News – September 5, 2015

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

News – August 5, 2015

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  • Housing Market Remains Strong
    Whether to buy or sell may not seem as black or white following recent housing indicators, which offered contradictory points of view, but Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com® says the residential real estate market continues

News – August 3, 2015

  • 5 Ways to Crack the Code on Conversion!
    Are you closing the leads you’ve worked so hard to generate? Use this free download of conversion-boosting tips to crack the code! Learn more here. More news from Move.com: Are You Closing

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  • How to Win Back Google’s Love
    Admit it, you’ve Googled yourself or your company to see where you rank and haven’t been too happy with the results. Maybe you found yourself hovering near the bottom of the first page, or

News – July 24, 2015

  • Three Must-Haves to Recruit Millennial Agents
    As a generation expected to surpass the number of baby boomers in the U.S., millennials are a target audience for businesses and advertisers. Known for being career-driven, educated, and progressive individuals, millennials are clearly

News – July 23, 2015

  • FHA Buyer Share of Home Sales at Two-Year High
    RealtyTrac® recently released its June and Midyear 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report, which shows distressed sales, cash sales and institutional investor sales in June were all down from a year ago

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  • Leveling the Professional Playing Field
    The amount of information your average real estate professional is expected to retain is immense, and that’s before you factor in the various tech tools required to interact successfully with clients. Enter Realtors Property Resource®

News – July 17, 2015

News – July 16, 2015

  • U.S. Foreclosure Starts Come at 10-Year-Low
    RealtyTrac® recently released its Midyear 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows a total of 597,589 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—in the first half of 2015, down 13

News – July 15, 2015

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  • Superstar Brokers Share Their Blueprints for Success
    Securing long-term success for your real estate firm means courting new ideas, new business models and new partnerships. This September, three top Power Brokers will share rare insights into how they built firms

News – July 11, 2015

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  • FSBOs: Untapped Opportunities Waiting for You
    Real estate agents who see a For Sale By Owner listing and get discouraged need to change their tune and instead see an opportunity. A savvy agent sees FSBO listings as their next client.

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  • For Builders, Labor/Subcontractor Shortage Intensifies
    A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. The shortages are most acute

News – July 6, 2015

  • Gains Continue to Decline through Summer Buying Season
    Data through June confirms projections that 2015 would be a “non-growth” year for housing, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report reporting on data through June 2015.

News – July 4, 2015

  • Inventory: Where Do We Stand Now?
    While an improving job market and continuing low interest rates have sent consumer confidence soaring, and research tells us that pending home sales in all four major regions rose this spring, stubbornly tight inventory

News – July 3, 2015

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  • How Does Your Marketing Stack Up?
    Use this free marketing assessment tool and receive a customized report offering tips and suggestions on how to improve your current marketing strategy. Learn more. In case you missed this month’s previous tips: 5

News – July 1, 2015

  • Home Price Gains Ease in April
    S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for April 2015 show that home prices continued their rise

News – June 30, 2015

  • Generate More Leads This Summer
    One of the best ways to generate leads is to get face-to-face with your best clients. However, it can be tricky to find an opportunity to do so. After all, they’re busy, you’re busy, and

News – June 29, 2015

News – June 27, 2015

  • Selling with Integrity
    Maintaining integrity in your business is critical for long-term success. In the following article, Byron Kelly of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realty Center Chattanooga, Tenn. lets us know why. Byron Kelly General Manager, Principal Broker Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

News – June 26, 2015

  • National Ranking Identifies Best Latino Agents
    RE/MAX agents dominated the fourth annual National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) Top 250 Latino Agent report with 62 agents on the list—twice as many as the next highest ranked franchise and

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  • CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new

News – June 18, 2015

News – June 17, 2015

  • May Housing Starts Highlight Strong Demand
    Recently reported May housing starts showed an 11.1 percent drop in new home construction nationally, falling to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.036 million units. The drop from elevated April results was broad, with

News – June 16, 2015

  • REALTORS® Report Heightened Commercial Success
    Commercial real estate markets are improving with REALTORS® specializing in commercial real estate reporting an increase in annual gross income, the number of sales transactions and sales volume, according to the 2015 National Association of

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  • ‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Drop 10 Percent
    According to a recently released RealtyTrac report, 127,021 owner-vacated zombie foreclosures as of the end of the second quarter, down 11 percent from previous quarter and down 10 percent from Q2 2014. The report concludes

News – June 10, 2015

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  • How the May Job Report Is Good for Housing
    Recent news regarding employment rates has housing professionals breathing a sigh of relief. Friday’s May Jobs Report reported that employers added a plush 280,000 jobs last month, which hints that there

News – June 6, 2015

  • New Disclosure Forms May Alter Contracts
    Major changes are coming to real estate transactions. Starting on August 1, any transaction involving a mortgage will use the new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). NAR has compiled

News – June 5, 2015

News – June 4, 2015

  • Average Down Payment Drops to Three-Year Low
    RealtyTrac® has released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhomes purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent

News – June 3, 2015

  • House Prices Move Up In April
    U.S home prices continued their upward climb in April, with CoreLogic reporting a  2.7 percent monthly advance, moving the year-on-year gain up to 6.8 percent. This forward motion represents 38 months of consecutive year-over-year

News – June 2, 2015

  • 20 Hottest Real Estate Markets Announced for May
    Realtor.com® provided an early look at the May housing market with their ‘Advance Read on May Trends,’ a glimpse into residential real estate inventory and demand trends over the first 3 weeks

News – June 1, 2015

  • Peak Out: Seven Markets Have Hit Their Peaks
    Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2015. The report found that, outside of the usual headline-making markets, there are seven markets, considered “major”

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  • Housing Starts Explode to New Heights
    After a slugging winter, housing starts have jumped a whopping 20.2 percent in April, restoring themselves to what some are calling “recovery highs,” levels similar to November 2007. Housing start landed at a 1.14

News – May 19, 2015

News – May 18, 2015

  • Gap Closing Between Home Sales and Market Capacity
    On Thursday, May 21, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will be releasing its freshest batch of existing-home sales numbers. According to the data, market capacity for existing-home sales increased 1.3 percent

News – May 16, 2015

News – May 15, 2015

  • Breaking News: Project Upstream Revealed
    For a few years now, industry leaders have been working together to address data problems, producing almost two years ago a solution concept called “Upstream.” Not long after that, the WAV Group was asked to

News – May 14, 2015