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National Home School Organization to 'Vigorously Oppose' Use of Newtown Shooting to Control Homeschoolers

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) states that it will “vigorously oppose” any efforts to involve homeschoolers in Connecticut in involuntary mental health screenings as a result of a recommendation by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, a task force that cited the Newtown shooting as a reason for tighter control on homeschoolers. Show More Summary

Fewer Americans Buy Homes in August

Getty Images By JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 1 percent during the past month to 104.7. Show More Summary

The NRA’s over-the-top ad stretches the facts with its images

“Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights.” –new National Rifle Association ad, airing in Louisiana  This new NRA ad certainly packs a punch. It opens with idyllic scenes of a mother in an upper middle-class home checking on her baby in the crib and texting a spouse who’s away: “Love You. Good Night.” […]

August Existing Home Sales Unexpectedly Drop, July Revised Lower

By Dave Kranzler: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released its existing home sales report for August this morning (September 22). Despite Wall Street consensus estimates looking for an increase, sales declined both month-to-month from July and year-over-year vs. Show More Summary

Cash buyers to blame for dip in home sales? Really?

Housing economist Tom Lawler thinks it a bit strange that in reporting a 5.3 percent annual decline in the pace of existing home sales in August, the National Association of Realtors pointed the finger of blame at a drop in...

Bidding Wars Stop; Millennials Leave Their Parents' Basements, But Not For Homes; Pent Up Demand?

Bidding Wars StopWith cash-paying investors on full retreat, existing home sales dropped 1.8% in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist says that's a good thing because "first-time...Show More Summary

Lawler: Existing Home Sales Eased in August; NAR Bogusly Blames Monthly Dip on “Retreat” by “All Cash” Investors

From housing economist Tom Lawler:In today’s existing home sales report, the National Association of Realtors estimated that US existing home sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million, down 1.8% from July’s downwardly-revised (to 5.14 million from 5.15 million), and down 5.3% from last August’s pace. Show More Summary

NAHB: Builder Confidence increased to 59 in September, Highest since 2005

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) was at 59 in September, up from 55 in August. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.From theShow More Summary

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in August

From housing economist Tom Lawler: Based on August realtor association/board/MLS reports released so far, I estimate that existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.12 million, down 0.6% from July’s pace and down 3.9% from last August’s seasonally adjusted pace. Show More Summary

$100 Million Homes Are Outliers . . .

Source: National Association of Realtors   Expensive home sales have been in the news a lot these days. The Wall Street Journal wrote about a “palatially priced” mansion in Florida listed at $139 million. The Los Angeles Times featured a Beverly Hills mansion listed at $85 million — interestingly, it was built on speculation. Business...Read More

Help Wanted: ALERT: Curbed National Seeks TWO (2!) Full-Time Editors

Effective immediately, Curbed National is seeking a full-time associate editor and a full-time news editor to join the team. Interested? Read on. Let's talk about the jobs: both require a love of design, architecture, and the home. Both also...

With help from Realogy, gay and lesbian real estate pros set to meet in Florida

Realogy's Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Century 21 Real Estate and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brands will sponsor the first ever national convention of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals to be held Oct. 14-16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida...

Pending Home Sales Index Jumps 3.3% Amid Low Mortgage Rates, Strong Demand

National Association of Realtors® uses contract data to forecast a strong August and September for housing. Analysis plus today's live mortgage rates. Click for the complete post : Pending Home Sales Index Jumps 3.3% Amid Low Mortgage Rates, Strong Demand.

US pending home sales rebound

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US pending home sales rebounded last month to their highest levels in nearly a year, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday, in report providing further evidence of a steadying housing market. The NAR's pending home sales index surged 3.3 percent in July to 105.9, its highest level since August 2013. Show More Summary

Wise Bread Reloaded: Real Estate Market Rebound?

This week the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes rose 2.3% in July, to the the highest they've been in 10 months. Even better? Fewer of those recent sales were for underwater or foreclosed homes. Prices,...Show More Summary

List a home that’s not market ready and it’s going to languish

Coldwell Banker Real Estate agents are finding that market-ready homes are selling quickly, but those that aren’t may languish, even in markets where inventory’s scarce, CEO Budge Huskey tells TheStreet. The National Association of Realtors today released numbers showing existing...

Homes Built for Rent Claim Smaller Share

Robert Dietz, an economist for the National Association of Home Builders, examined Commerce home-construction data released this week, concluding builders in the first half of this year started construction of 10,000 homes intended to be rentals.

US existing-home sales rev up in July

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Sales of existing US homes rose in July to their fastest pace in almost a year amid building momentum in the housing market, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Sales of existing homes, the largest part of the market, rose 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.15 million units in July, the highest rate since last September, NAR said. Show More Summary

EXISTING HOME SALES RISE FOR 4TH STRAIGHT MONTH

Existing-home sales climbed to their highest pace of the year in July as slower price growth inspired more purchases, the National Association of Realtors reported. The trade organization on Thursday reported total existing-home sales...Show More Summary

U.S. existing home sales rise at fastest pace in 10 months

The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.15 million units. Home resales dropped in the summer of 2013 after the Federal Reserve signaled it would dial back its monetary stimulus for the economy, pushing mortgage interest rates higher.

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