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Existing home sales rise marginally in February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales rebounded less than expected in February as a persistent shortage of properties on the market pushed up prices, suggesting a challenging spring selling season. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday that existing home sales rose 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.88 million units. Show More Summary

3 critical strategies to urge first-time homebuyers to act now

According to the National Association of Realtors' 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, first-time buyers accounted for only 33 percent of all sales, the lowest mark in this century. The issue is how to overcome first-time-buyer reluctance and persuade them to buy now...

Less futile end-of-life care observed where palliative care knowledge is greater

The greater a director of nursing's knowledge of palliative care the lower the likelihood that nursing home patients will experience futile, aggressive end-of-life care, according to a new large national study. The association was evident whether or not hospice care was available.

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in February

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on local realtor/MLS reports from across the country, I project that existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million...Show More Summary

NAR will help home improvement startup grow

A site that could help real estate agents stay “top of mind” with clients even after they buy a home is the first company to be accepted in this year’s tech accelerator program from the 1-million-member National Association of Realtors....

NAHB: Builder Confidence decreased to 53 in March

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) was at 53 in March, down from 55 in February. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.From Reuters:...Show More Summary

Home builder sentiment dips in March -NAHB

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilder sentiment declined for a third straight month in March but still showed more builders view market conditions as favorable, the National Association of Home Builders said on Monday. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market index fell to 53 from 55the month before, the group said in a statement. Show More Summary

Potential England and Wales Stars of a Team GB at Rio 2016 Olympics

News emerged on Tuesday that the Football Association is looking into sending a Team GB for both men and women to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, after they both competed at the home nation version in 2012. Despite it only being originally...Show More Summary

US Home Sales Hit Highest Level Since August 2013

The US National Association of Realtors stated that improved demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013.

Lawler on Pending Home Sales: NAR “Fixes’ Bad Data for West Region

From housing economist Tom Lawler:The National Association of Realtors reported that its Pending Home Sales Index, designed to gauge contract-signing activity on MLS-based existing home sales, increased by 1.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis from December to 104.2 in January. Show More Summary

U.S. pending home sales hit one-and-a-half-year high in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose to their highest level in 1-1/2 years in January, a hopeful sign that the sluggish housing recovery may be gaining speed. The National Association of Realtors said its pending home sales index rose 1.7 percent last month, a gain that more than reversed a December slide. Show More Summary

Winter Takes Its Toll: Home Sales Plunge 4.9% in January

Chuck Burton/AP By JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON -- U.S. home sales hit a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. Show More Summary

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in January

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on local realtor/MLS reports from across the country, I estimate that US existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.90 million in January, down 2.8% from December’s preliminary pace but up 6.1% from last January’s depressed pace. Show More Summary

Home Builder Sentiment Drops

Optimism on the part of home builders took a big of a hit this month as the headline sentiment index from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) came in weaker than expected. While economists were expecting a one point decline from January's reading of 58, the actual reading came in at 55. Show More Summary

U.S. home builder sentiment slips in February: NAHB

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilder sentiment fell for a second straight month in February but still showed more builders view market conditions as favorable, the National Association of Home Builders said on Tuesday. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market index fell to 55 from 57 the month before, the group said in a statement. Show More Summary

NAHB: Builder Confidence decreased to 55 in February

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) was at 55 in February, down from 57 in January. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.From Reuters:...Show More Summary

Why You Should Buy Less House Than You Can Afford

When it comes to real estate, the more you spend, the more money everyone makes. And it happens on every level of your home purchase. The costs start adding up once you find the perfect place. According to the National Association of...Show More Summary

Research: 25 percent of broadband homes find energy monitoring appealing

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 25 percent of the broadband households across the nation find an energy monitoring service “very appealing.” In more good news for cable operators that offer home automation services,...Show More Summary

NAHB: Builder Confidence improves Year-over-year for the 55+ Housing Market in Q4

This is a quarterly index from the the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is similar to the overall housing market index (HMI). The NAHB started this index in Q4 2008 (during the housing bust), so the readings were initially very low. Show More Summary

U.S. Pending Home Sales Drop More Than Expected In December

By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell more than expected in December as tighter inventory and an increase in house prices discouraged buyers. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, decreased 3.7 percent to 100.7. Show More Summary

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