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Going Beyond Borders; A Strong Global Presence Positions RE/MAX for the Future

Increasing numbers of international buyers are interested in U.S. property. With a global website and a worldwide network of nearly 90,000 associates in more than 80 countries, RE/MAX is serving them. ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Gain Momentum in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fifth consecutive month in September to a level of 40 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI). This latest three-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since June of ...


Strength in Single-Family Sector Boosts Housing in August

Nationwide housing production rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase was fueled entirely by gains in the single-family sector, where the pace of new construction rose in every region ...


Mortgage Rates Back to Record Lows

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates at or near their all-time record lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage matched its all-time record low at 3.49 percent, and the average 15-year ...


Focus on Consumers by Modernizing Your Technology Plan

Keeping up with new and progressive technology was one of the hot topics at RISMedia's Real Estate CEO Exchange this month, as Mediatise, LLC managing partner Kenneth Jenny led a panel of key industry members to discuss how brokers and ...


Life in Mobile: The Here and Now of Mobile Commerce

Those who say “mobile is the future” clearly haven’t stopped to look around lately. Mobile is the epitome of present-day culture, and while it’s only going to continue to grow, the foundation has been laid. Think back just a few short years ago when BlackBerry ruled the roost; today they ...


5 Things for Your ‘Not To-Do’ List

One of my jobs as a speaker/trainer is to help people be more productive. What I have found is that the answers to many of our problems can be found in the obvious, but other solutions can be found by ...


Closing with Gift Cards; Home Improvement Made Easy with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®

Although the market is on its way toward recovery, buyers, sellers and homeowners everywhere are still looking to cut costs wherever possible. After a transaction is completed, buyers often find that there are still areas of the home they wish to expand, change or renovate. While money may be tight ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Mobile Consumer Mentality

What do homebuyers and retail consumers have in common? They probably have quite a bit in common, however, if they have similar mobile searching behavior, that’s good news for the real estate industry! ...


Why a Virtual Assistant Makes Sense

Miguel Berger, broker at Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Tech Valley in Albany, New York joined the franchise in February of 2001. ...


Broker Strategies: Is Your Website Equipped for the Mobile Real Estate Revolution?

Did you know that every minute, the mobile web receives 217 new users? Did you realize that for some large real estate websites like HomeFinder.com and Zillow.com, more than one-third of visitors on weekends browse from a mobile device? When potential clients visit your website, do they see a mobile-friendly ...


20 Stress Management Tips for Peak Performance

Structural engineers get paid big bucks to design buildings strong enough to withstand the damaging impact brought on by Mother Nature's fury. They use computer simulations to help them identify and mitigate stress-fatigue factors, which might contribute to the collapse ...


Oops, My Bad! 5 Ways Your Business Can Improve by Admitting to Mistakes

It seems our society has turned dodging responsibility into an art form. From celebrities who insist that a brush with the law was all a big misunderstanding to political figures who use spin and double-speak to blame everything on the other side, no one wants to admit it when they ...


Marketing Strategies: Powerful Steps to Increasing Your Income Now

If you find yourself wanting to be more proactive or have trouble taking action, then following these steps will give you the boost you’re looking for. ...


Pulling at the Leash – A New Age of Recruiting

Watching brokers work a room of agents is an interesting and often amusing spectacle. The dialog is very consistent and reminds me of the pain of changing brokerages and the old-school way of building a business. Today, things are different; the people we want to join our firms must be ...


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