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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Strengthens Midwest Presence

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate announced recently the addition of Wichita, Kansas-based brokerage Realty World Alliance to its franchise network. The newly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Alliance will continue to serve the Wichita Metro area and surrounding communities. The firm remains under the leadership of owners Greg ...


Andy Woolley Named Vice President of Industry Development of Homes.com®

Homes.com® has announced the promotion of Andy Woolley to vice president of industry development. Woolley will be responsible for cultivating and developing MLS, broker, franchise and other growth-oriented industry partnerships for Homes.com. ...


Real Estate Community Given another Safety Scare

The real estate community witnessed yet another safety scare last week when a man held a real estate agent captive in Elk Grove , Calif. The agent was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by David Timothy Burnhart, 47, while showing an ...


Agent Spotlight: Bill Gassett’s Tips for Successfully Mastering Social Media

RE/MAX Executive Realty agent Bill Gassett is clearly doing something right. With 27 years in the business, and over 31,000 followers on Google+ and approaching 20,000 on Twitter, it’s safe to say that Gassett is hitting it out of the park when it ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® and The Trident Group Recognized as Platinum Recycler

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® and The Trident Group has been recognized by Keystone Technology Management as a Platinum Recycler for their excellence in corporate environmental stewardship, recycling and green business initiatives. The company’s recycled computers and other electronics, which totaled 21, 381 pounds in 2014, helped to ...


Engel & Völkers Opens New Shop in Ludlow, Vermont

Engel & Völkers recently announced its newest brokerage in Ludlow, Vermont, the popular ski resort vacation destination and second home market. Gail Graves, owner and broker of Engel & Völkers Woodstock expands her operations as the owner and broker for the new Engel & Völkers Okemo. ...


The Real Estate A-List: 27th Annual Power Broker Survey Ranks Nation’s Top-Producing Firms

The industry’s most widely read and long-standing ranking of the country’s top real estate brokerage firms, RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey is now available for qualified brokers to complete. Now in its 27th year, the Power Broker Survey ranks firms by closed transactions ...


Maintaining a True Competitive Edge with HSA Home Warranty

Having been exposed to various home warranty companies over the years, Frank Wehrstein, president of Dickerson & Nieman REALTORS® in Rockford, Ill., explains that choosing to work with HSA Home Warranty was a no brainer. “After gathering feedback from our agents regarding their experience with different companies, HSA’s name kept ...


Solving the Move-Up Home Financing Dilemma

(TNS)—When you own a home and want to sell it to buy a place that’s nicer, you are likely to confront two obstacles: ...


HomeServices of America Announces Leadership Changes for RealtySouth

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, recently announced that effective immediately, Richard Grimes has assumed the role of chief executive officer of RealtySouth; Jim Dye has been promoted to senior vice president and general sales manager; and Ty Dodge, former president and CEO of RealtySouth, has been named Chairman ...


HomeSmart International Ranked as Top Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

HomeSmart International has announced it has been named to the 2014 Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500® list for the first time in company history. The Phoenix-based real estate franchise company comes in at No. 376 on the North American listing of the top 500 franchises across all industries. ...


Loan Delinquencies Reach Record Low

Delinquencies continued to decline in last year’s third quarter, falling in seven out of 11 categories as the economy improved and consumers responsibly managed their finances, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. ...


FHA to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Fees

(TNS)—The Federal Housing Administration plans to lower its annual mortgage insurance fees by 0.5 of a percentage point—a move that it says will allow more buyers to jump into the real estate market. ...


Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


Real Estate Roundtable Praises Bipartisan House Vote to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

The recent bipartisan House vote of 416-5 to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years is a major step forward in bolstering economic security, maintaining positive momentum in commercial real estate markets and reducing policy uncertainty with a multi-year reauthorization, ...


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