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Housing Markets Continue to Show Gradual Improvement

Markets in 56 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. This represents a ...


Housing Recovery Remains on Firm Footing as Americans’ Housing Sentiment Bounces Back from an Autumn Dip

Year-over-year gains in Americans’ attitudes toward homeownership demonstrate that the housing recovery continues to move forward on firm footing despite a drop in housing sentiment during the fall, according to Fannie Mae's December National Housing Survey results. Forty-nine percent of consumers surveyed believe home prices will go up over the ...


Landworks Realty Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

After more than a decade of success in the Farmington Valley, Gary Emerito and his company Landworks Realty has joined with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, announced President and CEO, Candace Adams. ...


Practical Application of an Industry Standard: Three Leaders Unite to Bring Swanepoel TRENDS Report to Life

The Swanepoel TRENDS Report, now in its 9th edition since 2006, has accurately outlined and detailed numerous shifts involving technology and other factors that directly impact the way agents do their work. “As I’ve traveled the world speaking at industry events and talking with real estate professionals, the number one ...


Real Estate Industry Wary ahead of New Mortgage Rules

(MCT)—Real estate officials are bracing for new federal mortgage rules intended to press lenders to ensure that prospective borrowers are able to repay home loans. ...


NAR Announces Opening of Applications for Strategic Technology Accelerator, REach

REach™, the strategic accelerator for technology startups created and managed by the National Association of Realtors®’ investment fund, Second Century Ventures, announced the opening of applications to join its 2014 class. The deadline to apply for the 2014 program is March 1. The program runs from April through ...


NAR Creates a Name Space on the Internet with .REALTOR Top-Level Domain

According to the 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 92 percent of consumers turn to the Internet in their home search. To stay ahead of this fundamental shift online, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) expects the Internet Corporation for Assigned ...


The Mobile Consumer and the Right Response to Responsive Design, Part IV: Mobile to Win Local

Over the course of this series, The Mobile Consumer and the Right Response to Responsive Design, we examined some of today’s most popular technology trends such as Responsive Web Design, Mobile SEO and Mobile Lead Generation. This month, in the final piece of the series, we’ll examine how the trends ...


American Home Shield Earns 2013 Best in Service Award

American Home Shield recently earned the 2013 Best in Service Award from HomeWarrantyReviews.com, one of the top home warranty consumer review sites in the United States. The award is based on customer feedback posted to the site, as well as a variety of customer satisfaction metrics, such as claims approval ...


It’s “Write a Business Plan” Month: How to Include Your Marketing Strategy

In real estate, there is an unspoken rule of thumb that 10 percent of your budget be allocated for marketing. Today’s real estate professional needs a plan and strategy around how to best put that money to work for your business. The ...


Upping the Game

Realty ONE Group looks back on a year of extraordinary success, plans for a bigger and better 2014 ...


Prosper in the New Year: Give Buyers What They Need

It’s a new year, and our real estate market has experienced some changes. The 2013 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reveals trends of stringent credit standards and tightened inventory, but the desire to own a home ...


Direct Monetization of MLS Data – Public MLS Portals

Public MLS portals are controversial…but, if done right, they can make sense. The recent conversations of the National Association of REALTORS® MLS Committee regarding MLS levels of service and the Realty Alliance Fair Display Guidelines have brought the subject of MLS and association public portals “front and center.” ...


Pending Home Sales Edge Up in November

Pending home sales stabilized in November with a slight gain, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Monthly increases in the South and West offset declines in the Northeast and Midwest. ...


REALTOR® Resources to Secure Affordable Healthcare Benefits

NAR PULSE—Access to affordable healthcare benefits is one of the most important concerns on American minds right now. One of the reasons is because several major reform provisions legislated under the Affordable Care Act will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. This may ...