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Will Zero-Energy Homes Change the Future of Real Estate?

While trends typically come and go, one that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the concept surrounding the zero-energy home, a space that relies on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable energy to meet heating, cooling and energy needs. As ...


New Flood Insurance Legislation Offers Consumers Support, Flexibility

Property owners who opt to purchase flood insurance in the private market rather than through the National Flood Insurance Program may do so under current rules, but they risk paying higher rates if they return to the ...


4 Expensive Surprises when Building Your Tiny Home

(TNS)—With the average new home price in the U.S. coming in at more than $350,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, some people are scaling down. They’re building tiny homes, complete with most of the modern conveniences of normal-sized homes, such as working kitchens and bathrooms. These homes are usually ...


Tech Trends: Smart Buyer’s Reps Know about Smart Homes

Smart-home technology is shifting into high gear. By all accounts, 2016 will be the tipping point for consumer interest and adoption, nearly five years ahead of experts’ original projections. ...


Fed Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged, Gives No Hints on Timing of Future Hike

(TNS)—Federal Reserve officials, concluding their latest policy meeting last Wednesday, left interest rates unchanged and gave no clear signal of a rate increase in June. ...


Consumer Confidence Cramps in April, says University of Michigan

Consumer sentiment continued its slow decline in April due to weakening expectations for future economic growth, although their views of their current finances remained positive. The top concerns of consumers involve whether the anticipated slowdown in economic growth will lead to a slower ...


Affordable Housing Now National Debate, Economist Says

(TNS)—Affordable and attainable housing is not just a hot topic in Southwest Florida. ...


Engel & Völkers Opens First Shop in New Orleans

Engel & Völkers recently announced the opening of its newest shop, Engel & Völkers New Orleans. The expansion comes with the union between the storied international brokerage and Delery Comarda REALTORS, a leading boutique real estate firm serving New Orleans and the surrounding areas. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Presents the ‘Gen-Z’ Perspective

Last year, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate reported its groundbreaking industry research on the home-buying expectations of “Generation Z”—the cohort of 21 million U.S. teens born from the mid-to-late 1990s through the present. The company gathered a focus group of 13-18-year-olds at its Madison, N.J., Realogy headquarters, for a day-long ...


Real Safe Agent© Selects Susan Young for Vice President of Industry Relations

An experienced and successful senior executive in the real estate industry, Susan brings extensive insight, knowledge, and deep industry relationships to the position. ...


First Look: Home Buying Season Is Already Booming

The 2016 home-buying season is in full swing, with homes in April moving 7 percent faster than one year ago, even as asking prices continue to break records. This, according to new data released this week by realtor.com®. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Window to the Law—New Effort to Combat Money Laundering

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. ...


Talking Tech on Main Street: A Conversation with Derek Beatrice

Derek and I have known each other for a number of years, but just recently started working together. I’ve always known he had his finger on the pulse of technology, but didn’t see the full extent of it until I spent the day at his office with him and his ...


Technology Adoption: Getting Agents on Board

Why are so many agents reluctant to dive into technology? In this month's NAR Power Broker Roundtable, we talk to brokers about their secrets for getting agents on board with new tools. ...


Your Place: A Little Fresh Paint Can Help Woo A Homebuyer

(TNS)—I know I talked about painting in a recent column, but that was just about my plans for the exterior of the house this year. ...


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