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Pending Home Sales Spike to Highest Level in Nine Years

Pending home sales rose in April for the fourth straight month and reached their highest level in nine years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Northeast and Midwest, all four major regions saw increases in April. The Pending Home Sales Index,a ...


New Report Finds Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost Thousands

With interest rates and home prices expected to climb in the next year, the financial penalties of delaying or forgoing a home purchase in today’s market have become very steep, according to the inaugural Opportunity Cost Report released recently by realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp ...


April Home Sales: Finding Balance between Buyers and Sellers

RealtyTrac's recently released April 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report analyzed average sales prices and estimated market values at time of sale for single family homes and condos sold in April in 315 U.S. counties to identify the nation’s hottest seller’s markets, ...


Communication Is Key as REALTORS®, Lenders Adjust to New Disclosure Requirements

REALTORS® should prepare themselves now for the new disclosure requirements being implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) later this summer, and communication between all parties in the real estate transaction is essential in ensuring a smooth transition, according to speakers at a regulatory issues forum at the 2015 REALTORS® ...


Company Spotlight: Top 5 Ways American Home Shield Provides More Value

With an improving housing market, smart real estate professionals are stepping up their game to keep up with the increased demand. Many are finding new strategies to succeed and more efficient ways to get things done. That means taking advantage of the latest technology, helping sellers stand out like never ...


Lot Shortage: A Lingering Problem for Builders

In a May 2015 survey conducted by NAHB, 62 percent of builders reported that the overall supply of developed lots in their areas was low to very low, up 2 percent from May 2014, but up from 43 percent in September 2012.  Sixty-two percent is the largest low supply percentage ...


Sales Regain Trajectory

April new home sales reversed the one month drop in March to an annualized level of 517,000 as reported by the Census Bureau and HUD. The 6.8 percent increase from March puts the level at slightly better than the first quarter ...


Webinar Recap: Laying the Foundation for Real Estate Success Niche by Niche

As the real estate market continues to improve, real estate professionals are more committed than ever to upping their game. While branching out and ascending the tiers in order to corner the move-up, upscale and international markets may seem like a challenging proposition, the latest installment of RISMedia’s monthly Agent ...


Power Surge: News Corp and realtor.com Take Online Real Estate by Storm

Editor’s Note: This article is the May cover story in RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine. ...


Texas Family’s Replica of ‘The Munsters’ House Is Creepy and Amazing

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Company Spotlight: VoicePad Generates Best-in-Class Mobile Solution

When Mike Pappas, president & CEO of South Florida-based The Keyes Company, was looking to offer an easy-to-use mobile solution that could report customer activity back to its associates immediately, he decided to implement VoicePad, the real estate industry’s premier source for lead-generating mobile technology. ...


Custom Home Building Declines Slightly during the First Quarter of 2015

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder ...


Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April

Despite properties typically selling faster than at any time since July 2013, existing-home sales slowed in April but remained above an annual sales pace of five million for the second straight month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced sales declines in April. ...


“Facebook-geddon”: New Algorithm Changes That Affect Your Pages

While many real estate agents panicked over the mobile updates brought about by Google’s Mobilegeddon, another less-expected algorithm update may have been overlooked, and its changes may be even more significant. With over 728 million daily users, Facebook is still the top ...


Homeowners Voice a Shifting Sense of Home Value in New Study

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties recently released results of its first quarterly Homeowner Sentiment Survey showing that people’s perception of home value in the post-crash era runs much deeper than ...


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