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New Year, New Website, New Look!

NAR PULSE—Branding communicates what you do, what you stand for and what makes you special. As we approach 2016, now is the time for you and your agents to consider your branding strategy for the New Year. It’s also a good time ...


Finding Success in a Broad Demographic Market

“I try to remember every day that happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling,” says KaLinn Dishion, Broker, Co-owner and COO of Group One Real Estate, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® in Eagle, Idaho. Read on for more of ...


Remodeling Spending to Accelerate into New Year

After several quarters of slackening growth, home improvement spending is projected to pick-up the pace moving into next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released recently by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of ...


Real Estate World Connection LLC Affiliates with Century 21 Real Estate

The independent brokerage known as Real Estate World Connection, with its corporate headquarters in Miami, Fla, announced that it is now a real estate brokerage franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. The company will now operate as CENTURY 21 World Connection, providing international real estate consumers with residential ...


October Shows Three Point Increase in Builder Confidence

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes rose three points in October to a level of 64 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This month’s reading is a return to HMI levels seen at the end of the housing boom in ...


Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s 2015 Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s Annual NAR Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most progressive industry-leading executives share their strategies for success at RISMedia’s 20th annual Power Broker Forum, taking place on Friday, November 13th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center ...


Builders Confidence Grows

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for October jumped three points from a one-point downwardly revised September. The October level of 64 conforms to levels last seen as the boom began to taper in late 2005. Even with headwinds in the supply chain, builders still report increasing consumer interest in ...


RESPRO® and America’s Homeowner Alliance Announce Strategic Partnership

The Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc. (RESPRO®) and America’s Homeowners Alliance (AHA) have announced a new strategic partnership that will allow RESPRO®members the opportunity to provide their employees, sales people, and their customers with a one-year free AHA membership.   RESPRO® members and their clients will now have access to ...


HomeSmart International Attracts Top Industry Veteran to Lead Franchise Sales Growth

HomeSmart International announced that real estate industry veteran Bryan Brooks has joined its ranks to head up worldwide franchise sales for the growing Scottsdale, Arizona-based company. Brooks, who will serve as the vice president of franchise sales, comes to HomeSmart International with more than 15 years of experience in real ...


Economic Growth Expected to Weather Headwinds

Economic growth for the third quarter of the year likely came in weaker than expected, largely because of a worsening net exports picture, but fourth-quarter growth is expected to withstand ongoing headwinds, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group. Slowing ...


Don’t Overlook the Tax Break Given for Mortgage Points

(TNS)—Homeowners already know the major tax advantage available by deducting mortgage interest payments. But many homeowners overlook another home loan tax break: the deduction for points paid to get their home loans. In some cases, the points also could cut tax bills for folks who refinanced or got an equity ...


Freddie Mac Multifamily Finances $1 Billion in Manufactured Housing Community Loans

Working to keep rental housing affordable, Freddie Mac recently brought more capital for affordable rural housing by purchasing more than $1 billion in Manufactured Housing Community loans in 18 months. These are commercial loans made to the community owners who own the land on which the homes reside. This achievement represents ...


Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Market Report Finds High Demand for $10+ Million Homes

Four exclusive residential communities have cracked the "Top 20" list of cities with the highest number of sales in the $10 million-plus category, according to the Luxury Market Report prepared by the Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. ...


CFPB Provides Guidance on Marketing Service Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a bulletin providing guidance to the mortgage industry regarding marketing services agreements. The bulletin offers an overview of the federal prohibition on mortgage kickbacks and referral fees, and describes examples from the Bureau’s enforcement experience ...


RISMedia Webinar—Social Media Myths, Mysteries and Magic: Stop Faking It – and Start Closing!

Forget what you’ve heard! In this FREE webinar, taking place Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT, social media superstars Judie Crockett and Terri Murphy, along with moderator Verl Workman, will squash the myths, solve the mysteries and share the magic ...


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