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Report Showcase: The Seven Deadly Sins of Real Estate Marketing…and How to Avoid Them

Real estate marketing has become more complex than ever and homebuyer and seller expectations continue to change rapidly. To help real estate professionals address these concerns and understand the common mistakes that deflect them from their goals, HomeFinder.com has published ...


Encouraging and Streamlining Agent Feedback with Showing Suite

Innovative solutions are popping up in the real estate market all the time. Broker Associate Paul Brocchini already had 26 years of market experience under his belt when he stumbled upon a new tool that both lessens his workload and gives him an edge over the competition in his marketplace. ...


The Fiscal Cliff: What It Means for Housing and Home Builders

At the end of 2012, a number of tax and spending policies are scheduled to change. Taken together, these changes may exert a strong fiscal drag on an already fragile macroeconomic environment depending on the actions of Congress. Federal Reserve ...


Nationwide Housing Affordability Reaches New Record High

Nationwide housing affordability hit a new record high for a second consecutive quarter in the first three months of this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Yet tight lending conditions continue to ...


News in Housing: Inventories up in April

The housing inventory rose slightly in April, which is unusual in the middle of the spring sales season. The uptick may be the result of rising seller confidence and it should ease concerns that the super tight inventory levels of the last six months have dampened sales by limiting buyer ...


Helping Grow REALTORS®’ Futures: Credit Union Merger Expands Benefits for REALTORS®

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union members now have access to expanded financial and banking resources as a result of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union. ...


Recovery News: U.S. Home Sales Up 3.4% in April

Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices ...


ZipRealty Allows Consumers to Post Unfiltered Agent Reviews Online

ZipRealty, a leading national real estate brokerage and provider of proprietary technology and comprehensive online marketing tools, announced recently that homebuyers and sellers are now able to post public, unfiltered reviews of their ZipRealty agent directly on the agent’s profile page on the ZipRealty website. ...


The RREIN Roundtable: the Pros and Cons of Today’s Market

As we move through the second quarter of 2012, the year continues to pose a challenge for brokers. However, this year, there are several positive signs that indicate the worst is behind us and new opportunity lies just ahead. This month, we talk to RREIN members Ed Krafchow and Chad ...


Future of U.S. Housing Markets Depends Largely on Echo Boomers

The next two decades in housing markets depends largely on the Echo Boomers. That's according to panelists at the "Shifting Demographics and Housing Choice: A Whole New World?" session held recently during the REALTORS® 2012 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade ...


Commercial Updates: While Modest Improvement Persists, Lack of Capital Hinders Commercial Market

National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented a modest and hopeful outlook for the commercial real estate market during the Economic Issues and Commercial Business Trends Forum at the REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. last week. ...


U.S. Homeownership Aspirations Aren’t Dead: Owning a Home Remains Defining Element of American Dream

As the country continues to emerge from the turbulent mortgage period, a Homebuyer Poll released by TD Bank reveals aspirations of homeownership are still very much alive in the U.S. The majority (84 percent) of today’s younger renting generation (ages ...


REALTORS® Know Workforce Housing Solutions Are about Building Trust and Relationships

A panel of REALTORS® provided keen insight into what it takes to launch successful workforce housing initiatives during the Housing Opportunities Forum - Ideas in Action at the REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., last week. ...


Commercial/Multifamily News: Mortgage Originations up 36 Percent

First quarter 2012 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 36 percent higher than during the same period last year and 12 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations. The decrease from fourth quarter 2011 ...


Help! Google Doesn’t Think I’m Relevant! Here’s What You Can Do

Google continues to dominate search engine market share and establish itself as one of today’s most recognizable brands, because of one simple word – relevance. ...


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