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Pending Home Sales on the Rise

Although the number of pending home sales in November rose to the highest level in the past 18 months, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) warns that the news probably is not quite as good as it sounds. Although contract signings usually indicate positive movement for a property, agents warn that these days, there are a lot of pitfalls in Read full article »

Home Technology Growing in Importance to Buyers

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) believes that high-tech homes are the best candidates for future sales, with 67 percent of realtors surveyed reporting that their clients are “excited about homes with new technologies”. Monitored security, home theater pre-wire/systems and energy management technologies all make homes more attractive and easier to sell, report the realtors. Although a spokesperson from the Read full article »

Foreign Buyers Boost Vacation-Spot Sales, Housing Market (Sort Of)

As U.S. home prices continue to fall, foreign buyers are snapping up vacation homes and other investment properties. In Florida, nearly a third of all home sales over the past year (ending in March) have been to foreign buyers, and Miami realtors are estimating about 40 percent of their buyers are from abroad. In fact, in Miami, 2011 might surpass Read full article »

CoreLogic Announces Drop in Shadow Inventory

According to CoreLogic’s most recent report, the current residential shadow inventory nationwide has dropped 0.2 million units, representing a five-month supply of houses yet to hit the market. A year ago the shadow inventory was estimated at 1.9 million housing units, which was also considered to be a five-month supply. The data firm attributed the decline to “fewer new delinquencies Read full article »

A New Trend in Renting

According to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, there are fewer households that actually own the homes in which they live than at any point since 1998. 33.6 percent of households are renters, and the analysts who conducted the study expect 3 million more renting households by 2015. Not surprisingly, this has had a negative impact Read full article »

The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.