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Renting vs. Buying: It’s All about Finances

(MCT)—Renters often hear jeers that they’re paying somebody else’s mortgage. ...


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Can You Work with Foreign Buyers?

COMMENTARY—Domestic American buyers today are too few or can’t afford the current housing market. International buyers often have greater buying power, and their numbers are growing rapidly. ...


Mobile Expert John Lim to Speak at LeadingRE Annual Conference

Mobile Real Estate Founder and CEO John Lim will be a featured speaker during the upcoming Leading Real Estate Companies of the World 2012 Annual Conference. The conference, being held in Orlando, Fla., will have Lim speaking at both the MarTech event on March 23rd and during the convention portion ...


Environmental Data Resources Launches New City Directory Images

Rob Barber, CEO of Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR), a leader in property-specific environmental information and risk management solutions, recently announced the launch of the EDR City Directory Image Report. "We are thrilled to launch city directory images," says Barber. "EDR's mission is to continually improve our services based on ...


Housing Bright Spot: Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend

Pending home sales are on an upward trend, which has been uneven but meaningful since reaching a cyclical low last April, and are well above a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


NAR Collaborates with U.S. Treasury on Short Sale ‘Help for Homeowners’

A new National Association of REALTORS® collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury will help REALTORS® better assist homeowners who are struggling to sell their homes in a short sale. ...


Positive Trends in Florida Housing Market

Regional Spotlight—Florida's housing market reported gains in median sales prices and a reduced inventory of homes for sale in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida REALTORS®. ...


Ohio Finds January Housing Sales Best in Years

Regional Spotlight—Not only were central Ohio housing sales up in January, but they showed the highest activity for that month since 2008. The 1,125 sales showed a 6.0 percent increase over January of 2011 according to the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. ...


More Previous Homeowners are Looking to Rent in 2012

Increasingly more people are looking to renting as an affordable, flexible lifestyle option, causing apartment vacancies to fall to their lowest point in 10 years. Reis reported that the apartment vacancy rate dropped to 5.2 percent in Q4 of ...


The RREIN Roundtable: Business Development in 2012

As the market continues to show slow but steady signs of stabilization and recovery, discerning brokers are ramping up business development efforts in order to take full advantage of the present and imminent market opportunities. Here, RREIN members Gary Rabon and Steve Summers share their outlook on forging ahead in ...


Deadline Extended for Top Broker Ranking: Firms Now Have Until March 2 to Complete Power Broker Survey

In response to the overwhelming number of leading real estate firms participating in its 24th Annual Power Broker Survey, RISMedia has extended the survey deadline until Friday, March 2. To take the survey now, click here. ...


Illinois Sees 16.1 Percent Increase in Home Sales

Regional Spotlight—Illinois Home sales in January were the strongest for the month since 2007, according to data released today by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. ...


February 2012 U. S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook

Freddie Mac (OTC:FMCC) recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing cautious signs of the economy and housing market moving in a positive direction fueled by an environment of low interest rates and more favorable job prospects for Americans. ...


US Unveils Plan to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(MCT)—The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. ...


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