Even as virus spread in March, home prices grew modestly
Home prices rose 4.4% in March, up from 4.2% during the previous month, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, released Tuesday
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 26
10 tips for buyers putting in offers sight unseen amid coronavirus
Buying a property without seeing it in person is hardly ideal. But, in the new world created by COVID-19, virtual touring is becoming increasingly common
by Nicole Solari | May 26
How Ivis Suarez saved a deal and a family's dream of going back home
Florida-based Century 21 agent Ivis Suarez shares how she persevered through the toughest transaction of her career to help a family get back to Puerto Rico
by Marian McPherson | May 25
They hate their homes, and they want out — NOW!
Real estate agents say quarantine has convinced homeowners that they need more rooms, a backyard and plenty of kitchen space — and they want it all now
by Lillian Dickerson | May 22
Read all of Inman's state-by-state market snapshots here
The pandemic's market impacts have varied across the country. Inman has put together data on those impacts, and talked to dozens of agents on the front lines
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 20
Read all of Inman's coronavirus coverage here
Inman has published more than 640 stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 20
Louisiana market snapshot: Consumers coming 'out of their shells' as market rebounds
The coronavirus pandemic hit Louisiana hard, and the real estate industry there suffered. But agents say their business is now on the road to recovery
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 19
Making sense of the headlines: How will COVID-19 impact real estate long term?
Opinion
From owner-occupied to high-rises to rentals of all kinds, Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner gives his take on probable outcomes for residential asset classes
by Matthew Gardner | May 19
Builder confidence rises slightly amid historic lows: NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index rose from 30 to 37
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 18
5 critical steps to maximize your listing's sales potential
Opinion
This year brought significant changes in the way homes are bought and sold. To accommodate this new reality, sellers need to be prepared — and agents need to provide the necessary coaching. Here are five important steps
by Carl Medford | May 18
How to get your house-hunting clients to sign a buyer-broker agreement
A signed buyer representation agreement solidifies the partnership between you and your client, while protecting them during the buying process
by John Giffen | May 17
April's hottest markets were in cities you might not expect
Although Colorado Springs ranked as the hottest market for the third consecutive month, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Topeka, Kansas, also rose the ranks to make the top 5 hottest markets
by Lillian Dickerson | May 15
Builders predict renewed focus on sustainable living after pandemic
Fifty expert builders told remodeling platform Fixr they expect homeowners to focus on healthier living after the pandemic, starting with their homes
by Marian McPherson | May 15
New York market snapshot: Agents are busy, but inventory is scarce
Agents in New York state can't do in-person showings or open houses. But they told Inman that at least some price points are still seeing a lot of action
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 15
7 things your first-time buyer should know about getting a loan right now
Ohio-based loan officer Breon Price shares what your first-time buyers can do to increase their chance of approval despite tighter lending standards amid the coronavirus pandemic
by Marian McPherson | May 14
Finger Lakes agents prepare as New York begins partial reopening
Although the effects remain to be seen, agents in Rochester and surrounding areas are uncertain whether or not Friday's partial reopening of the economy will have a palpable impact on buyer or seller confidence
by Lillian Dickerson | May 13
Home sales to pick up by late summer before falling again
Realtor.com predicts a summer rebound, but notes that sales could drop by 15 percent by the end of the year
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 13
Web app Quigler offers a new level of deal transparency
Opinion
Quigler uses state law and NAR Code of Ethics deal practices to manage real estate transactions and buyer and seller communications. But is it a guarantee of regulatory perfection?
by Craig C. Rowe | May 8
Average APRs see significant declines during COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in lenders offering significantly lower average annual percentage rates to homebuyers and refinance borrowers
by Lillian Dickerson | May 6
What buyers are up against in today's world
Opinion
Entering the homebuying space has certainly opened my eyes, maybe my experiences can help you be a better agent
by Jay Thompson | May 6
While downturn looms, home price growth still sky-high in March
Home prices rose 4.5% in March even as closed home sales fell
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 5
New listings plummeted in April amid coronavirus pandemic
A new report from realtor.com found that new listings fell 44.1 percent in April as the outbreak slammed the economy
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 5
Pandemic's economic toll higher than agents expected: Inman survey
More than 2 months into the US pandemic, Inman's second coronavirus survey indicates agents are losing deals. But there are glimmers of hope as well
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 1
One simple thing sellers can do to offer buyers peace of mind
Ben Joseph and David Moreno of Liberty Home Guard explain the importance of home warranties when selling a home
by Marian McPherson | May 1
Should you RSVP to open house app Block Party?
Opinion
There's potential in this free app's value to open house marketing, but its developer needs to delve deeper into its competition and find out more about how agents leverage open house contacts
by Craig C. Rowe | May 1
80% of buyers have had timeline interrupted by COVID-19: OJO
Many consumers are lowering their targeted price point in case another pandemic comes, according to the survey
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 30
How can you serve your clients now? Focus on safety, not sales
The ability to handle most things virtually is the perk of living in today's world. Here's how you can serve and connect with clients while protecting their safety amid COVID-19
by Aaron Stelle | Apr 30
Sellers earn average price gain of $67,100 in first quarter
The first quarter of 2020 made a strong showing for homesellers, but the data does not yet reflect the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 29
Pending home sales start downward plummet in March: NAR
Contract signings are down 20.8% amidst the coronavirus outbreak
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 29
Kylie Jenner buys Beverly Hills spec mansion for $37M
The property was spearheaded by developer Gala Asher and originally listed for $55M
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 28
South Florida's BeachesMLS sees success in Virtual Open House Week
The widely promoted and community-supported event resulted in more than 700 online open houses, and it could serve as a model for associations nationwide looking to keep momentum in the wake of the pandemic
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 28
Compass is seeing a huge uptick in single-family home searches
Appearing on CNBC, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said suburbs and second-home markets will be the real winners when the market returns
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 28
By the numbers: How hard has COVID-19 hit real estate?
It has already had a massive impact on our personal and professional lives. Now find out how COVID-19 is poised to continue transforming the real estate industry
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Apr 28
What will homebuyers want post COVID-19? Here are a few trends to expect
The post-COVID-19 era will likely bring a slew of changes to the kinds of properties, features, amenities and locations homebuyers will look for. Here are a few trends to expect
by Cara Ameer | Apr 28
3 ways COVID-19 may benefit homebuyers in 2020
Even chaotic times can bring some positive lessons to learn from. Here's how COVID-19 might change the real estate industry and how homebuyers can benefit from the situation
by Andrew Fortune | Apr 27
Take Inman's 2nd real estate coronavirus survey here
The crisis brought the economy to a standstill and turned the future into a question mark. Help Inman understand how you're coping
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 27
How real estate agents need to pivot for a downturn
Agents who can identify market trends after every period of disruption and adapt to them efficiently are the ones who endure. Here are a few changes we can expect
by Sissy Lappin | Apr 25
New-home sales fall sharply in March
Sales of new single-family homes fell 15.4% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 627,000 in March, according to US Census Bureau data
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 23
3 tips for avoiding surprises during the homebuying process
During these unprecedented times, it's important for agents to do everything they can to protect themselves and their buyers from unwanted surprises. Here are a few things you can do
by Troy Palmquist | Apr 23
The anxiety of homebuying in the time of coronavirus
Opinion
A first-time buyer — Inman reporter Andrea Brambila — goes through a day of socially distanced showings and wonders how to make the right choice while existing in a bubble
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 23
Young buyers disproportionately impacted by economic fallout
According to Down Payment Resource's latest report, millennials and Gen-Zers were on track to hit their homebuying peak before April's record layoffs
by Marian McPherson | Apr 22
Second-home markets hope for the best as stay-at-home rules extend
Real estate agents in Montana, Arizona, and Florida explain how the coronavirus has impacted their markets and offer their predictions for a robust recovery
by Marian McPherson | Apr 21
How curbside closings are keeping the market moving
An Atlanta real estate law firm has been conducting mobile closings for 14 years. A global pandemic has given their model, as well as emerging closing technologies fresh, much-needed attention
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 21
17 strategies for working with homebuyers, sellers and past clients
Despite the distruption it brought, there are still many ways you can make the best of the coronavirus situation. Here are some tips for working with buyers, sellers, past clients and on your own business during this pandemic
by Beth Medved Waller | Apr 18
The deal is digital: A guide to handling it online from lead to close
The fax machine is finally put to rest. With the onset of e-closing platforms and RON, the real estate sales cycle is 100% online, mobile and in the cloud. Here's a quick list of vendors for each phase of the deal
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 17
32% of first-time buyers get financial help from a relative or friend: NAR
Limited income was the most cited factor holding back non-homeowners from saving, according to a new survey released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 17
Gary Gold and Vija Williams said at Inman's Town Hall that once lockdown orders end consumers may race back to real estate. Agents should act now to take full advantage
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 16
New housing construction dives drastically in March
Housing starts are down 22.3% in March but up 1.4% year-over-year
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 16
Compass agents anticipate post-pandemic buyer's market in California
More than 700 Compass California agents shared their concerns, market predictions for when shelter-in-place laws lift
by Marian McPherson | Apr 15
Builder confidence plunges in April
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index fell to 30, down from 72 points in March
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 15
7 coronavirus-related client concerns and how to respond to them
In midst of ever-changing events, buyer and seller concerns are mounting. Instead of letting them succumb to their fears, here's what you can do to ease them
by Cara Ameer | Apr 14
Google searches soar for ‘mortgage’ and ‘home.’ ‘Real estate,’ not so much
Google's data shows changes during the pandemic in home-related online searches. Some experts believe those trends hint at longterm shifts in consumer preference
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 9
US property taxes increased to $306.4B in 2019
The total property taxes levied on single-family homes last year increased by 1% from 2018, the smallest increase in the past three years
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 8
BoxBrownie releases native 360-degree tour platform
Award-winning image editing and marketing company has grown rapidly by editing others' work. Its new immersive tour product can be created with minimal imagery using affordable cameras and published in 24 hours
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 8
Market snapshot: Washington, 6 weeks into COVID-19
Washington was the first U.S. state that saw a confirmed case of the coronavirus. A month and a half later the real estate industry soldiers on amid the chaos
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 8
LGBT Americans want to own homes, fear discrimination
Homeownership rates for LGBT Americans lag behind those of the broader population. A new report suggests fears of discrimination may be contributing to that difference
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 8
February home prices reflect pre-coronavirus market strength
Because sales typically represent contracts that were signed in the previous two months, CoreLogic expects the pandemic's effects will start to show in the April data
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 7
6 realities your buyers and sellers should prepare for
It's important to remember that everyone has to live somewhere. Our homes have never been more important to us than right now
by Cara Ameer | Apr 6
Chime speeds release of Facebook, YouTube livestreaming tools
The agent operating system has developed streaming tools for Facebook Live and YouTube and released them ahead of schedule in response to the COVID-19 market reduction of face-to-face business
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 3
Home showings allowed to resume in New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo announced home showings would be allowed to resume, but the announcement has yet to be backed up with guidelines from the Empire State Development Corporation
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 2
36% of homeshoppers believe the recession has already begun: Poll
A new survey by realtor.com reflects the stark contrast in homebuyer sentiment since the beginning of March with the coronavirus outbreak. Still, many homebuyers are undeterred
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 31
Home price gains extend into January — but virus looms large
Home prices rose 3.9% in January, but the data does not take into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which didn't take hold in the US until late February
by Veronika Bondarenko | Mar 31
Home affordability modestly improves in first quarter of 2020
Median home prices were still unaffordable for 66 percent of U.S. counties in Q1 2020, but that number decreased from 70.4% in Q4 2019
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 25
Home prices rise modestly in January
The cost of an average home rose 0.3% in January and 5.2% year over year
by Veronika Bondarenko | Mar 25
Rently self-guided tours coming to 75 more rental communities
An award-winning national property manager responds to reduction in face-to-face showings by rolling out Rently's patented touring technology
by Craig C. Rowe | Mar 23
Track your state's buyer activity with ShowingTime's new daily report
Based on data from 5 million home showings, ShowingTime has released a daily homebuyer activity report that shows the state-by-state impact of the coronavirus pandemic
by Marian McPherson | Mar 20
Nearly half of Realtors say buyer interest has dropped due to coronavirus
Just one week ago, only 16% of Realtors reported a decrease in homebuyers as a result of COVID-19.
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 20
How to stay ahead of coronavirus market fluctuations
From where we stand now, the future of the real estate market looks challenging. If you're grappling with the rapid change, here are a few things you can do to prepare for future market shifts
by Steve Cook | Mar 20
Rental season 'completely derailed' by coronavirus
Apartment search company RentCafé said that in the last week searches for apartments on its site have fallen 25%
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 18
NYC-based property matching service Localize to connect buyers with agents
Originally aiming to offer New York City buyers an honest look at neighborhoods and buildings, the company has now launched Localize Advantage to help buyers to find their ideal agent
by Craig C. Rowe | Mar 18
Share of first-time buyers reaches highest peak since 1993
The number of first-time homebuyers exceeded 2 million for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to Genworth Mortgage Insurance
by Marian McPherson | Mar 18
Agents: It's time to stop holding open houses
Opinion
In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, brokerages have to do what they can to exercise safety. So, here's why our firm suspended open houses — and why yours should, too
by J. Philip Faranda | Mar 18
What are the benefits and risks of alternative financing?
Find out what products real estate pros are using to help their buyers buy — and what to watch out for if you choose an alternative finance option
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Mar 17
Open houses took hit from coronavirus over the weekend
Some open houses already saw cancelations and declining attendance last week. That's likely to be a growing trend in the coming weeks
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 16
Ramsy Shuffield is advocating for sustainable housing in Little Rock
Rackely Realty agent Ramsy Shuffield shares his journey from educating the public about electric cars to educating buyers about environmentally friendly housing
by Marian McPherson | Mar 16