Appeals court rules Chicago transfer tax hike can move ahead
Voters are set to decide on March 19 whether they want to quadruple the tax buyers pay on real estate purchases above $1.5M. Realtors say it amounts to a secret tax and rent hike
by Taylor Anderson Mar 6
RE/MAX CEO Nick Bailey exits as company revenue falls again in Q4
RE/MAX announced it was making changes to its executive team after revenue fell for a sixth consecutive quarter to end 2023. Amy Lessinger will succeed Bailey as president
by Taylor Anderson Feb 22
Utah homeseller files commission lawsuit against NAR, 13 others
The complaint — one of nearly two dozen targeting real estate's commission-sharing structure — alleges 'most' buyer agents will steer clients away from listings that offer lower commission
by Taylor Anderson Feb 12
Tracking the housing recovery? These 12 dates offer crucial clues
Intel is highlighting the most important data releases and events slated for each month of 2024 in an effort to help industry observers follow the arc of residential real estate's rebound this year
by Chris LeBarton Jan 24
NAR president sidesteps palace intrigue in 1st address to members
Newly installed NAR President Kevin Sears will remain in position for nearly 2 years after replacing Tracy Kasper on Monday. In a video to members he focused on legal challenges and core business
by Taylor Anderson Jan 12
Declining mortgage rates bring new-year market thaw: Redfin
Mortgage purchase applications and new listings have improved in recent weeks, thanks to a 25% decline in mortgage rates from October's peak of nearly 8%
by Marian McPherson Jan 11
Realtors fear damage to NAR brand beyond repair following Kasper exit
Members already reeling from a series of accusations and leadership changes told Inman Tracy Kasper's resignation as president after less than 5 months doesn't bode well for NAR's reputation
by Taylor Anderson Jan 10
More agents than ever earn business from networking and SOI
From cold calling and radio shows to painting classes, agent efforts to grow sphere of influence aren't one-size-fits-all
by Chris LeBarton Dec 29
House Hacking spiked amid COVID. In 2024, it will be a household name
Last month, Fannie Mae lowered its down payment minimum for some properties, clearing a path for investors like Alejandro and Jessicas Cuevas, who bought in Chicago with hacking in mind
by Taylor Anderson Dec 26
Rates keep falling, and buyers and sellers are springing into action
Listings and pending sales hit the highest level in roughly a year, according to a new report from Redfin. Still, a record number of contracts were canceled
by Taylor Anderson Dec 15
80% of first-time homeowners say they'll need a gift to buy again: Poll
Faced with rising prices and rates, buyers are increasingly counting on personal loans and gifts to close deals, according to a survey of 3,000 potential buyers conducted by Dig Insights and Inman
by Chris LeBarton Dec 5
Mortgage rates overtake inventory as biggest worry for agents: Triple-I
After exceeding 8% in October, rising mortgage rates overtook 'lack of housing inventory' as the top concern for real estate agents, according to the latest monthly Inman Intel Index results.
by Chris LeBarton Nov 21
New commission lawsuit targets REBNY and 26 companies in NYC
Homeseller Monty March filed suit in the Southern District of New York Wednesday, alleging REBNY rules in Manhattan kept commissions high and violated state and federal antitrust laws
by Taylor Anderson Nov 10
NAR to shed 1M members if shared commission banned, analysts say
A report released Oct. 4 by the investment banking firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods forecasts commissions to decline by at least 30% as a result of ongoing threats to the real estate industry
by Taylor Anderson Oct 16
Homes are no longer affordable for the average American, report says
Home prices could be reaching a breaking point, new report says, as housing affordability drops to lowest level since 2007. The median price of homes and condos is a record $351,250
by Taylor Anderson Sep 29
Home values fell in 21 of the 50 largest US metros in August: Zillow
Home values are now 11.4% lower in Austin, Texas, than they were in Aug. 2022, Zillow said. Nationally, prices were up slightly from July to August, and there was a small inventory uptick
by Taylor Anderson Sep 13
Investor activity keeps slowing down from pandemic-era highs
Phoenix, Las Vegas and other Sunbelt metro areas saw the biggest slowdowns in investor activity as high rates and low demand cooled activity nationwide, according to reports
by Taylor Anderson Aug 31
To win this summer, homebuyers in California are turning every stone
With some of the highest home prices in the nation, California buyers and sellers are having an abnormally difficult time managing higher mortgage rates, agents in the Golden State told Inman
by Marian McPherson Aug 4
New Yorkers are white-knuckling a turbulent summer buyer's market
Like the energy of its premier city, homebuyers and sellers in New York State are grappling with a rollercoaster summer, with extreme buyers' and sellers' markets taking consumers on a wild ride
by Marian McPherson Jul 21
Cash is still king as Florida agents navigate 'wonkiest market' in years
As the summer housing market in Florida heats up, homebuyers and sellers are discovering a tale of 2 markets that offers opportunities for luxury buyers — and next to nothing for everyone else
by Marian McPherson Jul 14
Tiffany Pantozzi on the pleasures and peril of working while pregnant
Ahead of Inman Connect Las Vegas, Align Real Estate founder Tiffany Pantozzi told Inman she concealed her pregnancy last year out of fear clients would discount her ability to juggle the work
by Taylor Anderson Jul 10
The stories and trends that defined a whirlwind first half of 2023
Intel takes a look back at the market trends, brokerage strategies, Wall Street happenings and legal controversies that shook the past 6 months and could well define the remainder of 2023
by Marian McPherson Jul 5
Summer Cooldown: New homes will offer a lifeline for some agents
Three leading economists share what's ahead for the summer, from the continued struggle with mortgage rates to a resurgence in bidding wars and the gift of new-home sales that keeps giving
by Marian McPherson Jul 5
Compass CEO: Pandemic craze will return once mortgage rates hit 5%
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin revealed on CNBC how volatile mortgage rates are sidelining homesellers and why a boost in existing-home inventory could happen as early as December
by Marian McPherson Jun 29
Builder confidence rises as low inventory hikes new-home demand
New homes now represent a third of all homes on the market, 2.5 times higher than the historical average for the 2 decades leading up to COVID-19, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI
by Taylor Anderson May 17
Agent charged with fatally lacing husband's drink amid mansion feud
Real estate agent Kouri Richins then wrote a book with her 3 children to help kids cope with the sudden loss of a parent, according to charging documents filed in the case earlier this week
by Taylor Anderson May 12
Survey details 'growing suffering' for LGBTQ+ buyers, sellers
LGBTQ+ real estate professionals explain the impact of more than 320 anti-LGBTQ laws on LGBTQ homeownership and housing rights, in the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance's 3rd annual survey
by Marian McPherson May 10
Market slowdown is 'chipping away' at homeowner wealth: Attom
The share of homes that were worth at least 50% more than their mortgage fell for the second straight quarter. Still, a few homes are facing foreclosure, according to the latest report
by Taylor Anderson May 4
Housing drags down US economy for second-straight quarter in Q1
Consumer spending remained high while the broader economy slowed, growing just 1.1% in the first 3 months of 2023, according to data released Thursday by US Bureau of Economic Analysis
by Taylor Anderson Apr 27
Compass CEO: Buyers will deal with higher rates. Sellers? Not so much
During his latest CNBC appearance, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin outlined the catch-22 of higher mortgage rates and why early pandemic boomtowns are facing a devastating bust
by Marian McPherson Apr 21
Millennials and Gen Z have a plan for buying homes: Scratch and win
A majority of Americans born between 1981 and 2013 believe that, short of winning a big-ticket lottery, the likelihood of affording a home in the US is low, according to a new survey by Zillow
by Taylor Anderson Apr 19