It is a great time for real estate professionals to be partnered with Homes.com! Compared to first quarter 2012, many large metros including Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. have doubled the number of consumer inquiries on Homes.com! More importantly, we have seen significant increases in online activity across the board, which proves that the real estate market is undoubtedly improving! More and more active consumers are recognizing Homes.com as a valuable resource, which in turn, benefits those real estate professionals using us as a strategic partner.
Below are the top ten cities that have experienced the largest increases in unique searches beginning with Boston, MA, which grew by 107%! San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are close behind with 106% and 104% increases respectively.
Is your area making a come-back and experiencing a lot of activity from buyers? What factors sets your area apart from others – favorable job market conditions? Economic conditions? Check out the Homes.com 100 top searched cities in the U.S. to determine if buyers’ interest in your area has strengthened. Visit our Facebook Page and let us know if you have seen any relative improvement as the larger metro areas have.
It’s finally happening after several years of strife — citing encouraging growth numbers, economists everywhere agree that the housing market is finally improving. The slowed economy can’t really point at the real estate industry to blame anymore.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that almost seven years after the housing bubble burst, home prices are finally pointing upward. Though they’re not as high as they have been, they are still a huge encouragement for sellers and real estate professionals. Continue reading →
The news of the federal government’s investigation of questionable foreclosure methods used by some of the nation’s top lenders has left many people with an unfavorable view of the financial industry. To ensure you aren’t tarred with the same brush as these predatory lenders, consider ways to reinforce your trustworthiness in the eyes of your local market. Continue reading →
Rich Dad Poor Dad author Richard Kiyosaki uses the example of a sale at the local supermarket to illustrate a common investor mistake – focusing on price movements instead of value. He notes that if a supermarket held a “25% off everything in the store” sale, the store would be packed.
But when prices plunge in the stock market or real estate market, many investors hear the bad news and head for the sidelines until prices begin climbing again. In any market, it’s important to consider value along with price. Supply and demand dictates that real estate values are easier to find in slow periods and become harder to find when markets heat up. Continue reading →