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Ranked: Best U.S. Markets for Buying Residential Rental Properties

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q3 2014 Residential Property Rental Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties. ...


Consumers See Happy Days

September Consumer Sentiment reached a 14-month high, driven by favorable prospects for the US economy and personal income expectations. Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan reported that consumer sentiment reached 84.6 in September, up from 82.5 at the end of August. ...


Finding Success through Optimism and Confidence

Success comes in many forms. To get there, it takes a lot of hard work, and the right attitude. In the following interview, John Hummer, broker/owner of Steinborn & Associates Real Estate, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, lets us in on his method for success, ...


Only 10.7 Percent of All Mortgaged Homes Still Underwater

Nearly 950,000 homes returned to positive equity in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity in the U.S. to more than 44 million. ...


Broker Track at REALTORS® Conference

NAR PULSE--Experience a special Broker Track at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Hear tips from and network with CEOs such as Sherry Chris, Tami Bonnell and Lennox Scott, plus learn from speakers like Bruce Gardner, John Mayfield and Pam Ermen. ...


Edina Realty Forms Partnerships with Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com®

A recent partnership was announced between Edina Realty and a trio of real estate portals, including Zillow®, Trulia and realtor.com®. Edina Realty—a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate—began sharing its listings directly from the MLS on Sept. 30. ...


Why We’re Better Together: Zillow CEO Explains why Zillow Plans to Acquire Trulia

As you’ve probably heard by now, Zillow recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia. The deal is not final and won’t be for some time, requiring both shareholder and regulatory approval in addition to customary closing conditions. ...


Pending Home Sales Fall Slightly in August

Pending home sales slowed modestly in August but contract signings remain at their second-highest level over the past year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines except for the West, which rose for the fourth consecutive month. ...


Six Credit Report Tips for Homebuyers

(MCT)—Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see what a lender can learn about you from the report. ...


Housing’s Share of GDP: 15.5 Percent for the Second Quarter

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


Customize Your Safety Strategy

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) has designated September REALTOR® Safety Month. NAR is committed to helping its members understand the risks they face through knowledge, awareness and empowerment and has developed REALTOR® Safety materials for use throughout year, including: ...


Closing Rates for Purchase Loans Hit New High

Nearly two out of three applications for mortgages to buy a home were approved in August, a new high for purchase loan approvals. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Celebrates Its ‘Candy Anniversary’

Typically, a brand reflects on its journey during traditional milestones such as five or 10 years. But, in the real estate industry, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has been known for challenging tradition. In July, we celebrated our sixth anniversary—known as our “candy anniversary” per Hallmark—and things have never ...


Social Media Pays Off

In the following interview, John O’Reilly of Base Camp Realty of Richmond lets us know the winning methods behind his madness, from social media to education and time management. ...


Months’ Supply of New Homes at Lowest Level Since June 2013

The August increase of the pace of new home sales pushed the months’ supply measure of inventory to its lowest level in more than a year. ...


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