Diane Williams honored
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA - Diane Williams, a sales associate in the Blue Bell office of Weichert, Realtors, was recently
named part of Weichert's Top 300 in Associate Earnings, placing her in the top 10 in the region and
194 company-wide out of nearly 18,000 associates.
Real Estate Firms Optimistic about Future of Industry
Oct 2 - Real estate firms are confident about the future growth and profitability of their industry, according to the 2014 National
Association of REALTORS Profile of Real Estate Firms.
"The real estate industry is competitive, and REALTORS know that to be successful, they must have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the know-how to
make a business thrive, even in a difficult market," says NAR President Steve Brown. "Despite continued challenges, real estate firms expect market
growth in tandem with the ongoing recovery."
Americans' Housing Condfidence Edges Up on Millennial Optimism
Sept 23 - Overall, Americans are more confident in their housing market than at the start of the year, buoyed by optimism among
millennials but with tempered expectations in general for future market performance, according to the latest Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI).
Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable
Sept 18 - Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.
Enjoy the money while it lasts.
By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows.
Red flags for homebuyers
Sept 18 - Home buying season is upon us, and while some buyers get caught up in the emotions of finding their
new home, an important part of buying a home is paying attention to red flags. Red flags are those items that could potentially cost
you a lot in the future, or even in the beginning - essentially, warnings of a danger or a problem.
Big or small: Which size home is best for you?
Sept 18 - This can be a tricky question to answer. Partly because our needs change over the years and decades.
After kids leave home, maybe smaller is better but prior to that, maybe a bigger home is what you're seeking - room for the kids, dog,
and tons of the kids' sleepover friends.
Mortgage applications rise after holiday, but so do rates
Sept 17 - Despite adjustments for the Labor Day holiday the previous week, mortgage applications surged last week, even amid rising rates.
Total application volume rose 7.9 percent week-to-week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), driven mostly by refinances, which doesn't jibe with the rise in rates.
Home builder confidence hits highest level since 2005
Sept 17 - Hope for a stronger housing recovery is surging among the nation's home builders. A monthly index of sentiment in the industry rose
for the fourth straight month in September to the highest reading since November 2005.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index jumped 4 points to 59. Anything above 50 is considered positive sentiment. The index
had been as low as 45 just four months ago.
Mortgage myths may be hampering U.S. demand: Survey
Sept 15 - Getting a mortgage in the United States may be easier than many borrowers think, according to a survey released Monday by Wells Fargo,
the largest U.S. mortgage lender.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents thought that a very good credit score was necessary to buy a home, and more that 40 percent thought they needed a down payment equal
to at least 20 percent of the purchase price to buy a home.
Brian Turner, Jordan Mariano and Diane Williams
in Weichert's Blue Bell office. Read article
"Succeeding by Design" seminar panel
Jim Weichert presenting Diane with the Regional
Award at the Kimmel Center for top sales.
Left to Right: Fred Sherman, Alan Greenspan,
Diane Williams, Anthony Santomero
Diane (fourth from the right) at The Closing Bell of
the New York Stock Exchange.