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LPS Execs Finalize Management Buyout of LPS Real Estate Group, Launch New Company

Former LPS Senior Executives Jay Gaskill, Prem Luthra, Mike Kovar and John Hensley announced the completion of a management buyout of select business lines and operations from LPS’ Real Estate Group to launch Real Estate Digital (RED). The aforementioned executives ...


Don’t Lose Focus: Generating Profits and Creating a Budget with Realistic Goals Should Be Priority No. 1

As the economy struggled in the late 2000s, the real estate industry took a severe hit to its profitability. As a result, real estate companies and brokerages were affected immensely, with 70% of offices in North America rumored to be ...


HomeServices of America Announces Launch of National Title & Closing Network

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, through its title and closing companies and strategic partners have come together to form a National Title & Closing Network, providing “brick and mortar” title and closing services in all 50 states, the company has announced. ...


Clock Is Ticking: Programs Critical to REALTORS to Expire on September 30

There is the possibility that without Congressional action, two programs of vital importance to the real estate business will sunset on September 30, 2011. The end of the current extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the lowering of FHA and GSE loan limits could create a significant ...


Summer’s Last Stand: Clear Capital Reports U.S. Home Prices Increase 4.0%

Clear Capital has released its monthly Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, with news of U.S. home price gains of 4.0 percent comparing the most recent rolling quarter to the previous one. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: Facebook case study; send up to five documents a month free with REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, DocuSign®,;and register for a free safety webinar on social media and cyber safety. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Get More Sales at Your Next Open House

According to NAR’s 2010 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,” almost 50% of buyers used open houses as a key part of their home search. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Federal Government Announces Plans to Convert Foreclosures into Investor-owned Rentals

Greg Rand (@gsrand) (http://twitter.com/gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica (http://ownamerica.com) hosts Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC; this week he discusses the White House's announcement and breaks it down. “It sounds good,” Rand says, “but it's more ...


95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the second quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for about 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released yesterday. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


Market Leader Acquires SharperAgent

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2011—Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, today announced the acquisition of Denver-based SharperAgent, a leading provider of online and print marketing suites with more than 30,000 real estate agent users across North America. ...


Market Leader Acquires SharperAgent

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2011—Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR) (http://www.MarketLeader.com), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, today announced the acquisition of Denver-based SharperAgent, a leading provider of online and print marketing suites with more than 30,000 real estate agent users across North America. ...


‘Normal’ Home Prices Are Stabilizing

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011—Prices of “normal” homes—those that aren’t foreclosures or short sales—are stabilizing and the numbers of future foreclosures are falling. That “sliver of good news for consumer spending” was included in CoreLogic’s July report on housing and market trends. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: get more results from Facebook with NAR’s new “Social Media for REALTORS®: Facebook Guide”, a small-but-mighty offer from HP, and the SRES® Course on REALTOR® University is completely revised. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Rand on Real Estate: The Real State of Real Estate

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2011--Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica hosts “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC, where this week, he offers some realistic optimism on the real estate market, as opposed to what the media provides to the public. ...


A Closer Look at Home Pricing Forecasts, Local Markets Vary Widely

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2011—Economic consulting firm Clear Capital reported prices nationally have decreased by 3.2 percent in the first six months of 2011 and are forecast to drop another 2.4 percent in the second half of 2011. ...


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