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Rebound Continues: Housing Markets Back to Normal in 52 Metros

Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the newly minted National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Interest Rate Hikes Shrinking ‘Refinancible’ Population; Home Price Increases Potentially Opening New Home Equity Loan Market

The August Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services (LPS) found that prepayment activity (historically a good indicator of mortgage refinance activity) declined sharply in August as mortgage rates continued to rise. In conjunction with those rate increases, a large portion of borrowers has been effectively shifted out of ...


Webinar: Using RISMedia’s Pop-a-Note for Conversational Marketing – Join Us This Thursday, Oct. 10 at Noon EDT

If you have 30 minutes to learn how to ramp up your client communications this Thursday, Oct. 10th, grab some lunch and listen in on RISMedia’s free webinar on “Pop-a-Note,” RISMedia’s easy conversational marketing system that helps you build relationships and stay in touch with clients using fun and interesting ...


Hudson United Mortgage, Title & Insurance Announces Free CLE Courses on NY Real Estate Hot Topics

Dan Rand, Vice President of Hudson United Abstract Services announced recently that his firm will be co-sponsoring a Continuing Legal Education course for attorneys on the topics of Short Sales & Approvals and Mortgage Fraud Prevention. The class will be held at three separate times and locations to make it ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall for Third Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling for the third consecutive week amid declining consumer confidence and the onset of the federal government shutdown. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage is at its lowest level since the week ...


Housing’s Contribution to GDP: 2Q13

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.6 percent, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Partners with Virtual Results to Strengthen Website Quality Certification Program

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has selected Virtual Results, LLC to evaluate websites of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) member firms through the network’s Website Quality Certification program for 2014. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can You Prepare Baby Boomers for the Current Market?

Today's Ask the Expert column features Matt Vernon, Home Loans Sales Executive with Bank of America. ...


Exceeding Expectations in a Comeback Market

How are you encouraging your agents to be more productive? Do you have a winning strategy for closing transactions? Read on to learn how two industry professionals from Realty One Group are making moves and exceeding expectations—and learn how you can, too. ...


Reasonable Mortgage Rules Make Homeownership Dream a Reality

With interest rates creeping up in recent months, some homebuyers have had to adjust their game plans—and their price ranges—in order to make their move. But even with slightly higher interest rates, home affordability remains very attractive. ...


Stronger than Ever: RE/MAX Helps Agents Stay Ahead in a Changing Market

Real estate agents want to align themselves with an organization that can help them stay ahead in an ever-evolving market. With 40 years of success and continuous leadership behind it, RE/MAX is a perfect fit for many of them. ...


Social Media Tools for Real Estate Pros

To succeed at capturing the attention of today’s buyer and seller, real estate professionals ought to maintain an active and engaged online presence. ...


Cash Purchases Rise to 45 Percent of All Sales in August

RealtyTrac® recently released its August 2013 U.S. Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that U.S. residential properties, including single family homes and condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annualized pace of 5.6 million in August, up 2 percent from ...


Pending Home Sales Decline in August

Pending home sales slowed in August, with tight inventory conditions, higher interest rates, rising home prices and continuing restrictive mortgage credit impacting the market, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


NAHB to Host its Fall Construction Forecast Webinar Next Week

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will host its Semi-Annual Construction Forecast Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in a two-hour webinar from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET featuring three renowned industry experts. ...


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