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Helping to Move the Industry Forward

A 35-year veteran of the real estate business, Gary Thomas—broker/owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif.—has experienced the ups and downs of the industry and thrived through many a market. Throughout it all, Thomas has held steadfast to the ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in October with Ongoing Price and Equity Gains

Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Starts Up 3.6 Percent in October

Nationwide housing production rose 3.6 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 894,000 units, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. This is the highest pace of new-home construction since July of 2008. ...


Bipartisan National Mortgage Settlement Provides Support to Nearly 310,000 Homeowners

The nation’s largest mortgage servicers have distributed $26.1 billion in direct relief to nearly 310,000 homeowners, or roughly $84,385 per homeowner as part of the National Mortgage Settlement, according to a progress report released this week by independent settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith of the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight. ...


Builder Confidence Hits Highest Point since 2006

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes posted a solid, five-point gain to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI) for November. This marks the seventh consecutive monthly gain in the confidence ...


Join REALTOR.com® in Support of Habitat for Humanity

NAR PULSE—Through its efforts, Habitat for Humanity has helped 500,000 low-income families obtain, maintain and keep homes of their own – a mission that’s embraced by all of us at REALTOR.com®. In support, REALTOR.com® created the Building Hope Challenge, an initiative that helps support the Habitat BUiLD movement. ...


FHA Audit Leads to Higher Fees

The results of FHA’s annual audit sent a shock wave through the nation’s housing community as even agency officials could not confirm that the higher borrowing costs it will charge borrowers will be enough to cover losses. ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in October with Ongoing Price and Equity Gains

Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Tight Credit Is Tough on Younger, Single Buyers

High lending standards that make it hard for millions of younger, single home buyers to get a mortgage are creating an older, more married and wealthier population of homeowners. ...


Working Together, Instilling Confidence in Homeownership

As housing markets across the country show signs of improvement, instilling confidence in the benefits of homeownership is still not an easy task. ...


Marketing Strategies: Are You a Salesperson or Are You a Service Person?

When you are doing your real estate business, do you feel more like a "salesperson" or more like a “service person”? What do you think the difference is for your business? Do you think it makes any difference at all? ...


How You Can ‘Be Better’ with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate

As a world-class brand, we at Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate strive to be an industry leader by providing our network of over 7,500 real estate professionals with the innovative tools necessary to not just succeed, but thrive by ...


The Black Friday Bargain: Start Planning the Home Remodel of Your Dreams

With the holidays (and associated chaos) fast approaching, you probably aren’t putting much thought into home improvement—except, perhaps, to grumble about the fact that you’ll have to cook another Thanksgiving meal in your outdated kitchen, or to wish that you ...


FHA Issues Annual Financial Status Report to Congress

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released its annual report to Congress on the financial condition of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. In reporting on findings of the independent actuarial study, HUD indicates that while FHA continues to be impacted by ...


Growing Your Business through Education

Knowledge is power. By expanding your real estate knowledge and keeping at the forefront of what’s next, you and your agents will stand apart from the crowd in today’s competitive marketplace. NAR offers extensive resources to help you continue to ...


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