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Is Corporate Culture Part of Your Business Plan?

Whether you’re launching a new business or wondering why your existing company isn’t performing as well as predicted, longtime corporate executive Larry Katzen suggests taking a careful look at your business plan. ...


Home Protection Plans a Valuable Asset in Today’s Recovering Market

As the real estate market continues to pick up in the northern suburbs of the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, metroplex, it might be easy for agents to fall back on simply processing the rapid turnover of properties they’re handling. ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Recognized with Round Table Award

For the fourth year in a row, the Avondale/San Marco office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has received the prestigious Real Estate Round Table Award for residential Gross Commission Income (GCI) and residential units for the Southeast Region. ...


New Mobile Marketing Tools for Real Estate

A new offering from The Real Estate Book expands personal branding packages to include IDX-fed web, tablet and mobile sites, mobile business cards, vanity text codes, and GPS-enabled yard signs to help real estate agents take local traffic from national listing aggregation sites. ...


What New Mortgage Rules Mean for Brokers

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and requirements for buying a home and refinancing a mortgage, also known as the “qualified mortgage” or “ability-to-repay” rules, are in effect. There may be a few challenges ahead ...


Mortgage Purchase Applications Dip

Mortgage applications decreased 1.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 4, 2014. ...


NAHB Seeks to Honor the Nation’s Best Apartments and Condos

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its call for entries for the 2014 NAHB Pillars of the Industry Awards competition. Multifamily owners and developers, property managers, architects, interior designers and multifamily industry professionals are invited to enter the competition. ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Increases Slightly in March

Mortgage credit availability increased slightly in March according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product. ...


Century21espanol.com Adds Features and Functionality

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate franchise sales organizations, has announced that it has completely revamped its Spanish language website at Century21espanol.com. On it, the company is delivering the best features from Century21.com—like smart search, innovative mapping, and ...


Positive Signs Crop Up Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Recent month-to-month volatility in the housing market has softened the ongoing recovery. However, the majority of the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicators on consumer attitudes have continued to move in a positive direction during the past year, which may portend a ...


Fears about Mortgage Rate Increases Harming the Market Are Unfounded

We see it any time interest rates start creeping up: big, bold news headlines declaring that the housing market is headed for trouble. When rates go up, the doom and gloom and articles in the mainstream media spread like wildfire. These factors ...


New .REALTOR FAQs and Field Guide Posted

NAR PULSE—We are currently finalizing the process of securing the .REALTOR domain for use by members and associations. In the meantime, we've recently posted a Field Guide to Top-Level Domains and an update to our FAQs, so we encourage you to visit ...


Obama Administration Renews Support for Homeless

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the funding will ensure these ...


Stewart® Honored by Forbes® as One of America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America. The rankings, determined by proprietary ratings provider and investment advisor GMI Ratings, recognize 50 financial and banking companies of more than 8,000 publicly-traded, North American companies analyzed. ...


Recovery Spreads: Activity Exceeds Norm in Many Markets

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the just-released National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of 11 ...


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