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How Next Generation “Beta Brokerages” Are Shaping the Industry

Change is inevitable. From the music we enjoy to where we spend our next vacation, innovative marketing and an insatiable consumer keep our culture and our products constantly on the move. They revolutionize how we live and how we run our ...


2013: Transition to “Normal”?

The trend of gradual but below-potential economic growth seen in 2012 is expected to carry over through 2013 and into 2014. This modest growth path combined with the real GDP growth rate during the recovery from 2009 to this point of ...


Existing Home Sales Hit 5-year High in 2012

(MCT)—Sales of existing homes ticked down in December from the month before, while the total for 2012 hit the highest level in five years, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Starts End 2012 on a High Note

The year 2012 was a promising one for housing. With consistent improvements in housing construction and prices, home building is once again contributing to economic growth. And the December housing starts report capped off the year with confirmation of ...


Are You Picking the Right Horse?

Have you ever been to a racetrack and made a modest wager on a horse? Selecting the right short sale listing to buy can be just like picking the right horse to win a race. The more knowledgeable you ...


Will the Recovery Continue? A Look at Housing in 2013

2012 was the year that the U.S. housing market began its long-awaited recovery. Will the recovery continue in 2013, or will we see another setback? And what are the implications for real estate professionals—especially those who specialize in distressed ...


Mortgage Rates Mostly Flat

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing mortgage rates largely unchanged from the previous week helping to keep homebuyer affordability high, refinancing strong and should continue to aid the ongoing housing recovery. ...


CoreLogic: Prices Rose 7.9 Percent in 2012

December 2012 home prices are expected to rise by 7.9 percent on a year-over-year basis from December 2011 and fall by 0.5 percent on a month-over-month basis from November 2012 reflecting a seasonal winter slowdown, CoreLogic said recently. ...


Luxury Sellers Hang Tough on Prices

Even though the time it takes to sell a luxury property has increased to as long as 260 days in Chicago, 287 in Miami and 197 nationally, overall, fewer sellers are cutting prices. ...


Top 10 Predictions for Housing in 2013

The national housing market made a strong rebound in 2012 and that positive trend is expected to continue in the New Year, according to RE/MAX Co-Founder and Chairman Dave Liniger. His 2013 Top 10 Predictions are revealed in a video presentation released recently. ...


HSA Home Warranty Helps Agents Stay Stress Free and Tech Savvy

HSA Home Warranty—a home warranty company offering comprehensive plans to buyers and sellers—has been providing home warranties and services for the past 28 years. But on top of the security an HSA home warranty affords homeowners, HSA works to provide assistance to real estate professionals by offering partnerships in which ...


The Money’s in Mobile

I have made the point over the past couple months that our mobile devices have taken over as the primary consumer search tool for most of us and will take over for the rest of us in the near future. Yes, ...


Silicon Valley December Inventory: How Low Can It Go?

Regional Spotlight—MLSListings, a full spectrum MLS service organization that provides industry leading MLS services and technology to real estate professionals in California, has announced that Silicon Valley single family inventory continues its drop from December 2011 levels with Santa Clara County down 57 percent and San Mateo County following closely ...


Home Prices Up 0.3 percent in November; Price Increase Expected to Continue

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows that the recovery of U.S. property values has continued through November—the ninth consecutive month of price gains driven largely by rising homes sales and moderate economic growth. ...


Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012

With 11 months of data reported, 2012 will clearly go down as a record year for favorable housing affordability conditions, and a great year for buyers who could get a mortgage, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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