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Mortgage Rates Change Little Following Employment Report

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging slightly higher while remaining near their all-time record lows coming off the employment report for September. ...


3 Twitter Marketing Ideas to Build Your Business

Twitter marketing can be an effective and inexpensive social media solution for your real estate business. With only 140 characters required, Twitter offers a short and sweet way to get your message out. ...


List of Improving Housing Markets Eclipses 100 in October

A total of 103 housing markets across the United States qualified to be listed on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for October, released this week. This is up from 99 markets listed as improving in September and is the largest number of metros on ...


Former Google and Yahoo! Exec Joins MOVE, Inc.’s Board of Directors

Move, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Dulski, an entrepreneur who has founded two companies as well as served in senior roles at both Google and Yahoo!, to Move’s Board of Directors. The appointment of Dulski brings the number of Move Board members to seven. ...


Consumer Attitudes on Housing Continue Gradual Upward Trend

Results from Fannie Mae’s September 2012 National Housing Survey show Americans’ optimism about the recovery of the housing market and with regard to homeownership continued its gradual climb, bolstered by a series of mortgage rate decreases experienced throughout the summer. ...


NAR Talks Directly to America’s Property Owners

As “The Voice for Real Estate” for more than 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has turned up the volume on its consumer-facing communications, and consumers are listening. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Policymakers are considering sweeping changes to federal government programs and incentives that could dramatically change ...


Mortgage Rates Hit All-time Record Lows for Second Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to new all-time record lows for the second consecutive week on mortgage securities purchases by the Federal Reserve and indicators of a weakening economy. The Federal Reserve's purchase of long-term fixed ...


Understanding RPR: How to Leverage Realtors Property Resource® (RPR) to Create Market Advantage

Over the past two years, I have been leading the Broker Outreach Initiative at Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). During that time, I have spoken with hundreds of real estate professionals in order to present RPR’s value proposition to REALTORS®, as well as the specific benefits to brokers and managers. As ...


Basel, QM and QRM: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards have the potential to severely restrict already tight credit and ...


CEO Exchange Snapshot: RISMedia Releases Post-Event Video

RISMedia’s CEO Exchange held last month at the prestigious Yale Club in New York City brought together a powerhouse slate of industry leaders representing brokerage firms from across the nation, major franchise brands, real estate and association executives, leading mortgage ...


Housing Recovery Is in Congress’ Hands

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through September 2012 which showed far more markets improving than declining. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the ...


Rand on Real Estate: The Institutionalization of the U.S. Housing Market

Over the past year it has been reported that several private equity companies, hedge funds and private REITS have turned their attention to the single family home market. This is the first time capital sources like this have taken such a keen interest in our marketplace, and it presents great ...


17 Percent of Homeowners Undervalue Their Home

About one out of eight, or 17 percent, of homeowners with a mortgage believes their home is worth less than the amount they owe, when in fact the opposite is true. This suggests that large numbers of owners are undervaluing ...


Change Can Ensure You Survive and Thrive in Today’s New Normal

Replacing bricks and mortar with virtual space is no longer a new concept. It’s a tactic born during the recent downturn because it simply made economic sense. But it’s a strategy today that is gaining favor for a variety of ...


Monday Morning Mobile: There is No “i” in Frustrated

As we all know, technology giant Apple recently released the new iPhone 5, which hit stores on September 28, 2012. I don’t necessarily consider myself an “Apple guy,” although I do love both my iPhone and my iPad. However, I have to admit I was disappointed by the release of ...


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