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Creating a Simpler, Secure Workflow: Xerox Technology Supports Cloud Services, Custom Apps, BYOD and More

Xerox recently introduced ConnectKey™, a software system embedded in Xerox multifunction printers (MFPs) and a set of solutions that respond to an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for more advanced IT security across connected devices. ...


Beyond Referrals

Last month we discussed how changes in the corporate mobility industry may herald new business opportunities for brokerage-based relocation departments. Traditionally, relocation directors focused on buyer and seller referral revenue, but with fewer corporate transfers and increased renter populations, it ...


Solar Panels Puzzle Would-Be Buyers

(MCT)—With solar panel prices plunging and generous tax credits and incentives still available, now may be as good a time as any to go solar. ...


The Quiet Giant Built on Performance: LeadingRE, a Network of Premier Brokerages

It’s 8:00 a.m. in a Ritz-Carlton meeting room in downtown Chicago as a baker’s dozen of real estate brokers representing $90 billion in annual home sales gather at the thrice-yearly board of directors meeting for the company they own and operate. ...


March Existing-Home Sales Slip Due to Limited Inventory, Prices Maintain Uptrend

Existing-home sales eased in March from inventory constraints, which continued to pressure home prices, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Mortgages Are Coming Home

Since late last year, industry experts forecast a drop in mortgage refinancings as rates rise, and a revival of purchase mortgages, as the housing recovery creates business for lenders willing to work with buyers. The spring housing market is here and ...


Consumer Confidence Making a Comeback

As the weather warms for spring, so are consumers—for home buying, that is. “Now that interest rates are at such a low level, people are beginning to realize that buying a home is more affordable than renting,” says Rob Sibcy, President of Sibcy Cline REALTORS®. “As people continue to have ...


Realtor.com® Follows up on Nationwide Open House Weekend

In preparation for the beginning of the most trafficked months for open houses, realtor.com® has initiated systems for brokers and their agents to maximize their open house efforts. ...


Mortgage Rates Move Lower Again, Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving lower this week amid data showing weaker consumer spending. This marks the third consecutive week fixed-rate mortgages have moved lower as the ...


Housing Passes One Million Mark

Housing construction passed the psychological mark of one million starts in March coming in at 1.036 million homes, up 7 percent from an upwardly revised February level of 968,000. The surge was due to a 31 percent increase in apartment construction ...


Royal LePage Launches Fully Mobile, Bilingual Marketing Center

In what the company is calling a bold effort to cut the cord that tethers real estate agents to their desktops, Royal LePage Real Estate Services has announced it will launch what it says is the real estate industry’s first fully ...


The Vacation Home Makes a Comeback

As the market continues to shift, one industry trend seems to be making continuous waves: vacation homes. ...


ERA Real Estate Expands Technology Partnership with Homes.com

ERA Real Estate, a global leader in real estate franchising, and Homes.com, a leader in enterprise-level real estate solutions, have jointly announced a renewal and expansion of their technology and marketing partnership. ERA Real Estate joined forces with Homes.com in 2011 to develop and launch the new ERA.com website powered ...


Rising Costs Put Squeeze on Builder Confidence in April

Facing increasing costs for building materials and rising concerns about the supply of developed lots and labor, builders registered less confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April, with a two-point drop to 42 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. ...


FHA Reform Efforts Must Ensure Borrowers Have Access to Affordable Home Loans

With tight mortgage lending standards preventing well-qualified home buyers from obtaining home loans and impeding the housing and economic recovery, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for congressional efforts to reform the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) but ...


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