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The Mortgage Professor: Conventional Versus FHA: which Should You Choose?

(MCT)—Choosing between a conventional and Federal Housing Authority-backed mortgage is not an academic question. My calculations show that the wrong choice can cost as much as $33,000 over 15 years on a $200,000 loan, and as much as $66,000 on a $400,000 loan. ...


You Can’t Take It with You: How Brokers Should Prepare for Their Exits, and Why Most Still Don’t

Their assumptions about the value of their business and ability to find buyers or management replacements can be overly optimistic. At 71, Ed Krafchow still has some unfinished business. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: REALTOR® Safety

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


Serious about New-Home Sales: How One Company Is Succeeding with New Division

Sometimes so-called trends are a lot of talk and little substance. But when it comes to the new-homes market, the statistics support the hype—nationally, just over one million permits were pulled in the last 12 months (at press time) and builders are starting to expand and hire again. A nationwide ...


Homes.com® Partners with Four Prominent MLS Organizations

Homes.com® recently announced four new additions to its MLS partnership program. East Bay Regional Data MLS, New York State MLS, Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS®, and Bay East Association of REALTORS® have partnered to advertise their members’ listings on Homes.com and its mobile apps. As a result of these new ...


IRES Integrates CSS into Its MLS

Centralized Showing Service, Inc. (CSS), a leader in real estate showing services, has announced that Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES) of Colorado has chosen to integrate the CSS scheduling function into its MLS system, which enables their 5,000+ subscribers to schedule and manage home showing appointments online. ...


Latest Savings Opportunity from Lowe’s for REALTORS®

NAR PULSE—September is REALTOR® Safety Month, but there are plenty of ways to stay safe all year around. Now through October 22, members can send clients a personalized 10% off eCoupon to use on home safety products at Lowe’s.  With this exclusive ...


Student Loan Debt Curbs Housing Market by $83 Billion, Study Says

(MCT)—There’s been lots of debate lately in housing circles about the impact of student debt on homeownership. ...


Focusing on the Meaningful Role of Agents, RE/MAX Renews Its Vision for the Future

In business, as in life, it takes vision to imagine possibilities and hard work to make them a reality. It’s a simple, straightforward philosophy—and the foundation the RE/MAX network was built upon. ...


Now Is the Time to Book Cheap Holiday Flights

(MCT)—People planning to fly during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday should book their flights soon or face paying steeper prices or losing out on seats, according to travel experts. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands Florida Presence with Addition of Celebration Real Estate Group

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate has announced the addition of Celebration Real Estate Group, an independent real estate brokerage based in Central Florida, to its franchise network. The newly minted Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Fine Living will continue under the leadership of its co-owners Dane Bradley andDana ...


zipLogix and the Houston Association of REALTORS® Release zipFormMLS-Connect®

More than 27,000 Houston real estate professionals that currently subscribe to the Houston Association of REALTORS® MLS, will have the option to purchase zipFormMLS-Connect® now for $19.95 within zipForm® Plus. After purchasing, HAR MLS subscribers will have easy access to MLS information within zipForm® Plus simplifying the contract creation ...


RealtyTrac® Ranks U.S. County Housing Markets Based on prevalence of Man-Made Environmental Hazards

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever report ranking all U.S. counties based on the prevalence of man-made environmental hazards. ...


August Existing-Home Sales Lose Steam

As cash investors pull away from the housing market, August's existing home sales also slipped, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This decline follows four consecutive months of impressive gains. Sales increases in the Northeast and Midwest were outweighed by declines in the South and West. ...


Supporting Clients’ Goals: How RPR®’s Data and Analytics Tools Are Vital to Real Estate Success

Specializing in commercial properties, Cathy Coneway—a broker associate with Stanberry & Associates REALTORS® in Austin, Texas—understands just how important location is when it comes to helping both her clients and their business succeed. From identifying areas with high concentrations of the customers her clients are looking for, to locating sites ...


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