News – December 1, 2015

  • Modest Home Price Gains to Stoke the Winter Fire
    As the year draws to a close, housing continues to recalibrate and the Midwest maintains its impressive trend, according to Clear Capital’s December 2015 HDI Market Report. November’s data shows Detroit

News – November 30, 2015

  • New Home Sales Rise in October
    Sales of new single-family houses in October 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 495,000, according to estimates released jointly recently by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and

News – November 28, 2015

News – November 27, 2015

  • Big Boom: Home Prices Continue to Rise
    Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, with yet another increase in September, according to recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Covering all nine U.S. census divisions,

News – November 25, 2015

  • How My Diversity Made Me a Better Leader
    I am a first generation Mexican American. My parents came to the U.S. in the 50s and technology (or lack thereof) kept them from staying in close contact with their loved ones

News – November 24, 2015

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  • New Study Suggests Strong Outlook for Green Homes
    During the prolonged housing downturn, green homes provided support to the ailing residential market and now promise to be an important element of the recovering market as well, according to a new

News – November 20, 2015

News – November 19, 2015

  • The Secret to Social Media Success Starts with You
    “Be yourself.” Easier said than done, for many of us. With personal and professional lines so often blurred in real estate, most industry professionals would find themselves confounded by the notion

News – November 18, 2015

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  • How to Turn Cold Leads into Closed Sales
    No one knows exactly how much the real estate industry spends on lead generation as a whole. We do know that agents and brokers are spending over $100 million a year on

News – November 10, 2015

News – November 9, 2015

News – November 7, 2015

  • First-time Buyers Fall Again
    The share of first-time buyers declined for the third consecutive year and remained at its lowest point in nearly three decades as the overall strengthening pace of home sales over the past year was driven more

News – November 6, 2015

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News – November 3, 2015

  • Super-Charged Strategies for Long-term Success
    Smooth, steady success—it’s what every real estate broker wants. But is it actually attainable? According to five leading brokerage executives, sustainable success is indeed achievable, and during RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange last month, they

News – November 2, 2015

  • The Rise of the Low Tier
    An increasingly common phenomenon across the county is the schism in price growth between high end and low end properties. While recent discussions suggest that the market is generally normalizing, new data from Clear

News – October 31, 2015

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News – October 29, 2015

  • How to Build a Model for Sustainable Success
    On Nov. 13, six powerhouse brokerage executives will get down to business and share their philosophies and hands-on tactics for creating sustainable success—no matter what the market serves up. RISMedia’s 20th Annual

News – October 28, 2015

  • 7 Tips to Make More Sales with Social Media
    Does the time you spend working on social media show a huge return on your investment? Not many agents can measure their online effectiveness directly to sales, but the top-performing agents

News – October 27, 2015

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News – October 21, 2015

  • 3 Lead-Nurturing Tips That Every Agent Needs
    There are three simple things that real estate agents know they need to do to nurture leads, but don’t always take the time to do them. In fact, if you look at top-producing

News – October 20, 2015

News – October 19, 2015

  • Economic Growth Expected to Weather Headwinds
    Economic growth for the third quarter of the year likely came in weaker than expected, largely because of a worsening net exports picture, but fourth-quarter growth is expected to withstand ongoing headwinds, according to

News – October 17, 2015

  • CFPB Provides Guidance on Marketing Service Agreements
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a bulletin providing guidance to the mortgage industry regarding marketing services agreements. The bulletin offers an overview of the federal prohibition on mortgage kickbacks and

News – October 16, 2015

News – October 15, 2015

  • Foreclosure Activity Increases in 32 States
    There were a total of 327,258 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings in the third quarter of 2015, down 5 percent from the previous quarter but up 3 percent from the third quarter of 2014,

News – October 14, 2015

News – October 13, 2015

  • Success in Business: It’s a Team Game
    Many team leaders started their teams because they were successful individual performers, but not necessarily strong business leaders. While they were capable of generating business, they were inevitably destined to struggle because they

News – October 12, 2015

  • Bill Proposing TRID Hold-Harmless Period Passes House
    As the real estate industry proceeds with implementation of the now-effective TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID), a bill designed to assist smaller lending, title and escrow companies with compliance passed the House of

News – October 10, 2015

News – October 9, 2015

News – October 8, 2015

  • ‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 43 Percent
    In Q3, 20,050 U.S. residential properties in the foreclosure process—but not yet repossessed by the foreclosing lender—were vacant “zombie” homes as of the end of the third quarter of 2015, down 27 percent from the

News – October 7, 2015

News – October 6, 2015

  • Recent Actions by CFPB That Impact Real Estate
    Over the past several months, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action on some key issues that affect the business of real estate, including new closing disclosures and a key

News – October 5, 2015

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News – October 1, 2015

  • Home Affordability Improves to a Two-Year Low
    Buying a home was at the most affordable level in two years in the first quarter of 2015, according to a recent report jointly released by RealtyTrac® and Clear Capital, which shows that

News – September 30, 2015

  • July Home Price Gains Concentrated in the West
    Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, with the majority of July gains concentrated in the west, according to the recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.

News – September 29, 2015

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  • Leadership from the Outside, In
    “Don’t study the great realty companies, study the great companies,” said Paul Charron. “The great companies will have something for you to take away.” As chairman of the board for the Campbell’s Soup Company with

News – September 22, 2015

  • August Brings Stall in Existing-Home Sales
    Following three straight months of gains, existing-home sales dipped in August despite slowing price growth and a positive turnaround in the share of sales to first-time buyers, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

News – September 21, 2015

  • How U.S. Monetary Policy Influences Mortgage Rates
    “Mortgage rates are at near-historic lows.” “Lock now before the Fed raises interest rates.” When your clients are in the market for a mortgage, they may be hearing these messages often with little

News – September 19, 2015

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News – September 15, 2015

  • 5 Ways to Craft a Compelling Media Pitch
    Business owners need to be able to sell their news to the media and the public if they want coverage. But how do you go about garnering media coverage? Simple: You have

News – September 14, 2015

  • A Look Inside the NYC Luxe Life
    Ever wonder what it would be like to live the life of a Manhattan mogul or city-dwelling celeb? Well, guests at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange this week will get to experience that

News – September 12, 2015

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News – September 4, 2015

  • Top Strategies for Building Your Power Team
    When you’re looking for someone to do business with, you’re looking for people who will be an integral part of your world. Because of this, you need to make sure you develop a

News – September 3, 2015

  • Are REOs in Vogue Again?
    Once a stain on housing, REOs and short sales are a reminder of the legacy of the housing downturn. Investors, seeking discount prices, transformed what was once undesirable into fashion-forward, instant cash flow in key

News – September 2, 2015

News – September 1, 2015

  • Consumer Confidence Hikes in August
    Despite the August increase in overall confidence, respondents’ appraisals of current conditions and expectations for the next six months were mixed. While 82 percent of respondents rated current business conditions “good” (23 percent) or “normal”

News – August 31, 2015

  • Are You Protecting Your Digital Data?
    We now lead digital lives. Everything from taxes and banking to the music and movies we buy is now often accessed via the computer. While this can certainly make things more convenient, it can

News – August 29, 2015

  • Global Market Volatility Pushes Mortgage Rates Lower
    Freddie Mac  recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to their lowest levels since May of this year amid substantial and ongoing global

News – August 28, 2015

  • Why the Future of SEO Is ‘UnOptimized!’ — Part 2
    Last week, we covered the importance of “triggers and tickles” and promised further search enlightenment through “cat-lady” insights. Before I fulfill that promise, here’s a brief recap of the fundamentals

News – August 27, 2015

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News – August 23, 2015

  • Engel & Völkers Opens Market Center in Rome
    Engel & Völkers has opened a Market Center (MC) in the heart of Rome, close to world-famous landmarks including the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, the company has announced.

News – August 22, 2015

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News – August 19, 2015

  • New Single-Family Home Size Trends Flat
    The typical size of newly built single-family homes was effectively unchanged from the first to second quarter of 2015, posting small quarterly declines. The current data is consistent with the general trend of flat

News – August 18, 2015

  • The Top 5 Things to Know about TRID Now
    With TRID’s (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule) effective date of October 3, 2015 approaching, lenders, real estate agents and settlement agents need to be taking stock of their preparedness and communicating among

News – August 17, 2015

  • REALTORS: How Do You Stay Safe?
    When real estate professionals are in the field, safety should be one of their utmost concerns. With REALTOR® Safety Month just around the corner, and the looming anniversary of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly

News – August 15, 2015

News – August 14, 2015

News – August 13, 2015

  • Mastering the CMA
    The most significant part of the homebuying transaction is often price—knowing what your clients should pay for a home and developing a strategy to get to that figure. A new REALTOR® pricing certification course, Pricing Strategies: Mastering

News – August 12, 2015

  • The Aging Housing Stock
    The American housing stock continues to age, especially as residential construction continues its modest rebound after the Great Recession. According to the latest 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS), published by the Department of Housing and Urban

News – August 11, 2015

  • Open Houses: Powerful or Pointless?
    In the latest RISMedia survey, we asked our readers whether they’re still using the good ol’ fashioned open house as part of their marketing plan. After an overwhelming response, the tribe has spoken: 56 percent

News – August 10, 2015

News – August 8, 2015

News – August 7, 2015

  • Four Ways to Turn Facebook Followers into Clients
    In 2015, Facebook passed 1.49 billion monthly active users, 874 million mobile users, and 728 million daily users. Combine those staggering numbers with recent National Association of REALTORS® stats that show that

News – August 6, 2015

  • Flipped Homes Fall to 4.5 Percent in Q2
    RealtyTrac®recently released its Q2 2015 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 30,013 single family homes were flipped—sold as part of an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period—in