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Highlights of the March 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report

While local conditions vary, the REALTORS® Buyer Traffic Index and the REALTORS® Confidence Index—Current Conditions for single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums remained above 50 in March 2017, indicating that more respondents reported “strong” than “weak” conditions. Both indices were...

Sometimes, Shopping Will Save Your Clients Money!

The rule of thumb for potential mortgage borrowers is to get three quotes. Unfortunately, few follow through and it could possibly cost them money. As a trusted advisor, you can help your client by recommending mortgage rate search engines...

Millennials: Tech-Savvy, First-Time Home Buyers in the Suburbs

Millennials, buyers ages 36 years and younger, make up the largest share of home buyers by generation at 34 percent of all home buyers in 2016 (down from 35 percent in 2015). This group was born between 1980 and...

Eighty Percent of First-time Homebuyers Put Down Less than 20 Percent Downpayment (Based on December 2016–February 2017 Closed Sales)

More first-time homebuyers take advantage of a low downpayment loan compared to all homebuyers, according to the February 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report, a monthly survey of REALTORS® about their sales activity and local market conditions.[1] Among all...

First-time Homebuyers: 32 Percent of Residential Market in February 2017

Sales to first-time homebuyers accounted for 32 percent of residential sales in February 2017 (33 percent in January 2017; 30 percent in February 2016), according to the February 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report, a monthly survey of REALTORS®...