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Real Estate Independent Contractor Lawsuits: What’s Next?

Over the past few years, a question has been bubbling around the real estate community: should agents be legally treated as employees or independent contractors? This question has sparked several lawsuits around the country as agents grapple with this legal gray ...


Grocery Stores Help Homes Appreciate Faster, Study Says

Your local grocery market has a lot to do with what happens in your local housing market, according to a new analysis by Zillow featured in the paperback edition of Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate (Grand Central Publishing, Jan. 26). ...


Millennials to Shape Housing Preferences – Once They Start Buying

The millennial generation is poised to make a significant impact on home design with their strong preferences for energy efficiency and smart-home technology; comfortable, workable kitchens and more casual spaces, says speakers today from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Better Homes and Gardens. Both spoke at a ...


HUD Offers $1 Billion for National Disaster Relief

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and the Rockefeller Foundation recently announced the winners of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  Secretary Castro traveled to Norfolk, Virginia where he joined Governor Terry McAuliffe in announcing the winners of the competition. Through NDRC, ...


reAltitude Founded by Four Large Boards of REALTORS® Company to Supply Associations with ‘Centers of Excellence’

Four leading boards of REALTORS®, representing more than 80,000 members, including the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®, the Miami Association of REALTORS®, San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® have entered into a definitive agreement to form a new company, reAltitude, Inc., the company announced. ...


Engel & Völkers North America CEO Anthony Hitt Featured in Swanepoel POWER 200

Engel & Völkers recently announced that the firm’s North America CEO, Anthony Hitt, has been included in the Swanepoel POWER 200, a ranking of the top 200 most powerful people in residential real estate by the Swanepoel T3 Group, one of the nation’s leading research firms. ...


December Rebound: Existing-Home Sales Snap Back

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe initiative pushed a portion of November’s would-be transactions into last ...


Brokers Report 2015 Numbers, Forecast the Year Ahead

The official results for 2015 are in, and the nation’s leading real estate companies are now submitting their verified numbers for RISMedia’s 28th Annual Power Broker Survey, the industry’s longest-running ranking of America’s top brokerage firms. The Power Broker Survey ranks firms ...


Leveraging Buyer Data to Improve the Top and Bottom Lines

Creating, implementing and leveraging a competitive edge for your company is a necessity today with competition pulling at every edge of your business. ...


Growth for Property Tax Revenues

NAHB tabulations of the Census Bureau’s quarterly tax data show that $527 billion in taxes were paid by property owners from the fourth quarter of 2014 through the end of third quarter of 2015. This represents a $37 billion increase over the previous trailing four-quarters, or a nearly 7.5 ...


New REMAX Ad Campaign Illustrates True Value of Real Estate Agents

RE/MAX, LLC will launch its new ad campaign at the end of the month. Created by the real estate franchisor’s lead advertising agency Camp + King, the “Sign of a RE/MAX Agent” campaign focuses on the true value that a RE/MAX agent offers throughout the home buying experience from concept to ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Adds New Mexico Brokerage at Nation’s “Four Corners”

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently announced the addition of real estate company Golden Door Realty in Farmington, New Mexico to its franchise network. The newly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Golden Door, led by broker and owner Julie Blair, will continue to serve the communities of Farmington, ...


5 Home Improvements that Pay Off—and 5 that Don’t

Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. ...


Mortgage Rates Dip Three Weeks in a Row

Wannabe buyers rejoice—mortgage rates are steadily declining. Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing mortgage rates moving lower for the third consecutive week amid another week of market turbulence. ...


New Home Purchase Applications Drop in December

December's applications for new home purchases decreased by 5 percent relative to the previous month, according to the recently released Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS). This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


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