Realtors pocket secretive real estate listings

Realtors pocket secretive real estate listings

The National Association of Realtors on Monday approved a policy that would essentially put an end to so-called pocket listings, the practice of shopping real estate listings privately, without posting them on a Multiple Listing Service for the public to see. The new...

5 Ways to Defend Your Business Against a Data Breach

5 Ways to Defend Your Business Against a Data Breach

Using a tagline at the bottom of your email signature that warns about the dangers of wire fraud scams is simply not a bold enough alert for your clients, warned security expert Robert Siciliano at a Sunday session about cybersecurity during the REALTORS® Conference &...

FBI: Cybercrimes up due to sophisticated scams

FBI: Cybercrimes up due to sophisticated scams

PORTLAND — On Dec. 14, Aaron Cole was about to buy a new house and received an email that he thought was from his title company, directing him to make a $123,000 deposit. Cole complied, not realizing that a sophisticated hacker network had likely been spying on his...

How to protect your hard-earned money from wire fraud

How to protect your hard-earned money from wire fraud

After going through all the steps to buy a home, putting in your down payment should feel like a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, this is no time to let your guard down. Fraudsters can target unsuspecting home buyers during their escrow transaction: It...

Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Halloween

Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Halloween

Mortgage rates are in the midst of a winning streak of moderate size and duration. Specifically, rates have improved by at least an eighth of a percentage point for the average lender since the beginning of last week and have moved lower on all but one of the days...

U.S. home prices accelerate as housing supply tightens

U.S. home prices accelerate as housing supply tightens

In October, the average American home listing price climbed 4.3% year over year, reaching a high of $312,000, according to Realtor.com’s Housing Trend Report. The company indicates this growth is partially attributed to a decline in housing inventory, which resulted...

The homebuyers are coming. The homebuyers are coming

The homebuyers are coming. The homebuyers are coming

A flood of first-time homebuyers is about to hit the market over the next three years, according to newly released analysis from TransUnion. TransUnion is currently projecting that at least 8.3 million first-time homebuyers will enter the mortgage market between 2020...

GDP Reports Strength in Housing Market

GDP Reports Strength in Housing Market

The National Association of Home Builders reported that the housing share of the GDP rose for the first time in six quarters, increasing to 14.6% in Q3 2019. The overall GDP growth slowed to 1.9%. The NAHB analysis said the gains are due to rising single-family...

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