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HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Acquisition of PCG Agencies, Inc.

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, recently announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based PCG Agencies, Inc., one of the largest independent personal insurance agencies in the Midwest. Terms were not disclosed. ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Names Bulman and Stader to Board of Directors

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has named two prominent industry brokers to its board of directors. Carol Bulman, chief executive officer and president of Jack Conway & Company in Norwell, Mass., and Ron Stader, president and co-owner of CIR Realty in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, join the 13-person board. The ...


Talking Tech with Derek Beatrice

Derek and I have known each other for a number of years now, but just recently started working together. I’ve always known Derek, active in the real estate community for 10 years and currently CEO of Growth & Development for Exit Realty ...


Broker Webinar: One Database, 1,000 Prospects, Unlimited Opportunities

Repeat and referral business represent the best opportunities for brokers to win marketshare—and those with 1,000 customers per agent are dominating the playing field. Join us for this special webinar for brokers and managers and sponsored by Top Producer®, on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. ET/2 ...


Where Are the Nation’s Second Homes?

According to NAHB estimates, the total count of the second home stock reached 7.5 million in 2014, an increase of 0.6 million over 2009 when NAHB Economics last produced these estimates. The share of second homes among the total housing ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS Group Named No. 1 in National Network

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® Chairman and CEO Lawrence Flick recently announced that the company has been named the No. 1 broker in the nationwide BHHS network of 1400 broker affiliates. This announcement was made at the BHHS National Convention in Dallas, Texas. ...


Luxury Portfolio’s Boomsma Addresses Private Banking Conference in Singapore

Luxury Portfolio International® President Paul Boomsma addressed the Private Banking Asia Conference in Singapore on March 3. Boomsma, who also services as COO for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, shared insights on the luxury real estate market with the 200+ private bankers in attendance from the APAC region, ...


Winning: Mortgage Rates Look Good for Spring Buying Season

Mortgage rates moved higher for the second week in a row, while also only posting the second increase this year. This makes mortgage rates very attractive for the upcoming spring home buying season, according to results from the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market ...


February Brings Boost in Applications for New Home Purchases

Data for February 2016 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 24 percent relative to the previous month, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS). ...


Negative Equity Weighs Market, Limits Inventory

Fewer homeowners were underwater as the negative equity rate fell to 13.1 percent in the United States, according to the fourth quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. But more than 820,000 underwater homeowners still owe over twice as much on their mortgages as their homes are worth, a reminder that some ...


Engel & Völkers Celebrates 2015 North America Award Winners

Engel & Völkers recently announced the recipients of the company’s 2015 North America Awards, honoring top-performing individuals and shops that exemplify the core values of the brand. Honorees were announced at an exclusive ceremony during the brand’s annual Exchange event, hosted at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at ...


Great Spaces: Tyson Takes another Swing at Vegas Living

Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champion, recently purchased a new home in the luxurious gated community of Seven Hills in Las Vegas, Nev. The Italian-style home has over 10,000 square feet of space, sitting on a pristinely manicured 0.76 acres, with its own ...


View from the Top: North America’s Superstar Housing Markets

At the end of 2015, it became obvious that the undisputed superstar among all real estate markets in North America was San Francisco. Not too much room for surprise in this case for those who know that the average home price here went over the $1 million threshold ...


Millennials More Likely to Buy in Suburban Areas

A growing share of homebuyers are millennials, and more of them are purchasing single-family homes outside of urban areas, according to the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers. The survey additionally found ...


Local Appraisers Bring Equity Back to Real Estate

Over the past five years, a disturbing amount of real estate transactions never came to fruition, even though a buyer was willing to pay the same amount the seller wanted—and the same amount that a mortgage company was willing to lend to the ...


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