Sea of homes image via Shutterstock. Fewer homes for sale in most markets

Fewer homes for sale in most markets

The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com was down 2.7 percent from a year ago in September, to 1.87 million, as inventories fell in 60 percent of 144 markets tracked, according to statistics released today. Seasonal factors contributed to a...
By Inman News | Monday, October 20, 2014
red_door2 11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

Did you know about New York's bizarre seller disclosures or who owns the world's most lucrative commercial real estate portfolio? Prepare to get your mind blown ......
By Seth Williams | Monday, October 20, 2014
red_door2 11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

Did you know about New York's bizarre seller disclosures or who owns the world's most lucrative commercial real estate portfolio? Prepare to get your mind blown ......
By Seth Williams | Monday, October 20, 2014
Cleared for takeoff image via Shutterstock. Europe's predicament puts Fed in a pickle

Europe's predicament puts Fed in a pickle

The ride wild in stock markets this week was not about the U.S. economy or mortgage rates, which are just about back to where they were before the circus. Pay as little attention as possible to the stock market. It enjoyed a one-way rally for three y...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, October 17, 2014
Bear market image via Shutterstock. Stock plunge a threat to housing

Stock plunge a threat to housing

While most Americans have two parts to their investment portfolio — their homes and their stocks — they are knitted together in critical ways. Which is why the current stock market plunge may already be hurting consumer confidence when it...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 8 percent from its 52-week high in the last week. Falling stocks mean cheaper mortgages. But what's the big picture for housing?

Falling stocks mean cheaper mortgages. But what's the big picture for housing?

The big sell-off in stocks that began last week has already sent mortgage rates plummeting, but so far that’s only translated into more demand for refinancings. The bigger questions for housing markets are whether stock market volatility will u...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Euro in peril image via Shutterstock. Gathering storm overseas taking mortgage rates down

Gathering storm overseas taking mortgage rates down

The financial world is back on a familiar precipice: A giant global-regional economy is on a cusp, all waiting to see if its government will intervene. This time it ain’t us — it’s Europe, again — the shock waves for ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, October 10, 2014
11954 Laing St., Detroit, Michigan photo via Google Maps. Austrian investor schooled on Detroit housing market

Austrian investor schooled on Detroit housing market

An Austrian man who bought a foreclosed home on Detroit’s east side in 2010 to rent it out recently found himself with no tenant and a $6,000 property tax bill. Owner Andreas Gindelhuber hired real estate agent Larry Else to ......
By Inman News | Thursday, October 9, 2014
Broke image via Shutterstock. The real reason home sales have softened

The real reason home sales have softened

The bulk of last year’s home price rise (except in strong local economies, like mine) was due to a rebound in overly discounted prices, and now we are reverting to nonrecovery. We might get a housing recovery going if we backed off Dodd-Frank and C...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, October 3, 2014
Millennial homebuyer image via Shutterstock. 5 tips for capturing clients who research you online

5 tips for capturing clients who research you online

The way today’s buyers conduct their search for a home has completely changed. No longer are they spending their days driving from neighborhood to neighborhood searching for open house and for-sale signs; instead they are spending the majority of t...
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 3, 2014
Untitled design (36) Do you have - gasp! - HGTV Syndrome?

Do you have - gasp! - HGTV Syndrome?

HGTV is a fun escape for many of us and a glimpse into the world of all things real estate and do-it-yourself. Even though I can work up to 80 hours a week as a Richmond, Virginia, Realtor, I still indulge in an episode of "House Hunters," "Property ...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
realtytrac baby boomer millinnial housing Heat map shows baby boomers and millennials on the move

Heat map shows baby boomers and millennials on the move

Sorry, your browser doesn’t support iframes. RealtyTrac has analyzed Census Bureau data to map the migration patterns of baby boomers and millennials from 2007 to 2013 in more than 1,800 counties. The results show that millennials often are ...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Blogging image via Shutterstock. Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Writing is a passion for me, but, as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we're going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly ......
By ActiveRain | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Held back image via Shutterstock. Wages and housing are holding back the recovery

Wages and housing are holding back the recovery

The gap in economic performance between the U.S. and overseas is widening, holding U.S. rates down. However, the data brings as many questions as answers. By historical comparison, the twin Institute for Supply Management surveys rising in August to ...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, September 5, 2014
The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 29, 2014
Bang image via Shutterstock. Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered “Bang” today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 22, 2014
New-home construction image via Shutterstock. US housing market loses momentum

US housing market loses momentum

Fannie Mae economists have downgraded their expectations for the U.S. housing market in the second half of this year, even though they are more optimistic about the prospects for overall economic growth. The economy grew faster than anticipated in t...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Storm clouds image via Shutterstock. Worrisome economic indicators everywhere you look

Worrisome economic indicators everywhere you look

This week has been another lesson in market reactions to news economic and otherwise. And at deeper levels, how not to run railroads. The net result, before whys and wherefores: a new flight to quality, the U.S. 10-year down to ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 15, 2014