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Power Broker Strategies for Starting the New Year Strong

As many Power Brokers know, closing the fourth quarter strong is vital in order to prepare for a strong start in 2015. In a recent webinar titled, “Finish the Year Strong, Start the New Year Even Stronger,” ...


Thinking of Becoming a Homeowner in 2015? Expert Explains Why the New Year Is Your Best Chance

The New Year is upon us, and before you know it tax season will be in full swing. If you’ve already begun compiling your paperwork, you’re probably wishing you had more tax deductions for 2014. The good news is, if you don’t currently own a home, now is the perfect ...


New Regulations Affect Homeowners in 2015

Increasing energy efficiency has long been the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in 2015, two new regulations involving air conditioning equipment and water heaters will take effect to support this goal. REALTORS® need to be familiar with the new ...


Be Charitable without Going Broke

(TNS)—We look forward to going to family gatherings, big holiday dinners and sharing in some good holiday cheer. ...


Century 21 Real Estate Caps off 2014 with a Dozen Advertising and Marketing Award Wins

CENTURY 21 Real Estate has announced it has earned a dozen advertising and marketing awards in 2014 for its innovative real-time social and digital marketing initiatives. The brand’s award-winning campaigns, coupled with its Social Xchange suite of tools and technologies announced last March, have served together as a great springboard ...


GRI Gets an Update

NAR’s Annual Conference—with its accompanying Governance Meetings—always concludes with some great, new ideas. This past November’s meeting in New Orleans was no exception. Among the many interesting developments this year was the announcement of some major changes to the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) ...


The Community Connection

Many of the top real estate companies have a secret ingredient to success: each other. In the following interview, Connie Ray, Founder and CEO of Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, tells us how her team gets ahead by working together. ...


U.S Population Projected at 0.73 Percent Higher Than Last Year

Do you feel like the U.S. population is growing? That's because it is! As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau recently projected the United States population will be 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, 2015. This represents an ...


Smart People Offer Workplace Advice for 2015

(TNS)—As another year comes to a close, I once again turn the reins of I Just Work Here over to some of the kind and quite-a-bit-smarter-than-me folks who appeared in this year’s columns. ...


America’s Housing Stock Increases $1.7 Trillion

The housing market received both good and bad news as of late; the good news is that America’s housing stock is now worth $27.5 trillion, an increase of $1.7 trillion over last year.  The bad news is that U.S. home values rose 6 ...


R U Ready to Take the Next Step?

NAR PULSE—At REALTOR® University, we want to empower you with the knowledge and skills to stand out as a leader for your company and among your peers. Our Master of Real Estate Degree program allows you to focus on your passion and ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate up from 19-Month Low; Current Rate is 3.73%, According to Zillow Mortgage Rate Ticker

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages as of Dec. 23rd is currently 3.73 percent, up seven basis points from this time the previous week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose early in the week, then hovered around 3.73 for the remainder of the week. ...


Housing Market Continues to Heal Due to Better Fundamentals

The U.S. housing market continues to stabilize, with 70 of the markets tracked now showing positive momentum, according to Freddie Mac's recently released, newly updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). ...


Getting Started: New Down-Payment Considerations for First-Time Buyers

(TNS)—First-time homebuyers now have more options when it comes to getting a mortgage with a low down payment. The only question is how many of those buyers—who tend to be young, often in their early 30s—will actually benefit from the loans. ...


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness of U.S. Households

A disaster can occur at any time and without much warning. To gain a better understanding of the emergency preparedness of U.S. households, HUD and the Census Bureau for the first time included a special set of questions on the ...


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