380&bid=1945664
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Lean in, homebuyers: Survey says lenders loosening mortgage standards
In recent months, standards on debt-to-income ratios, minimum down payments and student loan debt have been made less stringent
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-re-1203-kenneth-harney-20171127-story.html
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$500,000 for a 1-bedroom: Condo shortage worse than ever in King County
Condo prices continue to soar even faster than single-family-home costs, which kept up their historic streak last month. Even amid a construction boom, the number of new condos isn’t growing much because most developers are building apartments instead.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/500000-for-a-1-bedroom-condo-shortage-worse-than-ever-in-king-county/
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FBI: Hackers scam homebuyers out of millions — and it’s getting worse
if you’re buying a house and heading to settlement, you could still be far more vulnerable than you think to the fastest-growing form of real estate cybercrime in the U.S.: thefts of home-purchase money wired to complete closing transactions. The scam generally works like this: Hackers find an opening into a title company’s or realty agent’s email account, track upcoming home purchases scheduled for settlements — the pricier the better — then assume the identity of the title agency person handling the transaction.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-re-1105-kenneth-harney-20171030-story.html
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$5 billion worth of Southern California real estate faces significant fire risk
Just over 86,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are at some level of risk. Their combined reconstruction value is $27.7 billion, according to CoreLogic.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/08/5-billion-worth-of-southern-california-real-estate-face-significant-fire-risk.html
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Millennials Are Taking Over Real Estate—but They’re Going Deeper Into Debt, Too
Millennials are quickly ascending in the world of real estate, taking out the greatest share of all new mortgages and buying up the most homes in the lower price tiers
https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/millennial-mortgage/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest
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The profits made from flipping homes continues to shrink
Home flipping profits continue to be squeezed by a dwindling inventory of distressed properties available to purchase at a discount.
https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/12/07/the-profits-made-from-flipping-homes-continues-to-shrink.html
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Homeownership doesn’t build wealth, study finds
Households are better off taking control of their finances than relying on fluctuating home values. That is the finding of a new study conducted by Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and the University of Wyoming.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/homeownership-doesnt-build-wealth-study-finds.html
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The World’s Most Popular Tiny Homes You’ll Fall in Love With
Tiny homes have never been more fashionable. A simple search for #TinyHouseMovement on photo sharing site Instagram will have you scrolling for hours through photographs of breathtaking tiny homes. We’ve picked out some of the most popular.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/the-worlds-most-popular-tiny-homes-youll-fall-in-love-with/ss-BBFViKk#image=1
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8 homes built in very unusual locations
Whether they’ve become disillusioned with rising property prices, or prefer to distance themselves from city life, a number of individuals have taken to building their homes in unusual locations across the globe.
Who would have thought that these unconventional places could be someone’s home? Click ahead to check them out.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/8-homes-built-in-very-unusual-locations/ss-AAuymRd
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly).
Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as:
Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes,
New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today. http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2017 http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles Through the Years – Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________
594,100-Square Foot Development in Belltown Denied at Early Design Guidance Meeting
Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood has been experiencing its fair share of commercial development projects coming through the pipeline, but one project will not yet proceed to the next stage of the Design Review Process. “The applicant will have to return for second EDG meeting because the Landmark Preservation Board will need to provide their input on the project,” said downtown board member Anjali Grant at an Early Design Guidance meeting held on Tuesday, December 5th.

594,100-Square Foot Development in Belltown Denied at Early Design Guidance Meeting


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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie
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U.S. housing starts vault to one-year high; permits increase
U.S. homebuilding jumped to a one-year high in October as disruptions caused by recent hurricanes in the South faded and communities in the region started replacing houses damaged by flooding
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-housing/u-s-housing-starts-vault-to-one-year-high-permits-increase-idUSKBN1DH1NP?il=0
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Home builder confidence hits 8-month high in November
The nation’s home builders may not be happy with the Republican tax plan, but they are seeing more buyers, and that is boosting confidence.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/home-builder-confidence-hits-8-month-high-in-november.html
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Foreclosures dropped to lowest on record, Fed data show
It’s been widely reported that the housing market has returned to pre-crisis health: sales of distressed homes are at a 10-year low, and prices are charting new highs in many metros.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/foreclosures-dropped-to-lowest-on-record-fed-data-show-2017-11-14
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Why rentals are up, and what it means for the housing market
Some housing firms are deploying a new build-to-rent model
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-rentals-are-up-and-how-it-affects-the-housing-market-2017-11-13
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Nearly half of the top housing markets in the U.S. are overvalued
The CoreLogic Home Price Index and Forecast for September 2017, released this month, found that 24 of the top 50 markets based on housing stock are overvalued.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2017/11/14/corelogic-nearly-half-of-the-top-housing-markets-in-the-u-s-are-overvalued/?utm_term=.015ce091cd67
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Weekly mortgage applications rise as rates briefly fall back
Homeowners took advantage of a pullback in interest rates at the beginning of last week, hoping to refinance before the next rise.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/15/weekly-mortgage-applications-rise-as-rates-briefly-fall-back.html
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Mortgage rates spike to four-month high as tax reform drives bond sell-off
Will 2018 be the year rates finally ‘lift off’?
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-spike-to-four-month-high-as-tax-reform-drives-bond-sell-off-2017-11-16
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Fannie, Freddie re-enter low income housing tax credit market
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced they are now re-entering the Low Income Housing Tax Credit market, the federal program which encourages invement of equity into affordable rental housing.
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/41840-fannie-freddie-re-enter-low-income-housing-tax-credit-market
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Will the Housing Bubble Burst in 2018?
Home prices continue to escalate, and talk of another housing bubble is brewing. But is there any truth to it?

Will the Housing Bubble Burst in 2018?


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HOW PORTLAND BECAME A HIPSTER UTOPIA
How did this frontier city, roughly the size of Kansas City, create such a buzz?

How Portland Became a Hipster Utopia


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Seattle perspective: How does Amazon change a city’s real estate market?
If anyone knows what it’s like to have Amazon open a headquarters in their city, it’s the people of Seattle
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas-county/seattle-perspective-how-does-amazon-change-a-citys-real-estate-market/492142118
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City to tax Airbnb, short-term rentals
The Seattle City Council has voted to tax operators of short-term rentals, such as those listed on Airbnb.
http://www.djc.com/news/re/12106087.html
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On the Block: U Village looks like another senior housing hub
Why won’t aging and retired Seattle baby boomers sell their single-family homes? Much has been made about the shortage of housing supply, the lack of turnover, as obstacles to creating more or cheaper units.
http://www.djc.com/news/re/12106112.html?cgi=yes
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Portland’s residential housing boom
Big modern houses and accessory dwelling units are a fixture of Portland’s new housing stock.
https://www.oregonbusiness.com/article/item/18092-by-the-numbers-portlands-residential-housing-boom
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Portland home sellers must get energy audit
Starting in January, anyone shopping for a newly listed house in Portland can get a rough estimate of the property’s energy bills, via a Home Energy Score.
Portland home sellers must get energy audit
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THE SEATTLE CONDO BLOG
October 2017 Seattle Condo Update
Historically, Seattle experiences a bump in real estate sales during October (between the end of summer and start of fall) and this year was no different.

October 2017 Seattle Condo Update


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How many foreign-buyers are shifting focus from Vancouver to Seattle?
It has been 15 months since a foreign-buyer tax was implemented in Metro Vancouver and Chinese buyer inquiries for the region haven’t collapsed, says Juwai.com.

How many foreign-buyers are shifting focus from Vancouver to Seattle?


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Five Things You Need to Know About Selling a Condo
Thinking of selling your condo? Whether you live in the condo or own it as an investment property, if you’re ready to sell your home, it’s time to talk to a qualified real estate agent in your area.
https://www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-selling-a-condo/
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The CoreLogic Home Price Insights report features an interactive view of our home price analysis through September 2017 with forecasts from October 2017 including live maps.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_171107_VD1RB&elqTrack=true#
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The MarketPulse Report
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/imgs/research/the-marketpulse-vol-6-issue-11-november-2017-screen-111517.pdf
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.”
~Hal Borland
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Portland rally attacks rent stabilization ballot question
More than 100 people attend the event, at which landlords, real estate agents and developers highlight potential problems with the ballot question aimed at curbing rising rents.

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Was September the sign of a bigger market cool down?
Then again, listings often fall off by about 30 percent every September and October, compared to the spring and summer months. And in the winter, they drop off even more. Every price drop feels like a annual change.
http://www.businessinsider.com/seattle-is-the-hottest-real-estate-market-in-the-country-2017-9
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MLS Brokers Detecting Seasonal Slowdown in Some Areas But Expect Price Hikes to Continue in Much of Washington
MLS figures for September show inventory reached 1.7 months of supply at the end of the month, matching the year-to-date high in February. That level is still well below the 4-to-6 months of supply that many industry analysts use as an indicator of a balanced market.
http://www.northwestmls.com/index.cfm?/News–Information
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Renters think the housing market is finally loosening up, fueling a sudden optimism among homebuyers
All year, the overwhelming sentiment in the housing market has been frustration. Too few homes for sale drove prices sky high and led to fierce competition among buyers, especially at the entry level.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/10/whats-behind-the-sudden-optimism-among-homebuyers.html
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Hurricane history favors U.S. building suppliers
There are 600,000 homes in Texas and Florida alone that need re-roofed or repaired and results over the next month will give some sign of how much the resulting squeeze on building materials will benefit suppliers over the next year.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-construction-supplies/hurricane-history-favors-u-s-building-suppliers-idUSKBN1CE10V
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Mortgage rates surge to 10-week high but a dovish Fed may quash that move
Rates for home loans jumped in the latest week following a smaller rise in U.S. Treasury yields, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said Thursday, yet they remain pinned below the closely watched 4% threshold.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-surge-to-10-week-high-but-a-dovish-fed-may-quash-that-move-2017-10-12
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California wildfires threaten thousands of homes worth tens of billions, CoreLogic says
A summer of high water and rampaging fires hasn’t been kind to homeowners
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/california-wildfires-threaten-thousands-of-homes-worth-tens-of-billions-corelogic-says-2017-10-10
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Boomers won’t own their home free and clear before retirement
Lagging previous generations in outright homeownership
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/41510-fannie-mae-boomers-wont-own-their-home-free-and-clear-before-retirement
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Why big cities thrive, and smaller ones are being left behind
You don’t want to be hit by a recession in a city like Steubenville, Ohio. Eight years into the economic recovery, there are thousands fewer jobs in the metropolitan area that joins Steubenville with Weirton, W.Va., than there were at the onset of the Great Recession. Hourly wages are lower than they were a decade ago. The labor force has shrunk by 14 percent.

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Scrap the mortgage interest deduction
The real American dream is more about the broad prosperity and ample opportunity that derive from strong economic growth than it is about purchasing a house.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-mortgage-deduction-trump-tax-reform-20171003-story.html
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Why more millennials with student debt are qualifying for mortgages
Millennials contributed $514 billion to the housing market over the past year and became the largest group of U.S. homebuyers, real estate site Zillow reports. Still, they lag behind where previous generations were at their age.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/03/zillow-the-top-2-reasons-more-millennials-cant-buy-homes.html
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Hipsters create hot housing markets
Farm-to-table restaurants, dive bars, breweries and independent record stores give a city a “hipster” vibe – and also attract unexpected home buyers.
https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2017/10/hipsters-create-hot-housing-markets.html
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3 great little places to stay in Portland, Oregon
As Pacific Northwest home prices have soared, it seems hotel rates have been panting to keep up. On a recent foray to this City That Likes to Call Itself Weird, a check of a favorite little neighborhood hotel found peak-season rates starting at almost $300 a night. Yikes.
https://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/3-great-little-places-to-stay-in-portland-oregon/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir: We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame She calls, and calls each vagabond by name.”
― William Bliss
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Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Increase More Than Forecast
Seattle (up 13.5 percent), Portland, Oregon (up 7.6 percent), and Las Vegas (up 7.4 percent) were the top three cities in terms of year-over-year price appreciation. Home prices in 20 U.S. cities climbed more than forecast in July, reflecting solid demand against a backdrop of modest listings of properties, figures from S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller showed Tuesday.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-26/home-price-gains-in-20-u-s-cities-increase-more-than-forecast
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Seattle home prices jump 13.5 percent over last year, highest in the nation
Seattle home prices soared by 13.5 percent over last year in July, once again topping the rest of nation.
http://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-home-prices-jump-135-percent-over-last-year-highest-in-the-nation
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Lack of homes for sale weighs on Portland-area real estate market
A short supply of homes for sale is stifling activity in the Portland-area real estate market.
http://www.oregonlive.com/front-porch/index.ssf/2017/09/lack_of_inventory_weighs_on_po.html
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Exclusive: The Portland neighborhoods with the most $1M home sales
Since June 1, 261 homes in the Portland-Vancouver area were sold for at least $1 million or more.
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/09/28/exclusive-portlands-1m-home-sales.html
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Seattle retains title of hottest housing market in the country with Portland right behind
Seattle home values continue to skyrocket, rising at a rate of more than double the national average in July.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/seattle-retains-title-hottest-housing-market-country-portland-right-behind/
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Seattle rent hikes slow amid apartment boom, but average two-bedroom tops $2,000
Rents across Seattle grew an average 6.3 percent in the past year — but most of that increase was because of pricey new buildings. Rents in older apartments are up just 4 percent.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-rent-hikes-slow-amid-apartment-boom-but-average-two-bedroom-tops-2000/
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Seattle home price growth is nearly double any other U.S. city
Seattle has been leading the country in home-price increases for a while. Now, no other region is even close.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-home-price-growth-is-nearly-double-any-other-u-s-city/
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Home prices climb 5.9% in July
Seattle, Portland, and Las Vegas led the 20-city index which rose to a 5.8% year-over-year increase, up from 5.6% the previous month. Expectations were 5.7%, according to a Bloomberg survey.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/home-prices-climb-5-9-july-130025859.html
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Mortgage rates, applications stall as housing market stumbles
The 15-year fixed-rate average was also flat, holding steady at 3.13 percent with an average 0.5 point. It was 2.72 percent a year ago. The five-year adjustable rate average rose to 3.20 percent with an average 0.5 point. It was 3.17 percent a week ago and 2.81 percent a year ago.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-mortgage-rates-20170928-story.html
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Home Prices Soar in Disaster-Prone Areas
U.S. counties at the greatest risk of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other catastrophes saw the fastest home-price appreciation, a new report says
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-21/home-prices-soar-in-disaster-prone-areas
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New-home sales swoon to 8-month low in August
Sales of newly constructed homes tumbled in August, even as the housing market remained starved for supply.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-home-sales-swoon-to-8-month-low-in-august-2017-09-26
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Too many homebuyers and not enough homes
No matter what size or condition, houses here receive multiple bids and seldom stay on the market for more than a day. Some buyers pay upwards of a half-million dollars to knock down a house so they can build two homes on the same small lot.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/too-many-homebuyers-and-not-enough-homes/
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Home-contract signings tumble to near 2-year low, hit by hurricanes and tight supply
Housing market ‘has essentially stalled,’ say the Realtors, who cut their 2017 outlook
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/home-contract-signings-tumble-to-near-2-year-low-hit-by-hurricanes-and-tight-supply-2017-09-27
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117-Acre Estate in Northern Ireland Offered for £1.75M
A 117-acre estate in the heart of Northern Ireland that has a Victorian home on the premises and offers a range of other uses is asking £1.75 million (US$2.31 million).
https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/74210-117-acre-estate-in-northern-ireland-offered-for-1-75m?link=TD_marketwatch_home_page.83461b39d1bfc251&utm_campaign=circular&utm_medium=MANSIONGLOBAL&utm_source=marketwatch_home_page.83461b39d1bfc251
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The Dual Drives of Location and Demand
As it goes with almost everything in real estate, “location is always the principal driver of price,” said Simon Barry, the head of new development at Harrods Estates in London.
https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/75885-location-demand-drive-prices-in-new-york-london-and-sydney-new-developments
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All-White Modern Home in New Palm Springs Enclave
The house features a private pool, strong lines and miles of glass
https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/74289-all-white-modern-home-in-new-palm-springs-enclave
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Worth the splash? Here’s how — and for how much — Americans are upgrading their bathrooms
Return on investment may be hard to quantify, but homeowners and real estate groups say bathroom upgrades are crucial
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/worth-the-splash-heres-how-and-for-how-much-americans-are-upgrading-their-bathrooms-2017-09-28
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House passes flood insurance bill
The House of Representatives voted 264-155 today to pass bipartisan legislation that encourages the sale of private flood insurance in place of policies from
the federal government in high risk areas where flood insurance is required.
http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/09/28/465930.htm
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8 things sellers should expect from their real estate agent
Even in a seller’s market, putting up a sign and waiting will not cut it
https://www.inman.com/2017/09/21/8-things-sellers-should-expect-from-their-real-estate-agent/
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Big Data, Big Opportunities: How Predictive Analytics Is Changing the Business of Real Estate
“This year the human race is producing more data than the previous 5,000 years combined. Data is so powerful that in the future, nation states will fight over it for power.”

Big Data, Big Opportunities: How Predictive Analytics Is Changing the Business of Real Estate


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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The Home Price Insights Report is your source for the most comprehensive and current home price trends. CoreLogic HPI™ is designed to provide an early indication of home price trends
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx#.Wc7LfWhSyUk
Download the Report: http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx#
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REALTORS® Confidence Index
The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners
https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/realtors-confidence-index
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly).
Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as:
Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes,
New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today. http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2017 http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles Through the Years – Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Chinese Real Estate Investments Shift with New Regulations
“When the regulations were announced, suddenly a lot of [momentum] shifted,” said Xinyi McKinny, Senior Managing Director of China Direct Investment at brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield, referring to new regulations passed in China just over a month ago aimed at curtailing overseas investments.
On August 18th, 2017, China’s State Council released new guidelines aimed at regulating the country’s overseas investments in real estate and other industries.

Chinese Real Estate Investments Shift with New Regulations

Property Tycoon Game 10: Real Estate Trends in Seattle
In King County, the listing prices of lower-tier starter homes and larger luxury-tier homes outpaced the listing prices of mid-tier homes in growth, showing strong demand at both the starter-home level and luxury level from first-time buyers and wealthier individuals.

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Oregon’s 25 Best K-12 Schools for 2018
The schools are ultimately ranked on weighted rankings. The academics grade, which Niche bases on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores and survey responses, carries by far the most weight, at 60 percent.
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/08/08/exclusiveoregons-25-best-k-12-schools-for-2018.html
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Housing bubble fears stronger in Washington than in any other state
A new survey found 71 percent of Washington adults think a housing bubble is coming. New York, Florida and California residents were the next most likely to fear a housing bubble.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/housing-bubble-fears-stronger-in-washington-than-in-any-other-state/
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The Housing Shortage Part I: Boomers Holding Onto Inventory
Survey Provides Insight into Underlying Causes of Housing Shortage

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Millennials with “boom-mates” could ease the housing crunch
There has been a common theme in the housing market in recent years: Housing prices are high, and inventory is low. At least that’s the case in most major cities, where job growth remains strong.
https://www.marketplace.org/2017/08/08/economy/millennials-with-boom-mates-could-ease-housing-crunch
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Baby Boomers Who Refuse to Sell Are Dominating the Housing Market
“Anybody on the block considering selling?” Yanoviak asks gently. “I’m not a developer, I’m not interested in renting to students. I’m just a kid trying to buy a house, fix it up and live in it.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-08/baby-boomers-who-won-t-sell-are-dominating-the-housing-market
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THE MILLENNIAL HOUSING SHORTAGE FALLACY
There is no shortage of housing in most U.S. metro areas. There is a shortage of housing in the areas most attractive to today’s young and affluent urban pioneers.
https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/8/4/the-millennial-housing-shortage-fallacy
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Baby Boomers Will Keep Rates “Lower for Longer”
Expect the longer-living, higher-saving baby boomers to keep any upward pressure on interest rates at the margin
http://www.wealthmanagement.com/retirement-planning/baby-boomers-will-keep-rates-lower-longer
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‘Beverly Hillbillies’ mansion is priciest in U.S. at $350 million
The Chartwell estate, featured in the opening credits of the TV sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” is the most expensive listing in the country.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/beverly-hillbillies-mansion-is-priciest-in-us-at-350-million/
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Fed up with housing prices, Bay Area buyers look to Sacramento and Seattle
Report shows homebuyers looking to flee expensive cities on both coasts
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/10/fed-up-with-housing-prices-bay-area-buyers-look-to-sacramento-and-seattle/
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King County home prices grow $100,000 in a year for first time; West Bellevue jumps 41 percent
Prices dipped in the summer in each of the last two years, but that hasn’t happened so far this summer across the county — though in Seattle and the Eastside, prices did ease slightly from June’s record highs.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/king-county-home-prices-grow-100000-in-a-year-for-first-time-ever/
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Fed won’t need to raise interest rates in near term:
“The current level of the policy rate is likely to remain appropriate over the near term,”
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/world/fed-wont-need-to-raise-interest-rates-in-near-term-james-bullard-2352993.html
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Drop in rates boosts weekly mortgage applications 3 percent
A drop in interest rates drives homeowners and homebuyers to the mortgage market.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/09/drop-in-rates-boosts-weekly-mortgage-applications-3-percent.html
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Upzones In The Central District Approved By Seattle City Council
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to allow developers to build several stories higher on various properties in the Central District.
https://www.bisnow.com/seattle/news/affordable-housing/upzones-in-the-central-district-approved-by-seattle-city-council-77104
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Zillow: Machine learning and data disrupt real estate
Learn how big data and the Zillow Zestimate changed and disrupted real estate. It’s an important case study on the power of machine learning models and digital innovation
http://www.zdnet.com/article/zillow-machine-learning-and-data-in-real-estate/
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Redfin, other discounters bang on real estate industry’s door
Investors are betting the time has finally come for real estate agents touting low commissions and high technology to mount a serious challenge to traditional brokerage firms.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/Redfin-other-discounters-bang-on-real-estate-11735711.php
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How big is too big? Amazon sparks antitrust concerns
Amazon’s bid to acquire Whole Foods has sparked political concerns and prompted policymakers and legal experts to ask: How big is too big?
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/how-big-is-too-big-amazon-sparks-antitrust-concerns/
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Facebook ventures into Zillow’s territory with targeted real estate advertising
Facebook has launched its first ad product designed specifically for residential real estate brokerages.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/facebook-ventures-zillows-territory-targeted-real-estate-advertising/
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Nextdoor jumps into real estate
announcing new features today that connect real estate agents to the more than 150,000 neighborhoods on Nextdoor.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/rich-barton-backed-nextdoor-jumps-real-estate-ceo-nirav-tolia-says-not-zillow-competitor/
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Here’s where homeowner inequality is starkest… and where it’s more livable
What causes lower-income people to own homes less frequently than higher-income people?
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-where-homeowner-inequality-is-starkest-and-where-its-more-livable-2017-08-10
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Millennials prove their dependency on FHA loans is shrinking
Ellie Mae: Fed-backed insurance hit lowest level in months
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40958-millennials-prove-their-dependency-on-fha-loans-is-shrinking
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An inside look at the Japanese Garden designer’s first Portland house
The architect who designed the signature piece of Portland’s newly renovated Japanese Garden has put his creative touches on a Portland home
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/08/02/an-inside-look-at-the-japanese-garden-designers.html
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Zillow expanding ‘Instant Offers’ beyond first two test markets and launching in Phoenix
Zillow’s test of its new initiative for home sellers called Instant Offers is expanding beyond its initial two markets and moving into Phoenix, the Seattle-based real estate tech company announced on Wednesday.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/zillow-expanding-instant-offers-beyond-first-two-test-markets-launching-phoenix/
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Florida, Texas, and California: Top State Destinations Among Foreign Buyers in April 2016–March 2017
Five states accounted for slightly more than half of all foreign buyers who purchased U.S. residential property in April 2016–March 2017:
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2017/08/10/florida-texas-and-california-top-state-destinations-among-foreign-buyers-in-april-2016-march-2017/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote
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Luxury home prices soar as sellers come back down to earth
Sale prices of luxury homes in the second quarter of this year were up 7.5 percent from a year ago, the first time luxury gains have outpaced the rest of the market since 2014.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/03/luxury-home-prices-soar-as-sellers-come-back-down-to-earth.html
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Chinese millionaires pick Seattle as No. 2 place in the world to live, survey shows
If you could pick anywhere in the world to live, where would it be? For a lot of Chinese millionaires, the answer is: Seattle.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/chinese-millionaires-pick-seattle-as-no-2-place-in-the-world-to-live-survey-shows/
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Diverse Millennial population could change housing as we know it
The homeownership rate for the second quarter of 2017 increased Thursday, and the Census Bureau report defined the homeownership rates for whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asian, Native, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.
https://www.housingwire.com/blogs/1-rewired/post/40817-diverse-millennial-population-could-change-housing-as-we-know-it
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Sophisticated Email Scam Targets Home Buyers Ready To Close
home buyers are being targeted by an alarming and sophisticated email scam that can wipe out a victim’s life savings in an instant.
Sophisticated Email Scam Targets Home Buyers Ready To Close
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Bellevue, not Seattle, tops new list of toughest places to build
The perception is that Seattle is the most challenging place in the Puget Sound region to develop real estate, but new data suggest this is not the case.
https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/08/04/bellevue-seattle-toughest-zip-codes-development.html
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The 10 toughest places to build a house in Portland
The chief economist for a much-respected Silicon Valley real estate research firm says Portland is the 15th toughest place to build housing in the country.
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/08/01/the-10-toughest-places-to-build-a-house-in.html
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2017 American Renters Survey Report
Which amenities are worth more rent? Which activities do tenants want? What drives renter happiness and great reviews? We wanted to know; so in the spring of 2017, Buildium conducted our second annual survey of more than 1100 randomly selected renters across the U.S.

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Seattle Rent Prices Mapped This Spring 2017
Coming ahead of Miami, Honolulu, and Chicago this month, Seattle was the 8th most expensive rental market in the nation. The price of one bedroom units grew 2.2% to a median of $1,850, while two bedroom units increased 2.1% to $2,450.
https://www.zumper.com/blog/2017/05/seattle-rent-prices-mapped-this-spring-2017/
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S&P CORELOGIC CASE-SHILLER PORTLAND HOME PRICE
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Portland Home Price NSA Index measures the average change in value of residential real estate in Portland given a constant level of quality.
https://us.spindices.com/indices/real-estate/sp-corelogic-case-shiller-portland-home-price-nsa-index
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S&P CORELOGIC CASE-SHILLER SEATTLE HOME PRICE
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Seattle Home Price NSA Index measures the average change in value of residential real estate in Seattle given a constant level of quality.
https://us.spindices.com/indices/real-estate/sp-corelogic-case-shiller-seattle-home-price-nsa-index
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Housing Outlook: Five Expert Predictions On What To Expect For The Remainder Of 2017
How bad is the inventory shortage plaguing the national housing market? One measure of the lack of solutions is that at least some experts are looking over the horizon to the death of the Boomers. “Boomers own a majority of owner occupied homes in the U.S.,”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2017/08/01/housing-outlook-five-expert-predictions-on-what-to-expect-for-the-remainder-of-2017/#2ac75c7925c0
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Home prices surpass housing boom peak
Fannie Mae released its 2017 Second Quarter Credit Supplement report when it reported its earnings Thursday, which showed home prices hit an all new high, surpassing the previous 2006 peak.
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40920-fannie-mae-home-prices-surpass-housing-boom-peak?eid=311687380&bid=1830180
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How mortgage costs, and more, constrain builders
The run-up in expenses involved in making a home loan is one of the trends limiting new construction, says Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan.
https://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/video/how-mortgage-costs-and-more-constrain-builders
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This Week in Seattle: Job growth outpaces housing, Chinese millionaires love this city, and Eastside could break up with King County
About 12 percent of Chinese millionaires would rather live in Seattle than any other city in the world. That’s according to a new Shanghai-based survey of Chinese people with an average net worth of about $3 million,
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/week-seattle-job-growth-outpaces-housing-chinese-millionaires-love-city-eastside-break-king-county/
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Sick of Portland Changing? Too Bad. Here Are 7 Places Where This City Could Soon Go Big.
Portland is in a construction frenzy.
http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/08/02/sick-of-portland-changing-too-bad-here-are-7-places-where-this-city-could-soon-go-big/
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Housing demand strengthens through summer, but here’s why some buyers are giving up
While buyers in June were still requesting tours at the same rate as May, 11 percent fewer were putting pen to paper on an offer.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/02/housing-demand-strengthens-but-heres-why-some-buyers-are-giving-up.html
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Four major US cities ring housing bubble alarm
Home prices in Denver, Houston, Miami and the Washington, D.C., metro area are now considered overvalued.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/01/four-major-us-cities-ring-housing-bubble-alarm.html
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The financial and housing market rescue left many Americans behind
Federal policy meant to stabilize the financial system and housing market has worsened inequality, with particularly damaging implications for the housing market, a new report argues.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/financial-crisis-policy-response-is-making-the-housing-market-less-equal-report-argues-2017-07-31
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Mortgage rates wobble under key threshold, sustaining spring buying streak
Lower for how much longer?
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-bounce-in-a-narrow-range-pinned-below-4-2017-08-03
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Even small rent increases in these cities make people homeless
Rising rents nationwide are fueling a homelessness crisis

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Bipartisan Senate bill would require Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to use alternative credit scores
Proponents say the reliance on FICO scores makes it harder for many consumers to buy a home
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bipartisan-senate-bill-would-require-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-to-use-alternative-credit-scores-2017-08-02
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Can 3% down payments really compete in today’s tight mortgage market?
Pre-qualification vs. pre-approval
https://www.housingwire.com/blogs/1-rewired/post/40906-can-3-down-payments-really-compete-in-todays-tight-mortgage-market
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As prices rise, mortgage lenders are making it easier to buy a house
Home prices are rising across the country and mortgage rates, though still historically low, are up since the presidential election.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-looser-lending-20170804-htmlstory.html
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In this super-competitive real estate market, some buyers are bidding on homes without setting foot in them
One in 3 people who bought a home in the last year said that they made an offer without seeing it in person.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2017/08/01/in-this-super-competitive-real-estate-market-some-buyers-are-bidding-on-homes-without-setting-foot-in-them/?utm_term=.0d286eecf64b
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“Success is failure turned inside out. If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed.
Dorothy Herman,
CEO of Douglas Elliman
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Foreigners pump up home prices in U.S.
Foreigners are buying U.S. homes at a record rate, helping push up prices in coveted coastal cities already squeezed by supply shortages.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/07/19/foreigners-pump-up-home-prices-in-u-s.html
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Consumers aren’t spending, and surging rent might be to blame
It’s only gotten worse since ‘the rent is too damn high’ was a trendy new saying
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rising-rents-may-be-crimping-consumer-spending-2017-07-14
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Soaring lumber prices a problem for home builders, buyers
The price of lumber is soaring, and home builders are worried.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/18/news/economy/lumber-prices/index.html
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The country’s flood insurance program is sinking. Rescuing it won’t be easy.
Time after time, as the river has risen and the water has crept up Roosevelt Street, Leni-anne Shuchter has fled the white clapboard home she bought more than four decades ago.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-countrys-flood-insurance-program-is-sinking-rescuing-it-wont-be-easy/2017/07/16/dd766c44-6291-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html?utm_term=.90bd96a2a5d9
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The cost of a hot economy in California: A severe housing crisis
A full-fledged housing crisis has gripped California, where the lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families is severe. The median cost of a home here is now a staggering $500,000, twice the national cost. Homelessness is surging across the state.

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Freddie Mac Plans Push Into Rental Housing
When the government-controlled mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae agreed this year to guarantee a $1 billion financing deal for one of the biggest private-equity-backed landlords in the United States, the move prompted an outcry.

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The Most Overvalued Housing Markets In America Are In Texas
The CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index for San Antonio gained 7.8% year-over-year, compared to a 3.7% gain nationally. As a result, San Antonio homes are overvalued by 18.6%, the most of any market in America, according to Fitch Ratings.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2017/07/19/texas-is-home-to-the-most-overvalued-housing-markets-in-america-2017/#12d81573906e
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Washington’s newest distracted driving law goes into effect
Beginning July 23, Washington drivers will be limited to hands-free electronic use when behind the wheel.

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What do Seattle and D-FW have in common? The AL West and consistently large home price gains
Along with Seattle and D-FW, other markets that saw big price jumps in June include Las Vegas (10.2 percent) and Tampa (10.1 percent).
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/07/20/seattle-dallas-top-us-home-price-gains-june
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Downtown Seattle’s construction boom surges to new record, with no end in sight
A cooling economy and government regulations putting brakes on investment in U.S. real estate
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/downtown-seattles-construction-boom-surges-to-new-record-with-no-end-in-sight/
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Multibillion-dollar buying spree by Chinese investors shows signs of slowing
Higher-priced U.S. markets have been prime targets of Chinese buyers, including LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, in addition to Hong Kong, Australia, and the U.K.
https://www.curbed.com/2017/7/20/16004026/real-estate-chinese-money
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Cranes crowd Portland skyline as building boom continues; 10,000 construction workers needed
The city has issued nearly 12,000 building permits through the first 10 months of its current fiscal year for a record $2.5 billion in projects.
http://www.djc.com/news/co/12102418.html
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14 Portland treasures trashed in the name of progress
Portland is an ever-changing city, and has a long history of development making this a better place to live. But sometimes, change comes too fast, and one-of-a-kind buildings and priceless treasures are lost in the name of progress.
http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2017/07/13_portland_treasures_trashed.html
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Portland is Once Again the Most Livable City in America, According to British Magazine for Rich People
Monocle was kind enough to rank us the 24th best city in the world, and we’re flattered. We kept the same ranking from last year—but this year, we’re the only American city on the list
http://www.wweek.com/culture/2017/07/17/portland-is-once-again-the-most-livable-city-in-america-according-to-british-magazine-for-rich-people/
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Look out, Bay Area: Seattle rises to 2nd best tech city in the U.S., passing Washington D.C.
Seattle is now one of the top two tech markets in the nation, according to a new report from real estate services company CBRE, behind only San Francisco, thanks to booming homegrown companies and a vast roster of out-of-town companies setting up shop here to recruit the city’s highly educated talent base.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/look-bay-area-seattle-rises-2nd-best-tech-city-u-s-passing-washington-d-c/
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Real Estate Showdown: Seattle Vs. Los Angeles
Unbelievable: Houses are actually cheaper in Los Angeles than Seattle.
https://patch.com/washington/seattle/real-estate-showdown-seattle-vs-los-angeles
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Construction craze: Seattle a top market for new apartments
Scroll through to see where Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue falls on the list of the top 10 U.S. metro areas expecting the most new apartments this year.
http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Seattle-is-ninth-hottest-rental-market-in-the-11300394.php
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A Reddit User Found a Ghost in One of Our Listings—What’s That All About?
A Reddit user with the handle of moosemusick posted a link to a photo of a home in Georgia with the innocuous title of “Found on Realtor.com in Evans, Ga.”
http://www.realtor.com/news/real-estate-news/ghost-in-georgia-listing
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2017 Neighborhood Housing Index Heat Map
More than 5,000 neighborhoods nationwide are rated based on seven factors impacting quality of life and local housing market strength — school, crime, affordability, home price appreciation, property taxes, environmental hazards and unemployment
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/2017-neighborhood-housing-index-heat-map/
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Home Purchase Finance Outlook Improves
The forecast has improved for the production of residential loans used by U.S. homebuyers to finance home purchases. From mid-2016 through Sept. 30, overall home lending, including purchase-money lending and refinances, is expected to amount to $440 billion.National mortgage production is then expected fall to $362 billion during final three months of this year and decline further — to $306 billion in the first-quarter 2018.
http://www.mortgagedaily.com/stories/Outlook071717MBA.asp
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Geopolitical Events Have Immediate Impact on Luxury Market Activity, Not Pricing
In the last year or so, geopolitical events including Brexit, the U.S. and French presidential elections, and several terrorist attacks throughout Europe, have rattled the western world. The result has been volatility in every type of investment vehicle, from stocks to bonds to commodity markets. Luxury residential real estate is no exception.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/69271-geopolitical-events-have-immediate-impact-on-luxury-market-activity-not-pricing
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How to Whip Up a Bidding War (and Win One, Too)
“Nobody likes bidding wars when they’re the buyer, but everybody likes them when they’re the seller,”
http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/property-brothers-how-to-spark-a-bidding-war/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you”
~ Walt Whitman
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BIG HOUSES IN THE U.S. ARE BACK (AND THERE’S A GROWING HOUSING BUBBLE)
Seattle also led the annual increases, rising 12.9% compared to a year ago. Portland, Dallas and Denver were right behind it. U.S. home-price gains pulled back slightly but remained robust early this year, prompting questions about how sustainable such a streak can be.
http://www.newsweek.com/big-houses-us-are-back-and-theres-growing-housing-bubble-631568
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Hottest ‘Hoods: Portland’s 25 most-expensive addresses during Q2
If it feels like it’s getting more expensive in Portland’s housing market, well, that’s because it is.
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/07/13/hottest-hoods-portlands-25-most-expensive.html
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Seattle is the fifth-most-painful U.S. city for drivers in new parking study
Seattle drivers spend 58 hours per year looking for parking, compared to the nationwide average of 17 hours.
https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/07/14/seattle-parking-costs-fines-time-spent.html
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A Palladian Villa in Italy, Listed for $45 Million
The Villa Cornaro, one of the most influential buildings in the world, is being sold by an American couple.

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CFPB finalizes updates to TRID
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially released the finalized updates to the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule, also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, after industry calls asked for greater clarity and certainty.
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40628-cfpb-releases-finalized-updates-to-know-before-you-owe-rule?eid=311687380&bid=1805924
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A big deal in nonprime mortgages proves leery investors are finally hungry again
The appetite for riskier mortgages is rising, and a small cadre of investment firms is ready to feed it.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/12/a-big-deal-in-nonprime-mortgages-proves-leery-investors-are-finally-hungry-again.html
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Amazon quietly reveals possible expansion into real estate
If Amazon does get into the real estate world, it wouldn’t be the first service market its decided to disrupt this summer.
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40668-amazon-quietly-reveals-possible-expansion-into-real-estate?eid=311687380&bid=1810405
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Amazon Poised to Enter U.S. Real Estate Service Industry
The Amazon page on which the tease appeared was online for only several minutes before being taken down. The page was located in the Home and Business Services section. This section aims to connect customers with experts in home improvement, electronics, installation and various other related services.
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/seattle/president-donald-trump-amazon-real-estate-service-jeff-bezos-zillow-facebook-google-nasdaq-whole-foods-acquisition-amazon-realtor-referral-services-10466.php
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Fixed Mortgage Rates in U.S. Hits New 2017 Low
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate in the U.S. dropped to a new 2017 low in late June.
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/washington-dc-real-estate-news/freddie-mac-june-2017-primary-mortgage-market-survey-the-average-30-year-fixed-mortgage-rate-in-2017-real-estate-news-10450.php
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Higher interest rates send mortgage applications tanking, down 7.4%
Mortgage rates just saw their biggest jump since the presidential election, and that took a heavy toll on demand for home loans.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/12/higher-interest-rates-send-mortgage-applications-tanking.html?recirc=taboolainternal
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U.S. Mortgage Applications Dip in June
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 23, 2017, mortgage applications in U.S. decreased 6.2 percent from one week earlier.
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/washington-dc-real-estate-news/mortgage-bankers-association-weekly-mortgage-applications-survey-june-2017-current-mortgage-rates-real-estate-news-10446.php
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71 Percent of U.S. Homeowners Believe It’s a Good Time to Sell
Yet U.S. Consumer Economic and Financial Confidence Dips
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/washington-dc-real-estate-news/housing-opportunities-and-market-experience-june-2017-nar-best-time-to-sell-my-house-lawrence-yun-rising-home-prices-real-estate-news-10443.php
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Residential Rents Growing Faster in Suburbs than Urban Areas in U.S.
According to Zillow, as rent becomes more expensive, renters are starting to look for cheaper housing options outside downtown cores, prompting rent payments to rise faster in the suburbs than in urban areas. For the first time in four years, suburban rents are rising faster than urban rents.
http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/united-states/new-york-city-real-estate-news/residential-rent-report-2017-zillow-reports-svenja-gudell-average-home-rents-in-2017-san-francisco-homes-for-rents-apartments-for-rent-in-new-york-suburban-zillow-rent-index-zri-10394.php
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Could a framing lumber shortage be underway?
A survey by the National Association of Home Builders revealed that 21% of single family builders are having trouble accessing framing lumber compared to 7% who said the same in July 2015.
http://www.constructiondive.com/news/could-a-framing-lumber-shortage-be-underway/446788/
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More space, better resale value: What to know about finishing your basement
Finished basements are a way to add resale value to your home at a fraction of what it costs to build up or out. And although they certainly come with risks, including leaks, floods and mold, most of these obstacles can be avoided with a little research and planning.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/need-space-but-dont-want-to-move-remodel-your-basement/2017/07/10/10f59ac6-5b4a-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html?utm_term=.5841d5109ce7
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Built in 1638, the Oldest Log Cabin in the U.S. Is for Sale in New Jersey
Eighteen years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a simple log cabin was built 350 miles to the south, near the Delaware River, in what’s now New Jersey.
http://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/oldest-log-cabin-in-the-u-s-for-sale-in-new-jersey/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest
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This Real Estate Photo Is So Cute You’ll Cry—Can You See Why?
How do you get more eyeballs on your real estate listing? Easy: Add a toddler to your photos. At least, that’s what one family learned when their 3-year-old photo-bombed a snapshot, vaulting them into the international spotlight.
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/real-estate-photo-toddler-photo-bomb/?link=TD_realtor_articles.82338&utm_source=realtor_articles.82338&utm_campaign=circular&utm_medium=MOVE
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A Reddit User Found a Ghost in One of Our Listings—What’s That All About?
A Reddit user with the handle of moosemusick posted a link to a photo of a home in Georgia with the innocuous title of “Found on Realtor.com in Evans, Ga.”
http://www.realtor.com/news/real-estate-news/ghost-in-georgia-listing
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What Does Today’s ‘Dream Home’ Look Like?
Most Americans now want homes that express their individual style and are loaded with modern, high-end finishes, such as solid-surface countertops, spa-like bathrooms and chic industrial fixtures.
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/todays-dream-home-look-like/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest
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Is the renting trend turning around?
National homeownership rates hit 50-year lows last year during the second quarter, slipping to just 62.9 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/30/is-the-renting-trend-turning-around.html
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Patti Payne’s Cool Pads: Producer Ryan Lewis is selling his Magnolia waterfront estate (Photos and Video)
Grammy award winning musician and producer Ryan Lewis, rapper Macklemore’s collaborator, is selling his Magnolia manse for $7.45 million. Formed in 2008, Macklemore and Lewis are now an internationally popular hip-hop duo from Seattle.
https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/07/07/rapper-ryan-lewis-selling-magnolia-mansion-photos.html
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For sale on San Juan Island: A rock star’s private waterfront estate (Photos)
It’s musician Steve Miller’ s 39-acre fenced property in Friday Harbor for sale for $14.8 million
https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/07/06/for-sale-on-san-juan-island-a-rock-stars-private.html
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
~ Douglas Adams
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Big demand, little supply: Seattle’s hot housing market gets hotter with highest price gains in U.S.
Hopeful home buyers in the Seattle area are up against the toughest purchasing prospects in the country as the market again posted leading price gains while diminished inventory has made the competition fierce.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/big-demand-little-supply-seattles-hot-housing-market-gets-hotter-highest-price-gains-u-s/
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Seattle is 8th most walkable city in the US, study finds
Our score and standings are both about the same as last year
https://seattle.curbed.com/platform/amp/2017/5/31/15720152/seattle-tacoma-walkability-pedestrian-friendly
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Why Home Prices in Portland, Oregon, Are Soaring
Home prices in Portland, Oregon, are soaring. On a monthly basis, the local newspaper catalogs homes that sold above list price. The latest installment includes 34 homes that sold for 15% to 42% over list price in April.
https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/05/29/a-foolish-take-why-home-prices-are-soaring.aspx
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Gets Vocal – Announcing Our First Amazon Alexa Skill
Coldwell Banker teamed up with Amazon’s Alexa to create its first Alexa skill, an extension of the popular Home of the Week series.

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Seattle housing market tops nation in bidding wars and price gains
Price gains for homes here have led the nation every month since September, and now the local market is also the most competitive in the country.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-housing-market-tops-nation-in-bidding-wars-and-price-gains/
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One of the region’s top real estate firms gets a new name
Coldwell Banker Seal announced this past week that it has been rechristened Coldwell Banker Bain.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/05/12/one-of-the-regions-top-real-estate-firms-gets-a.html
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UNHURRIED JOB GROWTH MAY KEEP MORTGAGE RATES LOW
Mortgage rates won’t rise much in the second half of this year if the economy keeps jogging along at its current pace.
http://www.bankrate.com/home-hacker/unhurried-job-growth-may-keep-mortgage-rates-low/
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CBB launches Global Luxury
Coldwell Banker Bain announced its new luxury brand called Global Luxury
https://www.djc.com/news/re/12101150.html?cgi=yes
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See which states authorized the most building permits last year
#Texas led the way in residential building permits in 2016 w/ 165,853 new privately owned housing units authorized


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Friendly chatter on Facebook could be behind our current housing bubble
Nationwide, the average cost of a single-family home rose nearly 7 percent in the 12 months ended April 30, according to the CoreLogic home price index. They’re expected to spike another 6 percent this year, by one analysis.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/friendly-chatter-on-facebook-could-be-behind-our-current-housing-bubble/
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How to Buy a Home
Buying a home can seem like a daunting process, but we’ll help you along your path toward homeownership.
https://www.nytimes.com/guides/realestate/how-to-buy-a-house
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First time home buyer? Here’s what you need to know
It going to be a rough summer for many wanna-be homeowners, especially the first-timers.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/01/real_estate/first-time-home-buyer-tips/index.html

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From 1950-1990: 10 home design trends that endure
Some unfortunate features — like the popular popcorn ceilings of the ’80s — are probably gone for good. But others — like the pastel bathroom tiles of the ’50s — are back in a big way and seem likely to go in and out of fashion over time.
http://www.cbsnews.com/media/from-1950-1990-10-design-trends-that-stuck-around/
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Paint Your Bathroom This Color and Your Home Could Be Worth $5,000 More
The conventional wisdom says that houses sell better when they’re adorned with neutral colors like white, eggshell, and taupe. But a new study shows you might want to be a little bolder in the color selection. Painting walls in slate, cerulean, and even navy shades of blue could mean more green in your pocket when selling a home.
http://time.com/money/4800141/paint-color-higher-home-prices/
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8 Hot Landscaping Trends for 2017
Expect to see these design motifs and popular plants around your neighborhood.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/8-hot-landscaping-trends-for-2017/ar-BBBorN5
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Fast ferry makes Bremerton an easier sell
New home sales dropped in April, and now experts are saying they have a long way to go before hitting the historic average.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/40190-experts-new-home-sales-need-to-double-to-hit-historic-norms
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Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state
There is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Thursday documenting the gap between wages and the cost of rental housing.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/08/heres-how-much-you-would-need-to-make-to-afford-housing-in-your-state/?utm_term=.8cc629db10b4
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The young and the mortgage-less: Millennials drive housing demand
When the U.S. housing bubble deflated a little over a decade ago, it felt for years like the sector would remain depressed forever. Home ownership rates plunged, as an entire generation of young adults, who came of age during the bust, disavowed buying a home in favor of renting.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/334251-the-young-and-the-mortgage-less-millennials-drive-housing
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Why the Federal Reserve should leave interest rates unchanged
The central bank should respond to lower inflation by keeping policy loose
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21723112-central-bank-should-respond-lower-inflation-keeping-policy-loose-why-federal
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Will the Federal Reserve Raise Interest Rates Next Week?
he Federal Reserve has a decision to make next week. It must decide whether now is a good time to increase interest rates, the Fed funds rate in particular, which could help to staunch recent bleeding in bank stocks.
https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/06/07/will-the-federal-reserve-raise-interest-rates-next.aspx
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HUD KICKS OFF NATIONAL HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH
“Find Your Place in a New Era of Homeownership” is theme for month-long recognition
https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2017/HUDNo_17-042
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
Download Report
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_170606_aq0VH&elqTrack=true#.WTsiGWjyuUm
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Couples Spats Common in Homebuying
Buying a home can be stressful on couples. Sixty-percent of millennial and Gen X couples say they disagreed occasionally, frequently, or “a lot” when buying a house with their partner or spouse, according to a new survey released by LendingHome.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/25/couples-spats-common-in-homebuying
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Educate Sellers How Home Staging Pays Off
This spring has been one of our busiest home staging seasons with many sellers enjoying the benefits of preparing their homes early and marketing to targeted buyers – boosting the value of their property and selling quickly
http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2017/06/05/key-points-for-education-sellers-that-home-staging-pays-off/
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More Record-Breaking Residential Sales Expected in Hong Kong
Luxury prices will likely increase 5% to 10% over the rest of the year, says Savills
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/65204-more-record-breaking-residential-sales-expected-in-hong-kong
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To Make a Big Sale, Staging and Photography Have To Be Just Right
When a potential buyer considers purchasing a new property, their first step, even at the luxury level, is often to look at some listings to see what’s out there.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/63161-to-make-a-big-sale-staging-and-photography-have-to-be-just-right
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Time on Market Hits New Low
Low inventory pushed existing-home sales down in April and sped up the median number of days a home sat on the market to a new low of 29 days, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Wednesday
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/24/time-market-hits-new-low-in-april
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Zillow getting into home selling business with “instant offers”
In pilot program, investors and agents will provide offers to prospective sellers
https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40191-gamechanger-zillow-getting-into-home-selling-business-with-instant-offers
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx

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Looking to buy? You’ll need $86K salary here
Seattle is among the 10 least affordable metro areas on the list. You’ll needed to earn more than $86,000 to afford the median-priced home here. Want to put 10 percent down instead of 20 percent? Then the required salary increases to $100,969.
http://www.djc.com/news/re/12100723.html?cgi=yes
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The Rise of the Fat Start-Up
A service called Opendoor, which will buy your house sight unseen, illustrates a new breed of start-up and Silicon Valley’s ever-widening ambitions.

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Zillow’s ‘Zestimate’ facing class-action lawsuit
The Zestimate, Zillow’s algorithm-based property estimate tool, has long been a source of frustration for agents and those listing their homes. Now, the feature on Zillow’s popular website has officially come under fire, as two lawsuits against the online real-estate marketing giant claim that the property estimates undermine a homeowners’ ability to sell their home.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170522/CRED0701/170529993/zillow-hit-with-class-action-suit-over-zestimates
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Zillow faces lawsuit over ‘Zestimate’ tool that calculates a house’s worth
It was bound to happen: A homeowner has filed suit against online realty giant Zillow, claiming the company’s controversial “Zestimate” tool repeatedly undervalued her house, creating a “tremendous road block” to its sale.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/zillow-faces-lawsuit-over-zestimate-tool-that-calculates-a-houses-worth/2017/05/09/b22d0318-3410-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.5f7f695b5151
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Angry Over Zillow’s Home Prices? A Prize Is Offered for Improving Them
The overall accuracy of Zillow’s estimates has gotten better, and it’s now announcing a $1 million award to sharpen the company’s algorithm further.

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Mortgage rates dip for Wednesday
Multiple key mortgage rates trended down today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed
http://www.bankrate.com/financing/mortgages/mortgage-rates-for-wednesday-may-24/
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Millennials to Blame for Housing Shortage?
Young people’s desire to live closer to transit, restaurants, and their workplaces has caused a renewed focus on urban areas.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/24/millennials-blame-for-housing-shortage
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Help Sellers Choose Between Multiple Offers
Juggling multiple offers is an enviable problem to have, but it isn’t always easy territory to navigate
http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/feature/article/2017/05/help-sellers-choose-between-multiple-offers
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9 signs the housing market will only get hotter in 2017
Just look at the data: The housing market has nowhere to go but up
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/9-signs-the-housing-market-will-only-get-hotter-in-2017-2017-05-25
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New home sales need to double to hit historic norms
New home sales dropped in April, and now experts are saying they have a long way to go before hitting the historic average.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/40190-experts-new-home-sales-need-to-double-to-hit-historic-norms
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Existing-home sales stall in April as tight supply pushes properties to record low time on the market
The inventory shortage may have hit a bottom, the Realtors believe
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/existing-home-sales-stall-in-april-as-tight-supply-pushes-properties-to-record-low-time-on-the-market-2017-05-24
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The young and the mortgage-less: Millennials drive housing demand
When the U.S. housing bubble deflated a little over a decade ago, it felt for years like the sector would remain depressed forever. Home ownership rates plunged, as an entire generation of young adults, who came of age during the bust, disavowed buying a home in favor of renting.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/334251-the-young-and-the-mortgage-less-millennials-drive-housing
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US home equity is back, so why aren’t more people borrowing?
Alicia Johnson and her husband wanted to renovate their home last fall but ran into a roadblock: When they tried to refinance their mortgage and borrow against their equity, five banks said no

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Where are building permits keeping up with housing demand?
Interactive chart shows which counties are winning the battle for more inventory
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/40185-where-are-building-permits-keeping-up-with-housing-demand?eid=311687380&bid=1762469
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The Next Shortage Facing Young Homebuyers: Good Schools
Since the recession, funding for construction has cratered.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-19/the-next-shortage-facing-young-homebuyers-good-schools
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The nation’s newest hot housing market — Philadelphia
Forget Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and all the other sizzling west coast metros: there’s a new hot housing market.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-nations-newest-hot-housing-market-philadelphia-2017-05-24
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5 ways Google Home just got better
Between voice calling, new entertainment offerings and better integration with screens, the Google Home is growing up quickly.
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-home-gets-a-slew-of-new-features/
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Health Impact Assessment and Housing
There is a well-established link between housing and health (see, for example, reports by the U.S. Surgeon General, the Department of Housing and Urban Development , the World Health Organization,
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/collections/2016/03/health-impact-assessment-and-housing
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These startups will help you make a down payment — by taking a stake in your house
Some housing-market analysts believe it’s better for homeowners not to hold 100% of the equity in the home
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-down-payment-needs-swell-these-companies-step-in-to-help-in-exchange-for-a-small-stake-2017-05-24
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Portland sees record number of construction projects
As anyone who lives, works or even travels through downtown Portland and its surrounding neighborhoods knows, the urban core is experiencing a construction boom.
Portland sees record number of construction projects
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Seattle, Dallas top cities for U.S. home price changes
U.S. home values have risen above the peak before the last recession, according to a new report from Zillow.
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/05/25/seattle-dallas-top-cities-us-home-price-changes
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Is It Wrong to Buy a Foreclosed Home?
The Ethicist at the New York Times weighed in on the question back in 2011. By her reasoning, there’s actually an ethical argument for buying a foreclosed house, especially if your intent is to live in it (as opposed to just flipping it).

Is It Wrong to Buy a Foreclosed Home?


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Seattle sees the strongest housing growth in the United States
Seattle is the fastest growing major metropolitan housing market in the United States with growth up 1.9% quarter on quarter and 12.4% year on year, the latest data shows.

Seattle sees the strongest housing growth in the United States


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Chinese investors buying up Puget Sound properties, affecting housing market as a whole
When you think the housing market couldn’t get any hotter, it does and continues to set records.
Chinese investors buying up Puget Sound properties, affecting housing market as a whole
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Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls: The Myth of the Return to Cities
The nation is continuing to become more suburban, with sprawling metro areas spreading out further. But the most dense places are tending to become denser.

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How Tales of ‘Flippers’ Led to a Housing Bubble
The boom and bust cycle in the housing market had terrible consequences. Yet unless we fully understand its causes we may end up repeating it.

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Here are Oregon’s 25 best middle schools
Whereas all grade levels of the K-12 education system are important, there’s something special about the middle school years.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/05/23/here-are-oregons-25-best-middle-schools.html
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Fed could hike interest rates 9 times by 2020, report says
After remaining flat for years, federal interest rates could be increased nine times by 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2017 Budget and Economic Outlook.

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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly).
Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as:
Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes,
New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Seattle Architectural Styles Through the Years – Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Dexter Station, Home to Facebook in Seattle, Sells for $286MM at 4.4 Cap Rate
The 345,992 square foot, state of the art, 10-story, Class A office building that is home in Seattle to the social network company Facebook, sold today for $286 million, or just over $826 per square foot,….

Dexter Station, Home to Facebook in Seattle, Sells for $286MM at 4.4 Cap Rate

“Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.”
~Mary Ritter Beard
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Confidence in Housing Steady, but Shaking
Americans remained as confident in the U.S. housing market as they have been, but this cautious optimism may be on shaky ground. That, at least, is the conclusion of ValueInsured’s quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey, released Thursday.

Confidence in Housing Steady, but Shaking


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Northwest Housing Prices Continue Sharp Rise
The Northwest Multiple Listing Service says the lack of homes on the market has depressed sales while increasing the number of multiple offers.
http://seattlebusinessmag.com/real-estate/northwest-housing-prices-continue-sharp-rise
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Interest Rates Dodge Another Close Call
The Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to leave its benchmark interest rate alone, citing signs of a slowing economy between the January-to-March quarter.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/04/interest-rates-dodge-another-close-call
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How Seattle has avoided a plateau and kept growing
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 1,000 people move to the Seattle area each week.

How Seattle has avoided a plateau and kept growing


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Housing recovery lags other big metro areas
10​ years​ after​ the​ bust:​ How​ well​ has​ your​ zip​ code​ fared? Check here.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170503/CRED0701/170509945/chicago-last-among-major-cities-in-real-estate-recovery
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Across much of Oregon, people are feeling the housing crunch
Oregon has become a desirable place to live, with droves of people moving to the state in the Pacific Northwest.
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35541377-75/across-much-of-oregon-people-are-feeling-the-housing-crunch.html.csp
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More records fall: Median home price hits $722,000 in Seattle and $880,000 on Eastside
King, Snohomish and Pierce counties all set record home prices in April, and brokers don’t anticipate any relief in sight as the supply of homes available continues to dwindle.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/more-records-fall-median-home-price-hits-722000-in-seattle-and-880000-on-eastside/
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Consumers Should Prepare for Higher Interest Rates
The Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates when they meet this week, but rates could increase by this summer, said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate, the NewYork-based financial content company.
https://www.thestreet.com/story/14111873/1/consumers-should-prepare-for-higher-interest-rates.html
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Supreme Court says cities can sue big banks over housing bubble damages
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal anti-discrimination law allows cities to sue a bank over lending practices they allege led to urban blight but said they face a high standard in proving those practices directly harmed the local governments.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/cities-may-sue-big-banks-over-predatory-lending-damage-supreme-court-rules/2017/05/01/cf8c108a-2e79-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.7c1cea4a8f44
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Poor Credit History Can Affect Homeowner’s Insurance Rates
The reliance by home insurance companies on a consumer’s credit history in setting premiums is growing, but it varies by state

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Creative Marketing for Luxury Condos
With a glut of inventory in high-end real estate, brokers have been hosting some unusual events to attract attention.

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Seattle rent growth up 5.4% annually
San Francisco-based Apartment List has issued a May report for this region that shows Bellevue tops the area for median rents, with $2,650 for a two-bedroom unit and $2,050 for a one-bedroom. Bellevue rent growth was 0.6 percent over March. Annually, rents were up 4 percent.
http://www.djc.com/news/re/12099974.html
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Property-tax bills in King County are among the nation’s highest — and growing fast
The average property-tax bill across King County has jumped 35 percent in the last four years, due to quickly climbing property values and newly approved tax hikes.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/property-tax-bills-in-king-county-are-among-the-nations-highest-and-growing-fast/
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Will Millennials Follow in Parents’ Home-Buying Footsteps?
All eyes in the housing industry are on where millennials are moving next. They are alternately billed as the future of the single-family housing market and that of the multifamily sector.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/axiometrics/2017/05/02/will-millennials-follow-in-parents-home-buying-footsteps/#40aab56b3b3b
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Millennials leaving the nest at faster pace
Millennials get chided for their failure to depart the parental nest, but a new analysis by Fannie Mae found that they are heading out on their own in greater numbers today than in recent years.
http://www.constructiondive.com/news/report-millennials-leaving-the-nest-at-faster-pace/441731/
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Starting to Launch: Millennials Are Leaving Mom and Dad’s Basement
Recent news stories have lamented the seeming inability of Millennials to launch from their parents’ homes and establish their own households. For example, an analysis published in the Wall Street Journal late last year indicated that the proportion of adults aged 18 to 34 who were living with their parents or other relatives was at a 75-year high.
http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/research-insights/perspectives/millennials-households-simmons-042717.html
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What Are Housing Starts, and Why Should Home Buyers Care?
What exactly are housing starts? This term, so often thrown around by housing policy wonks and quoted in dense financial reports, refers to the number of new homes on which builders have started construction in any particular month
http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/what-are-housing-starts/
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Millennials and first-time homebuyers are spending a lot more on renovations, survey finds
Millennials who renovated their homes spent an average $26,200 last year on the upgrades, according to the Houzz & Home Survey.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/04/millennials-and-first-time-homebuyers-spend-lots-more-on-renovations-survey.html
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For increasing number of elderly, there’s no place like home
The aging population basically has two choices. It can move to an assisted living community or stick it out at home. For a growing number of seniors, the choice is home, in a growing trend known as aging in place.
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/for-increasing-number-of-elderly-theres-no-place-like-home-050217.html
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The best and worst places for retirement
Where is the best place to retire in the United States? It’s complicated. While New York may offer the best quality of life for retirees, it’s too pricey for many. Alabama may be one of the cheapest places to live, but the quality of health care there leaves a lot to be desired. And while Minnesota may offer the best health care — and a quality of life second only to that in New York — it is also very expensive.

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2017’s Best & Worst States to Retire
Retirement might be the end of the line, but it doesn’t have to be the end of financial security or life satisfaction. Timing is often a primary concern with retirement, as it generally coincides with the age at which we become eligible to draw Social Security or pension benefits.
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-retire/18592/
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Rental income just hit an all-time high. Here’s how that drives a wedge between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’
You already know the rent is too damn high. But here’s fresh evidence that something’s amiss in the housing market: one metric of measuring housing costs has never been so high.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rental-income-just-hit-an-all-time-high-heres-how-that-drives-a-wedge-between-haves-and-have-nots-2017-05-01
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Housing recovery has some big winners — and a lot of losers
So how is the U.S. housing market doing?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/housing-recovery-has-some-big-winners–and-a-lot-of-losers/2017/05/05/06ba0554-2f91-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.d9b47109ddc1
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Zillow officially launches RealEstate.com, new site for Millennials, first-time buyers
Site allows buyers to search by “all-in monthly price” of home
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/40014-zillow-officially-launches-realestatecom-new-site-for-millennials-first-time-buyers?eid=311687380&bid=1742145
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Soaring home prices create property wars in Palo Alto
Dawn Thomas, Golden State Sotheby’s International Realty, discusses how much she sold it for.
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000616243
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The Ultimate Getaway: You Can Own One of These 3 Incredible Private Islands
How much would you spend for a permanent vacation? We found three luxury private islands where, if you have the cash, there’s a watery barrier between you and the rest of civilization. Take a look at these heavenly havens.
http://www.realtor.com/videos/video-the-ultimate-getaway-you-can-own-one-of-these-3-incredible-private-islands/ac74f30c-de71-43ba-bae1-e54d8336a7ae
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Accessory Dwelling Units Becoming Increasingly More Popular Across Pacific Northwest
Seattle’s housing affordability plight has remained a hot topic of conversation as the city is becoming more expensive and less affordable. Especially in the Puget Sound region, challenges in building housing to accommodate future growth have resulted in many owners of single family residences building separate accessory dwelling units (AUD), or mother-in-law units to help add to the inventory stock and make some extra cash.

Accessory Dwelling Units Becoming Increasingly More Popular Across Pacific Northwest


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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. “
 
~Muhammad Ali
 
Seattle, Portland lead in rising home prices
Home prices are accelerating in Portland and cities across the country as buyers compete for a thin supply of homes.
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Seattle area home-price hikes lead the U.S. again; even century-old homes commanding top dollar
As home prices rise faster here than anywhere else, a new study shows that really old Seattle houses sell for more than middle-aged homes.
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Selling homes for big profits become common in Seattle
Andrea Conway’s home selling story has become the norm for Seattleites. She bought her Ballard home for a little under $500,000 around Easter 2014 and just sold it for more than $750,000
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Portland-area real estate: 10 most in-demand neighborhoods
Portland-area real estate: 10 most in-demand neighborhoods
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Is Vancouver becoming an attractive alternative to Portland?
A massive waterfront development. Breweries, coffee shops and restaurants popping up across downtown. An up-and-coming tech scene and a multifamily building boom.
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Housing’s tale of two cities: Seattle builds, S.F. lags
Seattle and San Francisco have a lot in common, from tech-dominated economies to highly educated populations to left-of-center politics. But they couldn’t be more different in one key aspect: housing production.
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New-home sales roar to an 8-month high as spring selling season starts with a bang
Inventory is still lean, and prices are nudging higher.
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Moving on up! US home prices climb at fastest pace in nearly 3 years
U.S. home prices rose more than was anticipated for the month of February, according to new data from the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.
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U.S. home prices grew at fastest rate in nearly three years
Case-Shiller index sees fastest growth since mid-2014
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FHFA House Price Index Up 0.8 Percent in February
U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.8 percent from the previous
month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seasonally adjusted monthly
House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported lack of change in January was revised upward to
a 0.2 percent increase.
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Here’s the first sign that America may be pivoting from renting back to owning homes
The homeownership rate has been on the decline ever since the peak of the housing bubble a decade ago and the homeownership rate starts to revert to the mean
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Foreclosure activity drops to pre-recession levels nationwide
Some cities, however, still continue to feel foreclosure-related strain
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More millennials living with parents
About a third of all millennials still live with and rely financially on their parents as a result of evolving social norms and fallout from the worst recession in generations.
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“Red-hot housing market” missing one thing: Houses for sale
In today’s sizzling housing market, the first challenge for prospective buyers like Lisa Swelha
is simply finding houses for sale.
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Mortgage rates edge higher as the relief rally buoys yields
The benchmark 30-year rate is back above 4%
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Existing-home sales hit a 10-year high in March as homes fly off the market
Properties were on the market for an average 34 days in March.
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Pending-home sales lurch lower as inventory tightens further
Demand is still much hotter than supply
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Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March
Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West saw a decline in sales activity in March.
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Home Sellers Are Pocketing More Money
Homeowners who sold in the first quarter realized an average price gain of $44,000 since purchase. That represents an average 24 percent of return on the purchase price, which is the highest average price gain for home sellers in terms of both dollars and percent returns since the third quarter of 2007
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Following Weeks of Declines, Rates Tick Up
For the first time in five weeks, average mortgage rates reversed course and edged up.
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Homeownership Rate Stable
According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the U.S. homeownership rate was 63.6% in the first quarter 2017, which is statistically no different from its last quarter reading of 63.7%. The rate of homeownership appears to be stabilizing after reaching a cycle low of 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016.
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Should You Use a Real Estate Agent to Find Your Next Rental?
Starting the search for your next home online — whether it’s a rental or purchase — has become commonplace, if not completely expected. But when it comes time to tour homes and narrow your options, it may seem like only homebuyers have the advantage of calling on a real estate agent to help them through the process.
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Homebuying classes sell out across Seattle
If you’re in the market to buy a house, you will likely get unsolicited advice from friends: like how much to put down or what neighborhood you should choose.
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Redfin report tracks which cities people want to flee (Bay Area) and where they want to stay (Seattle)
An inaugural quarterly report from Seattle-based online real estate company Redfin takes a look at the migration patterns of people across the United States based on their searches for homes on Redfin’s website.
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A High-Tech Closet Offers Smart Storage Solutions
When one considers a smart home, it’s often the more forward-facing, dare we say flashier, rooms that garner the most attention from visitors and product developers alike—the media room, the kitchen, even the bathroom.
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If you build it, they’ll stay; boomers remodel their homes
The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes.
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Bringing Smart Technology to the Backyard
Transform your outdoor space into a playground of smart products
 
 
 
 
 
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
 
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
 
 
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
U.S. Economy at a Glance
 
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
 
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
 
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
 
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
 
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Seattle Architectural Styles Through the Years – Real Estate Changes by Decade
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by decade/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________o

Kilroy Realty to Break Ground on $370MM Mixed-Use Project 333 Dexter This Quarter

 
Kilroy Realty, the group behind the $370 million mixed-use office complex 333 Dexter, said in an earnings call on Thursday that it will break ground on the project later in the second quarter of this year.

 

 

 

“The path in front of you is rarely a straight line. It’s full of bumps … Embrace the bumps in the road.”
~ Ellen Bennett
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Buying a Home This Spring Will Be Hardest in Years
With tight inventory and rising prices and mortgage rates, this season will be the toughest for buyers in a decade
https://www.wsj.com/articles/buying-a-home-will-be-harder-than-ever-this-spring-1491048002
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Americans are taking out the largest mortgages on record
Bigger homes, more expensive inventory, and lower down payments all add up.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-are-taking-out-the-largest-mortgages-on-record-2017-04-05
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Mortgage Rates Move Lower
The 10-year Treasury yield was relatively unchanged this week, while the 30-year mortgage rate fell 4 basis points to 4.1 percent.
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/
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Timing Is Key For Real Estate Investments In The Pacific Northwest
The Northwest doesn’t attract retirees looking for sunshine but it does attract computer engineers, younger people interested in the outdoor lifestyle, and Chinese investors. This makes it an interesting place to invest in real estate, but also creates some special difficulties.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ingowinzer/2017/04/06/timing-is-key-for-real-estate-investments-in-the-pacific-northwest/#455d6af87bac
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America’s Fair Housing Legacy
Nearly 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, racial and ethnic minorities still face few housing opportunities than all other households: they own homes at a lower rate, spend more of their income on rent and continue to contend with residential segregation. – See more at:
https://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/fair-housing-legacy/
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It’s not only Seattle: Can you afford region’s housing market?
Home affordability in the area continues to slip as home prices outpace wage growth.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article142736004.html
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Fed Rate Hikes Affecting Homeowners, New TD Bank Study Finds Interest Rates #1 Most Influential Factor in Choosing a HELOC
TD Bank’s 2017 Home Equity Sentiment Index finds interest rates more important to borrowers than any other factor, including fees, loan amount and draw period length
http://www.crossroadstoday.com/story/35057125/fed-rate-hikes-affecting-homeowners-new-td-bank-study-finds-interest-rates-1-most-influential-factor-in-choosing-a-heloc
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First-time Buyers Overpay on Housing
In general, first-time homebuyers overpay on their home purchases—particularly when compared to more experienced buyers, according to a paper released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Monday.

First-time Buyers Overpay on Housing


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Coldwell Banker ad stars rescued pup in honor of ‘Homes for Dogs’
What makes a house a home? Pets, of course
https://www.inman.com/2017/03/31/coldwell-banker-ad-stars-rescued-pup-in-honor-of-homes-for-dogs/
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2017 Q1 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey
The Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report was created to monitor consumer sentiment about the housing market. This new report covers core topics that will be tracked on a monthly basis such as views on if now is a good time to buy or sell a home, the perception of home price changes
https://www.nar.realtor/reports/2017-q1-homeownership-opportunities-and-market-experience-home-survey
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Buying a Home Will Be Harder Than Ever This Spring
Robin Manthie and her husband have been looking for their first home in Minneapolis since last May. They thought this spring would bring a flood of inventory, making their search easier. But by most measures it is getting tougher.

Buying a Home Will Be Harder Than Ever This Spring


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Why lower house prices lead to higher student loan default rates
This makes it even more difficult for borrowers to pay off their student loans
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-makes-it-even-harder-for-people-to-pay-their-student-loans-2017-03-27
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Mortgage rates fall for the third straight week, approach 2017’s low
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.10%
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-fall-for-the-third-straight-week-approach-2017s-low-2017-04-06
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Mortgage applications stay flat even as rates drop to lowest in three weeks
Homebuyers are trickling back into the mortgage market, but not enough to offset the industry’s steep and steady drop in refinance business.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/29/mortgage-applications-stay-flat-even-as-rates-drop-to-lowest-in-three-weeks.html
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TransUnion: Here’s why Millennials are delaying homeownership
The spring home-buying market is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent memory, and is even worse for first-time homebuyers, i.e. Millennials
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39791-transunion-heres-why-millennials-are-delaying-homeownership
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Here’s the real reason why homebuyers just don’t fully understand mortgages
Fannie Mae study questions mortgage professionals and consumers
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39768-heres-why-homebuyers-arent-getting-the-education-they-need
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Lawmakers move rent control a step closer to reality
The state’s 35-year ban on rent control is a step closer to disintegrating after the the Oregon House of Representatives narrowly passed House Bill 2004A today.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/04/04/lawmakers-mo-rent-control-a-step-closer-to-reality.html
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Seattle’s median home price hits record: $700,000, double 5 years ago
King, Snohomish and Pierce counties all set records for home prices last month, ushering in the busy spring season with one of the biggest monthly price hikes in years for the nation’s hottest housing market.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-home-prices-hit-700000-for-first-time-after-doubling-in-five-years/
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Generations Throughout History
The fascinating evolution of all seven living generations, compared and contrasted through their unique perspectives over the course of 125 years in America.

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Seattle’s housing market is in for ‘another frenzied spring’
The good news for Seattle-area homebuyers is the number of homes newly listed for sale increased to nearly 6,300, a 50 percent increase over February.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/04/07/seattles-housing-market-in-for-frenzied-spring.html?ana=e_me_set1&s=newsletter&ed=2017-04-07&u=kQOD5bLefI3FjZJr2rINhMAafL8&t=1491577670&j=77876671
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Seattle area home values at their highest point ever, report says
Home values in the Seattle metropolitan area are at a record-breaking high, according to a report last week by real estate and rental listing service Zillow.
http://seattle.curbed.com/2017/3/28/15085436/high-home-values-low-inventory
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Riding a Tech Boom in Seattle’s South Lake Union
Between Seattle’s bustling downtown high-rise core and picturesque Lake Union a short skip to the north, several conditions have converged to establish what has quickly become one of the world’s most dynamic urban technology hubs.

Riding a Tech Boom in Seattle’s South Lake Union


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Airbnb’s Sublet Service Would Be A Welcome Addition To The Housing Market
By many measures, the U.S. housing market seems in very good shape. The National Association of Realtors in Washington said last week that contracts to buy existing homes jumped 5.5 percent in February, the biggest increase since July 2010
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottbeyer/2017/03/31/airbnbs-sublet-service-would-be-a-welcome-addition-to-the-housing-market/#7b53d1a3da57
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American Cities: Don’t Make ‘The Seattle Mistake’ On Housing
I went to an public meeting on housing in Bellevue, a growing city across Lake Washington from Seattle. Bellevue has been experiencing the same kind of growth that Seattle has. While the city is much smaller, about 140,000 people compared to Seattle’s 670,000, it is growing at 2.4 percent per year, faster than Seattle’s 2.3 percent year over year population growth
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogervaldez/2017/03/28/american-cities-dont-make-the-seattle-mistake-on-housing/#243ab7094dd6
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Majority of Realtors® Say Clients Interested in Sustainability
Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors® and homebuyers and sellers. Over half of Realtors® find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ recent REALTORS® and Sustainability report.
https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/04/majority-of-realtors-say-clients-interested-in-sustainability
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Case-Shiller Hits A New High, No Relief for Homebuyers – See more at:
Denver, Portland, Ore., and Seattle See Sharp Increases Again – See more at:
https://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/case-shiller-jan17/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”
— Irish Blessing
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A Look at Some of Ireland’s Most Beautiful Estates and Homes
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a look at the Emerald Isle
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/57075-a-look-at-some-of-ireland-s-most-beautiful-estates-and-homes?mod=cx_picks&cx_navSource=cx_picks&cx_tag=other&cx_artPos=8#cxrecs_s
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Seattle region ranks near top of nation for new housing, so what’s with the soaring prices?
Despite rapid growth of new housing from Tacoma to Snohomish County, rents and home price continue to climb, largely because the construction hasn’t kept pace with job and population gains.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-region-ranks-near-top-of-nation-for-new-housing-so-whats-with-the-soaring-prices/
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Fed Raises Interest Rates for Third Time Since Financial Crisis
The Federal Reserve which raised its benchmark rate on Wednesday for the second time in three months, this time to a range between .75 and one percent is finally moving to the end of its nine year old economic stimulus campaign which began in the depths of the financial crisis.

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Here are Oregon’s 30 Coolest Coastal Towns
Though Oregon’s wild and scenic coast is much more sparsely populated than its inland Western valleys, it boasts many highly sought-out communities.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/03/01/here-are-oregons-30-coolest-coastal-towns.html
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Here are the ‘sweet spots’ in the housing market
Where do strong job markets and affordable housing markets intersect?
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/here-are-the-sweet-spots-in-the-housing-market-2017-03-16
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Housing Market Madness: Denver is Now a Worse Deal Than San Francisco For Tech Workers — Seattle contrasts favorably with the Bay Area in affordability and opportunity
Workers searching for a place to live that offers a good combination of career opportunities and affordable housing are finding the best options aren’t always the most obvious.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/search-for-cities-with-good-jobs-affordable-housing-proves-tricky-1489669203?emailToken=JRryd/t9aHiTitMwbcwn2VQyZalNBeiTA1jWMHHHIQ3TtWDV5O2mwKlwhdy9uiamS0h9/dwN5WoyAD3WnXFrWsDUg6R4j1q/PmVHr5rHwEjSZhSKwhDbJ7JH
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This map shows the biggest company in each state by market cap
2016’s map of the largest company in each state by market cap from Broadview Networks looks much like the 2015 edition.
https://www.broadviewnet.com/blog/2016/12/map-of-the-largest-companies-in-each-state-by-market-cap-in-2016
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Seattle Takes Back ‘Fastest-Moving Market’ Title
In February, half of all homes on the market in the city went into contract in 12 days
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/57209-seattle-takes-back-fastest-moving-market-title
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For Chinese Home Buyers, Seattle Is the New Vancouver
Canadian city’s tax-policy changes appear to be driving overseas investors south
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/53402-for-chinese-home-buyers-seattle-is-the-new-vancouver
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Vancouver foreign buyer tax has not pushed Chinese homebuyers to Seattle: Zillow
Chinese homebuyers may not be redirecting their house hunting efforts to Seattle, after a foreign buyer tax was implemented in Metro Vancouver late last year.

Vancouver foreign buyer tax has not pushed Chinese homebuyers to Seattle: Zillow


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7 Ways Home Sellers Turn off Homebuyers
When it’s time to sell your home, you can invest a ton of time, energy and money into getting the place ready for sale. You might declutter, stage and even remodel the house to make it as appealing to buyers as possible.

7 Ways Home Sellers Turn off Homebuyers


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Tight market governs housing recovery, analysts say
The US housing market, a key economic driver, is exceedingly tight, with supply struggling to meet demand as the sector recovers a decade after the housing crisis, analysts say.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/tight-market-governs-housing-recovery-analysts-052258522.html
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Stock market surge lifts US household wealth to $92.8T
The stock market’s rise to record levels fueled a big increase in U.S. household wealth in the final three months of last year. The wealth gains could lead to more spending that would lift the economy, but the increases aren’t widely shared.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/09/the-associated-press-stock-market-surge-lifts-us-household-wealth-to-928t.html
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These 4 colors can be the kiss of death when selling your home
A fresh coat of paint is a fairly inexpensive way to refresh the look of your home; the average exterior paint job costs about $2,600, while interior paint costs $1,660, according to Home Advisor
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-4-colors-can-be-the-kiss-of-death-when-selling-your-home-2016-08-23?dist=realestate
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Seattle region ranks near top of nation for new housing, so what’s with the soaring prices?
Despite rapid growth of new housing from Tacoma to Snohomish County, rents and home price continue to climb, largely because the construction hasn’t kept pace with job and population gains.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-region-ranks-near-top-of-nation-for-new-housing-so-whats-with-the-soaring-prices/
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The Birthplace of Skiing in Aspen is Selling for $25 million
2017 Ski World Cup Finals Might Bring Potential Buyers For the Historic Ski Lodge
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/57126-the-birthplace-of-skiing-in-aspen-is-selling-for-25-million
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2 Ways the Fed Could Crush the Housing Market Recovery
There’s no doubt the Federal Reserve’s low interest rates have helped the housing market recover from its 2007 bust.
http://fortune.com/2017/03/13/federal-reserve-interest-rates-housing-market-recovery/
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Get Smart! Cash in on Smart Home Rebates
Homeowners and renters now have numerous opportunities to receive significant discounts on the most popular Smart Home products. In some cases, these products are virtually free.

Get Smart! Cash in on Smart Home Rebates


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People in Glass Houses…Have Really Great Views
These 5 homes offer a view on luxury living that is crystal clear.

People in Glass Houses…Have Really Great Views


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Economic, Financial Optimism Surges; Renters Lukewarm About Buying
Multiple years of uninterrupted job gains and hope that the best is yet to come in 2017 are igniting consumer confidence across the country, and especially in rural and middle America, according to new consumer survey findings from the National Association of Realtors®.
https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/03/nar-home-survey-economic-financial-optimism-surges-renters-lukewarm-about-buying
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Chinese Now The Largest Group Of Foreign Investors In U.S. Commercial Real Estate
Chinese investors were the single largest group of foreign investors in commercial real estate in the U.S. last year, with deal volumes reaching a record high of $19.2 billion, up 10% from $17.3 billion in 2015
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellensheng/2017/03/13/chinese-now-the-largest-group-of-foreign-investors-in-u-s-commercial-real-estate/#69491ce87419
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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” Believe in yourself and have confidence that you can compete against all odds. Have a vision of what you’d like to accomplish and be able to articulate that vision.”
~Robert Johnson
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Fort Lawton: Seattle’s Piece of Paradise
In Fort Lawton, newly renovated century-old homes are in the middle of a 500-acre city park on the shores of Puget Sound.
http://www.wsj.com/video/fort-lawton-seattle-piece-of-paradise/641187B4-239A-49AB-B468-2A7C282D57AE.html

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Lenders now must report more information about your mortgage to the IRS
Called Form 1098, it totes up how much interest you paid on your mortgage last year. Your lender is required by law to fill it out and send it to the IRS.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/lenders-now-must-report-more-information-about-your-mortgage-to-the-irs/2017/02/13/97110660-f211-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html
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Homeowners and appraisers disagree on value of homes
Gap widens between opinions
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39215-homeowners-and-appraisers-disagree-on-value-of-homes?eid=311687380&bid=1664577_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Mortgage lending is so tight, more people aren’t even bothering to apply
Urban Institute researchers believe more than 1 million mortgages could have been offered in 2015 if more balanced lending conditions prevailed
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-lending-is-so-tight-more-people-arent-even-bothering-to-apply-2017-02-14
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Loans are getting harder to come by for some consumers
Banks are getting more picky about which consumers they’re approving for loans as borrowers with spottier credit histories struggle to keep up with payments.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/02/12/loans-getting-harder-come-some-consumers/97766938/
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January jobs report crushes expectations: 227,000 added
The labor market began 2017 on a high note as U.S employers added 227,000 jobs in January,
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/02/03/payroll-surge-employers-add-xx-jobs-january/97419526/
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Five ways to cut stress in a 24/7 world
It’s possible to reduce stress — even in the downsized, technology-laden, post-recession workforce.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/17/five-ways-cut-stress-247-world/98028610/
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Ending the lost decade of housing
in an era of rising interest rates, the “housing gap” between the haves and have-nots will only widen as access to mortgage credit is further constricted.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/319566-ending-the-lost-decade-of-housing
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For the first time in 46 years, mortgage rates are straying from the 10-year bond
Sean Becketti, chief economist of Freddie Mac, said something unusual is going on — the 30-year mortgage isn’t moving in line with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury, as it has for the past 46 years.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/for-the-first-time-in-46-years-mortgage-rates-are-straying-from-the-10-year-bond-2017-02-16
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70,000 residents and counting: Downtown Seattle’s growth accelerates (Photos)
The Downtown Seattle Association on Tuesday rolled out some impressive numbers about growth in the center city.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/02/14/more-people-buildings-downtown-seattle-growth.html
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Who’s Accountable for the California Housing Crisis
California’s affordable housing crisis has reached an epidemic level, with rents at an all-time high and home ownership rates at their lowest since the 1940’s. Still, despite the housing crunch, California has some of the country’s toughest laws requiring affordable housing.
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Bay-Area-Housing-Crisis-Illegal-Occupancy-413621063.html
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No Splinters Here: These 5 Luxury Log Cabins Are a Must-See
Once upon a time, the words “log cabin in the woods” brought to mind a rustic getaway built from rough-hewn logs, with a fireplace inside and an outhouse in the back.
http://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/five-luxury-log-cabins/
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Metallica Rocker’s Mansion Shreds the Competition on This Week’s Most Popular Homes
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s estate in San Francisco shredded the competition this week, picking up three times as many clicks as the second-place home on realtor.com.
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/308-Sea-Cliff-Ave_San-Francisco_CA_94121_M15243-50894
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Introducing Coldwell Banker Global Luxury
The modern expression of luxury real estate, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury aligns the power and recognition of the Coldwell Banker brand with the experience and stellar reputation of an unmatched

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January was a cold month, but residential real estate hardly froze solid
January’s streak of cold, snowy weather may have chilled the residential real estate market a touch, but overall numbers were largely solid, according to the newest Market Action Report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/02/15/january-was-a-cold-month-but-residential-real.html
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Brokers report “high velocity” market
Western Washington’s “high velocity” market continued during January with the number of pending sales (7,745) outgaining the number of new listings (6,507), according to new figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
http://www.northwestmls.com/index.cfm?/News–Information/page/Latest-News-Release
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A setback for Portland landlords as combatants prepare for battle
Landlords seeking to quell a Portland provision that would require them to partially fund some tenants’ relocation costs lost an early decision as the case moves through the legal system.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/02/16/a-setback-for-portland-landlords-as-combatants.html
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Two Ideas That Can Revive the American Dream
Increasing mortgage rates and their impact on affordability will be the most significant force driving the 2017 housing market, according to the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey.
http://www.builderonline.com/design/consumer-trends/housing-experts-see-rising-rates-as-1-concern_o
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IMMOBILE MILLENNIALS
Americans are moving less than ever and guess who’s fault that is? Goes to show you, demographics as a business plan doesn’t make sense.
http://www.builderonline.com/design/consumer-trends/immobile-millennials_o
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Americans are moving at historically low rates, in part because Millennials are staying put
Americans are moving at the lowest rate on record, and recently released Census Bureau data show that a primary reason is that Millennials are moving significantly less than earlier generations of young adults.

Americans are moving at historically low rates, in part because Millennials are staying put


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How To Stage Your Home Like A Pro
Make the most of your space with professional staging techniques.

How To Stage Your Home Like A Pro


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How Smart Should Your Kitchen Be?
“You can do things like say, ‘Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes,’ or ‘Alexa, please turn on knkx,’ or ‘Add half-and-half to my shopping list’ and it will do it.”
http://knkx.org/post/food-thought-how-smart-should-your-kitchen-be-0
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Here is How to Fend Off Hijacking of Home Devices,”
only 10 percent of American consumers were victims of a connected-home hacking crime

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10 Trends Chip and Joanna Put in Every “Fixer Upper” Home
Did shiplap even exist before Joanna Gaines? It’s hard to remember.
http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/celebrity-homes/g4206/decor-in-every-fixer-upper-home-makeover/
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Seattle’s nation-leading crane count is growing again
Seattle’s tower crane count grew to 62 in the last half of 2016, up from 58 tallied by the Rider Levett Bucknall North American Crane Index earlier in the year and up from 60 at the end of 2015.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/01/20/seattle-construction-crane-count-growing.html
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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Where to Live and Let Love Find You
It’s Valentine’s Day. Don’t sulk alone in your apartment watching Netflix. If you’re single and ready to mingle, maybe you should move to a new city where love will find you. – See more at:
https://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/valentines-day-cities/
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Popping the Housing Bubbles in the American Mind
If we regarded our home like a TV or a car, instead of something we always expect to increase in value, there could be societal benefits.

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America’s Most Expensive House … Times Two
Near Los Angeles, the most expensive house in the nation is on the market for $250 million, but one is rising nearby that may cost half a billion

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Houses are the least affordable they’ve been in seven years: Here’s why
Rising mortgage rates, bigger jumps in home prices and still-moderate income growth are adding up to a triple threat for the housing market this spring.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/07/houses-are-the-least-affordable-theyve-been-in-seven-years-heres-why.html
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Housing demand may keep market afloat, even if rates rise

Lower rates have helped bolster demand in the past, but now it may have a life of its own.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/housing-demand-may-keep-market-afloat-even-if-rates-rise-2017-02-06
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Luxury Real Estate is a Smart, Stable Investment If You Time It Right
Seattle market sees price corrections, many female tech and finance titans buying luxury homes in Beijing, and more news from around the world
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/53644-luxury-real-estate-is-a-smart-stable-investment-if-you-time-it-right

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Seattle home prices grow at slowest pace in three years
But with Seattle condo prices and Eastside home costs still surging, the region remains among the hottest housing markets in the country.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-home-prices-grow-at-slowest-pace-in-three-years/
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Edris House: A Pristine Example of Sinatra-Era Cool in Palm Springs
If desert cool has always been on your wish list—and you have $4.2 million to spend—now’s your chance to step into a true Palm Springs original. Built in 1954 by esteemed architect and icon of desert modern style E. Stewart Williams,
http://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/edris-house-palm-springs-for-sale/
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What’s holding back the housing market — the nearly 7 million homeowners barely treading water on their mortgage
Millions of Americans with little incentive to sell are creating a scarcity of starter and move-up homes.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/whats-holding-back-the-housing-market-the-nearly-7-million-homeowners-barely-treading-water-on-their-mortgage-2017-02-09
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What Is a Home Warranty? Peace of Mind for Home Buyers and Sellers
Lots of things you buy come with a warranty in case they break down, from cars to smartphones. But what about homes? It turns out you can get a home warranty, too.
http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/what-is-a-home-warranty/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest
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Housing Shortage Fuels Price Gains
The number of homes for sale fell to the lowest level in nearly two decades in the fourth quarter, lifting prices and raising concerns that young buyers are being shut out of the market.
http://www.realtor.com/news/real-estate-news/housing-shortage-fuels-price-gains/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest
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Attention First-Time Buyers: Here’s the Key Stuff You Don’t Know About Mortgages
When it comes to mortgages, there’s a big gap between what people think they need in order to get one and the reality of what buyers are successfully doing—especially young people.
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/what-first-time-buyers-dont-know-they-dont-know-about-mortgages/
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Our Economist’s 4 Bold February Predictions, From Interest Rates to Groundhog Shadows
Can you believe we’re barely a month into 2017?! Whew! The year promises to hold more tumult ahead—but also growth.
http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/four-bold-february-predictions/
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Swift Gains in Fourth Quarter Push Home Prices to Peak Levels in Majority of Metro Areas
The best quarterly sales pace of the year pushed available housing supply to record lows and caused price appreciation to slightly speed up in the final three months of 2016, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®.
https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/02/swift-gains-in-fourth-quarter-push-home-prices-to-peak-levels-in-majority-of-metro-areas
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Merriam-Webster Adds More Than 1,000 New Words to Dictionary
Just as the English language constantly grows, so does the dictionary. More than one thousand new words have been added, including terms from recent advances in science, borrowings from foreign languages, and words from tech, medicine, pop culture, sports, and everything in between.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/new-words-in-the-dictionary-feb-2017
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4 Undeniable Truths You Learn When Moving In With Your Significant Other
You start spending more time with each other. Before long, you start talking about the next step:
http://www.realtor.com/advice/move/moving-in-with-your-significant-other-lessons/
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Swift Gains in Fourth Quarter Push Home Prices to Peak Levels in Majority of Metro Areas
The best quarterly sales pace of the year pushed available housing supply to record lows and caused price appreciation to slightly speed up in the final three months of 2016, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®.
https://www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2017/02/swift-gains-in-fourth-quarter-push-home-prices-to-peak-levels-in-majority-of-metro-areas
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House reintroduces bill to end “FICO monopoly” at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Finally opens up the door for competition
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/39163-house-reintroduces-bill-to-end-fico-monopoly-at-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac
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Vancouver tax pushing Chinese real estate buyers to Seattle
Chinese homeowners and real-estate buyers in Vancouver are now eyeing Seattle after British Columbia placed a 15% tax on foreign investment
http://www.mpamag.com/news/vancouver-tax-pushing-chinese-real-estate-buyers-to-seattle-59650.aspx
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Paying a price to fill Portland’s new and nice apartments
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Portland in January, according to Rent Jungle, hit $1,463.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/02/09/paying-a-price-to-fill-portlands-new-and-nice.html
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The Highlands, a posh, gated Shoreline community, to open for rare escorted tour
The Highlands, a 400-acre gated community of grand estates in Shoreline, will be open to the public for escorted tours in the afternoon Feb. 26.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/02/07/the-highlands-a-posh-gated-shoreline-community-to.html
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Here’s What Goes Into High-End House Flipping
New York real estate broker Lisa Simonsen gives us a behind-the-scenes look.
http://fortune.com/video/2017/02/06/high-end-house-flipping/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx

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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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Housing Economics
NAHB produces in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data. Our economics group surveys builders, home buyers, and renters to gain insight into the issues and trends driving the industry.
https://www.nahb.org/en/research/housing-economics.aspx
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It’s in the Numbers: Luck and Superstition Sell Luxury Real Estate
Last week, a Chinese developer bought an office building in Sydney’s Central Business District for an auspicious price: A$88,888,888. Because the number 8 is considered lucky in Chinese culture (it’s pronounced “ba” in Chinese and is similar to the Chinese word “fa,” which means prosperous), this comes as no surprise to real estate insiders who frequently work with Asian buyers in locations around the world.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/42303-it-s-in-the-numbers-luck-and-superstition-sell-luxury-real-estate
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The Right Time to Sell Is Anytime
Spring has been considered the best time to try to sell a home, but with digital marketing, traditional rules seem to matter less to some consumers.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/realestate/the-right-time-to-sell-is-anytime.html
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Emotions Factor Into Most High-End Real Estate Buys
In every level of residential real estate, emotions play a role in determining which property someone buys.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/51164-emotions-factor-into-most-high-end-real-estate-buys
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A Villa in an Upscale Suburb of Auckland, New Zealand
A four-bedroom home with harbor and island views is on the market for $2.74 million.
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2017/01/11/realestate/a-villa-in-an-upscale-suburb-of-auckland-new-zealand/s/15IHH-AUCKLAND-slide-V2UP.html
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INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE
House Hunting in . . . Auckland, New Zealand
With a recent influx of foreigners, as well as New Zealanders moving to the city for work, the real estate market in Auckland is booming.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/realestate/house-hunting-in-auckland-new-zealand.html
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A High-End Kitchen on the Cheap
Sites like Craigslist may be the best way to score expensive appliances at rock-bottom prices. All you need is a little patience.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/realestate/a-high-end-kitchen-on-the-cheap.html
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The Home Buying Decision
Choosing where you rest your head is a story of falling in love and knowing yourself.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/opinion/the-home-buying-decision.html
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What’s In A Name? Luxury Properties Look to Entice Buyers With Unique Monikers
Gemini. Mon Reve. Powerful Mountain. No, these aren’t the names of a James Bond movie, an expensive perfume or a yoga pose. They are luxury properties that are currently for sale.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/40698-what-s-in-a-name-luxury-properties-look-to-entice-buyers-with-unique-monikers
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What Is The Difference Between a Smart Home and a Connected Home
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/smart-home-or-connected-home/
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Zillow hit with copyright suit that claims ‘brazen theft’ of hundreds of images
Zillow Group has been sued by real estate image provider VHT over allegations that the Zillow Digs home improvement site is violating copyrights on hundreds of real estate photos.
http://www.geekwire.com/2015/zillow-hit-with-copyright-lawsuit-claiming-brazen-theft-of-hundreds-of-images/
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Set the tone for 2017: Zesty greens and subtle blues take over from grey
STAND by your paint pots for a new look at colour this year as zesty greens and subtle blues line up to take over from good old grey.
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/750936/Decorating-colours-trends-2017-green-blue-painting
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CoreLogic Reports 26,000 Completed Foreclosures in November 2016
November 2016 National Foreclosure Report which shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 30 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 25.9 percent compared with November 2015.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/news/corelogic-reports-26,000-completed-foreclosures-in-november-2016.aspx
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Collateral-Related Loan Denials Exhibit Wide Geographical Variations
In a November CoreLogic Insights Blog, collateral was noted as the third most-frequently-cited reason for denials (13.7 percent) for nearly 450,000 first-lien purchase mortgage applications on one- to four-family,…
http://www.corelogic.com/blog/authors/yanling-mayer/2017/01/collateral-related-loan-denials-exhibit-wide-geographical-variations.aspx
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Rent Growth for Higher-Priced Rental Homes Slowed in 2016
Rent Growth for Lower-Priced Rental Homes Stayed Strong
http://www.corelogic.com/blog/authors/shu-chen/2017/01/rent-growth-for-higher-priced-rental-homes-slowed-in-2016.aspx
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The Foreclosure Rate in Non-Judicial States Is Now Back to Pre-Crisis
The November 2016 foreclosure inventory was 79.2 percent below the January 2011 peak.
http://www.corelogic.com/blog/authors/molly-boesel/2017/01/foreclosure-report-highlights-november-2016.aspx
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How the Internet of Things is Changing a Little Place Called Home
Coldwell Banker agent, Danny Hertzberg, shares how IoT is changing the business of real estate.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/internet-things-changing-little-place-called-home/
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Sengled’s New “Element” Bulbs Are Helping the Environment (No, Really)
Meet Sengled’s Element, the first carbon-neutral light bulb.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/sengleds-new-element-bulbs-helping-environment-no-really/
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CES 2017: Top 5 Smart Home Products
Bet you never even knew these smart home tech products existed – we didn’t, until we discovered them at CES!
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/ces-2017-top-5-smart-home-products/
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The Hub Robot by LG Talks to Your Home’s Appliances
The Hub Robot by LG is doing all the talking when it comes to your appliances!
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/hub-robot-lg-talks-homes-appliances/
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A former Sony exec says the key trait she looks for in hires won’t be found on a résumé
When it comes time to hire someone new, Susan Jurevics isn’t only looking for an outstanding résumé.
http://www.content-loop.com/a-former-sony-exec-says-the-key-trait-she-looks-for-in-hires-wont-be-found-on-a-resume/
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Seattle-area home pickings slimmer than ever: high demand, limited supply
King County home prices grew 8.3 percent in December compared with a year ago, still among the highest in the nation but the slowest growth of any month in 2016.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-area-home-price-gains-slow-a-tad-but-new-low-in-houses-for-sale-is-bad-sign-for-2017/
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Interactive map of companies in Portland and Seattle
We made an interactive map of companies in Portland and Seattle embedded on our website:
http://www.employment-trust.com/Portland/
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Things Fall Apart: Why More Home Sales Are Falling Through
The dream: quick and easy sales where all buyers find perfect homes at the bottom of their budgets, mortgage applications and inspections are completed without hassle and sellers realize asking price.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2017/01/12/things-fall-apart-why-more-home-sales-are-falling-through/
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Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing In 2017
Whether your looking to put down roots with a family home or to rent out your purchase for yield, these cities offer two things anyone making a home investment should be after: affordability and growth.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2017/01/10/best-buy-cities-where-to-invest-in-housing-in-2017/
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This city had the biggest increase in house prices in 2016
Portland! The total value of U.S. housing stock has reached a new record
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-city-had-the-biggest-increase-in-house-prices-in-2016-2017-01-03
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What Is a Mortgage Rate Lock? The Key to Scoring a Cheap Home Loan
When you lock your doors at night, you think, “Phew, I’m safe!” Locks mean safety. Locks mean security. And it turns out the same is true in the world of home loans, where you may encounter the term “mortgage rate lock.” So what exactly does this refer to?
http://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/what-is-a-mortgage-rate-lock/
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5 Killer Real Estate Lessons We Learned From ‘Friday the 13th’
Friday the 13th is an unlucky day if you’re superstitious. And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s here! But we like to think we are people who see the glass as half-full.
http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/friday-the-13th-real-estate-lessons/
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HOME PRICES AND SUPPLY MAP
Track the latest moves in sales, prices and inventory in some of the largest housing markets across the country.
http://www.cnbc.com/recovery-watch-map/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
~ Victor Hugo

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How Mortgage Rates Connect To The Fed Funds Rate
If you’re shopping for a home, then, or about to start a refinance, consider yourself alerted. 30-year rates are hovering near 4%; and, rates for FHA mortgages and VA loans are even lower.
http://themortgagereports.com/17724/how-mortgage-rates-move-when-the-federal-reserve-meets
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How to Use Real Estate Trends to Predict the Next Housing Bubble
In reality the build up to the Great Recession could be clearly tracked and its timing predicted with a stunning degree of accuracy long before the phrase “collateralized debt obligation” entered the popular lexicon.
https://www.extension.harvard.edu/inside-extension/how-use-real-estate-trends-predict-next-housing-bubble
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US Housing Market Forecast – Strong 2017 to 2020
More experts are predicting a strong year ahead for US housing in 2017 with almost no risk of a crash downturn. They see exisiting home sales of 6 to 6.5 million in 2017 along with 160,000 new homes being built per year up to 2024. When builders are feeling optimistic, it’s a good omen
http://www.gordcollins.com/real-estate/us-housing-market-looking-strong-2016-to-2020/
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Existing-home sales edge up to a 9-year high in November
Higher prices are great for owners’ equity but increasingly tough for would-be buyers, the Realtors say.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/existing-home-sales-eke-out-a-gain-in-november-as-market-grinds-to-a-9-year-high-2016-12-21?siteid=bulletrss
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Brad Inman’s crystal ball: Real estate predictions for 2017
The most profound real estate technology innovations in the last two decades have benefited homebuyers finding homes and agents becoming more efficient.
https://www.inman.com/2016/12/13/brad-inmans-crystal-ball-real-estate-predictions-for-2017/
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Rates Headed Up as Investors Look to 2017
Kiplinger’s latest forecast on interest rates
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T019-C000-S010-interest-rate-forecast.html
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Mortgage applications fall 4 percent as refinancings hit by postelection rates
Rising mortgage rates appear to be the new normal, and the market for home loans is still adjusting.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/14/mortgage-applications-fall-as-refinancings-hit-by-skittish-borrowers.html
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2017 housing market forecasts — suburbs are in, low mortgage rates are out
Various real estate entities have weighed in with their prognostications for the 2017 housing market. Most observers expect home sales and prices to moderate in the coming year. They say suburbs will make a comeback while the days of low mortgage rates are over.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/12/19/2017-housing-market-forecasts-suburbs-are-in-low-mortgage-rates-are-out/?utm_term=.f265b0e50208
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Realtor.com® 2017 National Housing Forecast
The 2017 housing market will be a year of slowing, yet moderate growth, set against the backdrop of a changing composition of home buyers and a post-election interest rate jump that could potentially price some first-timers out of the market, according to the realtor.com® 2017 housing forecast released today.
http://research.realtor.com/2017-national-housing-forecast/
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Housing Market Forecast : Experts Weigh In On 2017 Real Estate
Consequently, it’s fair to ask the question: Will housing prices keep climbing into 2017?
http://themortgagereports.com/22472/housing-market-forecast-experts-predict-2017-real-estate
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Fannie Mae: Expect modest growth in 2017
However, policy uncertainty still lingers
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38799-fannie-mae-expect-modest-growth-in-2017
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5 Things to Never, Ever Buy at Ikea
It’s just a fact of life that anyone who sets foot inside the meandering maze of a furniture store known as Ikea must emerge having bought something, from a candleholder to a couch (along with a side of Swedish meatballs, of course).
http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/things-to-avoid-buying-at-ikea
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Mortgage rates move higher for the seventh week in a row
Mortgage rates carried on their steady ascent this week, moving higher for the seventh consecutive week.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/12/15/mortgage-rates-move-higher-for-the-seventh-week-in-a-row/
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Case-Shiller Index: House Values Eclipse 2006 Peak
According to Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index, home values made another year-over-year increase in September, highlighting what many of today’s buyers have already discovered the hard way — it’s getting harder to find “cheap housing”.
http://themortgagereports.com/23680/case-shiller-index-home-values-rising-september-2016
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U.S. Home Affordability Drops to 8-Year Low in Q4 2016
ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released its Q4 2016 Home Affordability Index, which shows the national affordability index in the fourth quarter was at its lowest level since Q4 2008.
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/q4-2016-u-s-home-affordability-index/
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New Mantra: Live Where You Eat
Developers are now turning to food to help gain attraction to their residential projects and even command higher home values. Access to healthy food, community farms, chef-driven restaurants, or innovative food retail areas is increasingly being touted by real estate developers as an amenity, according to a new report released by the Urban Land Institute.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/12/12/new-mantra-live-where-you-eat
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The 10 ‘Surprising’ Cities for Foodies
New York and San Francisco have long reigned supreme over the food world, but other cities may be catching up, notes a new analysis by realtor.com®. The site scoured the data to find out where the best up-and-coming areas for foodies are – you know, in case you have any home buyers who shop via their stomach.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/12/05/10-surprising-cities-for-foodies
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With November jump, new-home sales hit 2nd-highest point of recovery
Sales are jumpy from month to month, but are nearly 13% higher compared to last year’s run rate
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-home-sales-hit-2nd-highest-point-of-recovery-with-592000-annual-pace-in-november-2016-12-23
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Housing’s big question — what will happen when buyers think 4% rates are ‘crazy’
‘Tis the season for authoritative forecasts about what to expect in the coming year, but given the enormous surprises that have rocked Washington, markets, and beyond in the past 12 months, MarketWatch decided to offer not predictions, but questions, about the housing market in 2017.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/housings-big-question-what-will-happen-when-buyers-think-4-rates-are-crazy-2016-12-22
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Long-term US mortgage rates hit highest levels since 2014
Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans jumped to an average 4.30 percent from 4.16 percent last week and the highest since April 2014. The average for a 15-year mortgage rose to 3.52 percent from 3.37 percent last week and highest since January 2014.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/12/22/us/politics/ap-us-mortgage-rates.html?_r=1
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Tax breaks for second homes could end under lawmaker’s proposal to fund low-income housing
In their quest for more money for low-income housing construction, state lawmakers are now turning to Californians who own more than one home.
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-mortgage-vacation-home-affordable-20161219-story.html
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Tearing down an old house to build a big new one is one way to introduce yourself to new neighbors
Low inventory levels are making house shopping a challenge for many Americans. One solution gaining in popularity: Tearing down homes in good locations, erecting new and bigger ones in their places.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tearing-down-an-old-house-to-build-a-big-new-one-could-alienate-your-neighbors-and-worse-2016-12-15
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Affordable housing requirement coming to new developments in Portland
The rules result from the Portland City Council’s unanimous vote Wednesday that call for the state’s first inclusionary housing policy. State legislators made the rules possible earlier this year with the passage of SB 1533, a bill that lifted a long-term ban on inclusionary zoning.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/12/22/affordable-housing-requirement-coming-to-new.html
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Council caps move-in costs for Seattle renters
With vocal support from housing activists and over the objections of landlords, the Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved strict measures to limit the move-in costs for prospective renters.
http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/council-caps-move-in-costs-for-seattle-renters/475877764
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‘Game-changing’ home selling website launches in Seattle
Following in the footsteps of Seattle-based Zillow and Redfin, a Portland company called Zeppidy this week launched a web platform that aims to make buying and selling Seattle homes faster and more transparent.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/12/15/game-changing-home-selling-website-launches-in.html
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What Holidays? No Low Season for Luxury Real Estate Sales
Conventional wisdom posits that spring is the peak real estate season and winter the slowest. But this is outdated thinking, which hasn’t been true for the last decade or so, said Stephen Kotler, Douglas Elliman’s chief revenue officer.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/49546-what-holidays-no-low-season-for-luxury-real-estate-sales
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Historic vs. Hip, Rustic vs. Modern
Options abound in the final Listing of the Week poll in 2016
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/49540-historic-vs-hip-rustic-vs-modern
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must undertake to support it.”
~Thomas Paine

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Pickup In Price Cuts Suggest U.S. Housing Costs Could Be Nearing Peak
U.S. housing supply is down and prices are up, but there is at least one sign of softening. Landlords and sellers are increasingly cutting prices in order to find takers.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2016/11/07/pickup-in-price-cuts-suggest-u-s-housing-costs-could-be-nearing-peak/#368f9e291a8a

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New jobs report basically guarantees December rate hike
“We believe that today’s firm jobs report seals the deal”
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38455-fannie-mae-new-jobs-report-basically-guarantees-december-rate-hike
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Freddie Mac planning appraisal-free mortgages
Can computers, big data and advanced analytics replace real live humans when it comes to accurately valuing the home you want to buy? One of the two largest financial players in U.S. real estate thinks so and is preparing to introduce changes that could prove momentous — and highly controversial.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-re-1113-kenneth-harney-column-20161110-column.html

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One of America’s Richest Towns Could Be In For a Housing Market Meltdown
Really, really bad. That’s the current outlook for luxury housing in the United States. Right now, the supply of high-end homes is rising, demand is falling, and prices are being cut.
http://fortune.com/2016/11/10/greenwich-ct-real-estate-luxury/

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Why Homebuilders Can’t — or Won’t — Meet Housing Demand
Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, says that nationally, on average, there’s less than a five-month supply of single-family homes.
https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/homebuilders-cant-wont-meet-housing-demand/

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Bonds pitched as a way to create affordable housing in Seattle
Six Seattle City Council members said Monday they want to use the city’s bonding capacity to create more affordable housing. They haven’t agreed on a funding source for the debt service yet, however.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/bonds-pitched-as-a-way-to-create-affordable-housing-in-seattle/
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A View on Housing in the Recovery
2016 REALTORS Conference and Expo
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
https://www.frbatlanta.org/news/speeches/2016/1104-lockhart-view-on-housing-in-the-recovery
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Lexicon Relocation Publishes Global Housing Study
Lexicon Relocation is proud to announce in partnership with the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) the publication of the 2016 Global Housing Study.
http://suddath.com/about-us/suddath-news/november-2016/lexicon-relocation-global-housing-study/
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2 kinds of homebuyers are driving a surge in home sales
New US single-family home sales rose unexpectedly in September, and we’re specifically seeing a rebound from two kinds of buyers: first-timers and single women.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/2-kinds-of-homebuyers-are-driving-a-surge-in-home-sales-162855685.html
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Highlights From the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® of recent home buyers and sellers provides insight into detailed information about their experiences with this important transaction. Here are highlights from the latest report
http://www.realtor.org/reports/highlights-from-the-profile-of-home-buyers-and-sellers
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Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-Karat Gold Toilet Unveiled at The Guggenheim Museum
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidalm/2016/09/14/maurizio-cattelans-18-karat-gold-toilet-set-to-be-unveiled-at-the-guggenheim-museum/#4ab3703b2111
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Vancouver proposes 1 percent tax on empty homes amid housing shortage
Vancouver on Wednesday proposed a 1 percent tax on vacant homes starting next year as policymakers try to cool Canada’s most expensive property market and relieve the scarcity of affordable housing.
http://www.reuters.com/article/canada-housing-vancouver-idUSL1N1DA34C
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Vancouver, B.C., home sales fall 39% as new rules chill market
Sales fell to 2,233 in the month, from 3,646 a year earlier, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/vancouver-bc-home-sales-fall-39-as-new-rules-chill-market/
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Not just mansions anymore: Record number of Seattle-area homes fetching $1 million
At the same time, there are barely any homes available on the opposite end of the market — those selling for under a quarter-million dollars.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/not-just-mansions-anymore-record-number-of-seattle-area-homes-fetching-1-million/
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Portland Voters Pass Affordable Housing Measure
Portland voters have passed a $258 million housing bond that will raise property taxes to fund 1,300 units of affordable housing. The bond will go toward alleviating the city’s current shortage of 23,845 affordable units, as determined by the Portland Housing Bureau
http://www.opb.org/news/series/election-2016/portland-oregon-affordable-housing-measure-result/
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Here’s what $2M buys in the Puget Sound region’s most expensive neighborhoods (Photos)
The Puget Sound region’s real estate market is hot and only getting hotter. As prices rise, the idea of a $2 million home gets more commonplace.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/10/26/heres-what-2m-buys-in-the-puget-sound-regions-most.html
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Cut-Rate Housing: How Low Can You Go?
Inventory continues to shrink and prices are rising, but during the last 12 months landlords and sellers have signaled that the recovery may be losing steam: they’re cutting prices. – See more at:
https://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/cut-rate-housing/#sthash.o1NiO55M.dpuf
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Five signs you’re ready to buy your first home
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Not just because it’s the place where you’ll lay your head each night, but also because your home is one of the largest purchases you’re likely to make.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/10/18/five-signs-youre-ready-to-buy-your-first-home/
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Home Voice Assistant Showdown: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home
This week, Google released Google Home, a voice-controlled smart appliance, to compete with the surprisingly popular Amazon Echo. Both devices can play music, control your lights, and answer questions with nothing but your voice, but we wanted to see how Google’s new device stacked up against the established competition.
http://lifehacker.com/home-voice-assistant-showdown-amazon-echo-vs-google-h-1788622066
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Homeowners twice as house rich as five years ago
America’s housing market is heating up again, fortifying the finances of current homeowners and frustrating potential first-time buyers.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/01/homeowners-twice-as-house-rich-as-five-years-ago.html
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Mortgage applications down 1.2% as rates continue to rise
For five straight weeks, mortgage interest rates have trended higher, and thrown a wet blanket on what had been a booming refinance market.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/09/mortgage-applications-down-again-as-rates-continue-to-rise.html
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What’s behind a sudden foreclosure spike
Foreclosures had been falling steadily to the lowest levels in nine years, but a curious spike in October may be the first sign of a crack in the recovery.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/10/whats-behind-a-sudden-foreclosure-spike.html
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7 things you can throw out from your bathroom right now
Sometimes we wonder if things around our house multiply while we’re sleeping. No matter how attentive any of us are of our houses, things tend to accumulate over time. And while we might intend to set time aside to declutter in the spring or after the new year, it’s actually something we should be doing all year long.
http://www.today.com/home/declutter-bathroom-t103581
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Cities, counties use light radar to locate landslide risks
The landslide map for King County and the City of Seattle is changing because of what’s known as lida
http://www.king5.com/news/local/landslide-season-is-here-as-cities-counties-use-high-tech-to-locate-risks/346425204
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Lenders See Influence Expand as Favored Candidates Win Key Races
“Frankly, the outcome of the election, surprising as it is, tees off an exciting time where we think we can get a lot of stuff done for the housing sector,” said Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders.
http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/compliance-regulation/lenders-see-influence-expand-as-favored-candidates-win-key-races-1090569-1.html
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Housing market becoming more pessimistic, Fannie Mae survey finds
Consumer worry over their own income growing
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/housing-market-becoming-more-pessimistic-fannie-mae-survey-finds-2016-11-07
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Housing recovery continues improving
Markets in 162 of the about 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released on Monday.
https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/policy/finance/304758-housing-recovery-continues-improving
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

“Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold”
~Judith Olney

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Pending home sales leap as demand bolsters housing market
Buyers are turning out and signing contracts despite fewer options and higher prices, the Realtors said Thursday.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pending-home-sales-leap-as-demand-bolsters-housing-market-2016-10-27
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A city-by-city look at U.S. house prices in August, as gains continue
Seattle and Portland lead the 12 month gain category. A closely watched price tracker shows no evidence of home prices succumbing to housing headwinds
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/home-prices-defy-gravity-again-in-august-case-shiller-says-2016-10-25

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S&P CORELOGIC CASE-SHILLER 20-CITY COMPOSITE HOME PRICE NSA INDEX
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price NSA Index seeks to measures the value of residential real estate in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas
http://us.spindices.com/indices/real-estate/sp-corelogic-case-shiller-20-city-composite-home-price-nsa-index
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Home values appreciate at fastest rate in 2 years
September’s growth represents the fastest pace of home value appreciation in two years. Portland, OR, Dallas and Seattle posted the biggest gains of the country’s 35 largest metros.
http://www.constructiondive.com/news/zillow-home-values-appreciate-at-fastest-rate-in-2-years/428873/
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Home Values Grow at Fastest Pace in Two Years
There are 6 percent fewer homes for sale than a year ago
http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2016-10-20-Home-Values-Grow-at-Fastest-Pace-in-Two-Years
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U.S. Economy Grew 2.9% in 3rd Quarter, Picking Up the Pace
Gross domestic product increased at a 2.9 percent annual rate after rising at a 1.4 percent pace in the second … That growth rate was the strongest since the third quarter of 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/business/economy/3rd-quarter-gdp.html
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Housing Guru Ivy Zelman: It’s the best time to buy a house
Housing guru Ivy Zelman told CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” on Monday that “now” is the best time to buy a house.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/24/housing-guru-ivy-zelman-its-the-best-time-to-buy-a-house.html
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Homeownership Starts to Rise From 51-Year Low
The homeownership rate, which has dropped sharply since the property bubble popped 10 years ago, reversed to reach 63.5 percent in the third quarter
http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/homeownership-real-estate-property-home/2016/10/28/id/755761/
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Homeownership Rate Forecasts: Seeing the Big Picture
There are three reasons to be skeptical about whether or not these negative homeownership rate projections are accurate,
http://www.themreport.com/daily-dose/10-17-2016/homeownership-rate-forecasts-seeing-big-picture
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QUARTERLY RESIDENTIAL VACANCIES AND HOMEOWNERSHIP,
THIRD QUARTER 2016
— The U.S. Census Bureau announced the following residential vacancies and
homeownership statistics for third quarter 2016:
http://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/files/currenthvspress.pdf
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Seattle skyline is tops in construction cranes — more than any other U.S. city
Seattle’s crane count has surged in the last year, overtaking New York as the city with the most such construction rigs transforming the urban landscape.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-skyline-is-tops-in-construction-cranes-more-than-any-other-us-city
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Unique factors may be driving real estate investment decisions in Portland’s suburbs
Guest columnist Alisa Pyszka on how a community’s story and its walkability can help meet the needs of citizens, employers and investors.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/10/26/unique-factors-may-be-driving-real-estate.html
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Washington Supreme Court water-rights ruling will affect building permits for rural property owners
Spokane County officials say a recent water-rights decision by the state Supreme Court will have “dramatic impacts” on property owners looking for building permits in rural areas.
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/oct/18/washington-supreme-court-water-rights-ruling-will-/
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Supreme Court rules against rural water wells
The state Supreme Court on Thursday issued a 6-3 ruling that could undo the county’s exemption of private wells, even though under a state Department of Ecology rule, for new homes in rural areas.
http://www.lyndentribune.com/news/supreme-court-rules-against-rural-water-wells/article_3bb72488-90ab-11e6-8c7d-e7752bfd943f.html
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Economic growth to slow down remainder of 2016
Fannie Mae expects economic growth to average 2.4% in the second half of 2016. While this is up from the 1.1% for the first half of the year, it is a slower pace than what Fannie Mae previously forecasted, according to the company’s October 2016 Economic and Housing Outlook.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38342-fannie-mae-economic-growth-to-slow-down-remainder-of-2016
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Jumbo Mortgages: Big Banks Still Love Them
Borrowers seen among the lowest-risk customers with higher credit scores on average
http://www.wsj.com/articles/jumbo-mortgages-big-banks-still-love-them-1477070789
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The best time of year to buy a home
Study shows off-peak buyers can save thousands of dollars
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-best-time-of-year-to-buy-a-home-2016-10-10
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When Parents Divorce, the Children Get the House
Exes still share the family home, but therapists warn of the downsides
http://www.wsj.com/articles/when-parents-divorce-the-children-get-the-house-1477496914

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How to create the perfect ‘teen cave’
Parents create hangout spaces that feel enticing and private but permit supervision; doors that don’t lock
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-create-the-perfect-teen-cave-2016-10-25?dist=realestate

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When Your Family Nixes a Home Purchase, Buy It Anyway
Her husband said, ‘No way.’ Her daughter said, ‘No way.’ But Karen Brown thought the $2 million mansion in Berkeley, Calif., was a steal.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/when-your-family-nixes-a-home-purchase-buy-it-anyway-1477579922

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Chicago Bungalow? Baltimore Row House? L.A. Ranch? The ‘typical’ home varies by city
Your idea of the typical house depends largely on where you live, or possibly where you grew up. And while it’s possible to find examples of practically every housing type and style wherever you live in the country, we’ve rounded up, on the following pages, what some architects believe to be the most iconic houses in 12 U.S. cities.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-house-styles-and-types-define-your-town-2016-08-22?dist=realestate

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Seattle Architectural Styles Through the Years – Real Estate Changes by Decade
This is by no means a complete list of all styles available, nor are the timeframes exact. Many of these homes were built over a 20-to-30 year period, but for brevity’s sake, they are listed within a single decade.
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2010/07/23/seattle-architectural-styles-through-the-years-real-estate-changes-by-decade/

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U.S. New Home Sales Up in September After August Dip
Modest momentum continues in the housing market
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-new-home-sales-up-in-september-after-august-dip-1477490521

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3 reasons the cost of your mortgage can go up before you close
Getting a mortgage can be a costly endeavor from the onset. You have got to worry about getting together a down payment, securing an affordable interest rate and covering closing costs, among other things. What you may not realize is that the total cost of your mortgage can wind up rising before you close on the loan, especially if you don’t plan accordingly.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/3-reasons-the-cost-of-your-mortgage-can-go-up-before-you-close-2016-10-26?dist=realestate

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Test Your Taste: Do You Think Like a Decorator?
Take our questionnaire to determine if you have the eye—and the peculiar vocabulary—to be an interior designer
http://www.wsj.com/articles/test-your-taste-do-you-think-like-a-decorator-1477513541

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Your next home may be a shipping container
Steel boxes are becoming the new urban building block, with an eye toward boosting affordable housing
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-next-home-may-be-a-shipping-container-2016-10-24?dist=realestate

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5 Things to Watch in the Third-Quarter GDP Report
U.S. economic growth appears to have accelerated in the third quarter after nine straight months of subpar gains, even for the lackluster expansion. Gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic output, is projected to have advanced at a 2.5% annualized pace this summer, according to economists
http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2016/10/27/5-things-to-watch-in-the-third-quarter-gdp-report/

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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?

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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind”
~Bob Dylan

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Fed Minutes Show Officials Expect to Raise Rates ‘Relatively Soon’
Federal Reserve officials decided only after considerable disagreement to hold interest rates steady at their September meeting but expected to raise them “relatively soon” thereafter.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/fed-minutes-show-officials-expect-to-raise-rates-relatively-soon-1476295562
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Millennial borrowers finally reap benefits of this year’s low interest rates
Average FICO score stabilizes around 725
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38242-millennial-borrowers-finally-reap-benefits-of-this-years-low-interest-rates
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The most expensive housing market in every state
Coldwell Banker recently released its annual Home Listing Report, which ranks the most expensive places to purchase homes in America.
http://www.businessinsider.com/most-expensive-housing-market-by-state-2016-10/#alabama-fairhope-1
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Home Listing Report 2016
Welcome to the Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report, the most extensive home price comparison tool in the United States.
https://www.coldwellbanker.com/hlr/2016
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Mortgage rates rise but hold below 3.50%
Rates for home loans rose as investors sold safe assets like Treasury’s in anticipation of a December Federal Reserve rate increase, mortgage guarantor Freddie Mac said Thursday
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mortgage-rates-tick-up-freddie-mac-says-2016-10-13
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Frank Sinatra’s retreat above Palm Desert returns to market for $3.9 million
A desert retreat built for famed singer and actor Frank Sinatra has listed for sale with surrounding land parcels at $3.9 million.
http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-frank-sinatra-desert-retreat-for-sale-20161004-snap-story.html
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Immigrants close the homeownership gap on native-born Americans
A report from Trulia shows that foreign-born Americans are closing the gap with those born here on homeownership.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/immigrants-close-the-homeownership-gap-on-native-born-americans-2016-10-13
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A Home Above the Winery in Washington’s Lake Chelan
It’s a typical Saturday at the home of Kevin and Holly Brown. Mr. Brown dries off the patio from last night’s rain while Mrs. Brown makes coffee and 13-year-old Parker watches YouTube videos in his room. Minutes later, more than 50 people stream through their front door.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-home-above-the-winery-in-washingtons-lake-chelan-1476371092
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The rotten foundations of China’s real-estate market
Now it is China’s frothy property market that is causing worries at home and abroad. Because the property sector accounts for about a quarter of demand in the world’s second-largest economy,
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21708730-real-estate-elsewhere-its-economy-chinas-short-term-fixes-mask-deep-structural
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Here’s how student loan debt plays a role in the future of housing
How does it impact housing starts?
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38257-heres-how-student-loan-debt-plays-a-role-in-the-future-of-housing?
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Christie Brinkley Lists Hamptons House for $25 Million
The model and entrepreneur previously listed the home, in Sag Harbor, N.Y., for $15.75 million in 2010.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/christie-brinkley-lists-hamptons-house-for-25-million-1476282506
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Millennials see housing price bubble on the horizon
Less than 40% say they can afford a down payment
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/38277-millennials-see-price-bubble-on-the-horizon?eid=311687380&bid=1557595
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A Modern Home With Massive Walls of Glass
A venture capitalist’s $5 million house in Healdsburg, Calif., built to blend indoors and outdoors.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-modern-home-with-massive-walls-of-glass-1476369515
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Mortgage applications down 6% as rising rates take a toll
As pumpkins pop up on front porches across the nation, the highest interest rates in a month are scaring consumers away from the mortgage market.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/12/mortgage-applications-drop-as-rising-rates-take-a-toll.html
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A Pared-Down Palace on Venice’s Grand Canal
A grand apartment in a centuries-old building gets stripped back to rigorous simplicity—without losing the imprint of the past
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-pared-down-palace-on-venices-grand-canal-1476387012
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New programs make mortgages available for many who had been frozen out
Things have loosened up in recent months — and that’s good news for buyers with moderate incomes and not a lot of down-payment cash who are stuck paying rising rents and see no clear path to homeownership.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/new-programs-make-mortgages-available-for-many-who-had-been-frozen-out/2016/10/12/8c7d99f6-8f1b-11e6-9c52-0b10449e33c4_story.html
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September Foreclosure Activity Decreases 24 Percent From a Year Ago to Lowest Level Since December 2005
Q3 2016 Foreclosure Activity Down 10 Percent From a Year Ago;
Average Time to Foreclose Down Annually For First Time in Report History;
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/september-and-q3-2016-foreclosure-market-report/
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Here’s how to capitalize on the single-family rental market
In case you have missed the current state of the single-family rental market, it is booming. More and more investors today are taking the step in the buy and hold direction and focusing their investments on rental properties
http://www.housingwire.com/blogs/1-rewired/post/38279-heres-how-to-capitalize-on-the-single-family-rental-market
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6 Home-Selling Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately
When you get ready to sell your home, you might very well have a false sense of security. After all, you got through the hard part of buying
http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/home-selling-myths/?is_wp_site=1
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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Silent Killer in Your Home
We all know a natural gas leak reeks of rotten eggs. But what does an excess of carbon monoxide smell like? Absolutely nothing.
http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/how-to-prevent-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/?is_wp_site=1
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Hottest ‘Hoods: The Portland areas with the highest average home price (Q3 2016)
The names near the top are the ones you’d expect: Irvington, Nob Hill, Lake Oswego and so forth.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/10/13/portlands-hottest-hoods-average-prices-reached-for.html
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September home prices chilled out a bit — but not much
To paraphrase the Regional Multiple Listing Service: Some clouds blew into the real estate market in September, casting shadows over sale prices, new listings and pending and closed sales.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2016/10/13/september-home-prices-chilled-out-a-bit-but-not.html
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Medina and Mercer Island are among the nation’s most expensive neighborhoods
Medina and Mercer Island are not just the Puget Sound region’s most expensive ZIP codes — they’re among the 150 most expensive in the nation
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/10/10/seattle-puget-sound-most-expensive-zip-codes.html
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Seattle’s population expected to increase 38 percent by 2040
National population projects show the next boom will hit several Texas cities, giving relief to Washington’s growth.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/10/11/seattles-population-expected-to-grow-38-percent.html
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Is Solar Power a Bright Idea for Your Home?
Reduced utility bills. A greener lifestyle. Tax incentives. These are just a few reasons why some homeowners are opting to switch to solar power. But, is it right for your home?
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/solar-power-bright-idea-home/
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Vancouver Once Again Leads Canada’s Home Price Surge
The city saw a 31% annual price appreciation while the national average increased 12%
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/43041-vancouver-once-again-leads-canada-s-home-price-surge
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

“One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.” –Woodrow Wilson

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How to Sell a House in Red Hot America
Air conditioning has become ubiquitous in new U.S. homes over the past four decades. That’s true in the South, where it was already common when the Census Bureau started tracking the amenity in 1973, and even more dramatically so in the Northeast, where AC has gone from a relatively rare to a common feature
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-12/how-to-sell-a-house-in-red-hot-america
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Mortgage rates down slightly, remain stalled near yearly lows
Like the rest of us suffering through August’s oppressive heat, mortgage rates have been disinclined to move much.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2016/08/18/mortgage-rates-down-slightly-remain-stalled-near-yearly-lows/
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These Are the Cities With the Fastest and Slowest Job Growth in America
Here’s where the job growth is.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-19/these-are-the-cities-with-the-fastest-and-slowest-job-growth-in-america
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This one chart shows the uneven housing recovery
Percentage of Las Vegas owners underwater as bad as San Jose at its trough
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-one-chart-shows-the-uneven-housing-recovery-2016-08-18
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Foreclosure Starts Drop to 11-Year Low in July
Banks started the public foreclosure process on 36,863 U.S. residential properties in July 2016, down 5 percent from the previous month and down 19 percent from a year ago to the lowest level since May 2005 — a more than 11-year low
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/foreclosure-trends/foreclosure-starts-drop-to-11-year-low-in-july/
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When Your Backyard Costs $37.5 Million
Meet François Goffinet, the Belgian aristocrat turned landscape architect for billionaires
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-10/meet-francois-goffinet-garden-designer-to-billionaires
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Real Estate Addicts Add Luxury Homes to Collection
Millionaires and billionaires tend to have multiple homes—three or four is average. But those figures are child’s play for a bona fide house collector, who collects property like others amass fine wine.
http://www.wsj.com/video/real-estate-addicts-add-luxury-homes-to-collection/14E4C11F-869F-4E6C-99D8-7D57CD32C8E5.html
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Is Your Dream Home Out of Your Price Range? There’s Hope Yet
From the moment you walked in, the house was calling to you. That chef’s kitchen! The ballroom-size playroom! Wait a second, is that a fireplace in the master? Done and done. This is your perfect home…
http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/dream-home-out-of-your-price-range/?
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Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth
Five years after the housing recovery began, 5.9 million borrowers still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/17/nearly-6-million-still-owe-more-on-mortgages-than-their-homes-are-worth.html
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Seattle tech salaries among highest in U.S., when adjusted for housing
Seattle tech salaries are among the highest in the nation when adjusted for cost of living, according to a new report
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2016/08/seattle-tech-salaries-among-highest-in-u-s-when.html
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Here’s who bought the 20 most-expensive homes sold in Portland during 2016’s first half
The figure is now at the $407,000 mark in terms of average price. That’s up $10,000 from April and around $60,000 higher than the average price in April 2015.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/08/heres-who-bought-the-20-most-expensive-homes-sold.html
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Smart Home Security: Making Smart Homes Safe
Les Christie explains how by installing a few products, homeowners can make their homes smarter – and safer – than ever before.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/smart-homes-safe-homes/
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Smart Home Security: Where to Start
where homeowners can begin when looking to enhance their home security using smart home technology and devices.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/smart-home-security-getting-started/
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IRS gives a big gift to unmarried partners with supersize mortgages
Does the federal tax code favor unmarried partners when it comes to deducting mortgage interest on jointly owned houses with supersize mortgages?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/irs-gives-a-big-gift-to-unmarried-partners-with-supersize-mortgages/2016/08/15/6d8781aa-6307-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html?
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Equity Rich Housing Heat Map Q2 2016
More than 12.3 million U.S. properties were equity rich — meaning their owners owed less than 50 percent of the property’s value on outstanding mortgages — as of the end of Q2 2016,
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/home-prices-and-sales/20376/
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A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you
People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?
http://www.businessinsider.com/harvard-psychologist-amy-cuddy-how-people-judge-you-2016-1?
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Developers Feed Millennial Hunger for Ownership With Townhouses
While competing developers focus on pricier single-family homes, Jim Clarke is building townhouses for cash-strapped millennials. And the units are going fast.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-19/robert-burch-s-hobble-diamond-ranch-montana-listed-for-35-million
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Live Like a Cowboy for $35 Million
He spent months driving around Montana until he found the Hobble Diamond ranch in the south of the state, about an hour’s drive from Bozeman
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-19/robert-burch-s-hobble-diamond-ranch-montana-listed-for-35-million
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In recovering housing market, the starter home remains elusive
Owen’s real estate agent warned the 28-year-old that she would face stiff competition in the market for entry-level homes – and he wasn’t kidding.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-housing-starterhomes-insight-idUSKCN10L0FG
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One vs. Two-Story Homes: Which Dominates?
Most people prefer a single-story home, one study reports. But home shoppers may have a more difficult time finding a one-story home in some regions of the country.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/08/08/one-vs-two-story-homes-which-dominates
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Millennials finally starting to buy homes
As Millennials get older, they are increasing homeownership rates faster than in previous years, according to research from Fannie Mae.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/37763
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The next big fight over housing could happen, literally, in your back yard
The Coffees built their two-bedroom home, the smallest they’ve lived in since they were married 44 years ago, in their daughter’s back yard.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/08/07/why-building-a-home-on-your-own-land-has-become-so-controversial/
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Clara Hopes To Reinvent How You Get A Mortgage
The Silicon Valley upstart is hoping to grab a piece of the multi-trillion mortgage market.
http://fortune.com/2016/08/17/clara-mortgage/
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Should we Celebrate Failure?
In a way, it ought to be plain common sense. You evaluate the viability of an idea or business, and if it doesn’t work, accept failure. Unfortunately, common sense is not quite so common when our emotions are part of the picture.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-we-celebrate-failure-vani-kola?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

” A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.”
— Bo Bennett

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Buy It With Cash, Mortgage It Later
Some who can swing it pay cash for a home upfront, then take out a loan afterward.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/realestate/buy-it-with-cash-mortgage-it-later.html?
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Helping the Elderly Downsize
Some move managers specialize in helping seniors downsize, divest, donate or simply declutter for safety’s — and sanity’s — sake.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/realestate/helping-the-elderly-downsize.html?
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Vacation Nation
http://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/vacation-nation/
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Karl Case, Economist Who Developed Home Price Index, Dies at 69
Mr. Case, a professor at Wellesley College, partnered with a Yale economist to develop the Case-Shiller Index to track home values in an opaque market.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/business/economy/karl-case-economist-who-developed-home-price-index-dies-at-69.html?
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Future House: 3-D Printed and Ready to Fly
Technologies using 3-D printing and other methods are expected to reshape home-building as the world faces climate change and population growth.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/realestate/compare-homes-in-st-louis-arkansas-and-oregon.html?
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Is Your Town Building Enough Housing?
Nationally, many cities are struggling with a lack of affordable housing. In others, a glut of housing helped wipe out the equity for homeowners in the crash. We look at how cities respond to housing demand. Whatever the local story – nationally, homebuilding is weak as prices are rising. – See more at:
http://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/elasticity-2016./
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It takes way too long to build new housing in expensive cities
Rising home prices are a signal to builders: As housing gets more expensive, it’s time to create more of it. Then as new buildings rise, the competition for scarce housing falls. And that keeps prices and rents from going crazy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/21/it-takes-way-too-long-to-build-new-housing-in-expensive-cities/
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Are Banks and Lenders Finally Getting the Message on Housing?
In order for first-time homebuyers to return to the market, affordability has to increase. In the current economic environment, that can be accomplished in three fundamental ways: rising incomes, declining housing costs and increased savings.
http://realmoney.thestreet.com/articles/07/20/2016/are-banks-and-lenders-finally-getting-message-housing
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Los Angeles’ Luxury Housing Market Could Be Starting to Cool
As concerns over slowdowns in luxury markets from New York to London to Dubai persist, Los Angeles appears relatively unscathed.
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/34068-los-angeles-luxury-housing-market-could-be-starting-to-cool
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U.S. housing starts rise in June; momentum slowing
U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in June as construction activity increased broadly, but downward revisions to the prior months’ data pointed to a sector treading water in the second quarter.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-housing-starts-rise-june-130120117.html
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Homeownership’s Perfect Storm: Low Mortgage Rates, High Housing Starts
Housing affordability could become more prominent in the next few months, thanks in part to new home construction.
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-07-19/homeownerships-perfect-storm-low-mortgage-rates-high-housing-starts
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It’s Not a Housing Bubble, It’s Just Expensive
Despite record home prices in some big cities, the U.S. market is nowhere near as bad as it was a decade ago.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-18/it-s-not-a-housing-bubble-it-s-just-expensive
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10 beach towns where real estate is a bargain
Buying a home in a beach town is an expensive proposition, but in some spots there are bargains to be found
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/10-beach-towns-where-real-estate-is-a-bargain/ar-AAhPAx8
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Zumper National Rent Report: July 2016
Zumper National Rent Report, our rent analysis has been expanded to include the 100 largest cities in the US by population
https://www.zumper.com/blog/2016/07/zumper-national-rent-report-july-2016/
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The 10 Most Popular Seattle Neighborhoods For Renters: June 2016
To help interested renters move to Seattle, we studied several thousand emails and calls, also known as inquiries, sent to rental properties last month
https://www.zumper.com/blog/2016/06/the-10-most-popular-seattle-neighborhoods-for-renters-june-2016/
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U.S. Home Prices Rose 5.6% in May From Year Earlier, FHFA Says
The property, once home to a mansion modeled after the Villa Medici, has been in the same family for 50 years.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-21/u-s-home-prices-rose-5-6-in-may-from-year-earlier-fhfa-says
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It’s cheaper to rent a home than buy in just eight U.S. states
Is it a better deal for you to rent or buy a home? That may depend on the state you live in.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-these-8-states-its-cheaper-to-rent-a-home-than-buy-one-2016-07-18
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Private Flood Insurance Bill Has Fannie, Freddie on Edge
A private flood insurance bill passed by the House is making Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac uneasy because they fear it could lead to greater losses
http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/compliance-regulation/private-flood-insurance-bill-has-fannie-freddie-on-edge-1082640-1.html
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A Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home? Here’s How
With a home-equity conversion mortgage, seniors can finance the purchase of a new home without monthly payments
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-reverse-mortgage-to-buy-a-home-heres-how-1469026043
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How to Make Your Vacation Home Your Full-Time Home
Ready to retire? Sick of the commute? Can’t stand the neighbors? It may be time to make your vacation home your primary home.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-make-your-vacation-home-your-full-time-home-1466606170
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Driveways That Go the Extra Mile
The driveway is becoming the main event—some boast their own roadside attractions, The average length of a luxury driveway last year was 71 feet
http://www.wsj.com/articles/driveways-that-go-the-extra-mile-1469109171
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White Is the New Black for Luxury Real Estate
In a bold move, paint manufacturers, interior designers and real-estate developers pick white as their top color
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/34144-white-is-the-new-black-for-luxury-real-estate
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If Seattle follows S.F., condo developers here might want to stand down
Each quarter, when we pore through the data that helps us assemble our Hottest Neighborhoods lists, several numbers tend to leap off the page
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/07/18/if-seattle-follows-s-f-condo-developers-here-might.html
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Here are Portland’s 25 hottest neighborhoods (Q2 2016)
Real estate agents and developers have long known the importance of timing when it comes to listing and selling a property. But buyers and investors can also benefit from making smart decisions when it comes to timing their purchases, leading to big savings or extra customization, depending on their goals.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/07/here-are-portlands-25-hottest-neighborhoods-q2.html
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Bust out the Bubbles: 7 Breathtaking Bathtubs
From modern to antique and from marble to copper, these bathtubs have something for everyone’s taste. But, let’s be honest, a bubble bath in any of these would be pretty divine.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/bust-bubbles-7-breathtaking-bathtubs/
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?W
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
― William Shakespeare

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Existing-Home Sales Rise in April for Second Straight Month
A surge in sales in the Midwest and a decent increase in the Northeast offset smaller declines in the South and West.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2016/05/existing-home-sales-rise-in-april-for-second-straight-month
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Mortgage Rates: Here’s Why the Fed Doesn’t Really Matter
Federal Reserve policymakers sent a signal that they might raise rates on their own short-term loans, news that sent financial markets into a tailspin.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/redfin/2016/05/19/mortgage-rates-heres-why-the-fed-doesnt-really-matter/#470ac07e43d7
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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal Ranks as a Top Broker in RISMedia’s 2016 Power Broker Report
Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal has been named a top power broker in a national ranking of real estate brokerage firms in RISMedia’s 28th Annual Power Broker Report. CB Bain | Seal ranked 13 out of 500
http://www.coldwellbankerbain.com/News/Coldwell-Banker-Bain—Seal-Ranks-as-a-Top-Broker-in-RISMedia-s-2016-Power-Broker-Report
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Keep Calm. There’s No Bubble.
Some on Wall St, main street and the banks feel that real estate has reached yet another high- I tend to agree- and that prices will inevitably come down.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cre-peak-time-different-michael-jimenez?trk=v-feed
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Lowest rates in a year no enticement: Mortgage applications down 1.6%
Mortgage rates last week remained close to the lowest levels in over a year, but apparently that did not push more homebuyers to take the plunge.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/18/lowest-rates-in-a-year-no-enticement-mortgage-applications-down.html
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NAHB Index Unchanged in May, Pointing to Steady Housing Growth
Gauge comes in at 58; any reading over 50 indicates home-builder sentiment is positive
http://www.wsj.com/articles/nahb-index-unchanged-in-may-pointing-to-steady-housing-growth-1463407201
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In Empty Homes of Las Vegas, Squatters See a New Frontier
Foreclosed homes still pockmark Las Vegas, lingering signs of the housing crisis. But they do not always stay empty: Squatters move in, bringing crime with them.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/us/las-vegas-squatters-housing-collapse.html?
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Playrooms That Are More Frank Gehry Than Fisher-Price
Gone are the days of blank walls and hand-me-down toys. Like the luxury apartments that surround them, children’s playrooms have become carefully designed affairs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/nyregion/playrooms-that-are-more-frank-gehry-than-fisher-price.html

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US housing starts rebound in April after sluggish Q1

New housing construction up nearly 7% last month but down 2% from April 2015
http://therealdeal.com/2016/05/17/us-housing-starts-rebound-in-april-after-sluggish-q1/
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$750,000 Homes in New York, Oregon and South Carolina
A converted barn in Woodstock, N.Y., a contemporary in Portland, Ore., and a 1915 house in Walterboro, S.C.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/realestate/compare-homes-in-woodstock-new-york-portland-oregon-and-walterboro-south-carolina.html
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The Dream Revisited: Public Housing and Deconcentrating Poverty
The nineteenth discussion on The Dream Revisited, Public Housing and Deconcentrating Poverty, debates how to combine the goals of deconcentrating poverty with providing accessible public housing in light of recent research about the benefits of voucher programs like Moving to Opportunity as replacements for public housing and the costs of concentrated poverty.
http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/the-dream-revisited-public-housing-and-deconcentrating-poverty
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Portland struggles to address housing crisis
Portland is becoming a destination for young professionals and families and that’s making it harder for renters to find affordable apartments.
http://wgme.com/news/local/construction-costs-contributing-to-portland-housing-crisis
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Rental costs continue to surge past incomes

Rent continues to grow at a stronger pace than incomes, capping household formation and distorting the housing market.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rental-costs-continue-to-surge-past-incomes-2016-05-17
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What Homebuyers From India Look for When Shopping in the U.S.
Real estate brokers are taking notice of Indians’ increasing wealth
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/28001-what-homebuyers-from-india-look-for-when-shopping-in-the-u-s
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Where are Global Buyers Searching in the United States?
Bellingham #1 !
New data from realtor.com® offers more comprehensive reporting to display true market interest of global buyers searching in the United States. The graphs below show the countries searching U.S. properties, and which U.S. cities were of most interest to them
http://www.realtor.org/articles/where-are-global-buyers-searching-in-the-united-states
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NAR Member Survey Shows More, Younger Realtors® Entering the Industry
The survey’s results are representative of the nation’s nearly 1.2 million Realtors®; members of NAR account for about half of all active real estate licensees in the U.S. Realtors® go beyond state licensing requirements by subscribing to NAR’s Code of Ethics and standards of practice and committing to continuing education.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2016/05/nar-member-survey-shows-more-younger-realtors-entering-the-industry
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Introducing “Shedquarters”: The Hot New Trend Home-Based Business Owners Are Drooling Over
Space-efficient work spaces are becoming all the rage these days. They’re great for maintaining privacy and uninterrupted workflow, and they can also be cozy and stylish as well. Here are some examples of a growing trend of miniature studios (for offices and living structures), that are small enough to fit in someone’s back yard
http://lightersideofrealestate.com/real-estate-life/cool-stuff/shedquarters-new-trend-for-home-based-businesses
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Persistent Housing Supply Shortage is Yet Another Thing to Blame on Millennials
Survey of 2,200 Homeowners Reveals Five Major Differences Between Millennials and Their Elders; Some Have Big Implications on Housing’s Future
http://news.theregistryps.com/redfin-persistent-housing-supply-shortage-is-yet-another-thing-to-blame-on-millennials/
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Condo Market in Seattle Continues at Slow Progression
Over the last five years there have consistently been approximately ten times as many apartments built in the Puget Sound region than condos. Industry reports have indicated that this trend continues into today’s market and is being forecasted to continue for another five years.
http://news.theregistryps.com/condo-market-in-seattle-continues-at-slow-progression/
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The Top 10 Most Bikeable Downtowns

These cities are doing the most to make biking to work safe and convenient
https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/05/top-10-most-bikeable-downtowns.html
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Seattle grows to nation’s 18th largest city
Seattle is the 18th largest city in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/05/19/seattle-grows-to-nation-s-18th-largest-city.html
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Five of the Nation’s Eleven Fastest-Growing Cities are in Texas, Census Bureau Reports
The statistics released today cover all local functioning governmental units, including incorporated places (like cities and towns), minor civil divisions (such as townships) and consolidated cities (government units for which the functions of an incorporated place and its parent county have merged).
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-81.html
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Research debunks notion that debt-laden grads won’t be buying homes
a surprising number of respected economists have adopted an alluring narrative of millennials unable to buy homes even though it’s one built on flawed evidence that has been debunked by research done for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors more than a year ago
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-marksjarvis-student-debt-housing-0515-biz-20160513-column.html
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahbclassic.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“They succeed, because they think they can.”

–Virgil

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When will housing inventory shortages finally end?
Four years in active recovery, and the housing market can’t seem to get past the inventory shortage that penetrates into all crevasses of the industry. And while this won’t change this year, there may be hope for next year as builders start to play catch-up.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36327-when-will-housing-inventory-shortages-finally-end?______________________________________________________________________________________________

First American top economist gets bullish on housing
First American Financial Corporation, a global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today released their proprietary Potential Home Sales model for January 2016.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36318-first-american-top-economist-gets-bullish-on-housing?

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When a Dream House Becomes a Money Pit
A couple who thought they found the perfect home realized the dream was elusive after they moved in.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/realestate/when-a-dream-house-becomes-a-money-pit.html?
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Homeowners: 4 tax deductions to maximize your IRS refund
It’s tax season again. While you might not be jumping for joy at the thought of this, let’s at least make sure you’re doing your due diligence and gaining all the benefits you can from tax deductions that apply to you.
http://www.housingwire.com/blogs/1-rewired/post/36311-homeowners-4-tax-deductions-to-maximize-your-irs-refund?
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For Costly Debt, Home Is Where the Deduction Is
Because interest on some home mortgages is tax-deductible, borrowing against a home can be a useful tool to pay off other, nondeductible debt
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/business/yourtaxes/for-costly-debt-home-is-where-the-deduction-is.html?
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Housing starts fall again in January
For the second month in a row, the number of new homes under construction in the United States fell unexpectedly.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/02/17/housing-starts-fall-again-january/80493678/
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A House With a Mineral Spring in Jamaica
On Jamaica’s west coast, the three-bedroom, three-bath house, on 11 acres, is on the market for $2.54 million.
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2016/02/17/realestate/a-house-with-a-mineral-spring-in-jamaica/s/17IHH-JAMAICA-slide-SOVO.html?
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A New Dimension in Home Buying: Virtual Reality
The technology is expected to transform the real estate industry, and, many say, make house-hunting more efficient.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/realestate/virtual-reality-to-sell-homes.html?_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
On Jumbo Home Loans, Lower Down Payments for High Earners
Mortgage lenders may loosen down payment requirements for a so-called “Henry”—an acronym for ‘high earner, not rich yet.’
http://www.wsj.com/articles/on-jumbo-home-loans-lower-down-payments-for-high-earners-1455206440
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Brazilian Midcentury Modern Furniture: A Sexier Take on Eames
Seen enough of Eames and Saarinen and Aalto? The furniture out of Brazil in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s has similar sensibilities but with a sensuous twist
http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazilian-midcentury-modern-furniture-a-sexier-take-on-eames-1455818551
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Here’s how the US housing market has been impacted by the 2008 crash
Older millennials, minorities, especially Hispanics, men and the wealthy in overheated housing markets were most likely to be displaced from homeowners to renters
http://www.businessinsider.com/impact-of-2008-crash-on-housing-2016-2
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Homeowners reap remodeling benefits whether selling or staying
Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers.
http://www.ruidosonews.com/story/life/2016/02/17/homeowners-reap-remodeling-benefits-whether-selling-staying/80297452/
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Metro Home Prices Accelerate in the Fourth Quarter of 2015
A moderating pace of sales had little impact on the trajectory of home prices during the final three months of the year, which picked up speed and showed continued growth in most of the U.S
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2016/02/metro-home-prices-accelerate-in-the-fourth-quarter-of-2015
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New Ad Campaign Urges Consumers to “Get Realtor®”Buying a home isn’t as easy as clicking a few buttons and magically getting the home of your dreams, as the current real estate advertising landscape leads many to believe.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2016/02/new-ad-campaign-urges-consumers-to-get-realtor

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Spring housing season kicks off with record short supply
On a snowy Tuesday in early February, Jessie and Mark Sciulli toured a home in the northern suburbs of Washington, D.C., that wasn’t listed for sale yet.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/12/spring-housing-season-kicks-off-with-record-short-supply.html______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Portland’s housing crunch not unique, national expert tells council’s new Housing Committee
The committee formed to address the issue hears from the managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies in its first meeting.
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/27/portlands-housing-crunch-not-unique-national-expert-tells-councils-new-housing-committee/
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Manufacturing and housing are the yin and yang of the U.S. economy
Housing’s as hot as it’s been since, well, the last time it got so hot it ended up crashing the economy. Manufacturing, by contrast, is a mess, with the dollar’s strength and oil’s weakness doubling up to bash the factory sector
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/manufacturing-and-housing-are-the-yin-and-yang-of-the-us-economy-2016-02-14
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Strong Dollar Deals: Where to Find International Property Bargains
The U.S. dollar has been soaring against a number of currencies, but what does this mean if you’re looking to invest in property overseas? Data compiled on behalf of Mansion Global by the real-estate
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/20707-strong-dollar-deals–where-to-find-international-property-bargains
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Cooling ahead for high-end San Francisco real estate
Nina Hatvany has worked for 25 years in San Francisco as a real estate agent concentrating on the high end of the market. Today, as a result of a reeling stock market and concerns about global economic stability and growth, the conversation with well-heeled clients has turned decidedly more cautious
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/12/cooling-ahead-for-high-end-san-francisco-real-estate.html
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Limiting luxury housing bad for poor
To low-income residents and the groups that fight for them in expensive cities, new market-rate housing often feels like part of the problem. If San Francisco and Washington are becoming rapidly unaffordable to the poor, why build more apartments for the rich?
http://www.columbiatribune.com/business/saturday_business/limiting-luxury-housing-bad-for-poor/article_50239470-d1e0-5e4f-be0e-b1d429a9133c.html
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Building Luxury Housing for Gentrifiers Helps The Poor
Creating enough affordable housing is one of the hardest political and economic challenges in the world. (If you think you know an easy answer, you’re wrong!) Here is a new piece of data that could “add to our understanding,” and make everyone mad.
http://gawker.com/study-building-luxury-housing-for-gentrifiers-helps-th-1758724083
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Why Rocket Mortgage won’t start another housing crisis
“What if we did for mortgages what the Internet did for buying music and plane tickets and shoes?” That provocative opener to Quicken’s Super Bowl ad for Rocket Mortgage sparked controversy over whether another housing crisis is now just a click away
http://www.urban.org/urban-wire/why-rocket-mortgage-wont-start-another-housing-crisis
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House flipping is back in Florida and Las Vegas
House flipping is always hottest when home prices are nearing a peak. That is not the case right now nationally, and so flipping has remained pretty stable overall … with two very glaring exceptions. Las Vegas and Miami
http://www.businessinsider.com/housing-flipping-is-back-in-florida-and-las-vegas-2016-2
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Urban myth busting: New rental housing and median-income households

Does building new high-priced apartments, affordable only by middle- and upper-income families, make housing less affordable for lower income households?
http://cityobservatory.org/urban-myth-busting-new-rental-housing-and-median-income-households/
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AMERICA’S RENTAL HOUSING: EXPANDING OPTIONS FOR DIVERSE AND GROWING DEMAND

Rental housing is home to a growing share of the nation’s increasingly diverse households, but even with the strong rebound in multifamily construction, tight rental markets make it difficult for low- and moderate-income renters to find housing they can afford
http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/research/publications/americas-rental-housing-expanding-options-diverse-and-growing-demand
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights

The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive

Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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House Hunting in … France
A favorable exchange rate, low interest rates and a drop in property prices are making real estate in France an attractive investment for foreigners.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/realestate/real-estate-in-provence-france.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160210&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y
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The Super Bowl Ad That Set Off Economic Alarm Bells
Quicken Loans has an app that makes it easier to get a mortgage, but its wider promise to reinvigorate the economy drew criticism.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/10/upshot/the-super-bowl-ad-that-set-off-economic-alarm-bells.html?_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Housing Winners = Super Bowl Champs
Realtor.com® predicts a Denver Broncos win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this weekend. That could prove to be good news for the national housing market as well, the real estate site says.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/02/05/housing-winners-super-bowl-champs
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What Has Non-Owners Afraid to Buy
Almost half of renters surveyed by Bankrate.com say they haven’t purchased a home yet because they believe their credit isn’t good enough to qualify for a mortgage or they can’t afford a down payment. “A lot of people make assumptions that they can’t afford to buy based on just some perceptions, and many have not taken the step to figure out how mortgage-ready they are
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/02/11/what-has-non-owners-afraid-buy
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Highlights from NAR’s 2015 Remodeling Impact Report

NAR Research’s Managing Director of Survey Research and Communications Jessica Lautz and Research Survey Analyst Brandi Snowden discuss highlights from the new 2015 Remodeling Impact Report. Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akFl5jcQy9w

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Remodeling Impact
More Information, download the report
http://www.realtor.org/reports/remodeling-impact
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China’s Bubble-Making Machine Continues In Shanghai Housing
Imagine what would happen if China did not allow its locals to invest abroad? Housing prices would have gone up by 50% instead of the 31% they went up in Shanghai last year
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2016/02/05/chinas-bubble-making-machine-continues-in-shanghai-housing/#691a942a44ee
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Seattle is fourth-richest city in the U.S.
The Seattle-area is home to some of the largest public companies in the country, as well as a bevy of smaller, but fast-growing businesses.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/11/seattle-is-fourth-richest-city-in-the-u-s.html
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Zillow posts $149 million loss as yearly revenue spikes
The Seattle company reported Thursday that revenue spiked nearly 18 percent in 2015, posting combined Zillow and Trulia revenue of $679.9 million.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2016/02/zillow-posts-149-million-loss-as-yearly-revenue.html?ana=e_tf&s=newsletter&ed=2016-02-11&u=iT6Ej9T4EYz1%2FuAD4leF5qEYhm3&t=1455231141______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Seattle Court Unseals Evidence in Move v. Zillow
A large volume of evidence has been made public in the lawsuit brought by NAR and Move Inc. against Zillow Inc.,
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/01/25/seattle-court-unseals-evidence-in-move-v-zillow
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Yellen says Fed won’t reverse course with rates

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told a House panel Wednesday that evolving economic conditions will warrant “only gradual increases” in the federal funds rate.
http://www.pionline.com/article/20160210/ONLINE/160219985?
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The Metro Areas With The Most New Construction

To compile our list of Building Boom Towns, the folks at Dodge Data sorted through building data for the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas—major cities and their surrounding suburbs–to find the 20 places where the most money was spent on new construction in 2015. Our list tallies the dollar value of construction starts (breaking ground and actually beginning work) for single- and multi-family homes, office, retail, warehouses, health care facilities, educational buildings, manufacturing plants and research facilities, among others.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2016/02/10/building-boom-towns-the-metro-areas-with-the-most-new-construction/#2a21cfad5a5e
Seattle #10 in the Photo Gallery below
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emeg45ehdfm/introduction/
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Homes In These Two Cities May Shelter Better Than Gold –
Another asset class with near zero correlation to stocks is real estate. In particular, the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index that measures the value of residential real estate in 20 major cities in the U.S., has 0.08 correlation to the S&P 500 using monthly data since Jan. 2000.
http://www.housingviews.com/2016/02/09/homes-in-these-two-cities-may-shelter-better-than-gold/?
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S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices –
The chart shows how the 20 cities have done since the S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index bottomed in January 2012. –
http://www.housingviews.com/2016/01/22/spcase-shiller-home-prices-on-tuesday-january-26th/
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Portland seeks feedback on higher height limits, other planning Central City strategies

Portland planners are making the Central City 2035 Plan Discussion Draft available for community comments.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/02/portland-seeks-feedback-on-higher-height-limits.html?
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Top 11 Tax Breaks for Homeowners
If paying a mortgage is like a form of forced savings, then filing your taxes offers a chance to make a yearly withdrawal, thanks to IRS deductions available to homeowners only.

http://marketing.cbbain.com/top-tax-deductions-for-homeowners?
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United National Movers Study
For the third consecutive year, Oregon holds on to the No. 1 spot as “Top Moving Destination,” as Americans continue to pack up and head West and South. Those are the results of United Van Lines’ 39th Annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.
http://www.unitedvanlines.com/about-united/news/movers-study-2015
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Seattle-area home prices soar as inventory plummets
If you’re planning to buy a house in Seattle this year, buckle up because it’s going to be a wild ride.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2016/02/new-report-seattle-area-home-prices-soar-as.html?
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Unemployment drops to eight-year low even as job growth slows

Job gains slowed to 151,000 in January, but wages saw a healthy bounce and the unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly eight years, the U.S. Department of Labor reported on Friday.
http://www.scotsmanguide.com/News/2016/02/Unemployment-drops-to-eight-year-low-even-as-job-growth-slows/?
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Seattle among top 10 most densely populated big cities in the U.S. for first time ever

Seattle’s most densely-populated census tract is on Capitol Hill, while South Lake Union has seen the greatest increase in density since 2010.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/seattle-density-doesnt-have-to-be-a-dirty-word/?
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New Trouble Knocks Flint as Mortgage Firms Require Proof of Safe Water

Notices have been sent out by other lenders, while some major banks, including Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp., said obtaining a loan could be difficult if a home doesn’t have potable water.
http://news.morningstar.com/all/dow-jones/us-markets/2016020315781/new-trouble-knocks-flint-as-mortgage-firms-require-proof-of-safe-water.aspx
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The MarketPulse

The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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How To Market Yourself Like The Super Bowl
With Super Bowl Sunday right around the corner let’s take a look at how the N.F.L. markets the most important sporting event of the year and what career lessons we can learn from them. In today’s competitive job market, it’s becoming more and more important to brand and promote ourselves in order to separate us from the competition
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomward/2016/02/05/how-to-market-yourself-like-the-super-bowl/#28ef53ce571a
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Mortgage Rates: Time to Refinance?
Stock market volatility might be doing a number on your 401(k), but for house hunters it’s been good news. Investors seeking calm are pouring money into the mortgage market, which is pushing down costs for buyers.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/redfin/2016/02/05/mortgage-rates-time-to-refinance/?ss=real-estate#35dd33c43107
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What You Get for … $1,100,000

A view of mountains in Massachusetts, a midcentury modern in Seattle and a ranch house in Fort Worth
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/realestate/compare-homes-in-hancock-massachusetts-seatle-washington-and-fort-worth-texas.html?
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The Art of Home Staging
The practice of home staging has long elicited strong reactions. But as staging has evolved, more real estate professionals stress its importance.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/realestate/home-staging-new-york.html
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South Lake Union Project Might be Condos After All
Nearly 1,200 new condos might be coming to South Lake Union
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2016/02/nearly-1-200-new-condos-might-be-coming-to-south.html?ana=e_du_pub
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How Commuting Costs Factor Into Home Buying

Either way you look at it, buyers know that commuting costs are high. Some buyers need to be closer to their job while others need to be close to school districts.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2016/02/02/how-commuting-costs-factor-into-home-buying/
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7 ways to avoid the new LLC disclosure law

Buyers of luxury Manhattan real estate, whose purchases are often shielded by limited liability corporations, will be thrust into the spotlight come March, when new federal disclosure requirements take effect.
http://therealdeal.com/2016/01/21/7-ways-to-avoid-the-new-llc-disclosure-law/?sthash.sQMdVnjB.mjjo
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Murray proposes to expand levy to support affordable housing

“Expanding the Housing Levy is the most important thing we will do this year to support affordability in Seattle

http://murray.seattle.gov/murray-proposes-to-expand-levy-to-support-affordable-housing/#sthash.yRZWFP9a.dpbs
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Seattle mayor kicks off Portland housing affordability summit
Digging deep — and looking north — for strategies to create and protect equitable housing in the Portland region.
http://www.oregonmetro.gov/news/seattle-mayor-kicks-portland-housing-affordability-summit
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Portland’s housing crunch not unique, national expert tells council’s new Housing Committee

The committee formed to address the issue hears from the managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies in its first meeting.
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/27/portlands-housing-crunch-not-unique-national-expert-tells-councils-new-housing-committee/
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Housing Market: Why Home Prices Will Fall in 2016

With one month already behind us, moving further into 2016, the U.S. housing market looks like it’s on shaky ground. This could be the year when home prices decline—for the first time since 2011.
http://www.profitconfidential.com/economy/housing-market-why-home-prices-will-fall-in-2016/
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D.C., Seattle buck housing, school trends
Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. – a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/27/dc-seattle-buck-housing-school-trends/
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What’s Next for the Housing Market?
Economists are hopeful that housing market activity — and prices — will continue to perk up generally in 2016, due to a number of factors
http://time.com/money/4193040/real-estate-housing-market/
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How Smart Can You Make Your Home?

You’d be surprised how much you’ll get for a few hundred dollars.
http://time.com/money/4199605/interest-rates-mortgage-rates/
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5 Things Home Sellers Try to Hide
You’ve finally found a house that checks all the boxes, so now it’s time to make an offer, sign on the dotted line, and book the movers, right? Not so fast.
http://time.com/money/4198213/home-sellers-hide-these-things/
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Report Describes Lawyers’ Advice on Moving Suspect Funds Into U.S.
The report is the result of an undercover investigation by Global Witness, a nonprofit group that has been pushing for stricter money-laundering rules.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/us/report-describes-lawyers-advice-on-moving-suspect-funds-into-us.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160131&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y
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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Housing Decisions in Retirement

A plan to meet housing needs is an important part of a retirement income strategy. A home provides an emotional anchor, providing daily comfort and shelter, memories, and nearness to friends and community. Homes are also a major source of wealth for retirees and near-retirees. Home equity provides between 45 and 75% of median household net worth when approaching retirement.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/wadepfau/2016/02/02/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go-housing-decisions-in-retirement/#397a571e6fc3
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The Top 20 Cities For Remote Workers

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Tampa, FL
Seattle, WAS
San Diego, CA
http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2016/02/04/the-top-20-cities-for-remote-workers/#342a22cf4ee1
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Homes Near Whole Foods May Have Higher Home Values
When it comes to home values, you might not think to look at the closest specialty grocery store. But the latest Zillow research shows that living near Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods often correlates with a higher home value.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/zillow/2016/02/05/homes-near-whole-foods-home-values/?ss=real-estate#171ed41a7b3f
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Kitchen heats up home renovations wish list
Things are heating up in the kitchen as nearly half of homeowners planning to do a renovation project indicated in a national consumer study it is the number one room they would most likely splurge on.
http://www.heraldstandard.com/home/kitchen-heats-up-home-renovations-wish-list/article_4438eda7-3c99-5bd3-976e-847da678428e.html
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Take a luxury tour across the Pacific Northwest with Previews International
From waterfront estates to modern penthouses to island getaways, Previews International digital magazine showcases the finest homes on the market in the Pacific Northwest.
http://blob.cbba.com/photos/exceptional/vol16iss2/index.html__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Shortage of homes for sale pushes prices upward, buyers outward

The low inventory of homes for sale has turned the Seattle region into an “extreme seller’s market,” where prices continue climbing and buyers have fewer…
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/shortage-of-homes-for-sale-drives-prices-higher/
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The MarketPulse

The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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HOUSING STATISTICS

Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker

The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive

Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
–Anatole France

Comedian Hilariously Sums Up Why Real Estate Agents Are Basically Heroes
To some, real estate agents are considered the champions of their clients, trying to provide families with their little slice of the American dream. To others, they’re simply misunderstood.
http://lightersideofrealestate.com/real-estate-humor/comedian-sums-up-why-real-estate-agents-are-heroes___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Trends That’ll Influence Homes in 2016
Help your buyers and sellers learn what’s new on the residential front to meet their own needs as well as the desires of future buyers.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2016/01/trends-thatll-influence-homes-in-2016
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NAR’s Lawrence Yun says housing market is on solid footing
The housing market had a solid year for sales and price growth in 2015, but has still not fully shaken off the impact of the downturn eight years ago. National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun spoke with Scotsman Guide News about where the market is headed this year.
http://www.scotsmanguide.com/News/2016/01/NAR-s-Lawrence-Yun-says-housing-market-is-on-solid-footing/?sf19896140=1
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S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices released the latest results of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.

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Case Shiller Housing Price Index

Case Shiller released their housing price index data for November 2015. Case Shiller data showed that house prices rose more than 5 percent in all three indices since November 2014.

http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2016/01/26/case-shiller-housing-price-index/

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The Bugs Sharing Your Home (Get Out a Calculator)
An unusual survey identifies many of the bugs living with us in our houses.

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New Homes Get Bigger and Pricier
New U.S. houses are getting bigger in size and more expensive, but larger new homes do not necessarily mean strength in the housing market. Here’s why. Photo: Bloomberg
http://www.wsj.com/video/new-homes-get-bigger-and-pricier/CB6D30F5-8BE6-480A-A57C-FC0CCCEE0218.html
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Holding Firm Against the Tide
2016 Forecast: Solid job gains and eased credit could help offset continued tight inventory and rising interest rates.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/news-and-commentary/economy/article/2016/01/holding-firm-against-tide
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What’s Ahead for Jumbo-Loan Borrowers in 2016
The stock-market dip is likely to keep interest rates on jumbo loans below 4% for a while longer, which also could make borrowing large sums more attractive
http://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-ahead-for-jumbo-loan-borrowers-in-2016-1453910441?tesla=y
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Seattle real estate developer Ted Schroth in jail for poisoning trees
a Seattle-area real estate developer, is in jail in Wenatchee for poisoning 123 trees on a property that another Seattle-area real estate developer owns, a Chelan County jail official confirmed Monday
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2016/01/seattle-real-estate-developer-ted-schroth-in-jail.html?ana
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Seattle area home-price gains outpace national rate
The average price of existing single-family homes in the Seattle area jumped 1.2 percent in November from the previous month and was up 9.7 percent over the year, outpacing the gains in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-home-price-gains-outpace-national-rate/
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Affluent Chinese see upscale safe haven in Seattle area
With volatility and devaluation at home, Chinese investors have become the No. 1 foreign purchasers of U.S. real estate, and interest in the Seattle area is said to be running high.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/affluent-chinese-see-upscale-safe-haven-in-seattle-area/
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New Portland housing committee takes aim at city’s rising rents
The panel will meet for the first time Wednesday to get diverse perspectives on the city’s housing status and needs.

New Portland housing committee takes aim at city’s rising rents


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Urban homes in Portland are now worth more than those in the suburbs
City living is all the rage these days, and according to a new report from Zillow, the trend is paying off for homeowners.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/01/urban-homes-in-portland-are-now-worth-more-than.html
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Except for housing, business isn’t booming and GDP is barely growing
The U.S. economy ended 2015 like it began, with weak economic growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates GDP grew by only 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter. For the year as a whole GDP grew 2.4 percent, the same rate as the economy grew in 2014.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/news-wire/2016/01/29/except-for-housing-business-isnt-booming-and-gdp.html?iana=ind_rre
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BUYING MORE AFFORDABLE THAN RENTING IN 58 PERCENT OF U.S. MARKETS ACCORDING TO 2016 RENTAL AFFORDABILITY ANALYSIS
2016 Rental Affordability Analysis, which shows that buying is still more affordable than renting in 58 percent of U.S. housing markets despite home price appreciation outpacing rent growth in 55 percent of markets.
http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/–buying-more-affordable-than-renting-in-58-percent-of-us-markets-according-to-2016-rental-affordability-analysis-8244
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10 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Buying A Home
10 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Buying A Home
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/01/05/10-things-you-absolutely-need-to-know-about-buying-a-home/?ss=real-estate#21558846a5c6
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How Winter Storm Jonas Will Affect Home Insurance Prices
the actions that the affected policyholders take now will have far reaching effects on future insurance prices
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertharrow/2016/01/28/how-winter-storm-jonas-will-affect-home-insurance-prices/?ss=real-estate#a16b5de1dc0e
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The Renovation Revolution: 203K And HomeStyle Mortgage Loans
Many of the existing homes that are listed for sale in today’s markets, are functionally obsolete because they are older and don’t have the amenities today’s buyers are looking for in a home
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markgreene/2016/01/19/203k-and-homestyle-mortgage-loans-the-renovation-revolution/?ss=real-estate#6188e6f82092
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Is the Kitchen the New Man Cave?
Now that cooking has been recoded as a macho pastime, guys are increasingly shaping kitchen design. Here’s what the manly version looks like
http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-the-kitchen-the-new-man-cave-1454005119
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Vacation Home Bargains in Thailand, Bali and Malaysia
Thanks to currency dips in Southeast Asia, house hunters looking for a luxury villa can find significant deals—if they’re willing to stomach some risks.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/vacation-home-bargains-in-thailand-bali-and-malaysia-1453995097
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_151103_aHqc0&elq=d6379903117d41bcbe7b9f6a82f2189a&elqCampaignId=2692&elqaid=7659&elqat=1&elqTrackId=097f671c98fc48249757d8ddbd229326#.Vj1WlvnnuUl
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

“When I was able to get down the road a ways and look back, I realized success is 90% perseverance. The key is to stay in the game.”
–Trevor Rees-Jones

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Economists See More Growth for US Economy, Housing in ’16
A robust U.S. economy and job market, plus low mortgage rates, should help keep the recovery in the new-home market going at a modest pace this year, but a return to pre-housing boom sales and construction levels isn’t imminent.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/economists-growth-us-economy-housing-16-36384759
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Mortgage applications pop 9% on stock sell-off
The sell-off in the stock market was a boon to the mortgage market last week. Mortgage application volume jumped 9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week, compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/20/mortgage-applications-pop-9-on-stock-sell-off.html
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2016 Predictions for Housing & Real Estate
2016 Predictions for Housing & Real Estate As 2016 approaches, it’s important to understand what the housing market will look like for renters, buyers, and sellers.
http://www.zillow.com/blog/zillow-2016-forecast-187561/
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Best Markets for Millennials to Rent in 2016 | RealtyTrac Report
Daren Blomquist RealtyTrac Vice President goes over best markets for Millennials to rent in 2016.
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/realtytrac-videos/best-markets-for-millennials-to-rent-in-2016-realtytrac-report/
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Housing recovery could calm nerves
After several days of stomach-churning market dives, growing fears of global recession and even some jitters about the relatively solid U.S. economy, America’s nicely recovering housing market should provide some solace in a relatively light week of economic news
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/01/18/week-housing-recovery-could-calm-nerves/78856202/
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4 Kitchen-Countertop Stones That Go Beyond Granite
From limestone to schist to labradorite, more homeowners are installing unusual varieties of stone countertops in new homes and renovations.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/4-kitchen-countertop-stones-that-go-beyond-granite-1453304547
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This is how much Airbnb’s 2,900 Seattle hosts brought in last year
Questions about the impact Airbnb has on Seattle and the other communities where it operates have gone unanswered for many years. But now, as the company’s app-based room rental and sharing system has taken off around the country, some of those questions are finally being answered
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2016/01/this-is-how-much-airbnbs-2-900-seattle-hosts.html
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‘Silicon Refugees’ will continue to flood Seattle in 2016, Zillow economist says
Seattle home values will continue to increase this year – as will rents – as people flock for the region’s growing number of jobs and opportunities.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2016/01/silicon-refugees-will-continue-to-flood-seattle-in.html
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Portland’s 10 worst neighborhoods to find a parking spot
If it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to find on-street parking in Portland, that’s because it likely is.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2016/01/portlands-10-worst-neighborhoods-to-find-a-parking.html
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December Housing Starts Dip, But 2015 Finishes With More Home Construction Than 2014
Groundbreakings and permitting for new homes dropped in December, the U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday. However, 2015 welcomed 10.8% more groundbreakings than the year before: an estimated 1.111 million housing units were started compared with 1.003 million in 2014. Permits, too, were up 12% over 2014 at 1.178 million
http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2016/01/20/december-housing-starts-dip-but-2015-finishes-with-more-home-construction-than-2014/
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Sustainable Residential Real Estate in 2016
The year 2016 is almost certain to be the year of normalcy in residential real estate. Real estate focused businesses such as Corelogic, Zillow, Redfin, and National Association of Realtors, have slightly varying numbers but numbers and opinions that are not far apart. –
http://realtybiznews.com/sustainable-residential-real-estate-in-2016/98731475/
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Consumer Delinquencies Edge Up in Third Quarter
Home-Related Delinquencies Continue March Toward Historical Norms
http://www.aba.com/Press/Pages/011216DelinquencyBulletin.aspx
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Winter House Selling Secrets from Coldwell Banker Agents
In this segment of Open House on NBC, Coldwell Banker affiliated agents show why the winter might actually be the most advantageous time to sell your home.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/winter-house-selling-secrets-from-coldwell-banker-agents/
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Find Out What Happens, When it Happens, with Mivatek
Mivatek’s smart home and health care systems help you protect your home and the people you love within them.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/find-out-what-happens-when-it-happens-with-mivatek/
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A Smart Home Overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Join listing agent Tim Smith for a tour of this custom estate in Laguna Beach that sports spanning Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/home-of-the-week-a-smart-home-overlooking-the-pacific-ocean/
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The rental market is going gray
Renters are looking a little older these days.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/14/real_estate/older-renters/index.html?iid=Lead
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Nightclubs That Bring the Party Home
Elaborate entertaining places have become common luxury amenities, but full-blown home nightclubs are the ultimate statement of exclusivity
http://www.wsj.com/video/nightclubs-that-bring-the-party-home/016F3A76-3BEC-4CCD-B645-5468D0600928.html
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Consumer-Direct Mortgage Lending Is Dead
With borrowers increasingly expecting nothing less than an online, self-service mortgage process, the line between the consumer-direct and retail lending channels has blurred.
http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/voices/consumer-direct-mortgage-lending-is-dead-1070266-1.html
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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.81 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a third straight week as global stock markets continued to be pounded by falling oil prices and worries over economic growth.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/average-us-rate-on-30-year-mortgage-falls-to-3-81-percent/
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Before-and-after photos of Amazon’s South Lake Union turf
South Lake Union’s transformation — largely fueled by the growth of its highest-profile employer, Amazon — has had a ripple effect that’s reshaped the surrounding city, for better or worse. Click on the handle above and slide to compare photos.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/amazons-south-lake-union-turf-do-you-recognize-this-place/
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.”

― Fennel Hudson

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Real-Estate Pros Pen Purple Prose
The higher the home price, the more flowery the verbiage in the property description, an analysis of real-estate listings finds
http://www.wsj.com/articles/real-estate-pros-pen-purple-prose-1449764159
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‘It’s Very Likely the Fed Will Begin Raising Interest Rates’
Friday’s solid jobs report nudges the Federal Reserve that much closer to raising rates later this month. Here are some of their thoughts on Fed implications, details within the report and the outlook for coming months.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/12/04/economists-react-to-the-november-jobs-report-its-very-likely-the-fed-will-begin-raising-interest-rates/
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Multimillion-Dollar Homes Face the Wrecking Ball
Buyers seeking location, location, location spend upward of $10 million for a house—only to raze it to the ground.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/multimillion-dollar-homes-face-the-wrecking-ball-1449758002
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Take a luxury tour across the Pacific Northwest with Previews International.
From waterfront estates to modern penthouses to island getaways, Previews International digital magazine showcases the finest homes on the market in the Pacific Northwest.
http://blob.cbba.com/photos/exceptional/vol15iss12/index.html
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Should You Rent the House or Sell It?
Newly married couples who came into the relationship with their own real estate face a big decision: Keep both properties and turn one into a rental or sell it and take whatever equity is available
http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/12/10/should-you-rent-the-house-or-sell-it/
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Economic Forecasting Survey
The Wall Street Journal surveys a group of more than 60 economists on more than 10 major economic indicators on a monthly basis.
http://projects.wsj.com/econforecast/#ind=homeprices&r=10
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Bonds, Rates, and Credit Markets
Consumer Money Rates

http://www.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/mdc_bonds.html
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Rising Homeowner Equity Helping to Buy the Next Home
The combined net worth of Americans fell in the latest data, but housing equity continued to trend higher.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrenceyun/2015/12/11/rising-homeowner-equity-helping-to-buy-the-next-home/
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Buffers for TRID’s Learning Curve
The new Know Before You Owe or “TRID” closing process could help consumers, but it could also create issues for consumers in the short-term. According to the 3rd Quarter Survey of Mortgage Originators
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/12/10/buffers-for-trids-learning-curve/
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Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying
Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign, and restructure their home for a variety of reasons. This report takes a deep dive into the reasons for remodeling, the success of taking on projects, and the increased happiness found in the home once a project is completed.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/12/homeowners-reap-remodeling-benefits-whether-selling-or-staying-say-realtors
Download Report:
http://www.realtor.org/reports/remodeling-impact
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FHA Limits Expand for 2016; More Likely in 2017
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 2016 maximum loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) yesterday. While the maximum loan limit will not change, limits will rise in 188 counties around the country.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/12/10/fha-limits-expand-for-2016-more-likely-in-2017/
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10 biggest income tax changes to plan for in 2016
Tax time is nearly upon us again, and 2016 will bring some tax changes you need to know about.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/12/07/10-biggest-income-tax-changes-plan-2016/76925536/
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Housing Outlook, 2016
Prices in most cities are rising moderately, but tight supply is holding back buyers and sellers. Ron Berg After more than a decade of head-snapping ups and downs, the housing market has settled into a steadier, less-spectacular groove
http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T038-C000-S002-housing-outlook-2016.html
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A Unique Home Buying Demographic: Active Military & Veterans
Active military and veterans comprised 21 percent of all home buyers in 2015 ̶ a sizable subset worth exploring their purchasing preferences, according to NAR’s 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report released in November 2015
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/12/02/a-unique-home-buying-demographic-active-military-veterans/
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Soundproofing for New York Noise
Noise-control companies are endeavoring to make life a little quieter in a very loud city. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/realestate/soundproofing-for-new-york-noise.html
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Surprising Performers in the Latest State and Metro Employment Conditions
There are plenty of new jobs in the states in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. Idaho, Utah, and
Oregon, and Washington are among the top ten job creating states.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/12/08/surprising-performers-in-the-latest-state-and-metro-employment-conditions/
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Millennials, Baby Boomers, and Rebounding Multifamily Home Construction
In this video, Dr. Jordan Rappaport, Senior Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, discusses the demographic trends and preferences of millennials and baby boomers driving multifamily housing demand.
YouTube
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Here are 7 tips to secure a home when inventory is low
This low inventory environment isn’t going anywhere
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35766-here-are-7-tips-to-secure-a-home-when-inventory-is-low?
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Strong November jobs report makes a December rate hike more likely
The economy added 211,000 jobs in November, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday in a report that should do little to discourage the Federal Reserve later this month from raising interest rates.
http://www.scotsmanguide.com/News/2015/12/Strong-November-jobs-report-makes-a-December-rate-hike-more-likely/
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4 reasons 2016 is the year to buy a home
If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, 2016 is the year to take the plunge.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/04/real_estate/2016-real-estate/index.html
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Nearly Half of Renters Put Too Much Toward Rent
The largest boom in new apartment construction in three decades is doing little to slow rent increases or ease affordability concerns for renters across the country, a new report finds
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/12/09/nearly-half-of-renters-put-too-much-toward-rent/
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Mortgage rates move higher following upbeat jobs report
Mortgage rates were pushed slightly higher by last week’s strong employment report, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2015/12/10/mortgage-rates-move-higher-following-upbeat-jobs-report/
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King County home prices climb amid worst shortage of inventory in a decade
The continuing shortage of homes for sale helped send prices on homes sold last month through the roof: King County’s median price for single-family homes sold was $499,950, a 13.6 percent increase over a year ago
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/king-county-home-prices-up-136-percent-in-12-months/
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Teardown town: 1,500 small houses replaced by giants since 2012
More than 450 were replaced by homes triple the size, or bigger. Check out our before-and-after pictures.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/teardown-town-1500-small-houses-replaced-by-giants-since-2012/
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Real-Estate Agents’ Over-the-Top Gifts for Home Buyers
From custom dog portraits to a weekend in Vegas, some luxury real-estate agents work hard to give clients that perfect closing gift.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/real-estate-agents-over-the-top-gifts-for-home-buyers-1449758791
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.”

― Sarah Kay
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High-End Homes Prices Fall in the U.S.
A new report finds that prices for luxury properties have fallen for the first time since 2012
http://fortune.com/2015/11/19/housing-market/
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‘It’s Very Likely the Fed Will Begin Raising Interest Rates’
Friday’s solid jobs report nudges the Federal Reserve that much closer to raising rates later this month. Here are some of their thoughts on Fed implications, details within the report and the outlook for coming months.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/12/04/economists-react-to-the-november-jobs-report-its-very-likely-the-fed-will-begin-raising-interest-rates/
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Weak Canadian Dollar Shifts U.S. Home Purchases
The Canadian dollar is down about 10% over the last year, changing the landscape of foreign buyers in the U.S., but Canadians continue to buy luxury property.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/weak-canadian-dollar-shifts-u-s-home-purchases-1449157330
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Château de Castille Goes on the Market for $9.66 Million
In Provence, the castle’s Picasso murals are classified as historic monuments by the government
http://www.wsj.com/articles/chateau-de-castille-goes-on-the-market-for-9-66-million-1449162967
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How to Get a Jumbo Home Loan When a Condo is Still Under Construction
Lenders will generally finance a unit, but they won’t close until the unit is done.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-get-a-jumbo-home-loan-when-a-condo-is-still-under-construction-1449070654
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Home Spas That Rival Those in Big Hotels
From massage rooms to saunas, luxury spa features are making their way into high-end houses
http://www.wsj.com/articles/home-spas-that-rival-those-in-big-hotels-1449154437
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A Penthouse for Everyone: Developers Reserve Top Floors for Shared Amenities
By adding pools, private dining and theaters atop their towers, luxury builders hope to charge more for lower units
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-penthouse-for-everyone-developers-reserve-top-floors-for-shared-amenities-1449160822
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An Italian Architect’s Villa in the Hills Above Turin
Luca Maria Gandini designs a family home with a concrete-and-steel facade and adjustable black pool
http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-italian-architects-villa-in-the-hills-above-turin-1449156843
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A Snowboarder’s Utah Home Heads to Auction
Ken Block, the co-founder of shoe company DC Shoes, built this Park City home with a rope tow and skateboard park
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-snowboarders-utah-home-heads-to-auction-1449158502
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Do Energy Efficiency and Green Certifications
Increase Home Values?

A study designed and conducted by Northwest real estate appraisers for Northwest
real estate appraisers.
https://www.earthadvantage.org/policy-research/published-reports.html
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Furniture Maker Marc Fish Listens to a Sea Shell
The British designer takes inspiration from the ocean to make a table that recreates a nautilus shell
http://www.wsj.com/articles/furniture-maker-marc-fish-listens-to-a-sea-shell-1449074467
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Why a Basement Can Hurt the Price of a Luxury Home
In Bakersfield, Calif., high-end homes with basements listed for 7.8% less per square foot than those without; cellars sell better in Florida
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/15317-why-a-basement-can-hurt-the-price-of-a-luxury-home
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Michael Jackson’s ‘Neverland’ Estate Courts Chinese Buyers
The King of Pop’s former California home is currently available for $100 million
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/15238-michael-jackson%25E2%2580%2599s-‘neverland’-estate-courts-chinese-buyers
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US still favored by Chinese property-buyers
the Chinese are in the top five of international property investors in 46 of the 50 states and listed St. Louis, Gainesville, Florida, and Seattle as “up and coming” areas.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2015-11/17/content_22478087.htm
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October Existing-Home Sales
NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that the housing market sales pace slowed down from last month, as October’s existing-home sales reach the 5.36 million seasonally adjusted annual rate.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/11/30/october-existing-home-sales/
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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Pending Home Sales Nudge Forward in October
Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in October, but shifted marginally higher after two straight months of declines
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/11/pending-home-sales-nudge-forward-in-october
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First historic home at Fort Lawton sells for just over $1M
The first of 26 renovated historic homes at Fort Lawton in Discovery Park was just sold. If the price seems steep for an old three-bedroom house, the buyer notes that “you get the 534-acre park for free.”
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/first-historic-home-at-ft-lawton-sells-for-just-over-1m/
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Chinese Cash Floods U.S. Housing Market
Some of the Chinese money pouring into the global economy has gone into residential property, in major American cities
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/business/international/chinese-cash-floods-us-real-estate-market.html
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The Roots of China’s Real Estate Rush
Chinese money is reshaping real estate markets, as companies and individuals snap up commercial and residential properties.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/23/business/china-factor-real-estate.html
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American Homes 4 Rent to Merge With Rival
The combination with American Residential Properties will own more than 47,000 homes in the United States.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/business/dealbook/american-homes-4-rent-to-merge-with-rival.html
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HUD Homes at Half Price
A little-known program allows police officers, teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to buy certain homes for half price. But financing comes with some strings attached.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/realestate/hud-homes-at-half-price.html
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Apartment sales cruise past $2B, head into the record-breaking home stretch
The Portland apartment sales market already broke a dollar amount record for the year back at the end of September, but the pace toward $2.3 billion marches on even after a lighter October.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/12/apartment-sales-cruise-past-2b-head-into-the.html
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20 of The World’s Most Expensive Billionaire Homes
You won’t believe the price tags on these luxurious homes! See how Billionaires live in the Forbes list of top 20 most expensive homes!
http://www3.forbes.com/business/the-worlds-most-expensive-billionaire-homes/
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By not downsizing, baby boomers help clog up the real estate pipeline
They rocked at Woodstock, marched in protest on campus, distrusted authority and then, as adults, took out mortgages and bought lots of real estate. But now, some economists say, baby boomers aren’t selling their houses as earlier generations did
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/new-disclosure-rules-for-mortgages-prove-to-be-a-headache-but-not-for-all/2015/11/24/ceee79bc-9210-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html
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New disclosure rules for mortgages prove to be a headache, but not for all
How are home closings going nearly two months after the new federal real-estate disclosure rules took effect?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/new-disclosure-rules-for-mortgages-prove-to-be-a-headache-but-not-for-all/2015/11/24/ceee79bc-9210-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else”.

–Albert Einstein
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Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report
Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report, the most extensive home price comparison tool in the United States. The annual report includes market data for more than 2,700 real estate markets nationwide, analyzing more than 81,000 similar-sized four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes
https://www.coldwellbanker.com/hlr/2015
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Which city has the best housing deals?
Along with the housing recovery has come a steep climb in home values and ever-weakening affordability.
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/10/which-city-has-the-best-housing-deals.html
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Here’s How Much You Need To Save For A Down Payment In America’s Biggest Cities
Long before you can buy a house and say farewell to landlords for good, you have to save up for a down payment.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurengensler/2015/11/11/home-ownership-down-payment-us-cities/
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Mortgage rates pushed upward following strong employment data
Mortgage rates continued to move higher in anticipation of a Federal Reserve rate hike next month, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/where-we-live/wp/2015/11/12/mortgage-rates-pushed-upward-following-strong-employment-data/
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New rules for lenders seem to be raising costs for mortgage customers
It has been barely two weeks since the nationwide changeover in mortgage and settlement procedures took effect, but early results are trickling in: Lenders and brokers say just about everything is taking longer, and the costs to home buyers are moving up.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/new-rules-for-lenders-seem-to-be-raising-costs-for-mortgage-customers/2015/10/13/676d44b4-70f3-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html
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Home Sales Profits Up While Appreciation Slows Down: RealtyTrac
Profits on home sales reached their highest point in eight years in the third quarter despite a slowing-down of appreciation rates, according to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Home Sales Report.
http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/origination/home-sales-profits-up-while-appreciation-slows-down-realtytrac-1065370-1.html
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Home-Price Growth Cooled a Bit This Summer, Realtors Say
Home-price growth cooled during the height of the summer, according to a report released Thursday, an indication that the market will improve at a more modest clip in the latter half of the year
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/11/12/home-price-growth-cooled-a-bit-this-summer-realtors-say/
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Fannie Mae: Consumer confidence in housing market fell in October
Survey results show that consumers felt September was better market
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35562-fannie-mae-consumer-confidence-in-housing-market-fell-in-october
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Zillow Group ‘significantly exceeds’ own expectations, sees revenue grow 13%
But records net loss of $21.4 million
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35522-zillow-group-significantly-exceeds-own-expectations-sees-revenue-grow-13
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Airbnb vows to crack down on speculators who may drive up housing costs
Airbnb, fresh off waging — and winning — a political brawl in San Francisco last week, struck a more conciliatory tone on Wednesday with the cities where its fast-growing home-sharing service has blurred the lines between the hotel and housing markets
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/12/airbnb-vows-to-crack-down-on-speculators-who-may-drive-up-housing-costs/
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A Record Share of Young Women Are Living at Home
The Great Recession nudged many millennials back to their parents’ homes, but a new analysis from the Pew Research Center shows the shift has been especially pronounced for young women.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/11/11/a-record-share-of-young-women-are-living-at-home/
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Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents, But Not As Much As (Or Why) You Think
Young Americans are living with their parents in greater numbers, but don’t blame the economy or housing costs. Blame student loans.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/29/young-adults-are-living-with-their-parents-but-not-as-much-as-or-why-you-think/
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Cashing in on Home Equity
Rising home prices are raising equity levels, and homeowners are cashing in on these gains.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/realestate/cashing-in-on-home-equity.html
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Stronger Dollar Emboldens More Americans to Seek European Dream Home
The dollar’s climb against the euro, combined with listless prices in some European markets, has led to a sharp rise in Americans seeking a second home on the Continent.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/your-money/stronger-dollar-emboldens-more-americans-to-seek-european-dream-home.html
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America’s Most Glamorous Trailer Park
In Malibu, Paradise Cove has million-dollar views, hip residents and a location on one of the world’s most iconic beaches.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/t-magazine/paradise-cove-malibu-million-dollar-trailer-parks.html
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Existing-Home Sales on Track for Further Expansion in 2016
Following the housing market’s best year since the recession, existing-home sales are expected to increase in 2016 at a moderate pace; although affordability pressures from inventory shortages and rising mortgage rates could slow the potential for even stronger sales momentum, according to an economic forecast forum here at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/11/existing-home-sales-on-track-for-further-expansion-in-2016
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How Parents Can Help With Jumbo Mortgages
It’s one thing to ask mom and dad to co-sign a car loan. Getting them to co-sign a jumbo mortgage is a tougher sell all around.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-parents-can-help-with-a-home-loan-1447342246
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The Parking Premium: How Mega-Size Garages Affect Home Prices
Asking prices rise with the number of parking spots, but not all spaces are created equal
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-parking-premium-how-mega-size-garages-affect-home-prices-1447343924
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Charlton Heston’s Midcentury Modern Home Goes on the Market
The ‘Ben-Hur’ star built the Los Angeles home in the late 1950s, and lived there until his death in 2008.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/charlton-hestons-midcentury-modern-home-goes-on-the-market-1447428436
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These are the best-educated neighborhoods in Washington state
Washington’s best-educated neighborhoods aren’t always the most prosperous. And they’re not all in the Puget Sound region, either.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/11/these-are-the-best-educated-neighborhoods-in.html
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It’s Back: (Second) Most Expensive Home Relisted at $159 Million
It’s natural to wonder what you get when you buy a $159 million house.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/betsyschiffman/2015/11/11/its-back-florida-home-relisted-at-159m/
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Most expensive neighborhoods in Washington state to buy a home
There’s one Washington state city where home prices are so high, they rank in the top 25 highest in the country.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/11/these-are-the-top-10-most-expensive-washington.html
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Micro Living: How One Woman Saved $300K By Moving Into An 84-Square Foot Home
For nearly a dozen years, she’s been pioneering a new kind of American dream by dumping her possessions and moving into a 84 square foot trailer
http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethharris/2015/11/11/how-to-fix-an-ailing-heart-try-12-years-in-an-84-square-foot-house/
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx
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Home Prices Are Rising Faster Than You Think
However, the price changes that matter – the real or inflation adjusted changes – may be higher than many suspect. Backing out inflation, as shown in the chart, gives real increases averaging 6.3% annually
http://www.housingviews.com/2015/10/19/home-prices-are-rising-faster-than-you-think/
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Home-Loan Borrowers Bypass the Banks
Almost half of home-purchase loans now come from independent mortgage companies, which say they can offer faster, cheaper loans.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/home-loan-borrowers-bypass-the-banks-1446651048
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Luxury Homes With Nature Preserves
Some developers are dedicating part of their land to nature preserves, hoping to draw in people with a passion for the environment and the outdoors
http://www.wsj.com/video/luxury-homes-with-nature-preserves/455D8DB2-B93E-4665-80D7-7CFF3EBD9F4F.html
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Number of First-Time Home Buyers Falls to Lowest Levels in Three Decades
Figure represents third straight annual decline and lowest percentage since 1987
http://www.wsj.com/articles/number-of-first-time-home-buyers-falls-to-lowest-levels-in-three-decades-1446735604
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.”

—Sidney Sheldon
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Real Estate Agents: Still Primary Source for Homes
New NAR data from the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows that the first step in the buying process is to look online
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/11/06/real-estate-agents-still-primary-source-for-homes/
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How a Slow 4Q Could Help Title Insurers with TRID
Title insurers are bracing for a bumpy fourth quarter due to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new mortgage disclosure rules. But the timing of the regulation might actually help get the short-term pains out of the way during what’s typically a slower period of mortgage activity
http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/origination/how-a-slow-4q-could-help-title-insurers-with-trid-1065374-1.html
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Home Sales Profits Up While Appreciation Slows Down: RealtyTrac
Profits on home sales reached their highest point in eight years in the third quarter despite a slowing-down of appreciation rates, according to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Home Sales Report.
http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/origination/home-sales-profits-up-while-appreciation-slows-down-realtytrac-1065370-1.html
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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage jumps to 3.87 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose sharply this week amid growing expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/average-us-rate-on-30-year-mortgage-jumps-to-3-87-percent/
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The Best Place to Own a Home IN AMERICA
The Best Place To Own A Home In America survey polled a representative sample of 10,007 US homeowners across a variety of dimensions including safety, climate, commute times, access to education, taxes, real estate trends and more to gauge homeowners’ sentiment about the cities and communities where they live.
https://porch.com/best-place-to-own-a-home
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Economic opportunity lands Seattle at No. 10 best city to own a home
Seattle’s booming economy isn’t just good for employment and companies that do business here.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/11/economic-opportunity-lands-seattle-at-no-10-best.html?iana=ind_rre
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The Affordable Wonder of Laser-Cut Décor
Newly precise, efficient and accessible laser-cutting technology is bringing once stratospherically priced home-décor ornamentation down to earth
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-affordable-wonder-of-laser-cut-decor-1446753349
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The $1 Million Aquarium: Customized Fish Tanks as Home Décor
Some homeowners like their art underwater, putting in luxury aquariums with ‘aquascapes’ that re-create a rainforest or a favorite dive
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-1-million-aquarium-customized-fish-tanks-as-home-decor-1446741562
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On Friday, the First Thing We Do, Let’s Love All the Lawyers
Attorneys court recognition, but will they find suitors?
http://www.wsj.com/articles/on-friday-the-first-thing-we-do-lets-love-all-the-lawyers-1446774232
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First-time Buyers Fall Again in NAR Annual Buyer and Seller Survey
The share of first–time buyers declined for the third consecutive year and remained at its lowest point in nearly three decades as the overall strengthening pace of home sales over the past year was driven more by repeat buyers with dual incomes, according to an annual survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/11/first-time-buyers-fall-again-in-nar-annual-buyer-and-seller-survey
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Existing-Home Sales Regain Momentum in September
Existing–home sales rebounded strongly in September following August’s decline and have now increased year–over–year for 12 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions experienced sales gains in September.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/10/existing-home-sales-regain-momentum-in-september
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2016 NAR Statistical News Release Schedule
All releases at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. This schedule is also available in .pdf format.
http://www.realtor.org/newsroom/2016-nar-statistical-news-release-schedule
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Infographic: 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
The information in this infographic is from the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
http://www.realtor.org/infographics/infographic-2015-profile-of-home-buyers-and-sellers
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6 steps for increasing value through customer diagnosis
Conducting a good customer diagnosis upfront earns trust, uncovers business opportunities, ensures the right solution is being used to achieve the customer’s objectives and increases customer satisfaction.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/how-to/marketing/2015/11/increasing-value-through-customer-diagnosis.html
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Metro Portland region foreclosure rates continue on the same path
Homeowners in the Portland metro region continue to see lower rates of foreclosure than the rest of the nation.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/11/metro-portland-region-foreclosure-rates-continue.html
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Researchers find oddity in Northwest’s greatest earthquake threat
Hey Pacific Northwest, meet Gorda — the newest threat to your peace of mind.
http://www.seattlepi.com/science/article/Researchers-find-oddity-in-Northwest-s-greatest-6613012.php
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Neil Young lists Hawaiian estate for $24.5 million
Neil Young’s piece of paradise could be yours– if you’ve got $24.5M: his gorgeous estate now joins a growing number of extremely high-end properties for sale in Hawaii.
http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Neil-Young-lists-Hawaiian-estate-for-24-5-million-6476455.php
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Watch People in Other Industries React Hilariously to Being Asked for Free Spec Work
People in other industries don’t provide their would-be clients with “spec work” for free. That would be asinine. So, why do advertising agencies continue to do it?
http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/watch-people-other-industries-react-hilariously-being-asked-free-spec-work-167945
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Highlights From the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
This annual survey conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® of recent home buyers and sellers provides insight into detailed information about their experiences with this important transaction. Here are highlights from the latest report.
http://www.realtor.org/reports/highlights-from-the-2015-profile-of-home-buyers-and-sellers
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Home Buyers Getting Older, Wealthier
Jessica Lautz, NAR’s Director of Survey Research and Communications, discusses the findings from the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJqWN92UFDM
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CoreLogic Home Price Insights
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/corelogic-home-price-insights.aspx?
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Home Prices Are Rising Faster Than You Think
However, the price changes that matter – the real or inflation adjusted changes – may be higher than many suspect. Backing out inflation, as shown in the chart, gives real increases averaging 6.3% annually
http://www.housingviews.com/2015/10/19/home-prices-are-rising-faster-than-you-think/?
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Home-Loan Borrowers Bypass the Banks
Almost half of home-purchase loans now come from independent mortgage companies, which say they can offer faster, cheaper loans.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/home-loan-borrowers-bypass-the-banks-1446651048
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Luxury Homes With Nature Preserves
Some developers are dedicating part of their land to nature preserves, hoping to draw in people with a passion for the environment and the outdoors
http://www.wsj.com/video/luxury-homes-with-nature-preserves/455D8DB2-B93E-4665-80D7-7CFF3EBD9F4F.html
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Number of First-Time Home Buyers Falls to Lowest Levels in Three Decades
Figure represents third straight annual decline and lowest percentage since 1987
http://www.wsj.com/articles/number-of-first-time-home-buyers-falls-to-lowest-levels-in-three-decades-1446735604
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

–Anne Frank
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Morning MoneyBeat Asia: U.S. Stocks Rally as Rate-Hike Odds Fall
U.S. stocks on Thursday took back the losses from Wednesday, and then some, jumping sharply as the latest economic data bolstered the supposition that the Federal Reserve is out of the rate-hike game this year.
http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2015/10/15/morning-moneybeat-asia-u-s-stocks-rally-as-rate-hike-odds-fall/
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Why Private Real Estate Investing Beats Publicly Traded REITs
The U.S. Census Bureau says 40 million Americans are past the traditional retirement age and that figure is expected to double over the next few decades. Ajay Gupta, CEO of Gupta Wealth Management, said these people are going to need someplace to live and supply has not kept up.
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13318171/1/why-private-real-estate-investing-beats-publicly-traded-reits.html
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Why Millennials Are Having a Tough Time Buying A Home
Here’s a conundrum – younger U.S. adults want to buy a house, but barriers keep getting in the way of them actually buying a new home.
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13307367/1/why-millennials-are-having-a-tough-time-buying-a-home.html
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Retirees Are Feeling the Financial Burden of Rent
The report out of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies is a gusher of bad news about apartment rentals, and the worst news is about the grim future that awaits senior citizens living on fixed incomes.
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13321454/1/retirees-are-feeling-the-financial-burden-of-rent.html
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Should Millennials Rent or Buy?
It’s the American dream to own a house, but this isn’t the case for most Millennials. Increasingly Millennials are putting off owning a house and instead are choosing to rent.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2015/10/01/should-millennials-rent-or-buy/
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Applications for Purchase Mortgages
Applications for purchase mortgages tumbled 34.1 percent for the week ending October 9th after surging 27.4 percent in the prior week, but the 4-week moving average remains strong
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/10/14/applications-for-purchase-mortgages-2/
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Latest Consumer Price Inflation (September 2015)
Though the headline shows no inflation, rents are now rising at the fastest pace in 7 years. Moreover egg prices are up 37 percent from one year ago. The lower gasoline prices are in essence masking much of inflationary pressures from other items.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/10/15/latest-consumer-price-inflation-september-2015/
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Americans Think Homeownership is a Sound Investment
A vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/10/americans-think-homeownership-is-a-sound-investment
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Real Estate in a Digital Age
Like the rest of the world, real estate has gone digital. This report takes a look at how buyers use technology to search for homes and how REALTORS® use technology to get ahead.
http://www.realtor.org/reports/real-estate-in-a-digital-age
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Real Insight Podcast, Volume 1: Urbanization
Urban populations are growing faster than ever. According to the United Nations, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050.
https://soundcloud.com/narpodcasts/real-insight-podcast-volume-1-urbanization
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[Study] Zillow rules real estate web traffic but lists far fewer properties
Quality, depth of Zillow’s non-MLS data in key markets questioned
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35257-study-zillow-rules-real-estate-web-traffic-but-lists-far-fewer-properties
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Misplaced fears about homeownership
Following the financial crisis of the late 2000s, experts have frequently predicted that housing can never reach its pre-crash peak
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/257044-misplaced-fears-about-homeownership
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Most U.S. Investors Say Area Housing Prices Are Rising
Six in 10 investors say local housing prices on the rise
Large, small investors say homeowning an important investment
http://www.gallup.com/poll/185957/investors-say-area-housing-prices-rising.aspx
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Mortgage rates wander higher but appear headed down again
Mortgage rates wandered higher this week, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac. But they soon may be headed back down again.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/where-we-live/wp/2015/10/15/mortgage-rates-wander-higher-but-appear-headed-down-again/
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Want a discount on a house? Drive way out of town
As millennials and active baby boomers flock to urban cores, embracing shared cars and bicycles, the discount for living farther away from town is growing.
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/13/want-a-discount-on-a-house-drive-way-out-of-town.html
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New rules for lenders seem to be raising costs for mortgage customers
It has been barely two weeks since the nationwide changeover in mortgage and settlement procedures took effect, but early results are trickling in: Lenders and brokers say just about everything is taking longer, and the costs to home buyers are moving up.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/new-rules-for-lenders-seem-to-be-raising-costs-for-mortgage-customers/2015/10/13/676d44b4-70f3-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html
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Construction Workers ‘Left the Business and They Didn’t Come Back’
Home builders are facing delays and rising costs as they struggle to find enough construction workers.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/10/13/construction-workers-left-the-business-and-they-didnt-come-back/
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11 reasons why Oregon’s a better place to live than Washington
With the Ducks and Beavers getting ready for Saturday’s Pac-12 football showdowns against the Huskies and Cougars, we saw the perfect opening to remind everyone why Oregon is a better
http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/10/ducks_vs_huskies_11_reasons_wh.html#0
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12 reasons why living in Washington is better than living in Oregon
In honor of Saturday’s big Oregon-Washington rivalry football games, here’s some good-spirited competition. Washington is the better state, after all.
http://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/12-reasons-why-living-in-washington-is-better-than-living-in-oregon/
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How to Finance Your Own Vineyard
Those who dream of making their own private-label wine will face tighter loan requirements and higher interest rates.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-finance-your-own-vineyard-1444833571
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The housing-market bulls could have the story wrong
The comeback of the US housing market has been one of the most bullish themes of the post-financial-crisis era
http://www.businessinsider.com/housing-market-is-worse-than-you-think-2015-10
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Advocates push city of Seattle to use orphan properties for affordable housing
The city of Seattle owns 210 properties deemed surplus, excess or underutilized. Some say the city should use these for affordable housing.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/advocates-push-city-of-seattle-to-use-orphan-properties-for-affordable-housing/
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Portland’s a terrific value. Will it last?
Portland has long had a cost advantage over Seattle and San Francisco. Most big-ticket items — from home prices to office leases to child care — are more affordable in Portland
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2015/10/16/cover-story-portland-s-a-terrific-value-will-it.html
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Live near your job? It’ll cost you
Housing near Seattle employers is beyond the reach of many workers
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2015/10/16/live-near-your-job-itll-cost-you.html

Info Graphic:
http://media.bizj.us/view/img/7336772/101615average-rent-and-companies-maps*xx.jpg
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Priced Out of Dallas — And Other Real Estate Embarrassments
Rents for a one-bedroom in core Seattle now are around $2,000 monthly
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13327555/1/priced-out-of-dallas-and-other-real-estate-embarrassments.html
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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TRID pushes industry into digital mortgages
eMortgages are the obvious choice
http://www.housingwire.com/blogs/1-rewired/post/35265-trid-pushes-industry-into-digital-mortgages
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Home prices rose 6.9% annually in August
Forecasts calls for 4.3% growth by August 2016
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35269-corelogic-home-prices-rose-69-annually-in-august
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The Challenges of Selling a Hollywood Home
In Los Angeles, an abode that has housed generations of Hollywood legends can be the ultimate status symbol, but there are complications when it is time to sell
http://www.wsj.com/articles/hollywood-homes-with-star-power-1444314649
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Tips for Tax-Savvy Homeowners
With nearly three months left in 2015, jumbo-mortgage borrowers can make tweaks to cut their tax bill in April
http://www.wsj.com/articles/tips-for-tax-savvy-homeowners-1444226991
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The 2015 Forbes 400: Big Spenders With An Eye On Big Real Estate
THE TOP property pickups for America’s wealthiest this year leaned (mostly) to the left coast. Drought, wildfires, earthquakes and zombie-like hordes of reality-TV stars notwithstanding, the enduring appeal of a 90210 Zip code shows no signs of waning.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/chloesorvino/2015/09/30/the-2015-forbes-400-big-spenders-with-an-eye-on-big-real-estate/
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7 Tax Tricks For Homeowners
“They think the market still has upside so they rent out their house for a few years, but if you haven’t used your principal residence for at least two of the five years prior to the sale, you lose the exclusion,”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleaebeling/2015/10/06/7-tax-tricks-for-homeowners/
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London Dominates The Global Luxury Property Market
When the super rich snap up luxury real estate, more often than not, London is their city of choice.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/10/07/london-dominates-the-global-luxury-property-market-infographic/
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Previews® Luxury Market Report Fall 2015
Up and out. These are the two general directions in which the luxury residential housing market appears to be heading in 2015, according to the latest Luxury Market Report published by Coldwell Banker Previews International
http://www.previewsinsideout.com/topic/real-estate-news/
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HOMES & ESTATES MAGAZINE
The ultimate guide to fine living around the globe
http://www.previewsinsideout.com/homes-estates-magazine/
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2015 Survey Exclusive: Wealth, Real Estate & the High-Net-Worth Investor
Coldwell Banker Previews International® commissioned from Ipsos MediaCT, 54% of HNW individuals say they plan to make a real estate investment this year, up from 48% in 2014. The report surveyed the wealthiest 1.5% of the U.S. population with an average net worth of $8.5 million, and their outlook on real estate was generally positive.
http://www.previewsinsideout.com/2015/10/2015-survey-exclusive-wealth-real-estate-the-high-net-worth-investor/
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BRED Mortgage: More Money in Your Pocket
Home buyers benefit from the ability to build equity in their home faster. Equity helps borrowers to refinance during an economic crisis, to save for a trade‐up purchase, to access a business loan, and to shape their retirements. The key is balancing equity with other home buyer priorities like affordability.
http://www.realtor.org/reports/bred-mortgage-more-money-in-your-pocket
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CoreLogic: Home prices rose 6.9% annually in August
Forecasts calls for 4.3% growth by August 2016
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35269-corelogic-home-prices-rose-69-annually-in-august
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Housing today: A ‘bubble larger than 2006’

Home prices are gaining steam again, fueled by tight supply amid growing demand.
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/06/housing-today-a-bubble-larger-than-2006.html
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Most U.S. Investors Say Area Housing Prices Are Rising
Six in 10 investors say local housing prices on the rise
Large, small investors say homeowning an important investment
http://www.gallup.com/poll/185957/investors-say-area-housing-prices-rising.aspx
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Presidential hopefuls, housing experts attack housing crisis
Presidential candidates from both parties will join New Hampshire officials and national experts for a major housing summit on Friday, Oct. 16, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35308-presidential-hopefuls-housing-experts-attack-housing-crisis
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Baby Boomers Lead Recent Household Formation
The United States Census Bureau compiles data on households through the Current Population Survey, a joint project with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Based on the latest data, there were 124.5 million households in the U.S. in 2015. The number of households in 2015 was 0.5 percent higher than in 2014.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/09/25/baby-boomers-lead-recent-household-formation/
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Foot Traffic for September 2015
Foot traffic cooled in September relative to a year earlier.
https://magic.piktochart.com/output/8405508-foot-traffic-for-september-2015?sf13930751=1
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Bernanke: Housing industry overall is coming back
Oct. 06, 2015 – 4:02 – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the state of the housing market, economy and the job market.
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4535858186001/bernanke-housing-industry-overall-is-coming-back/?#sp=show-clips
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Facebook Reactions: 5 Questions Every Social Media Manager Wants Answered
When I first read about Facebook’s new dislike button, I was understandably concerned. I could think of hundreds of ways Facebook might get it wrong
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/facebook-reactions-reaction-amanda-mitchell
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Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Rising To 3% in 2017 After Zilch In 2016
Inflation is lurking. The plunge in gasoline prices hid many inflationary pressures, but by December of this year and in 2016, the lower gasoline prices will no longer work their magic in covering up inflation.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrenceyun/2015/10/05/cost-of-living-adjustment-rising-to-3-in-2017-after-zilch-in-2016/
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Economic Forecasting Survey
GDP (quarterly)
http://projects.wsj.com/econforecast/#ind=gdp&r=20
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Strong Demand from Baby Boomers to Continue to Drive Multifamily Home Construction:
In a presentation at a REALTOR® University Speaker Series held recently,[1] Dr. Jordan Rappaport, Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, discussed the demographic trends and preferences of millennials and baby boomers that has driven multifamily housing demand since 2000 and in the coming decades.
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/09/22/strong-demand-from-baby-boomers-to-continue-to-drive-multifamily-home-construction/
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REALTORS® Expect Price Growth Moderate in Next 12 Months
REALTORS® who responded to the August 2015 survey expected prices to increase by 3.5 percent over the next 12 months (3.6 percent in July 2015; 3.5 percent in August 2014): August 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/10/05/realtors-expect-price-growth-moderate-in-next-12-months/
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This tech worker chose Seattle over San Francisco despite $35k difference in pay
Tech professional Jenn Steele was living in Silicon Valley earlier this year when she got two job offers: one in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Seattle
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/10/this-tech-worker-chose-seattle-over-san-francisco.html?iana=ind_rre

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/seattles-population-boom-approaching-gold-rush-numbers/
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Chinese money flows into US housing
From sunny suburban developments in Irvine, California, to shiny new condominium towers overlooking Manhattan’s skyline, Chinese buyers are sinking cash into U.S. residential real estate.
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/06/chinese-money-flows-into-us-housing.html
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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A Fresh Batch of Housing Market Forecasts and Predictions for 2016
The U.S. housing market had a strong year in 2015, and next year could bring more of the same. But we probably won’t see as many double-digit home price gains in 2015, like we did this year.
http://www.homebuyinginstitute.com/news/fresh-batch-housing-predictions-679/
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What to Know About the New Mortgage Forms
New rules help borrowers compare home loans and see the total cost before closing
http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-to-know-about-the-new-mortgage-forms-1443623646
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U.S. home prices rose 5% in July
Home prices in the United States rose at a solid pace in July, as would-be buyers competed for a diminished supply of available housing.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/business/economy/us-home-prices-rose-5-in-july.html?_r=1
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In U.S. home prices, an east-west divide
Recent indicators released about the strength of the housing market have been all over the map. In some cases, quite literally.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/09/29/in-u-s-home-prices-an-east-west-divide/_
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Young buyers want to live in the ‘burbs
The housing market is slowly gaining strength after the ravages of the Great Recession. Home prices are rising across the country, and both home sales and housing starts are up year-over-year. Home-builders are gradually gaining confidence, in part because of anticipated growth in the first-time homebuyer market.
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/young-buyers-want-live-burbs
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10 cities where home prices hit record highs
Hipsters are moving in — and prices are going up. In the Portland area, which includes Beaverton and Vancouver, average home prices have risen more than 27% in the past three years, hitting a median of more than $319,000
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-cities-where-home-prices-hit-record-highs-2015-09-28
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Q&A: Zillow Economist Says Fed Move Could Cool Hot Housing Markets
The Federal Reserve might accomplish something in San Francisco that otherwise seemed impossible in recent years: cool down the hot housing market.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/09/28/qa-zillow-economist-says-fed-move-could-cool-hot-housing-markets/
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30% of homes lost value over the last year
Across 35 metro areas lie dramatically different housing markets
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/30-of-homes-lost-their-value-over-the-last-year-2015-10-01?dist=beforebell
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New Mortgage Rules May Spark Delays, Frustration
Effective Oct. 3, regulations aim to protect consumers, but they prompt concerns in industry
http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-mortgage-rules-may-spark-delays-frustration-1443519000
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TRID start date is looming large over mortgage lenders
As the clock ticked down to Saturday’s deadline for the start of the new TRID consumer-disclosure rules, mortgage trade groups continued to lobby for more time.
http://www.scotsmanguide.com/News/2015/09/TRID-start-date-is-looming-large-over-mortgage-lenders/
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Mortgage rates hold steady
A government shutdown was averted. The Federal Reserve stood pat on interest rates. The two events expected to rock the mortgage market never came to fruition. As a result, home loan rates barely budged this week, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/where-we-live/wp/2015/10/01/mortgage-rates-hold-steady-5/
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Out-of-Control Weeds Aren’t Free Speech, Says Judge
A plaintiff sued Chicago over an ordinance allowing the city to fine anyone who lets very tall weeds take over their yard anywhere from $600 to $1,200.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/weeds-arent-first-amendment-right-says-judge.html#
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The White House fights back to save CFPB
3 deals the president wants to protect
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/35221-the-white-house-fights-back-to-save-cfpb
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Luxury Housing Markets With the Best, and Worst, Air Quality
Relative to other parts of the country, some areas of California have the worst air quality
http://www.wsj.com/articles/luxury-markets-are-no-breath-of-fresh-air-1443630700
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Lust-Worthy Objects From the 2015 London Design Festival
From oxidizing pottery to colorful build-your-own pendant lamps, seven noteworthy pieces from the show
http://www.wsj.com/articles/lust-worthy-objects-from-the-2015-london-design-festival-1443716793
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Serious Art Lovers Design Homes Around Their Collections
Some homeowners are building houses to best showcase video installations and multimedia sculptures
http://www.wsj.com/articles/serious-art-lovers-design-homes-around-their-collections-1443706639
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A Basement Office That’s a Wonder Down Under
Working in a cellar every day could be drudgery—unless your subterranean office is the homiest room in the house. Here, advice on transforming a basement space from interior designer Tricia Foley
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-basement-office-thats-a-wonder-down-under-1443637894
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A Luxury House Divided
A new report finds that while luxury home sales are up across the U.S., property prices have fallen flat
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/10770-a-luxury-house-divided
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Coldwell Banker Lists the Estate at Kings Point for $100 Million
The Estate at Kings Point, a palatial Long Island estate on a gated, eight-acre waterfront compound, is now listed for $100 million.
http://www.californiahome.me/2015/09/coldwell-banker-lists-estate-kings-point-100-million/
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Meet the Hipster Real Estate Developers Building for Millennials
Young real estate developers are using young investors’ money to put young people in young neighborhoods
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-30/meet-the-hipster-real-estate-developers-building-for-millennials
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Apartment Market Boom Levels Out, Data Indicate
Increasing supply sent vacancy rate higher in third quarter
http://www.wsj.com/articles/apartment-market-boom-levels-out-data-indicate-1443756660
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Seattle’s population boom approaching Gold Rush numbers
Driven by tech hiring — particularly by Amazon — the city’s growth is as fast as it’s ever been.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/seattles-population-boom-approaching-gold-rush-numbers/
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The Negotiation Dance
Effective give-and-take communication requires sensitivity and certain formalities. Here’s how to keep a solid deal from derailing.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/feature/article/2015/09/negotiation-dance
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”

~ Anton Chekhov
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Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project: The Story of Owen & Haatchi
Here it is. The amazing story of a boy and his adopted dog as seen at the Chicago Theater as part of the opening of the Generation Blue Experience. Congrats to all for your helping in achieving our goal of finding homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs in 2015!
https://youtu.be/U4-pN7TfPnQ

We’ve teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, to help 20,000 adoptable dogs find a loving home this year.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/adoptapet/
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Top 100 Best Places to Live
Bellevue #2, Ashland 18, Olympia #20, Kirkland 25, Corvallis 38, Bend 53, We ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 to come up with our third annual Top 100 Best Places to Live. This is a data-driven list based on more than 40 data points.
http://www.livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2016
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Forget Smart Home. The “Thoughtful Home” is the Future
How the tech in our home makes us feel is the key to the home of the future.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/forget-smart-home-the-thoughtful-home-is-the-future/
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Frothy, yes, but don’t call it a housing bubble
Home prices are overheating again. In fact, twice as many metropolitan markets were considered “overvalued” in the second quarter of this year as compared to the first three months, according to a new report from CoreLogic
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/15/frothy-yes-but-dont-call-it-a-housing-bubble.html
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7 Amazing Garage Remodel Ideas to Make it More than a Storage Space
Not parking your car in the garage? Then consider transforming it with one of these garage remodel ideas!
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/7-amazing-garage-remodel-ideas-to-make-it-more-than-a-storage-space/
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The Best Day of the Year to Buy a Home
Out of 109 Metro Areas Analyzed, 37 Had Their Best Day to Buy in the Fall Months of September, October and November
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-day-buy-home-174709617.html
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Some Great Reasons to Keep Your Home On The Market This Fall
With Halloween almost here and thoughts of the Holidays now entering our minds, there is often a tendency among sellers at around this time to assume that their chances of a sale this side of Christmas are diminishing. Some will even temporarily leave the market on this assumption.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141029153253-11118696-some-great-reasons-to-keep-your-home-on-the-market-this-fall
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Homes With Smokin’ Hot Kitchens
Inside the kitchens of listings in Australia, Italy and California.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/homes-with-smokin-hot-kitchens-1442412411
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Priciest housing markets getting further out of reach
Fewer median home buyers can afford houses in the least affordable cities
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/17/priciest-housing-markets-getting-further-out-of-reach.html
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Mouth-Watering Kitchens
As part of our annual Foodie Home issue, we’ve cooked up a collection of delicious kitchens from the pages of Mansion in The Wall Street Journal.
http://graphics.wsj.com/image-grid/kitchens-luxury-homes/
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Cabins, the New American Dream
According to legend, the humble dwellings are ideal launchpads for remarkable lives, but lately they’ve become homes to aspire to.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/t-magazine/cabin-homes-new-american-dream.html
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The Fed did nothing. What now?
The Federal Reserve once again sat tight and left interest rates near zero — where they have been since December 2008. Maybe the Fed’s favorite indie rock band is The Hold Steady?
http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/15/investing/federal-reserve-janet-yellen-house-testimony/index.html
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The Housing Market’s Chicken-Or-Egg Conundrum
These days, it’s the homebuyer. Yesterday, the Federal Reserve kept a lid on interest rates, citing the housing market’s slow recovery as one cause for concern. Chair Janet Yellen said housing is “very depressed” and “demand for housing should be there.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/redfin/2015/09/18/the-housing-markets-chicken-or-egg-conundrum/
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Yellen still thinks Fed will raise rates this year
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is still doing her best impersonation of someone at NASA’s Mission Control. She’s preparing the market for an eventual liftoff for interest rates.
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/11/consumers-may-have-just-killed-a-sept-rate-hike.html
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Federal Reserve opts to keep interest rates near zero
FOMC’s ‘dot plot’ suggests one interest-rate hike before the end of the year
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-reserve-opts-to-keep-interest-rates-near-zero-2015-09-17
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Janet Yellen Sees a ‘Very Depressed’ Housing Market
The Fed chief noted that housing is a small but important sector of the economy
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-17/janet-yellen-sees-a-very-depressed-housing-market
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Getting a Marine Loan to Finance a Yacht Purchase
Borrowers looking to finance a $350,000-plus yacht often compare the application process to that of a jumbo mortgage.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/getting-a-marine-loan-to-finance-a-yacht-purchase-1442413980
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Here’s what home buyers are telling builders: Go big
Gourmet kitchens, a spacious master bathroom, an outdoor covered patio: These are all must-haves for a great house in the Puget Sound region, according to the most active home builders on our annual list.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/09/heres-what-home-buyers-are-telling-builders-go-big.html
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Rent control resolution fails to move through Seattle City Council
Seattle’s rising rents and home prices have generated much discussion and debate in the city over the past few years and recently, rent control has been presented as a possible solution to the issue.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/09/rent-control-resolution-fails-to-move-through.html ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Demolition debate hits Portland mayoral race as neighbors cling to Southeast trees

As Southeast Portland neighbors rally to save decades-old trees that a developer is considering knocking down for new housing units, the issue of residential demolition has landed squarely in the 2016 mayoral campaign
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/09/demolition-debate-hits-portland-mayoral-race-as.html
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Realtors® Help CFPB Director Cordray Unveil New Know Before You Owe Online
the CFPB rolled out a set of online tools to help consumers get better acquainted with what the Know Before You Owe initiative means for them
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/09/realtors-help-cfpb-director-cordray-unveil-new-know-before-you-owe-online-tools
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Real Estate in a Digital Age
This report takes a look at how buyers use technology to search for homes and how REALTORS® use technology to get ahead.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/09/home-buying-process-involves-greater-technology-realtor-use

See the Infographic!
http://www.realtor.org/infographics/real-estate-in-the-digital-age
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Urban Populations Are Growing Faster Than Ever
This infographic looks at the reasons for recent population growth in cities in the U.S.
http://www.realtor.org/infographics/urban-populations-are-growing-faster-than-ever
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August 2015 Foot Traffic
Foot traffic has a strong correlation with future contracts and home sales, so it can be viewed as a peek ahead at sales trends two to three months into the future. This infographic shows the latest index data along with trends and changes.
http://www.realtor.org/infographics/august-2015-foot-traffic
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Suit Accusing Dakota Co-op Board of Bias Against Blacks and Hispanics Fails
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/nyregion/suit-accusing-dakota-co-op-board-of-bias-against-blacks-and-hispanics-fails.html
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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU
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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311
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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm
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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/
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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html
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“This Weeks Links” are compiled by John Deely