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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 ...


Solving the Move-Up Home Financing Dilemma

(TNS)—When you own a home and want to sell it to buy a place that’s nicer, you are likely to confront two obstacles: ...


HomeServices of America Announces Leadership Changes for RealtySouth

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, recently announced that effective immediately, Richard Grimes has assumed the role of chief executive officer of RealtySouth; Jim Dye has been promoted to senior vice president and general sales manager; and Ty Dodge, former president and CEO of RealtySouth, has been named Chairman ...


HomeSmart International Ranked as Top Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

HomeSmart International has announced it has been named to the 2014 Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500® list for the first time in company history. The Phoenix-based real estate franchise company comes in at No. 376 on the North American listing of the top 500 franchises across all industries. ...


Loan Delinquencies Reach Record Low

Delinquencies continued to decline in last year’s third quarter, falling in seven out of 11 categories as the economy improved and consumers responsibly managed their finances, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. ...


FHA to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Fees

(TNS)—The Federal Housing Administration plans to lower its annual mortgage insurance fees by 0.5 of a percentage point—a move that it says will allow more buyers to jump into the real estate market. ...


Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


Real Estate Roundtable Praises Bipartisan House Vote to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

The recent bipartisan House vote of 416-5 to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years is a major step forward in bolstering economic security, maintaining positive momentum in commercial real estate markets and reducing policy uncertainty with a multi-year reauthorization, ...


Tulare County Association of REALTORS® Selects Point2 to Create Consumer Real Estate Search Portal

The Tulare County Association of REALTORS® (TCAOR) launched TulareCountyREALTORS.com last month, the organization announced. The consumer-facing real estate search website uses Point2 technology to surface the most accurate information about homes, land and commercial properties for sale in Tulare County, Calif. TCAOR is one of several real estate ...


Mortgage Applications Down 9.1 Percent

Mortgage applications took a hit recently, decreasing 9.1 percent from two weeks earlier, according to recently released data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 2, 2015. The most recent week’s results include an adjustment to account for the New Year’s Day ...


3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. ...


Unveiled: Sarasota Lifestyle Website and Real Estate Town Documentary

TownAdvisor.com, which produces nuanced and richly detailed community-based information on its local websites and celebrated Real Estate Town Docu-Mentaries pertaining to the quality of life found in various towns, cities and neighborhoods across North America (geared towards prospective residents), recently added Sarasota to its first wave of privileged sites. ...


Still Time to Submit an Application to REach® Technology Accelerator

NAR PULSE—Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment fund of the National Association of REALTORS®, is accepting applications for the 2015 REach® Accelerator program through Jan. 30, 2015. The nine-month program provides a unique opportunity for technology companies to get intense exposure into ...


Gino Blefari Assumes CEO Role at HSF Affiliates, Succeeds Retiring Earl Lee

HSF Affiliates LLC announced Monday that Gino Blefari has assumed the role of chief executive officer at HSF Affiliates, which operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate. ...


ForRent.com® Rolls Out Innovative Homepage

For Rent Media Solutions™ (FRMS), leading multi-family resource providing marketing solutions for property management companies across the country, has released its newest and most visually appealing profile page on ForRent.com® (FRC). Launched on December 1, 2014, FRMS customers and FRC visitors alike benefit from this innovative compilation of rich media, ...


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