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Homesnap Pro Now Free to All MLSs for 12 Months

Homesnap, the real estate app that enables users to “snap any home to find out all about it,” has announced that its agent-only version, Homesnap Pro,is now free to all multiple listing services (MLSs) for the first 12 months. ...


Combat Writer’s Block with These Blog Topic Generators

Puppy worshipers, Mustang aficionados, One Tree Hill fangirls (anyone?) – the bloggers of yesteryear were diary keepers, niche experts and devoted followers. Special interest blogging, while still popular, paved the way for today’s business blog, which is now a standard marketing endeavor ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hold Steady

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.05 percent, up two basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 4.02 and 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, dropping below 4 ...


HomeSmart International Attracts Industry Talent

HomeSmart International has announced that two well-known, top executives in the real estate industry, Todd Sumney and Brad Clayton, have joined its senior leadership team as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, respectively. Both Sumney and Clayton come to HomeSmart International with more than 20 years of combined ...


RE/MAX Provides Homebuyers with Ability to Find Homes Based on Preferred Commute Times

Just in time for the peak of the summer home-buying season, leading traffic information and driver services provider INRIX and global real estate franchisor RE/MAX launched INRIX Drive Time on more than 50,000 agent and realtor websites nationwide. ...


Mortgage Returns Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Mortgage Returns, a provider of TRUE CRM technology and automated marketing solutions for the mortgage industry, recently announced it is celebrating its 10th anniversary as of July 2014. ...


The Economic Impact of the Affordable Housing Credit

In addition to ensuring the supply of affordable rental housing, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) supports jobs and provides benefits to the economy, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Using the NAHB economic impact model of home building, revised ...


Florida Agent Wins Gas Card Giveaway

Last month, we rolled out with a RIS Reader Rewards contest for a tank of gas, on us. The contest, which ran from June 2 to June 27, offered all entries the chance to score a $50 gas card. Entry rules were simple: Tell us what one word describes your ...


Social Media: Simplified! Does Social Media Need to Be Time-Consuming to Be Effective? Lumentus Says No

To say that real estate professionals are time-crunched may be one of the greatest understatements pertaining to the industry. For agents and brokers who are on call around the clock, 24/7, there’s no question that their time is both precious and limited. ...


Delivering Tangible Results

To reach your future clientele, it's important to go above and beyond. In the following interview, David Caveness, President of Carpenter REALTORS® in Indianapolis, Ind., takes us inside the world of top notch real estate marketing. ...


Global Real Estate Network Adds 34 Firms Worldwide

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has expanded its global membership with the addition of 34 firms with 85 offices and over 2,000 sales associates year-to-date in 2014. The invitation-only network is comprised of more than 500 of the best-known local and regional real estate firms, with 3,500 offices ...


FHFA Makes Controversial Proposal for Private Mortgage Insurance Companies

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking input on draft requirements that would apply to private mortgage insurance companies that insure mortgage loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If put into affect, these requirements would apply only to private mortgage insurers that are currently approved ...


Zillow Tech Connect Now Has 25 Technology Partners

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace, today announced that Zillow® Tech Connect has surpassed 25 partners. Zillow Tech Connect allows technology companies to connect their systems with Zillow, creating a more seamless experience for the brokers and agents who use Zillow as a key component of ...


Who Moved My Real Estate Market? Trends in the New-homes Arena Offer Great Opportunities

After years of record-low housing production, builders across the nation are gearing up and bringing homebuilding back to life. Building on an inventory of lots purchased during the recession, new-home construction is helping to offset low housing inventory, increasing buyer interest in ...


Back to School with REALTOR® University

NAR PULSE--Back-to-school season is almost upon us. Are you or your agents looking for world-class education opportunities to enhance your career? Consider earning your master’s in real estate with REALTOR® University. Register for the next open house on July ...


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