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The 2015 National Land Conference Registration Opens

The REALTORS® Land Institute officially opened registration for the 2015 National Land Conference: Unbridled. Unleashed., March 23-25 in Tucson, AZ, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Annually, the event brings together land professionals and Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) from across the country to learn from world-renown presenters, network with peers, ...


Shortages of Key Building Materials Have Eased in 2014

Unlike recent news that builders continue to face serious difficulties finding lots and labor to build new homes, a survey conducted by NAHB in July shows that shortages of key building materials have actually eased in 2014. In fact, only 15 percent of builders reported some or serious shortages of ...


Housing Recovery Continues at Slow Pace According to Latest Leading Markets Index

Markets in 56 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 ...


Gino Blefari, Incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates, to Deliver Opening Keynote Presentation at RISMedia’s CEO Exchange

From budget and overhead; recruiting, motivating and retaining agents; expansion and downsizing; technology; and other essential factors, the challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today’s recovering market are many. ...


The 2015 National Land Conference Registration Opens

The REALTORS® Land Institute officially opened registration for the 2015 National Land Conference: Unbridled. Unleashed., March 23-25 in Tucson, AZ, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Annually, the event brings together land professionals and Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) from across the country to learn from world-renown presenters, network with peers, ...


Local Economies Continue to Advance

The NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index advanced one point in the second quarter 2014 to .89 from a June level of .88. The index measures the US and 351 metropolitan markets’ proximity to normal economic and housing market activity. A value of one or more means the market is back ...


New Technology Creates a New Consumer

The changing technology landscape can be seen at all levels: globally, nationally, locally and even within the real estate industry. However, it’s not just technology that’s impacting industry, but rather, technology is having an impact on us as a society. Technology is ...


Own a Niche to Get Rich

If you haven’t already heard the above phrase, now is a good time to burn it into your brain. As a successful real estate broker who made the transition from the broker side of the business to the affiliate side, I have ...


Attack of the Killer Office Chairs

(MCT)—I’m sitting down while writing this column. That's a pretty daring move on my part. ...


Homesmart Receives Honors as Top Residential Brokerage in Phoenix

HomeSmart International’s founding franchise, HomeSmart Phoenix, was recently recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal in its annual Book of Lists as the top residential real estate brokerage firm in the Metropolitan Phoenix area based on both sales volume and closed transaction sides in 2013. The brokerage giant and its 4,500+ ...


First United Bank Selects Mortgage Returns’ CRM for Marketing and Reporting Functions

Mortgage Returns, a provider of TRUE CRM technology and automated marketing solutions for the mortgage industry, announced First United Bank has selected the company’s Relationship Manager CRM solution to manage its marketing campaigns and reporting and analysis capabilities. ...


Big Data: The New Competitive Advantage in Real Estate

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series on Big Data analysis as relevant to the real estate industry. ‘Big Data’ analytics is the practice of using machine learning to process and draw conclusions from high-volume, high-variety, unstructured information. But ...


Affordability Pyramid Shows Housing Market Is Bottom Heavy

With the release of the 2014 Priced Out estimates, NAHB Economics revised its affordability pyramid that translates U.S. household income data into a distribution of homes that households can afford by price range. ...


Home Staging – Strategically Useful for Corporate Mobility

Staging a home can speed up selling relocation properties and potentially lessen corporate expenses—good reasons to consider it selectively as a cost-efficient strategy. ...


10 Cheapest States for Mortgage Rates

Last year, most financial experts — really, anyone who kept up with Fed moves — were certain that interest rates would finally begin to rise in 2014. Now, eight months into the year, mortgage rates are still at record lows and — surprisingly — consumers aren’t even taking advantage of ...


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