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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®. ...


What Today’s Homebuyer Wants and How You Can Give It to Them

Buying a home is a multifaceted and often confusing transaction no matter how well-informed the buyer may seem. Today’s homebuyer is savvier than ever, having more information than ever before available right at their fingertips. ...


13 Keys to Building a Killer Business in 2013

One of the benefits that the Top 5 in Real Estate Network® offers its members is the opportunity to participate in monthly ‘This Way to the Top’ webinars. Each month we focus on a single topic of interest, which is also reflected in our coaching programs, our community interchanges and ...


Mobile Marketing: Riding the Next Big Wave

In today’s on-the-go marketplace, everything and everyone is going mobile. For real estate companies not incorporating a complete mobile solution in their grand marketing mix, opportunities are being missed, consumers are being ignored and business is surely being left on the table. On the flip side, companies that understand the ...


Qualified Mortgage/Ability to Repay Rule: MBA and ICBA Supportive

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has formally released its qualified mortgage (QM) definition and Ability-to-Repay rule, and financial organizations across the board are responding. ...


Housing Recovery Set to Continue

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through December 2012. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly ...


Remodelers Forecast a Bright 2013

National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions has experienced significant growthacross all indicators, with forecasting in the next three months hitting its all-time highest level. ...


Builders Target Families with Multiple Generations under One Roof

(MCT)—Viewed from the street, the single-family home at the entrance to Lennar’s Traditions at Bella Casa community looks just like any of the homebuilder’s other models. ...


Study Shows More People Use Internet to Research Homes for Sale

Real estate-related searches on Google.com have grown 253 percent over the past four years, according to a joint study from the National Association of REALTORS® and Google. ...


5 Reasons Why Short Sales Can Grow Your Business

Short sales continue to play a part in the real estate landscape and sources show that this niche will thrive well into 2013. Even though short sales can be difficult to close, there are many reasons why they should be a part of your main business strategy with a specific ...


Is Your Association Business Model What You Need to Compete?

Our association business models for the most part are similar. The National Association of REALTORS® provides guidance in its Models Document which delineates three different Management Models. They differ in a number of ways, including the concept of the role of the volunteer in the decision making process. NAR refers ...


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