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What Foundations Are Built across the Nation?

NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) data shows that nationally, about 30 percent of new single-family homes started in 2013 have a full or partial basement, 54 percent are built on slabs, and 15 percent have a crawl space. The remaining share, including homes built on stilts or ...


Competence. Exclusivity. Passion: Why These Real Estate Innovators Chose Engel & Völkers to Maximize Their Business

While every real estate brand has certain assets that set them apart, Engel & Völkers just might have cornered the market on differentiation. For starters, founded in 1977 in Hamburg, Germany, the premium real estate franchise is still actively led by its namesake, ...


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. ...


Financial Literacy an Essential Life Skill for Young People

(MCT)—To improve financial literacy, you have to reach children at an early age so they can establish a strong foundation. ...


RE/MAX Named a Leading Global Franchise

For the second consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC has received the highest global ranking among real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. ...


Business Improvement Needs to Come from Within

Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange in September from the perspective of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. ...


Starter Homes: How and Where to Find Them

(MCT)—First-time homebuyers might well wonder: Where are all the starter houses? ...


Excessive Lending Standards Still Affecting Home Sales

Tight mortgage lending standards continue to affect sales for single-family builders across the nation, according to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Well over half of the single-family builders surveyed indicated that lending standards were “tight” or “very tight,” while only 11 percent indicated that ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


How to Eliminate Third Party Settlement Costs

(MCT)—In a recent article I proposed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be removed from limbo and given a new mission: to create a better primary mortgage market. Among other things, this would include the elimination of third party settlement ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


John McEnearney, Founder of McEnearney Associates, Dies at 87

John McEnearney, the chairman and founder of McEnearney Associates, passed away on October 8 at the age of 87. ...


Property Managers: You’re Mobile – Is Your App?

Houserie mobile app, provided by RentalRoost, Inc. has announced that it offers what property managers need at their fingertips—from incredibly comprehensive reports to basic tenant screening. According to the company, Houserie offers a fast, comprehensive and ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Introduces Local Home Value Estimates for Consumers

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties introduced a new feature that allows consumers to enter an address to “click and see” local home value estimates on over 1,200 company and agent websites.  The estimates are free and do not require registration.  The company is also introducing a new market trends report ...


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