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Properties with Foreclosure Filings Down 18 Percent – Lowest Level Since 2006

Foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 1,117,426 U.S. properties in 2014. This number is down 18 percent from 2013 and 61 percent from the peak of 2,871,891 properties with foreclosure filings in 2010, according to the recently release RealtyTrac® ...


Small, Exterior Home Improvements to Offer Best ROI in 2015

Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to REALTORS® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost ...


Leading Apartment Resource to Increase Options for Apartment Shoppers

ForRent.com®, leading online apartment search destination assisting apartment hunters nationwide, has redesigned its search experience to not only increase traffic and quality leads, but also to support current and future products on the exciting technological horizon. These additions to the already robust neighborhood count and the first-to-market schools search filter ...


High Court Makes It Easier for Borrowers to Walk Away from Underwater Homes

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that borrowers looking to rescind their mortgages simply need to notify creditors in writing of their intention to rescind within three years under a key fair lending law. This ruling could possibly make it much easier ...


Download Free eBooks through NAR Library, Earn Reward with MVP

NAR PULSE—The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ library offers 4,000+ digital books, audiobooks and videos that can be downloaded to your computer or mobile device. Topics include sales and marketing, residential and commercial real estate, technology, management and personal growth. Download a free ...


Tips for Home Buying under Obama’s New FHA Policy

President Obama announced last week a new policy that will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) on FHA loans. The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that a reduction in the annual MIP of .50 to .85 percent will enable many first-time borrowers and ...


Simplifying Searchability: Finding the Best Home (and Neighborhood)

With most renters and homeowners starting their searches on the Web, it’s no surprise that making the process of searching for a home online more appealing and accessible has been one of the biggest topics of conversation in the real estate industry recently. Additionally, renters and homeowners want the most ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Strengthens Midwest Presence

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate announced recently the addition of Wichita, Kansas-based brokerage Realty World Alliance to its franchise network. The newly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Alliance will continue to serve the Wichita Metro area and surrounding communities. The firm remains under the leadership of owners Greg ...


Andy Woolley Named Vice President of Industry Development of Homes.com®

Homes.com® has announced the promotion of Andy Woolley to vice president of industry development. Woolley will be responsible for cultivating and developing MLS, broker, franchise and other growth-oriented industry partnerships for Homes.com. ...


Real Estate Community Given another Safety Scare

The real estate community witnessed yet another safety scare last week when a man held a real estate agent captive in Elk Grove , Calif. The agent was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by David Timothy Burnhart, 47, while showing an ...


Agent Spotlight: Bill Gassett’s Tips for Successfully Mastering Social Media

RE/MAX Executive Realty agent Bill Gassett is clearly doing something right. With 27 years in the business, and over 31,000 followers on Google+ and approaching 20,000 on Twitter, it’s safe to say that Gassett is hitting it out of the park when it ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® and The Trident Group Recognized as Platinum Recycler

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® and The Trident Group has been recognized by Keystone Technology Management as a Platinum Recycler for their excellence in corporate environmental stewardship, recycling and green business initiatives. The company’s recycled computers and other electronics, which totaled 21, 381 pounds in 2014, helped to ...


Engel & Völkers Opens New Shop in Ludlow, Vermont

Engel & Völkers recently announced its newest brokerage in Ludlow, Vermont, the popular ski resort vacation destination and second home market. Gail Graves, owner and broker of Engel & Völkers Woodstock expands her operations as the owner and broker for the new Engel & Völkers Okemo. ...


The Real Estate A-List: 27th Annual Power Broker Survey Ranks Nation’s Top-Producing Firms

The industry’s most widely read and long-standing ranking of the country’s top real estate brokerage firms, RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey is now available for qualified brokers to complete. Now in its 27th year, the Power Broker Survey ranks firms by closed transactions ...


Maintaining a True Competitive Edge with HSA Home Warranty

Having been exposed to various home warranty companies over the years, Frank Wehrstein, president of Dickerson & Nieman REALTORS® in Rockford, Ill., explains that choosing to work with HSA Home Warranty was a no brainer. “After gathering feedback from our agents regarding their experience with different companies, HSA’s name kept ...


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