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2017 Forecast: Housing to Downshift as Election Realities Set In
Housing is expected to downshift next year as the post-election economy sets in, driven by a deceleration in home price growth, according to®’s recently released 2017 housing forecast. The forecast projects home prices nationally growing at a rate of 3.9 percent, down from 2016’s 4.9 percent estimate, and an appreciation slowdown of 1 percent or more in nearly half of the U.S.’ top 100 metropolitan areas. “Multiple factors are coming together,” says Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. “One is a continued trend toward moderation—basically the effect of seeing all of the rebounds coming off of the distress, the foreclosure years finally well behind us, so there’s no longer that dead cat bounce that was occurring in some markets. ...
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Maximizing Connections in an Ultra-Competitive Market
Orlando real estate professional combines the power of ReferralExchange with Instagram for instant success. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram—and everything in between... READ MORE >
2017: The Year of Women and Minorities
The housing ecosystem is evolving, and we're witnessing circumstances to be more favorable for underrepresented groups than previously.... READ MORE >
7 Steps to Building a Super Team in 2017
Having been around the industry for nearly 20 years, I've seen a lot of great people succeed—and a lot of great people burn out. The amount of pressure combined with... READ MORE >
Ask the Expert: How Can I Stay in Front of Clients in the New Year?
Today's Ask the Expert column features John Bunker, marketing director of Q: As the new year approaches, what are the best ways to stay... READ MORE >

The 2017 Color of the Year Is Fresh...and Prehistoric
By Suzanne De Vita
Prepare to see a lot more green in 2017—and not the kind you get from a scratch-off. Pantone recently revealed next year's Color of the Year, a "zesty" yellow-green named—what else?—Greenery. The hue, which immediately brings to mind The Land Before Time, will crop up in home decor and housewares, from accents and furniture
Home Prices on Track to Increase 5 Percent

Industry Insight: Where Does Homeownership Go from Here?


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