Harvard’s annual housing report tells ‘tale of 2 markets’

Although the real estate industry has enjoyed about two decades of housing market growth, the national homeownership rate decreased to just 64.5 percent last year, falling back to levels not seen since 1993 and taking 20 years of momentum with it …

The ABCs of ancillary income: Part 2

So you’ve trimmed your operating costs to the bare bones. You’ve raised rents as high as you dare. You’ve done everything you can think of to lease those vacant units. Now, what do you do if your bottom line still needs a boost …

The ABCs of ancillary rental income

So you’ve trimmed your operating costs to the bare bones. You’ve raised rents as high as you dare. You’ve done everything you can think of to lease those vacant units. Now, what do you do if your bottom line still needs a boost? Maybe it’s time to pay …

Detroit mortgages, affordable; San Francisco, not so much

A new survey from realtor.com predicts that Detroit will be the most affordable and San Francisco the least affordable markets this year. The online real estate services provider released the results of its first-ever Mortgage Affordability Report toda…

Why affordability could be a red flag for housing recovery

In a lot of ways, real estate today should be a buyer’s paradise: Property values remain at or below their historic affordability levels in most markets, lenders have $2 trillion in excess cash available to lend, and foreclosures have fallen to levels …

Inman News 2014-12-09 04:15:10

Infographics and stats to start off your week — reader opinions about agent ratings systems, interactive maps explaining housing bubbles and income gains and losses, and more …

We’re on the edge of a terrific economic expansion, there’s just one thing holding us back

Long-term rates stabilized this week as events, puzzles, forces and conflicts scattered all over the world canceled each other. We focus on the yields of long-term debt (like bonds and mortgage-backed securities) because they are the result of real-tim…

Secrets to converting phone leads into real estate clients

Former realtor.com President and CEO Allan Dalton once observed that the real estate industry is great at generating leads — it’s converting those leads that is the issue. With inventories being tight and loans harder to obtain than ever, you’re probably wondering how to maximize your income over the next few months …

Uberfication keeping a lid on wages that’s a drag on economic growth

Markets have paused, warily studying new plumes of smoke on the horizon. Not enough hazard to run to Treasurys or to scramble for oil, but not business as usual. Bergdahl, Brat, Baghdad and Barak … but the important happening was …

Time to take the measure of the recovery

Commentary: Many global indicators are at inflection pointsread more