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Predictive Analytics Helping to Boost Real Estate Business

November 9, 2013: 

Predictive analytics, or evaluating and interpreting data to predict future outcomes and trends, is helping the real estate industry better understand transaction and market data and use it to benefit the industry, agents and consumers.

Political Experts Offer Divergent Views on Fannie, Freddie Reform

November 9, 2013: 

The contentious debate over the future of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration single-family mortgage insurance program may grow to a fever pitch in the coming months, but no meaningful Congressional action is in sight according to two of the nation’s leading housing finance policy experts.

NAR CEO Dale Stinton Joins DocuSign Board of Directors

November 9, 2013: 

NAR CEO Dale Stinton has joined the board of directors for DocuSign, the leading provider of e-signature transaction management solutions.

Flood Insurance Rate Uncertainty Has Far-reaching Effects on Real Estate Market

November 9, 2013: 

Uncertainty surrounding drastic increases in flood insurance premiums for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program is negatively impacting transactions and the nation’s real estate recovery.

NAR Data Show Realtor® Education Level Closely Tied to Income

November 9, 2013: 

There is a significant relationship between Realtors®’ educational attainment and their income level, according to panelists at today’s “Learn. Live. Lead. Lifelong Learning and Real Estate Success” forum during the 2013 REALTORS® Conference and Expo.

Overly Restrictive FHA Rules Making it Harder for Consumers to Buy, Sell Condos

November 9, 2013: 

While the Federal Housing Administration has loosened its condominium approval requirements in recent years, many properties continue to struggle to meet overly stringent criteria and the majority of properties are being denied.

Commercial Market Recovery Remains Uneven

November 8, 2013: 

While the overall commercial sector appears to be improving, Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said this isn’t the case in all parts of the market.

Federal Housing Administration Leaders Optimistic for Future

November 8, 2013: 

The Federal Housing Administration is at a critical crossroads, but with the best performing books of business in its 80-year history, FHA is prepared for the future.

Home Sales to Hold Steady in 2014, but Prices will Continue to Rise

November 8, 2013: 

Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, said existing-home sales have shown a 20 percent cumulative increase over the past two years, while prices have gained 18 percent, but incomes have risen only 2 to 4 percent in the same timeframe.

The Time is Now for Lawmakers, Real Estate Industry to Secure Future of Homeownership

November 8, 2013: 

The nation's housing markets gained traction in 2013, but lingering uncertainties will prevent a full housing market recovery, according to 2014 NAR President Steve Brown in a news conference today.

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