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Market Feels Effects of Rising Rates, Pending Home Sales Pull Back
The housing market is feeling the effects of rising mortgage rates, with pending home sales pulling back to year-lows last month as homebuyers struggled to put purchases in play, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). NAR's Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, dipped 2.5 percent to 107.3 in November, down from 110.0 in October. "The budget of many prospective buyers last month was dealt an abrupt hit by the quick ascension of rates immediately after the election," says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "Already faced with climbing home prices and minimal listings in the affordable price ...
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Education Insider: Key Components for Your Online "Hub"
All of your efforts to create meaningful digital content should direct consumers to a place where you can obtain their contact information and collect information about their... READ MORE >
Home Sales Rocket to Second Highest Point Since 2008
In November, sales of new homes hit their second highest peak since 2008, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban... READ MORE >
Window to the Law: Manage Records More Efficiently
Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a real... READ MORE >
Millennial Homebuyers Continue to Migrate Inland
Millennials continue to make their way inland in search of affordable housing, with Minneapolis, Minn. experiencing the most millennial home-buying activity this fall, according to... READ MORE >

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Sales in the Snow: 5 Home Staging Tips for Wintertime
By Dixie Somers
While winter isn't traditionally considered the best time to sell your home, there's no reason you can't get an offer during the colder months with the right staging. In fact, a study found that homes sold faster and for more money in the winter months, even in cold cities like Chicago.
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