(Updated January 2013)
The financial and tax benefits of owning a home vs. renting are very clear. Home ownership also provides many benefits to the family, children and the community, such as increased education for children, lower teen-age pregnancy rate and a higher lifetime annual income for children, as discussed in the following articles and studies. (D. Winchester, Information Specialist)
Renting out a vacation home can offset the costs of this investment until retirement. But what happens when a community acts to restrict short-term rentals?
(Updated October 2013)
Interested in selling new homes? Learn about the latest market conditions, how to market new homes, and how to spot new home design trends. (C. Dodge, Information Specialist)
Learn about the various forms of seller financing – such as seller carry-back, lease options, installment sales – and what risks to avoid in this updated Field Guide.
(Updated February 2013)
Ever wonder who lived in your home before you? Would you know how to find out? If your home is a landmark or if it housed a famous resident you may already know its history. Others require more effort and research. This field guide will get you started and also provide information on architectural styles of homes in the United States. (R. Carlson, Information Specialist)
You can't afford to miss this Field Guide if you're planning a home improvement or restoration project.
Home buyers face unprecedented hurdles in qualifying for a mortgage in today’s market, but getting a loan is possible for those who know how to overcome the obstacles, according to a presentation on Cracking the Credit Code at the 2011 Realtors® Conference & Expo.
A diverse set of buyers and property types comprise the second-home sector and opportunities for second-home buyers exist in nearly every market, even in nontraditional, non-resort markets.
Accurate home appraisal valuations are vital in today’s market; inaccurate appraisals can slow down or even cancel a home sale. Today Realtors® and other real estate experts gathered at the “Appraisals: What You Absolutely Need to Know” forum during the Realtors® Conference & Expo to address this pressing issue.
NAR provides these local reports on international transactions to give an overview of the real estate markets on a state-by-state basis as well as information on economic activity.