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Real Estate Leaders Report Success in 2013

Validating that the real estate market has indeed rebounded, hundreds of brokers have already responded to RISMedia’s 26th Annual Power Broker Survey, reporting an overall increase in sales volume and closed transactions for 2013. ...


Can Shadow Inventory Help Relieve Price Pressure?

Home prices grew at the fastest pace in seven years in 2013. This is good news for property owners, both homeowners and landlords, as they witnessed, on average, a $32,000 gain in housing equity over the past two years. The equity increase ...


Instilling Confidence in Buyers and Sellers—Home Warranties Cover All the Bases

When it comes to buying, selling, or simply enjoying your own home, few things can be as frustrating or as costly as dealing with the unexpected breakdown of a major system or appliance. Experienced real estate professionals know they can expect a ...


January Housing on the Up

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the January edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest data show progress among ...


Working with Millennial Home Buyers, Part 1

In a recent piece published by RISMedia, Generation Next, Sherry Chris—president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate—explores the Millennial generation, and our findings on who they are, what they want, and what they’re looking for in a real ...


Mortgage Applications on the Rise

Mortgage applications increased 0.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 31, 2014. ...


Community Outreach Programs Help Build Local Commercial Real Estate

Brokers know that helping build good communities is good business. The National Association of REALTORS® Community Outreach programs help you and your local REALTOR® Association get more involved by providing resources to target community initiatives while giving you an ally in legislative and smart growth matters. ...


New Rules Mean New Worries for Some Mortgage Brokers

The new year has brought a potentially scary new regulation for many mortgage brokers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The policy, which took effect in January, has caught the eye of many in the industry because it puts into place some ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market on a Record High

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for the fourth quarter of 2013 is up sharply, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. All segments of the market—single-family homes, condominiums and multifamily rental—registered strong increases compared to the same quarter ...


Top 10 US Destinations for Buyers from China

While the United States real estate market is of growing interest to buyers from around the world, certain countries, such as China, are having a rapidly increasing impact on U.S. brokerage business. Chinese consumers of U.S. property—including those from mainland China and ...


How to Secure Your Spot as a Real Estate Leader

What You Need to Know to be Part of RISMedia’s 26th Annual Power Broker Report & Survey ...


The 8 Best Tablet Apps for Real Estate Agents

Do you use a tablet in your real estate business? ...


FHA Issues New eSignature Requirements for Lenders

DocuSign joins the rest of the United States real estate industry in applauding the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Office of Single Family Housing’s expansion of lender authority to accept electronic signatures on documents associated with mortgage loans. The publication of Mortgagee Letter 2014-03 is the latest in a series of ...


Senate Considers Bill Protecting Homeowners from Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) recently called on the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation to protect homeowners from significant increases in flood insurance premiums, which began being phased in on Oct. 1. S. 1926, introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), would delay rate increases ...


Winter Shows No Signs of Cooling in Home Prices

Data through November 2013, released recently by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that the 10-City and 20-City Composites increased 13.8 percent and 13.7 percent year-over-year. Dallas posted its highest ...