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5 Ways to Increase Open House Traffic

A record-breaking, mild winter has kick-started the real estate market much earlier this year than the usual spring start. Mild temperatures are encouraging buyers to begin their search now, and smart sellers are taking advantage of this by pricing their homes accurately and using effective marketing tools. Here are a ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Succeeding In Spite of Today’s Lending Environment

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Rei Mesa, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Home Prices Start to Rise, Sales Trend Higher: Housing Recovery Underway

For the first time in 18 months, home prices in February rose higher. With a median price of $171,881, prices in the 53 cities surveyed by the RE/MAX National Housing Report rose by 1.1% over February 2011. ...


my.REALTOR.org – Your New Personalized Connection to NAR

This spring, brokers and agents will be able to transform the way they interact online with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR). The new my.REALTOR.org provides each member the ability to choose the information areas and news topics they receive ...


MBA Weekly News: Mortgage Applications Decrease

Mortgage applications decreased 2.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 9, 2012. ...


Shaping the Future of Real Estate

The following interview between Real Estate magazine Managing Editor Paige Tepping and John Gall, President of Nextage Property Solutions, focuses on company growth and the future of real estate. Read on to learn how Gall pushed past the traditional real estate model. ...


Technology Can Help Build Connections

For decades, being able to get clients to instantly like and trust you was a must-have attribute for a real estate agent. This, in turn, required you to be personable, available and knowledgeable. ...


Face the Facts: Preaching the Truth Crucial to Educating Consumers and Restoring Consumer Confidence

“Educating consumers and working to restore consumer confidence is about preaching the truth,” says Mark Stark, CEO/owner of Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS® in Las Vegas, Nev. As we continue to make our way through this once-in-a-lifetime market that is defined by low interest rates and depressed value, Stark believes there ...


New Real Estate Poll: Americans Increasingly Optimistic about Homeownership

Americans are significantly more optimistic about homeownership than they were a year ago. That’s according to a new national survey released this week from Prudential Real Estate, a Brookfield Residential Property Services company. According to the second-annual Prudential Real Estate ...


CoreLogic® Reports 145,000 Y-O-Y Decline in Foreclosure Inventory

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released its National Foreclosure Report for January, which provides monthly data on completed foreclosures, foreclosure inventory and 90+ delinquency rates. There were 69,000 completed foreclosures in January 2012, compared to 80,000 in January 2011, and 65,000 in ...


Homeowner Vacancy: Tightest Housing Markets in the U.S.

A simple measure of tightness in a market for owner-occupied housing is the homeowner vacancy rate (number of homes for sale divided by the number either for sale or owner-occupied). Builders are often interested in markets that are tight by this measure, because it indicates prospective buyers will have difficulty ...


Consumer Attitudes Stabilize, Positivity Spreads

Americans' concerns about key economic and housing issues are beginning to subside, according to results from Fannie Mae's February 2012 National Housing Survey. ...


Housing Is Healing: Asking Prices to Show Gain in 2012

For the first time in six years, sellers’ asking prices tracked by the Department of Numbers Website have gone positive on a year-to-year basis, another sign that the housing economy is slowly healing itself. ...


Where Next? Following Boomers to Their Next Real Estate Purchase

Baby boomers are becoming seniors at a rate of 10,000 per day, 4 million per year. By 2020, 80 million people in the U.S. will be 65 or older. Many will uproot to flee ice storms and frost heaves, move ...


REBAC Report: A Global Opportunity

With annual sales of more than $82 billion, international buyers who are interested in purchasing properties in the U.S. provide a tremendous opportunity for brokers and agents looking to expand their business this year. And with the recent addition of more than 1 million international listings on REALTOR.com® and advanced ...


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