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Old Rules No Longer Apply

Altos Research has conducted a report and results show that both buyers and sellers are in for a constant state of flux and volatility. The rules of yesterday’s market no longer apply. ...


What Brand Do You Aspire to Be?

We all know the NAR stats: ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Location, Location, Location

When I arrived in Chicago last Thursday morning for the first time, I was anxious to get a lay of the land. I had heard a lot about the city and its similarities to New York, so as a proud New Yorker I was eager to disprove those theories. ...


Keeping the Dream Alive

As a longtime champion of fair housing and the American Dream of homeownership, The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) is proud of its involvement in the creation of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, which honors the civil rights leader’s work in promoting equality for all. The ...


Tips for Optimizing Third-Party Tags to Speed Up Your Website

(EMC)—While website performance is usually the purview of IT, marketing plays a major role in how fast a site loads. All the great online campaigns and social media plug-ins marketers put on their sites come at a price—each one contributes to slower site performance, largely due to tags. Tags are ...


The Emergence of a New Real Estate Industry

Take a moment and try something. Fire up your Web browser and bring up Google. I am sure we can all agree that Google is like a window into the universe—if something exists, like pink polka-dotted frogs, it will show ...


Housing Starts Down Slightly in July

Nationwide housing starts edged down 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000 units in July, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The slight decline comes on the heels of significant gains in housing production ...


Builder Confidence Unchanged in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held unchanged at a low level of 15 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released recently. ...


Regional Spotlight: New England Experiences 14.5% Jump In Sales

RE/MAX of New England has released its latest housing report and results show that overall, New England experienced a 14.5% jump in year-to-year sales. However, the month-to-month picture for each state is not as positive. Here is the RE/MAX of New England summary: ...


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 recently. Refinancing borrowers preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


USDA Has $11.2 Billion to Guarantee No-Down Mortgages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has only two months to spend $11.2 billion on its no-down payment rural development loan program, a record amount at this juncture in the federal fiscal year for the program that provides no-down payment mortgages to borrowers in rural and suburban markets. ...


Homeowners with Unfavorable Loan Terms Grow Frustrated with Inability to Refinance

Overall satisfaction with primary mortgage servicers has declined notably from 2010, as frustration continues to mount among homeowners who originated their mortgages during the peak of the housing boom, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Primary Mortgage ...


7-Point Checklist for a Healthy Website

Even the healthiest websites should be refreshed, retooled and refocused from time to time so that they generate the maximum results you desire. Here is a checklist to work from to make sure your website is on track for success: ...


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

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: 12 practical tips to help you tackle Facebook, SentriLock and REALTORS® Federal Credit Union join to offer a unique savings opportunity, and try the free DocuSign® for REALTORS® Edition. ...


Credit Concerns Keep Renters from Buying

Only 23 percent of renters living in single family homes—where more than half the nation’s renters live today—believe that renting makes more sense than buying a home. ...


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