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Fewer Claims for Unemployment Insurance in August Portend Lower Unemployment Rate

Fewer Claims for Unemployment Insurance in August Portend Lower Unemployment Rate

In each Economic Update, the Research staff analyzes recently released economic indicators and addresses what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses unemployment insurance claims. Initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped in the last week of August to 323,000 claims, the lowest number of claims filed since the economy fell under [...]

What are retirement equity release mortgages?

For many people the home is the most valuable asset they have. However, accessing the equity can be very difficult unless you sell your home. Equity release mortgages, sometimes called reverse mortgages, are mortgages that allow you to access the equity in your home without selling it. It works similar to a home equity loan […]

REALTORS® Confidence in March 2014 Buoyed Up By Seasonal Uptick

REALTORS® Confidence in March 2014 Buoyed Up By Seasonal Uptick

Confidence about current market conditions improved in March 2014 compared to February 2014, reflecting in part the seasonal uptick in spring, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index report. Confidence about the outlook for the next six months slightly improved compared to February, but it is still lower compared to the same period a year […]

Stage it With Shine: Add Some Bling to Your Spaces

Stage it With Shine: Add Some Bling to Your Spaces

Contemporary Living Room by Scottsdale General Contractors Meritage Homes By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Grays have been catching on in more interiors this year and so has the color’s “flashier cousin” – silver, which is becoming a popular accent color in 2014, according to the Paint Quality Institute’s latest color forecast. Silver is adding […]