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Pillar To Post Welcomes 42 New Franchisees

Pillar To Post, one of North America’s largest home inspection franchises, has added 42 new franchise locations since January of this year, bringing the company’s total to 450 franchisees. In addition, they have just been named one of the Top 100 Low Cost Franchises in Franchise Business Review’s Best of ...


Are We Communicating?

According to a recent survey done by California homebuyers, one of the biggest challenges facing real estate professionals and their clients is communication. We all know past clients are a great source of repeat and referral business so why is it that many ...


Key Takeaways from the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

In The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjofsson and Andrew McAfee provide an intricate argument that the speed of innovation is increasing rapidly. And, while their book does not focus on real estate, last Tuesday’s Realogy FWD Innovation Summit showcasing 15 ...


Share of All-Cash Home Purchases Falls in Most Areas

The portion of home purchases made with all cash fell in the first quarter compared to a year ago in a majority of metro areas nationwide, as investor-driven activity fades and more traditional buyers re-enter the market, according to a Zillow analysis. ...


REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate Program Raises the Standards of Industry Excellence, Announces First Graduates

Experienced REALTORS® are among the real estate industry’s most-valued professional assets, particularly because of their ongoing commitment to continued learning. Since the nature of the real estate industry is always changing, professionals can benefit by expanding their knowledge base in a number of specialty areas within real estate. In addition ...


FHA Prohibits Deceptive Marketing in Reverse Mortgage Programs

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a Mortgagee Letter recently reminding lenders participating in the agency’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program to make certain senior borrowers are fully informed of all their options when applying for reverse mortgages.  FHA’s Mortgagee Letter also reinforces the agency’s prohibition against misleading or deceptive ...


Alain Pinel REALTORS® Acquires New Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth

Alain Pinel REALTORS® (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, has announced Rick Turley as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth for San Francisco and Wine Country. Turley was most recently President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's San Francisco Bay Area Region. In his ...


How to Organize Your Move in 6 Steps

It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving near or far—it’s important to stay organized during your move. And that doesn’t just mean making a schedule and sticking to it. You’ll need to figure out a system for organizing, packing and storing your belongings. ...


Engel & Völkers Welcomes Top Agent to San Diego Ranch-Coast Brokerage

Engel & Völkers San Diego Ranch-Coast recently announced that agent Danny Power has joined its shop. Power has been recognized as a top-producing agent in the local San Diego area, specializing in oceanfront, coastal and estate properties. ...


Housing Production Falls 6.5 Percent in May, Single-Family Permits Up

Declines in both single- and multifamily starts pushed nationwide housing production down 6.5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of just over 1 million units, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...


The Team Advantage

Creating a successful real estate team is no easy feat. “You have to stay in really close touch with team members so that they all feel like they are working together,” says Vickie Howard with Nothnagle REALTORS® in Rochester, N.Y. “You never want agents to feel as though they are ...


Jeff DeChamplain Is No. 5 Individual in Gross Commission Income for 2013 at Real Living Lifestyles

Real Living Lifestyles has announced Jeff DeChamplain ranks fifth in gross commission income for individuals and fourth for most transactions closed for individuals at the brokerage. DeChamplain attributes his success to the high level of care and customer service he provides to his clients which in turn generates referrals to ...


New Home Purchase Applications Dip by 8 Percent in May

Mortgage applications in May 2014 decreased by 8 percent from April, according to recent information released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


‘Coming Soon’ Properties Can Create Consumer Confusion

The National Association of REALTORS® recently published information for NAR members regarding advertising properties as “coming soon.” ...


Recognize Your Strengths, Weaknesses to Better Develop Skills

(MCT)—Q: I keep hearing advice that I should build on my strengths, but it makes more sense to me to fix my weaknesses. What am I missing? ...


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