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Good News and Bad News about the Spring Housing Market

As America emerges from winter into a hopeful but untested spring housing market, the real estate industry has been aflutter with a mix of news. ...


Severe Winter Constrains Remodeling Market

Against the backdrop of unusually severe winter weather, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined to 53 in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This reading is down from the historically high level of 57 ...


The Future of Real Estate Is Here: Big Data Leading the Way

At one point or another, we’ve all had to search for a place to live. Whether a new job has you moving across state lines or you simply need a change of scenery, looking for a home to purchase—or even a space to rent—can be a huge undertaking for everyone ...


Boston Logic Hires New Director of Enterprise

Boston Logic, an online marketing and technology firm, recently announced that John Chipman has joined the company to further develop its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. Close to a 20-year veteran of sales and business development within the real estate industry, Chipman is charged with accelerating sales of ...


Chicago Homes that Disclose Energy Costs Spend Less Time on Real Estate Market

Regional Spotlight—A preliminary analysis shows that Chicago single family real estate listings that disclosed energy costs spent less time on the market and had a higher closing rate. ...


In California, Short Sales drop to Lowest Level in Nearly Six Years

Regional Spotlight—In an encouraging sign for a healthier spring home-buying market, California pending home sales increased more than usual and rose to the highest level in eight months. Meanwhile, the share of short sales has fallen to levels last observed in 2008, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


First Quarter: Sources of New Home Sales Financing

The share of new single-family home sales purchased using Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed mortgages continued to fall at the start of 2014. ...


Passion and Focus Are Winning Recipe for Success

“The small choices we make every day compound over the long term to create amazing momentum,” says Ron Escobar, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 Select in Los Angeles, Calif. In the following interview, Escobar describes his winning approach to customer service, and how his company has been able to flourish in ...


More Than Half of States Show Improving Housing Markets

Freddie Mac recently released its Multi-Indicator Market Index(SM) (MiMi(SM)) for February showing the U.S. housing market overall recovering at a slightly slower pace from the previous month. However, more than half of all states, as well as more than half of the ...


Austin-Area Home Sales Volume Hits Seven-Year High for March

Regional Spotlight—According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released recently by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, Austin-area home sales volume hit a seven-year high in March 2014, rising seven percent year-over-year to 2,262 single-family homes sold. ...


ERA Courtyard Real Estate and ERA Levinson REALTORS® Win Award

ERA Real Estate named ERA Courtyard Real Estate and ERA Levinson REALTORS® the 2013 winners of the organization’s prestigious Jim Jackson Memorial Award for 1st IN SERVICE® named after the ERA Real Estate founder and former president, the company has announced. ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Honored at Sales Convention

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty was named to the Gibraltar Circle Pinnacle Group as one of the network’s Top 30 companies nationally for sales volume during the HSF Affiliates LLC annual sales convention held recently in Nashville, Tenn. The Northeast Florida real estate firm has received the esteemed Gibraltar ...


ERA Real Estate Names 2013 Top All-around Sales Associate and National Excellence in Service Award Winner

ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate franchisor, named real estate agent Becky Babcock of ERA Sunrise Realty in Canton, Ga., winner of the 2013 Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award. Named after former ERA Real Estate president Brenda Casserly, the award is the brand’s highest honor for an independent ...


NAR Video Spotlight: .REALTOR Is Coming Soon

NAR is in the final process of securing the .REALTOR domain for use by members and associations. Once our license has been secured, we will be able to set a launch date. At this time, we are anticipating a launch in the ...


Home Inventory Rising with the Temperatures in Ohio

Regional Spotlight---There were 3,428 central Ohio homes and condos listed for sale in March 2014. Although down 2.1 percent from inventory one year ago, this is up 48.3 percent from the 2,310 added the previous month according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple ...


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