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Homebuying: Should you take the plunge?

Spring is typically the busiest season for homebuying, and this year the housing market is already showing signs of coming back to life. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for U.S. homes was $173,600 in January, the latest month of available data. That’s up 12.5 percent from the same period in […]

Profile of International Home Buying Activity

This year’s Profile examines purchases of real estate in the United States by international clients, and the utilization of REALTORS®’ services, for the twelve-month period ending in March 2012. We live in a global marketplace. While all real estate is local, not all property buyers are. A significant share of home purchases are made by […]

State of Georgia International Business Report

International transactions are of increasing importance. With the expansion of international trade, the flow of people across borders has also increased rapidly, and, therefore, the demand for real estate in both residential and commercial sectors in conjunction with international transactions has been on the rise. NAR provides the state-by-state reports on international transactions below to […]

Blackstone Completes $1.9 Billion Motel 6 Acquisition

Paris-based Accor, one of the world’s leading hotel operators, recently completed the sale of its Motel 6/ Studio 6 hotels in North America to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII. Blackstone acquired the iconic low-budget brand for $1.9 billion dollars, allowing Accor to reduce its adjusted net debt by approximately $1.1 billion or […]

UK Rental Market Showing Signs of Stability

The rental market in the UK appears to have recovered from what was a difficult start to 2012, according to residential property experts Move with Us. After showing signs of initial declines in the quarter, average rental rates stabilized later in the quarter, averaging around £970. The third quarter rate was a slight decline from […]

Home Flipping Goes High-end.

Where are today’s home flippers? It turns out they’re cavorting among the rich and famous. The practice of flipping took a hit as the economy soured over the last few years, experts say, but as the market improves, home flippers are spotting opportunities at the highest end of the housing market. The Chicago Tribune reports […]

Rising Rents Press More Americans to Make Big Decision

Fifty percent of Americans recently surveyed say they expect home rental prices to rise in the next year, and it’s making them lean more toward home ownership, according to the Fannie Mae October National Housing Survey, which surveyed 1,000 Americans. “This has been a year of steady growth in the percentage of consumers with positive […]