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Where in the World Isn’t Rick Davidson? CENTURY 21 Leader Travels the Road to Success

Think you’re a road warrior? Chances are, your travel schedule pales in comparison to Rick Davidson’s. The CENTURY 21 CEO is resolute in his belief that interacting with the firm’s worldwide network is essential to the collective success of all. From Tokyo, Japan ...


How Foreign Exchange Specialists Can Make It Easier for Your Clients to Buy

If you have overseas customers, they'll need to make a U.S. dollar/foreign currency exchange.  By partnering with a foreign exchange specialist you could save these customers thousands and increase their budgets, giving them more to spend on the home ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Edges Up with First Increase in Three Years

According to RealtyTrac®'s recently released U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for September and the third quarter of 2014, foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 317,171 U.S. properties in the third quarter, down 16 percent from a year ago but up 0.42 percent from ...


The Mortgage Professor: Introducing the Kosher HECM Reverse Mortgage

(MCT)—The kosher stamp on a food means that it has been certified as fit for human consumption. We need a comparable certification process for financial instruments sold to consumers, with the need most pronounced for the more complex instruments. ...


Builders Adjust Sentiment

Builder sentiment as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell five points in October to a level of 54. Any value above 50 means more builders see the market favorably over those who see unfavorable conditions. The drop was from a ...


HSA Home Warranty: Keeping Agents and Their Clients Happy

The real estate industry is predictably unpredictable. From shifting markets to rising rates and everything in between, it can be hard to traverse the forever undulating terrain. One thing that should remain consistent, however, is your commitment to your clients and agents. ...


FiveStreet Removes Boundaries for Real Estate Team Expansion

There is a new phenomenon emerging around aggressively growing real estate teams—and FiveStreet, a mobile leads solution, is paving the way, the company states. ...


New Study Shows Substantial Regional Differences in New Single-Family Home Characteristics

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed significant regional differences in new single-family home characteristics, ranging from price, design features, building materials and even financing. The new findings come from analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Plunge to Lowest Rate in 16 Months

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 3.81 percent, down fifteen basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped ...


Securing the Future of Homeownership

As director of Strategic Markets for Citibank, Maria Zywiciel is charged with meeting the lender’s community reinvestment goals and ensuring that a suite of affordable lending products is available to would-be homebuyers from all walks of life. In this exclusive interview, Zywiciel discusses why all those involved in the real ...


Home Equity Loans Surge amid Record-low Rates

The housing market seems to be on the right track. The origination of home equity lines of credit (Helocs) hit a five-year high this year as a result of low interest rates, rising home prices, and increasing consumer confidence in the trajectory of the market.  But while it’s a great ...


Home Warranty Offer for NAR Members

NAR PULSE—American Home Shield is offering $50 off select AHS home warranties for NAR members through the REALTOR Benefits® Program.  American Home Shield founded the home warranty industry and remains an industry leader, serving more than 1.4 million customers across the country. ...


Upping the Competition in a Mobile-Driven Market

When Darell Bowen decided to get back into real estate after taking a break from the business in 2001, he knew he needed to find his feet quickly. For Bowen, one of the biggest challenges was settling on the technology infrastructure needed to catapult Darell Bowen Realty back into the ...


More American Households Doubling Up as Rents Rise

An increasing number of American adults are moving in together to share expenses as rental rates continue to outpace income, according to a new Zillow analysis. ...


Where Is the Custom Home Market Share Highest?

New NAHB research reveals significant regional differences in the share of custom homes started in 2013. The analysis finds that the Northeast and East North Central parts of the nation have the highest market shares. ...


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