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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 ...


Key Issues Threaten the Rise of Hispanic Homebuyers

Immigration reform, sweeping changes in policies and regulations and the rising racial wealth gap and their impact on Hispanic homeownership are among the central issues Hispanic real estate leaders will discuss next week at the NAHREP 2014 Housing Policy & Hispanic Lending ...


Get Ready to Meet International Service Needs

Where will your next corporate customer or foreign national purchaser hail from? Whether it’s Brazil, China or Belgium, it’s apparent that international activity is increasing, based on global mobility trends and home sale statistics. Are you ready for this potential new business ...


HUD Reports Residential Sales Up from Last December

Sales of new single-family houses in December 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 7.0 percent (±17.5 percent) below the revised November rate of 445,000, but ...


New Jersey’s Year-End Report: 2013 Was a Great Year for Housing

Regional Spotlight—The December 2013 housing market report from the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® shows that over the course of the year, the housing market proved to be strong. In fact, closed sales were at the highest levels since 2005, to 94,671 units, up 18.1 percent. There are still fewer ...