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2011 Housing Pulse Survey

February 7, 2013: 

Fewer Americans are buying homes these days, but most believe now is a good time to try. What’s stopping them? They don’t have the money for a down payment or closing costs — and all the chatter from Washington, D.C., about requiring buyers to put 20 percent down makes many people fret they never will.

Proposals to eliminate the home mortgage interest deduction are equally troubling. Most people oppose eliminating the deduction and believe doing so would further damage the housing market and the overall economy.

The Pursuit of Affordable TODs

February 7, 2013: 

Communities are working to ensure affordable homeownership along transportation lines.

 

Emily Green enjoys being able to walk a few steps out of her condominium at Midtown Exchange in Minneapolis to hop on an express bus that gets her to downtown St. Paul in 35 minutes. When she gets home, she can pick up delicacies for dinner at one of the food stands in the Midtown Global Market, on the ground floor, and in the evening, Green can wheel out on a bicycle and pedal along the popular bike path across the street.

Building Community on a Small Scale and at a Slower Pace

February 6, 2013: 

With limited financing and consumers downsizing, small and slow is in when it comes to development today. Will it remain hot after the economy recovers?

 

Dan Camp purchased his first property in Starkville, Miss., in 1969, with a plan to build student housing. He had no idea he was beginning a 40-year process of transforming an entire neighborhood that once housed a cotton mill and housing for the mill’s workers.

Attracting Buyers through Realtor.com® International

February 5, 2013: 

Buyers from all over the world can browse U.S. listings in their own language, currency, and units of measurement…for free! This time last year, the Realtor.com® International site launched and it now attracts nearly one million unique international visitors each month. Linking to your listings on realtor.com/international is an excellent way to globalize your web site and allow these buyers the ease of browsing in the language most comfortable to them.

Design Decisions

February 5, 2013: 

If a website is visually attractive, most people will say it is well-designed. But in the world of website design, good looks are just a small part of the story. Visitors also want a good experience, meaning they don’t want to get frustrated finding or viewing whatever they came for.

Content Considerations

February 5, 2013: 

Back in 1996, Bill Gates first coined the term, “content is king.” Ever since, online marketers have debated the role of content in attracting website traffic. In recent times, however, changes to Google’s all-important ranking algorithms, along with the growing importance of mobile devices, have triggered renewed emphasis on the role of website content. And why not? Aren’t words the primary way humans communicate with one another? As a global agent, what steps can you take to make sure your site’s content is connecting with visitors?

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