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As real estate markets across the country continue to soften, analysts are looking ahead to try to determine how the luxury market will pan out for the remainder of 2019.

As housing prices increase, the potential for great returns for investors has grown. In some states, housing prices are reaching level that have not been seen since the financial crisis.

Over the past decade, concerns about gentrification have increased as affluent and educated residents move back into cities.

Today’s young adults are less likely to own homes as compared to Gen Xers and baby boomers at the same age.

A decade ago the housing market crashed. Over the past couple of years, a seller’s market meant home prices soared, bidding wars were the norm, and inventory shortages led to frustration for eager buyers.

Due to tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, home builders across the nation have seen significant price increases in lumber, steel, aluminum, and other housing materials.

Residential market values of U.S. real estate will appreciate at the average rate of 4.4 percent through May 2019, predicts the 2018 second quarter VeroFORECAST.

Soaring home costs, low inventory and the 2007/8 housing crisis may have put some would-be home buyers on the fence. But for those who are financially ready, there are a few reasons 2018 could be the right year to buy a home.

Top 7 Trends Affecting Residential Real Estate

As home buying trends shift, the number of residents in metro areas across the country is expected to grow at a faster pace for the next two decades. See the top seven trends that are expected to impact local residential real estate in the coming years.

Zillow's Instant Offers Program Stirs Controversy

As Zillow expands its “Instant Offers” program, brokers are taking a closer look at what these changes might mean for them.

Housing Outlook in 2019 Federal Budget

Discover what effects the Federal budget will have on the housing market this year and what it means for homebuyers and sellers.

With Home Sellers Making Record Profits Why Aren't There More Sellers?

Sellers profited an average of $54,000 at the end of 2017. So why aren’t more homeowners putting their homes on the market?

A Plague of Million Dollar Homes Haunts U.S. Real Estate

See how an increase in the number of million dollar homes is affecting the American real estate market.

Five Real Estate Trends to Watch for in 2018

Discover this year’s top trends throughout the real estate industry and learn what to expect in the coming months.

Renting is Overtaking the Housing Market

Single-family rentals – either detached homes or townhomes – are developing faster than any other portion of the housing market.

Home prices are on the rise again. As a result, many potential buyers are looking for ways to afford a monthly mortgage payment.

While not everyone loves beards or pour-over coffee, when it comes to real estate, hipsters might be a good group to watch, according to new research from and Yelp. The economic data team leveraged its Market Hotness Index—which is a tool designed to uncover hot real estate markets where homes are selling quickly and users are browsing a lot of listings—and combined it with Yelp’s data to identify the ZIP codes where the word “hipster” was used most frequently in user reviews, comparing it with the norm for that city.

At one time, commercial real estate firms were considered less at-risk for cyberattacks, because compared to financial services, healthcare and retail firms, they did not maintain as much personal and intellectual property information. As a result, CRE players have been slow to invest in cybersecurity and insurance for cyber risks.

The commercial real estate (CRE) industry is about to undergo major disruption thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). Technology is beginning to encroach upon an industry that has traditionally lacked innovative spirit. This technology is expected to change the very definition of what it means to be a real estate broker. As client needs evolve, brokers must learn new skills in order to keep up with the changing technology landscape and to remain competitive.

According to a recent report from the Census Bureau, eight of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. are located in the South with the population in large southern cities increasing by an average of 9.4 percent. Cities in Texas claimed five of the top ten spots. While two cities in the West also made the list, the Northeast was noticeably absent from the list.

Many people enter the world of real estate investment with the hope of making extra money without having to spend a lot of time. Although buying rental property and collecting checks from tenants might seem like an easy path to financial stability, the reality can be a bit more challenging.

Virtual reality (VR) is expected to shake up the real estate industry in the same way that internet real estate listings did. In fact, it might not be long before buyers can view their next house or apartment using a VR headset.

Many millennials still live at home with their parents. However, this doesn’t mean people born between the years 1981 and 1997 don’t want to own their own homes. In fact, a survey revealed that 61 percent of first-time homebuyers are under the age of 35.

As often happens during economic cycles, the dynamics of real estate markets in the U.S. have changed once again. Investors who look to buy homes at low prices and sell them at the top of the market have already missed the boat and are now facing increased competition.

With the new administration underway, Donald Trump is already working on a new tax plan. Analysts at Baker Newman Noyes, a leading national accounting and consulting firm, have reviewed President Donald Trump’s vision for tax reform and predict that the changes to the tax code will have significant impacts on the real estate and construction industries.

Although tiny homes are still illegal in many places across the U.S. because they often don’t meet zoning and building standards, some cities are starting to change ordinances to allow the downsized dwellings. In some places, entire tiny home communities are developing.

As real estate magnate Donald Trump begins his term as president in 2017, there are likely to be some big changes on the horizon for the U.S. housing industry. Over the past year, housing markets across the country saw healthy increases in home values, thanks to low interest rates, lower gas prices, stronger wage growth, and millennials beginning to enter the market.

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