REAL TRENDS Article Archive

  • FHFA Refinance Fee — Industry Fails To See Logic In New Fee

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    On August 13, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced it was implementing a 1.5% fee on the loan amount for the majority of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refinance loans. This did not sit well with the housing industry, for obvious reasons...

  • Global Growth: The Tiny House Movement

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    Defined as an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes, the tiny house movement is growing across the world. A tiny home is a residential structure under 400 square feet...

  • July Home Buyer Traffic Surges 60.7 Percent

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    July Home Buyer Traffic Surges 60.7 Percent — Buyer Demand Continues to Outstrip Supply Following Third Consecutive Month of Increasing Showing Traffic

  • COVID-19, Civil Unrest & The Economy

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    COVID-19, work-from-home mandates and civil unrest have created a perfect storm for our nation's major urban areas. A near total shutdown of economies due to COVID-19 has choked the vitality that has made urban areas so popular...

  • Findings From The Thousand And Americas' Best Real Estate Professionals

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    For the first time, we ranked teams in our reports by their size based on the number of licensed Realtors® they had on the team. Small teams had 2-5 members, medium teams had 6-10, and large teams had 11 or more. We've measured the relative production and productivity of these different-sizes teams and found some interesting data...

  • The Future Of Small Brokerage Firms

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    Are you stuck in no-man's land between being a selling/managing broker or just a managing broker? Here's some interesting insights...

  • Hottest Housing Market In Nearly 15 Years

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    Market trends continue to be positive, in part, due to telework. Look out: A slowdown may be coming.

  • Are Your Political Views Losing You Agents?

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    In today's tell-it-like-it-is society, are you alienating top agents because of your political and societal views?

  • Democrat And Republican Platforms — The Coming Storm

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    Independent contractors and franchiser-franchisee business relationships face potential challenges ahead.

  • Some Observations: What We Know And What We Don't

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    The uncertainty of the market has everyone confused about what to do next...