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80 Metros Listed as Improving Housing Markets in June

The list of U.S. housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement now includes 80 metropolitan areas, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for June, released recently. Though down from the 100 markets shown ...


9 Ways Power Questions Help Us Build Better Business Relationships

Just a few years ago, globalization was in full swing, and the world seemed to be bursting with an infinite supply of business. All this bounty lulled us into taking our customers for granted, maintains Andrew Sobel—until the economy tanked and shattered the illusion of endless prosperity. Suddenly, the old-fashioned ...


Coldwell Banker Launches Monthly Blog by President; First ‘Real Estate by the Numbers’ Breaks Down Surprising Most-Viewed Listings

Editor’s Note: The following blog post can be found on “Blue Matter,” Coldwell Banker’s official company blog. ...


Billion Dollar IPO for Realogy’s Parent?

Domus Holdings Corp., the parent of Realogy Corporation, has announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed primary initial public offering of shares of its ...


Is the Housing Collapse Over?

April may not be the cruelest month, at least when it comes to housing. The data strongly suggest that after six dreadful years, the real estate market is stabilizing. ...


U.S. Home Prices Turn the Corner with Small Quarterly and Yearly Gains

Clear Capital®, a premium provider of data and real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment, has released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2012. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the most timely and relevant ...


Improving Foreclosure Prices Drive Recovery

Significant price increases in bank-owned foreclosures are driving gains at the national, regional and local levels, helping home prices turn the corner with small quarterly and yearly gains. ...


Market Leader Rolls Out Comprehensive Lead-to-Close Platform

Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, has announced the launch of a fully integrated Marketing Center, immediately available for each of its more than 100,000 real estate agent customers. This comprehensive solution provides real estate brokerage companies and their agents ...


Support the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act

“The Consumer Mortgage Choice Act” (H.R. 4323), introduced by Representatives William Huizenga (R-MI), Ed Royce (R-CA), Lacy Clay (D-MO), and David Scott (D-GA), is bipartisan legislation that makes corrections to the calculation of fees and points under the Home Ownership ...


Must-Know Tips for Navigating the Housing Market

June is National Homeownership Month, an annual event that focuses on the long-standing tradition of homeownership serving as a symbol of prosperity and success in the U.S. ...


Industry Insight: Tips for Selling in Today’s Luxury Real Estate Market

There are many encouraging signs that point to a luxury real estate market that is making steady strides toward recovery. Nationwide, we are seeing a trend where inventories are lowering, listings are turning over quicker and more buyers are opting to pay cash. These positive signs make the luxury market ...


Low Mortgage Rates Attracting More Short-term Borrowers

(MCT)—As mortgage rates sink deeper into record territory, homeowners are refinancing into 15-year loans at a pace not seen in a decade, aiming to pay off their debt in time for retirement. ...


E&O War Stories: Loyalty and Honesty Go Hand-in-Hand

Victor O. Schinnerer's "War Stories" are actual claims from company files with the names and some details changed for confidentiality. Here, read about a foreign buyer who sued his agent after his legal residency status resulted in his mortgage company canceling his contract. ...


Niche Marketing for Real Estate Agents: Finding Your Target Audience

Angel is a barber. He works with three other barbers in a local shop. They’re all very good at their job, but folks line up for Angel. He’s got a cadre of dedicated fans who wait longer, passing up the other trio of highly competent barbers just so they can ...


Poke, Buzz, Tweet…but Don’t Forget to Meet!

In my humble opinion, social media is a beautiful vehicle for staying front of mind with consumers and keeping in touch with the people you care about. The problem is, so many agents think they can stop prospecting because social ...


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