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Real Estate Trends Archive


Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Slightly Higher

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates holding relatively stable this week amid signs that inflation remains in check with the 30-year fixed up slightly at 3.90 percent and 15-year fixed at 3.13 percent. ...


NAR Gains Key Acquisition in SentriLock

As of December 2011, the official lockbox provider of The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is 100 percent owned by NAR, the organization has announced. Now directly accountable to the real estate community it serves, SentriLock, LLC, as the official lockbox provider for NAR, will continue to focus on providing ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Re-evaluating Operational Expenses: Is This the Time to Reinvest—and Where?

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. ...


CENTURY 21 New Millennium: Real Estate for Today…and Tomorrow

Her office is in Lexington Park, Md. His is 70 miles away in Alexandria, Va. But for company president Mary Lynn Stone and CEO Todd Hetherington, the partners and dynamic visionaries behind CENTURY 21 New Millennium, the distance is bridged by a focused synergy that powers the company’s success. ...


Closing Gifts Made Easy with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®

Given today’s unsteady economic climate, consumers everywhere are aiming to cut corners and budget themselves more than ever before. The same goes for when it comes to buying and selling a home in the current housing market. But thanks to a partnership between Lowe’s and the National Association of REALTORS® ...


Significant Improvement in Tahoe Market

Regional Spotlight—First quarter home sales at Lake Tahoe show an improved market compared to last year's numbers for the same period, according to a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate firm Chase International. One noticeable and positive statistic was an impressive 15 percent increase in units sold around ...


Home Prices Surge, Signaling Strong Selling Season

For the second month in a row, home prices have risen higher than a year ago. Median prices in March were an impressive 5.8 percent higher than March 2011 in the 53 metro areas surveyed for the RE/MAX National Housing Report. ...


New MVP Offer: Free Home Buyers & Sellers Profile

NAR PULSE—Have you taken advantage of the MVP program yet? Getting started is easy with our current offer: Simply customize your new My.REALTOR.org by April 30, 2012 and get rewarded with a free electronic version of the 2011 NAR Profile of HomeBuyers and Sellers (a $50 value). Be sure to ...


REALTOR Rally to Highlight Midyear Legislative Meetings

Given the importance of the real estate market in today's economic environment, REALTORS® will make their voices heard in Washington, D.C., next month at the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 14-19. More than 9,000 participants from across the country are expected to attend. ...


40 Years of Innovations: ERA’s Formula for Success Poises Company for Future Growth

Over the past few months, as we were gearing up for our 40th anniversary celebration, I spent a lot of time thinking about ERA Real Estate’s roots in innovation. When our founders Jim Jackson and Gene Francis paired the new ...


Trulia Is Said to Pick JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank to Manage Its IPO

(BloombergBusinessweek)—Trulia Inc., an Internet startup focused on residential real estate, hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) to manage its initial public offering, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. ...


7 Ways to Convert More Internet Leads

You spend a lot of time and effort on your social media campaign, your blog posts and your tweets. You invest a lot of money in sites that promise good leads. And yet, the conversion rates on the leads you ...


Rand on Real Estate: Investment Properties and Management Companies

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, takes a call from a listener from New Jersey. After listening to the show, the caller is now wondering if ...


REALTORS® Call for Broad Qualified Mortgage Definition to Help Consumers and Housing Market

A narrow definition of the impending Ability to Repay regulation could harm consumers and the housing market recovery, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Hawaii Offers Diverse Investment Opportunities

There are three different types of investment opportunities to be had across the Hawaiian Islands today. Here are some takeaways that might help you identify a niche for yourself: ...


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