The week in financial markets: two moves

Given only one soft landing on record, odds favor a different end: with the best of intentions the Fed will hike onward until we discover that a recession began four months ago.

Harbor CEO says blockchain will let you easily split real estate ownership

Harbor is one of the more complicated blockchain startups out there, but it has the potential to upend the investment side of the real estate industry.

Experian reveals the 5 states with the lowest foreclosure rates

Although issues with low inventory and fast-growing home prices still abound, the market has greatly improved since the housing bubble in 2006, and the latest foreclosure rates prove it. In 2017, residential home foreclosures fell 27 percent to 676,525 — the lowest level since 2005.

House flipping is on the rise despite high home prices, CoreLogic reports

As anyone who regularly watches “Flip or Flop” already knows, house flipping is on the rise, and a new report from property data developer CoreLogic confirms it. 

New housing starts fell in April, especially multifamily projects

Multifamily housing starts with five or more units fell from a seasonally adjusted 428,000 in March 2018 to 374,000 in April, a 12.6 percent drop. 

NAR lays out federal policy goals at midyear conference in D.C.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) laid out its legislative policies today, at the trade organization’s annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C.

HomeShare expands into 5 new buildings in 3 major cities

HomeShare will rollout new partnerships in Los Angeles and Seattle and expand in San Francisco, where it already has a presence.

Vacant homes have increased by 2.1 million since 2005

The baggage that comes with vacant homes — higher crime rates and property devaluation — is still getting in the way of urban revival, especially in cities such as Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis, according to a new report.

EXp Realty posts strong first quarter, will start trading on Nasdaq

In its earnings release, the company claimed that revenue in the first quarter of 2018 increased a whopping 188 percent to $62 million from $21.5 million the year prior and 37 percent from $45.4 million revenue in the last quarter of 2017.

Hawaii’s continued volcanic activity upends real estate market

As authorities reported a 19th volcanic fissure on Hawaii Island Monday, some homeowners are rethinking their future on the island.