New home starts fall for 3rd successive month



New construction of single-family homes saw an uptick, but a decline in multifamily production for apartments and condos meant an overall decrease of 4% in housing starts last month, according to new data from the Commerce Department. Single-family home starts rose 1.3% to 876,000 units in July, with the largest increase seen in the South. […]

Gen Z credit market comes of age



Generation Z is finally coming of age, with around 14 million consumers born during or after 1995 taking out credit, including mortgages, according to data from the credit firm TransUnion. In its Q2, 2019 Industry Insights report, TransUnion said that both the newest and the oldest members of “credit-eligible” Gen Z’ers are beginning to enter […]

U.S. home values show strong, but slowing growth



U.S. home value growth continues to slow, according to Zillow’s latest Real Estate Market Report. The rate of annual home value appreciation decreased for the seventh straight month in July. The typical U.S. home is worth $229,000, up 5.2% from a year ago – this is the smallest annual appreciation since October 2015. Last year […]

What Questions Should You Ask a Home Inspector?



A home inspection is something you need to do before buying or selling a home. It is a thorough examination of the condition of the home to determine recommended repairs and other maintenance concerns. For the buyer, a home inspection is needed to know exactly what they are buying so that they can be ready […]

Midwestern markets heat up as buyers chase affordable homes



The Midwest is seeing growing home sales as more buyers swoop into the heartland in search of affordable homes. The uptick in sales means that midsize cities such as Boise, Idaho; South Bend, Indiana, and Columbia, Missouri are now showing up as some of the U.S.’s top-performing real estate markets. Just 10 of the 178 […]

Realtor.com warns of lower housing inventories



A report from realtor.com suggests that housing shortages are likely to get worse over the next year. The blame is being placed on a “housing shift” that will result in less homes being listed for sale, making it tougher for buyers to find a suitable home, even though the current low mortgage rates mean that […]

5 questions to ask before hiring a home inspector



Fifty years ago, only one in 50 homes were inspected before a sale. We have since seen a seismic shift in pre-sale inspections,

10 affordable cars for real estate agents



First impression matters in any domain! As a real estate agent, if you use your car to get to the houses or apartments you sell, people will look at your car. While that’s not the only thing that matters the buying or renting decision, cars are important for realtors. Here are the top 10 affordable […]

Oregon bans single-family zoning in major cities



Oregon has enacted a new law that requires cities with a population of over 10,000 people to allow duplexes in neighborhoods that had previously been zoned for single-family homes only, making it the first U.S. state to do so. Single-family zoning means that only one home can be built on each lot, but the growing […]

How To Weather a Disaster



We are in the middle of the hurricane season. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15th to November 30th. NOAA says to expect an “above-normal” hurricane season this year. The peak months […]