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J. Rockcliff’s Barry Zwahlen Named 2013 REALTOR of the Year

J. Rockcliff REALTORS®, a leading residential real estate brokerage in the San Francisco East Bay, recently announced that Barry Zwahlen of the company’s Blackhawk office has been named REALTOR® of the Year for 2013 by the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS®. ...


Taking the Temperature of the Market

Recently, Freddie Mac released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for January showing that four of the key housing indicators are all moving in the right direction, which bodes well for an ongoing recovery. ...


The Aging Housing Stock

The American housing stock continues to age, a trend that represents an opportunity for remodelers and over the long term may signal a future increased demand for new home construction. ...


Webinar: Lead Generation Solutions of realtor.com®

If you need to reduce the time it takes to close, take on more volume, or build business for a team, join this 25-minute realtor.com® webinar, being held on Friday, January 24 at 9 a.m. PST/12 noon EST. ...


Great Spaces: John Fogerty Buys a California Home

Unsurprisingly, a celebrity has bought a home in…California! Doesn’t anyone buy in, say, Vermont or New Hampshire anymore? It’s probably beautiful up there right now! Maybe next month. For now, Creedence Clearwater Revival singer and rock ‘n’ roll vet John Fogerty has purchased a Thousand Oaks, Calif., estate for nearly ...


The Houston Real Estate Market Zooms into Record Territory In 2013

Regional Spotlight—The Houston real estate market ended 2013 as it began: in the fast lane. Surging home sales throughout Greater Houston were largely driven by the addition of more than 86,000 jobs that drew buyers and renters from all around the country and world. December marked the 31st straight month ...


December Housing Production Tallies Third Highest Month for 2013

Following an unusual surge in housing starts in November, nationwide housing production fell 9.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the ...


Sustained Competitive Excellence: CENTURY 21 & USA Bobsled Go for Gold

In 2012, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate organization set out on a course to “go for the gold” to help the maximum number of consumers in their online real estate search and sales efforts. The prize for the CENTURY 21® System was establishing a best-in-class real ...


Webinar: Set and Reach Your Goals

Are you looking to set and reach more goals this year? Tune into the upcoming webinar held on Thursday, January 23 at 9 a.m. PST. The webinar, held by the National Association of REALTORS®, will teach you how to set your goals and build an achievable working plan. You can ...


FNC Index: November Home Prices Up Steadily by 0.5 Percent

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices continuing to rise at a modest pace despite at a flatter rate when compared to the spring and summer months. This trend largely reflects a decline in housing activity. The index, constructed to gauge underlying property value based on ...


That Older Kitchen or Bath Needn’t Be a Major Obstacle to Quick Sale

What attracts buyers most strongly when touring a home for sale in the Chicago real estate market? RE/MAX brokers report that buyers love to find modern kitchens with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and new cabinets. They also like large bathrooms with tile floors, steam showers, twin sinks and luxurious tubs. ...


HomeFinder.com Acquires Open Home Pro

HomeFinder.com recently announced its acquisition of Open Home Pro, the top ranked iPad app that helps real estate professionals collect and convert more leads at open houses. With Open Home Pro joining HomeFinder.com, agents can expect the same simplicity and timesaving features the app offers, with the added ...


Zillow Now Powers Real Estate Listings for AOL Real Estate

Zillow, Inc. recently announced it has formed a partnership with AOL Real Estate and is now powering the site’s home shopping experience. With this partnership, Zillow® is now the exclusive provider of for-sale and for-rent listings to four of the top real estate websites in the country. ...


Realogy’s Leadrouter System Delivers Record 3 Million Online Leads

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, announced today that its LeadRouterSM lead management system delivered 3 million leads from homebuyers and sellers to its affiliated brokers and sales associates in 2013. That is an increase of ...


Homes.com Improves Leads, Simplifies Incubation

The market is on its way up, with more and more homes hitting the market at a stable, steady pace. As the industry gains stable footing, it’s more important than ever for agents to draw in leads, streamline incubation and enhance response ...