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NAR Predicts Rise In Home Prices This Year

By FirstAm Editor on March 28, 2014

The U.S. housing market may have slightly slowed its progress during the frozen winter months, but industry experts are anticipating that things will soon pick up and prices will be on the rise for the next 12 months.

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Topics: Economy

Report: Fewer Homeowners Underwater In Q4

By Steve Shultz on March 6, 2014

Since the housing bust in 2008, a large number of homeowners have found themselves drowning in their mortgages. Negative equity was abundant, and when a homeowner owes more on his or her mortgage than the property is worth, that's considered being underwater.

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Topics: Economy

Attention Real Estate Professionals: School Is In Session

By FirstAm Editor on March 4, 2014

Like most residential real estate professionals, you likely know that there's more to a home's appeal than its granite countertops and hard wood floors. Homebuyers today follow the mantra of "location, location, location" with resounding commitment, especially when it comes to schools. This may require you to do a little—or a lot—of research...

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Topics: New Home Buying, Technology, MyFirstAm

Five Reasons To Fall In Love With MyFirstAm™

By FirstAm Editor on February 12, 2014

February is here, along with all the hearts, chocolates and roses that Cupid tends to send our way this time of year. At First American, what we LOVE most is making the home-buying process easier for buyers, sellers and real estate professionals. That’s why we created myFirstAm.

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Topics: Title Insurance, Technology, MyFirstAm

Housing's Inventory Issue

By FirstAm Editor on February 11, 2014

The housing market's gradual recovery continues to face one major obstacle in many local markets: Limited inventory.

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Topics: Economy, Housing

Helping Buyers Find Homes (and Love) This Valentine’s Day

By FirstAm Editor on February 10, 2014

Do you know a buyer looking to relocate? When selecting a new locale, homebuyers might consider home prices, per capita income, educational opportunities or employment rates. But if your customers are alone this Valentine’s Day, perhaps it’s time to consider the romance quotient.

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Topics: Housing

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