May 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kentucky’s unemployment rate continued to decrease as it fell to a seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2015 level of 5 percent from a revised 5.1 percent in March 2015, and well below the national rate, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The state rate in April 2015 was 2 percentage points below the 7 percent rate recorded in April 2014, and was the lowest jobless rate since June 2001 when it was 5 percent. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate in April 2015 fell to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NAR Board actions from the Legislative Meetings in DC. Included were a partnership with RPR and UpStream for data entry and collection, MLS policies, professional standards changes, a report on and others. Read More

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Master bedroom walk-in-closets and a laundry rooms are the top features that builders are most likely to include in a new home this year, according to a survey of builders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.

Greater energy efficiency amenities also were ranked more important, with low-E Windows coming in No. 3 on the most likely amenity list on new homes. Energy-Star rated appliances and windows as well as a programmable thermostat also rated high. Read More

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it would be extending its participation in the Home Affordable Mortgage Program and the Home Affordable Refinance Program through the end of 2016.

"These programs have provided critically important relief for many borrowers by allowing them to lower their monthly payments and, as a result, have prevented many foreclosures," says Mel Watt, FHFA director. FHFA is the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read More

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 stepped out emphatically today with the introduction of a new graphic identity and national advertising campaign that position the brand as the best – and truest – provider of real estate information and services for buyers, sellers and renters of properties in the U.S. Read More

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Scenic, full of Southern charm and rich in history, Kentucky – or the ‘Bluegrass State’ – is home to some of the most beautiful small towns in the country. From the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’ Bardstown, to arty communities like Paducah and Berea, the Culture Trip website rounds-up 10 of the state’s most charming towns. Read More