Buyers: Challenged by Student Debt? Consider Down Payment Programs

Student loan debt is one of the biggest factors impacting millennials’ ability to purchase a home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 80 percent of millennials do not own a home, and, of that, 83 percent say student loan debt is impacting their...

Millennial Buyers Face a Tough Housing Market

(TNS)—Yvonne Jimenez Smith and her husband, Brandon Smith, spoke in whispers recently as they visited a white stucco house they planned to buy on a leafy street in San Jose, Calif. After six months of aggressive hunting, they were on their way to a small suburban home...

Home Purchase Contracts Are Increasingly Being Settled on Time

More contracts are being settled on time, according to a survey of REALTORS® in the  May 2018 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.  The monthly survey asks REALTOR® respondents: “Think of your most recent sales contract in the past 3 months that was either closed or...

Harnessing Technology for Everyone

By Bronwen Leibe Hi there! I am this summer’s research intern here at NAR! I attend the University of Maryland (go Terps!) where I am studying economics and history. I have been working on a few interesting reports and learning a great deal about real estate!...

UPDATED: Online Home Value Estimates Are NOT Appraisals

This blog was originally published on June 29, 2017.  It has since been updated to reflect new data. Consumers who are seriously in the home buying and home selling market should be mindful of a variety of competing home price estimators. Solely relying on just one...

Blockchain Lending: Reduced Fraud or Increased Risk?

Traditional lenders are transforming, adopting cutting-edge technology to stand apart from competitors and introduce an added level of security to financing. From AI-run algorithms to smart contracts, obtaining a mortgage could soon be a vastly different process than...

Top Outdoor Landscape Enhancements for Commercial Property

Landscape management services, standard lawn care services, and an overall landscape upgrade are the top three most requested projects by landscape professionals, according to a new study 2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features. Standard lawn care services,...

Outdoor Remodeling Projects for the Future Home Seller

Looking to list your home on the market? Wanting to enhance your outdoor landscape with the thought of selling down the road? The recently released 2018 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features report has the latest in outdoor home repair and the costs you could...