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Nationwide Housing Affordability Increases at Year-End 2012

Exceptionally low interest rates helped ensure a slight gain in nationwide housing affordability amid relatively stable house prices in the final quarter of 2012, according to the National Association of Home Builders Index (HOI), released recently. ...


Housing Continues to Gain Ground

Although the economy seems to be transitioning to a slightly stronger growth path, unresolved fiscal policy decisions pose significant headwinds in early 2013, according to Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group. Increased taxes and reduced government spending will keep growth ...


Tips That Will Immediately Help You Win More Listings and Convert More Buyers – Part 1

As a successful real estate broker who made the transition from the broker side of the business to the affiliate side of the business, I have gained a unique and objective perspective as to what really helps agents do more business ...


Marketing Strategies: Easy Ways to Turn a Scarcity Mindset into a Prosperity Mindset

What do you do when you notice a gap between where you are and where you want to be? ...


10 Sneaky Bad Habits That Hurt Client Relationships

If you’re like most business owners, you probably assume your client relationships are pretty good. After all, you have enough clients to still be in business, which, in light of our recent economic death spiral, is saying something! ...


Ask the Experts: Creating A Video That Connects with Consumers

In the following Q & A, Christian Sterner, Co-Founder of WellcomeMat, will address what real estate video marketers need to accomplish to stay successful and connect with their audience. ...


FNC Report: Housing Recovery Takes Hold for the Long Haul

Though home foreclosures continue to be a challenge in many hard-hit markets, a report released this week by mortgage technology company FNC indicates the ongoing housing recovery should continue for the long haul. ...


Next Generation ‘Beta Brokerages’ Reveal Groundbreaking Trends

The Beta Brokerage concept shares case studies of entrepreneurial unaffiliated brokers that are breaking the rules of tradition. Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate works with these companies’ leaders to understand and share their strategies through the brand’s Beta Brokerage Directory. ...


January Housing Update: Nothing Left to Buy in Silicon Valley?

Regional Spotlight-- Median home-sale price continues to grow by double-digits in the Bay Area of California, but with such a shortage of inventory and fewer new listings, there soon may be nothing left to buy. ...


Building Real Estate Relationships in the New Generation: What the Rest of Us Learn from YPNers

In this month’s NAR Power Broker Roundtable, panelists from the Young Professionals Network discuss how they are conducting the business of real estate in today’s tech-savvy world—and what we can learn from them. ...


How to Build a Profitable Online Marketing Presence

It was wonderful to see so many Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate brokers and agents in Las Vegas last week for our International Convention, FUSION. It was exciting to witness the energy and creativity that is expelled when over 500 ...


Realogy Reports Financial Results for Full Year 2012

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in residential real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation title and settlement services, has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012, including the following: ...


Dell Goes Deep for Real Estate

While implementing the right technology strategy is essential for any business professional, let’s face it…the options and process can be overwhelming. That’s exactly why Dell’s David Rodriguez is placing new emphasis on guiding real estate professionals toward creating the best possible tech solution for their specific needs—whether you’re an individual ...


Real Estate Q&A: Banks Cut Back on Lending for Co-Ops

(MCT)—QUESTION: I bought a co-op apartment unit in January 2010 with a conventional mortgage. I am trying to refinance it and have found that big banks are not willing to work with me. Can you please explain what’s happening here? ...


Real Estate Trends: From Trash to Treasure

From homes to cabins to dormitories—and everything in between—re-purposed shipping containers, or ISBUs (Intermodal Steel Building Units) are making their mark on the residential real estate sector, blurring the lines between two very distinct industries as one’s trash becomes the other’s ...


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