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Monday Morning Mobile: Meeting Consumer Expectations

Technology makes life simpler, faster, and more efficient. In a day with 24 hours, and potentially 16 or more of those spent awake, we have more opportunities to be engaged and online with co-workers, partners, vendors and clients we do business with. No one knows this more than the real ...


Finding the Positives in Economic and Housing Conditions in 2012

While 2011 was clearly a challenging year, there is a lot to be positive about looking ahead. Economically, while buffeted by natural disasters and fiscal policy indecisiveness at home and a European sovereign debt crisis abroad, the U.S. economy was ...


30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages Reach Record Low

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates changing little amid mixed economic data. Regardless, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged down slightly to 3.88 percent to a new all-time record low marking the seventh consecutive week below 4.00 percent. ...


REALTORS® Recognize Credit Union as Valuable Member Benefit

Since it opened in May 2009, the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union has created quite a buzz, becoming a benefit among National Association of REALTOR® members. The union offers a portfolio of services and products, and was recently rated the fastest ...


Broker Best Practices: Staying Ahead with Mobile Marketing and Technology

Josh McGrath, a Broker in Real Estate Central Cross Lanes, W. Va, knows a thing or two about embracing technology and incorporating it into a successful marketing strategy. Read on to find out his top method, as will as how he stays ahead of the competition and motivates his agents. ...


Broker Spotlight: Succeeding in the Consumer Era

“A big portion of any business is not just understanding what your market is, but what the market will give you,” says Ed Dolinksy, President of Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty. Read the following interview between Dolinsky and RISMedia’s Maria Patterson to find out how to connect with consumers and build ...


Mortgage Rates Continue Trend of Record-Breaking Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, showing mortgage rates easing to new all-time record lows for all products covered in the survey helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average for the 30-year fixed ...


Tools of the Trade: Develop and Grow Your 203(k) Business

For many prospective homeowners, securing a loan for a property in need of repair can be a difficult process. Those wanting to improve on the home and secure an affordable mortgage in one fell swoop should look no further than the Lowe’s/REbuildUSA™ 203(k) program, providing real estate professionals and homeowners ...


Mortgage Matters: HARP 2.0 Boosts Homebuyer Confidence

The federal government recently threw a lifeline to homeowners underwater with their current mortgages. Thanks to new changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) guidelines, more homeowners can refinance at today’s lower rates—even if their homes have declined in value. That’s because new HARP guidelines enable homeowners to refinance ...


Build Your Business and Reach More Buyers in 2012

The spring selling season brings with it hopes for recovery and renewal. And agents who find the most success this season will be those who not only reach new clients, but those who successfully reconnect with previous ones as well. ...


Tech Firm Imprev Inks Major Deals, Expands, See More Growth in 2012

Home sales may be lackluster and home foreclosure and vacancy rates alarming, but leading real estate firms are still investing in both marketing and technology to help their agents build market share as competition has intensified. ...


Mid Atlantic Region Expected to be ‘The Exception, Not the Rule,’ in 2012 Housing Market

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—As the new year begins, potential home buyers and sellers throughout the Mid Atlantic region are anxious about how their properties will fare in this coming year. To explore the issue, MRIS has released a list of several key triggers that are expected to shape the local economy, and ...


Kiplinger’s Housing Forecast: Positive Signs Offset the Negative

The median home price in the U.S. has plunged nearly 40% in a little over five years, but the worst is definitely over, according to a recent report by Kiplinger: The market has finally wrung out the last excess valuations ...


Mortgage Defaults: Signs of Recovery

The UFA Default Risk Index for the fourth quarter of 2011 edged lower to 131 from last quarter’s revised 133, which suggests that residential mortgage default and prepayment risks are continuing their return to normalcy. ...


Study Examines Impact of Social Networks on Strategic Default

Unemployment and other factors have caused many homeowners to involuntarily default on their mortgages. At the same time, falling home prices, the possibility of being underwater for many years and advice from certain influencers, or “mavens,” may have encouraged others to simply stop paying, with deleterious consequences in some markets, ...