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It’s Write a Business Plan Month: How to Include Your Marketing Strategy

December is National Write a Business Plan Month - so designated to encourage unhappy employees to become their own satisfied bosses. Whether your goal is to own your own business, become a consultant, a speaker or an author, you'll need to ...


CoreLogic® Releases December MarketPulse Report

CoreLogic, a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, recently released its December MarketPulse report. The monthly publication provides insight into the health of the U.S. economy with emphasis on housing and mortgage metrics. CoreLogic Chief Economist Mark Fleming and ...


Top Economists: Fla.’s Housing Market Growing Stronger

Regional Spotlight—Florida's residential real estate market will continue its upward trend into 2013, though the pace of recovery may be slower than the U.S. as a whole, according to leading U.S. economists speaking at Florida REALTORS® 2013 Real Estate and Economic Forecast Conference Dec. 12 in Orlando. ...


Freddie Mac Economist Sees New Households Outpacing Apartment Boom

In his 2013 forecast, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft, sees more than a million new households bolstering housing starts, driving apartment vacancy rates down to ten year lows and outpacing the boom in new apartment construction. ...


Innovative or Absurd? Racy Listing Video Goes Viral

Here at RISMedia, we love to see what real estate professionals around the world are doing to better their business and sell homes. So when the following videos surfaced featuring lingerie-clad super models and a bare-bottomed man strutting his stuff through ...


Mortgage Rates Ease Slightly, Remain Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates easing slightly and remaining near record lows to keep homebuyer affordability high and attractive to those looking to refinance. ...


Foreclosure Starts at 71-Month Low, Bank Repossessions Increase

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for November 2012, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 180,817 U.S. properties in November, a decrease of 3 percent from October and down 19 percent from November 2011 — marking the 26th ...


First-Time Homebuyers Face Stiff Competition from Investors

In this hot market the homes moving fastest have two types of increasingly web savvy buyers: First time homebuyers who take advantage of FHA financing and absentee buyers looking for investments. ...


Treasury to Announce Big Changes to HAFA Program

The U.S. Treasury Department will be making some changes to the HAFA Program in 2013, and as a real estate professional, these changes will affect short sales in your local market. ...


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More Americans Believe Economy Headed in Right Direction

Despite continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, Americans are showing increased confidence in the housing market and the direction of the economy. According to results from Fannie Mae’s November 2012 National Housing Survey, such improvement bodes ...


Why Buying at the End of 2012 May Be Your Best Investment Yet

With just a month left in 2012, the number of days to benefit from year-end home buying tax benefits is dwindling quickly. We consulted real estate experts from across the country to share what you need to know when preparing to close before December 31, 2012. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hit New Record Lows

Mortgage rates hit new record lows last week with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 3.50 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.40 discount and origination points. ...


NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for NAHB’s 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 50+ housing industry. A total of 83 entries were chosen as finalists and ...


The Foreclosure Iceberg Is Slowly Melting

CoreLogic reported Monday that October prices that exclude distress sales rose only 5.8 percent while prices that include distressed sales increased on a year-over-year basis by 6.3 percent in October 2012, the biggest increase since June 2006 and the eighth ...


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