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New Rules Aim to Speed up Short Sales

(MCT)—The short sale process could get a lot quicker starting this summer under new rules that will require lenders to respond to offers within a month. ...


March Bay State Home Sales Rise 20 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Sales of single-family homes and condominiums in Massachusetts rose by double-digit percentages in March—marking the strongest first quarter since 2007, according to a new report by The Warren Group. ...


Watch Your Mouth

If you ask the average person how they feel they can give you an answer but not too many can tell you how they got there. Some people believe that they feel a certain way because of whatever the weather ...


9 Cities and Both Composites Hit New Lows in February

Data through February 2012, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, showed annual declines of 3.6 percent and 3.5 percent for the 10- and 20-City Composites, respectively. ...


The Housing Recovery Is Slow Going, but Things Are Improving

There has been a flurry of media stories regarding the latest housing data that suggest the recent momentum in the housing market has stalled and the industry is heading toward another downturn. ...


Top 5 in Real Estate Network Spotlights: Defining Customer Service in Today’s Market

“The key to excellent customer service is making each client a high priority. This transaction is not like buying a car and trading it in a few years later,” says Cathy Freeman of Rod Aluisi Real Estate. Read on as RISMedia’s Lesley Geary interviews Freeman about achieving excellent customer service ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in March but Inventory Down, Prices Stabilizing

Existing-home sales were down in March but continue to outpace year-ago levels, while inventory tightened and home prices are showing further signs of stabilizing, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Multicultural Buyers: The New American Melting Pot

Just a cursory glance at your television is evidence: the demographic of the U.S. population has changed dramatically in the past decade. America’s population is more diverse than ever before, and savvy real estate agents should prepare now to serve ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Slightly Higher

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates holding relatively stable this week amid signs that inflation remains in check with the 30-year fixed up slightly at 3.90 percent and 15-year fixed at 3.13 percent. ...


NAR Gains Key Acquisition in SentriLock

As of December 2011, the official lockbox provider of The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is 100 percent owned by NAR, the organization has announced. Now directly accountable to the real estate community it serves, SentriLock, LLC, as the official lockbox provider for NAR, will continue to focus on providing ...


HUD Debars 4 Individuals Following Reverse Mortgage Scam Targeting Seniors

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the indefinite debarment of three South Florida mortgage loan officers and a Pittsburgh title agent following their criminal convictions on charges they defrauded elderly borrowers, mortgage lenders and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). ...


CENTURY 21 New Millennium: Real Estate for Today…and Tomorrow

Her office is in Lexington Park, Md. His is 70 miles away in Alexandria, Va. But for company president Mary Lynn Stone and CEO Todd Hetherington, the partners and dynamic visionaries behind CENTURY 21 New Millennium, the distance is bridged by a focused synergy that powers the company’s success. ...


Closing Gifts Made Easy with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®

Given today’s unsteady economic climate, consumers everywhere are aiming to cut corners and budget themselves more than ever before. The same goes for when it comes to buying and selling a home in the current housing market. But thanks to a partnership between Lowe’s and the National Association of REALTORS® ...


The ‘Grow or Die’ Lie: Why Everything You Think You Know about Business Growth Is Wrong

All growth is good. Bigger is better. All businesses must either “grow or die.” If you’re a small business owner, you might have been nodding along as you read those business mantras, agreeing wholeheartedly with each one. After all, it’s ...


40 Years of Innovations: ERA’s Formula for Success Poises Company for Future Growth

Over the past few months, as we were gearing up for our 40th anniversary celebration, I spent a lot of time thinking about ERA Real Estate’s roots in innovation. When our founders Jim Jackson and Gene Francis paired the new ...


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