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How to Win the Grand Prize at the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

As a broker with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, which is part of Realogy, I'm excited to participate in the Realogy FWD innovation summit on June 17 at its headquarters in Madison, New Jersey. This is the second annual ...


Terry Slattery and Erica Campbell Byrum Provide Insights at National Apartment Association Conference

For Rent Media Solutions™ (FRMS), a leading national apartment resource, has announced its sponsorship of this year’s National Apartment Association Education Conference & Exposition (NAA). NAA, a gathering of over 7,000 multifamily housing professionals, is the largest and most anticipated event in the industry. It will take place June 18-21 ...


Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Names New West Coast Director of Business Development

Debra Chandler-Protass has been named Southern California Director of Business Development for Weichert Real Estate Affiliates (WREA), the company has announced. Chandler-Protass will support the franchise organization’s Senior Vice President of Business Development Kevin Hill and Regional Vice President June Huber in developing franchise opportunities throughout the region. She is ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® Member Properties Named Winners in HGTV’s Doory Awards

HGTV has announced the winners of its Doory Awards, a month-long online contest on HGTV’s FrontDoor.com billed as “The Ultimate House Hunt.” The contest, which attracted nearly 50 million page views, featured extraordinary homes from around the world in ten distinct categories. ...


Zillow Introduces “Coming Soon” Inventory

Zillow, Inc. recently announced the introduction of Coming Soon inventory to its home shopping experience on mobile and Web. Now, for the first time on Zillow®, home shoppers can search for and find homes that are not yet on the market, but expect to be listed for sale within 30 ...


FHA Offers First-Time Homebuyers Discounted Loans for Taking Class

(MCT)—Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of homeownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel. ...


Moving Forward with a Collaborative, Client-Centric Approach

We’ve come a long way since the ‘Mad Men’ days of real estate. Where are we now? Where are we headed? Here to answer these questions—and more—is Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. ...


NAHB Accepting Applications for Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design

The Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its call for entries for the 2015 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design. The annual awards recognize the best marketing efforts and home designs in the building systems industry. ...


Carrington Title Services Sharpens Its Focus on Curative

Carrington Title Services, LLC (Carrington), a national title agency with expertise in providing title insurance, settlement services and data products to the real estate community in connection with real estate purchases and mortgage refinances, as well as Real Estate Owned (REO), short sale and commercial transactions, has announced plans ...


Mortgage Returns Selects Kim Goldstone as Director of Marketing

Mortgage Returns, a provider of TRUE CRM technology and automated marketing solutions for the mortgage industry, has selected Kim Goldstone as the company’ s new director of marketing where she will supervise the marketing team and oversee all corporate communications. ...


FHFA Seeks Input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it is requesting input on the guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders. ...


Reducing Transaction Liability with Home Warranties

When buying a home, one can only anticipate that everything will go according to plan. Buyers dot their i’s and cross their t’s with high hopes that the furnace or other major systems won’t fail shortly after the deal is made. But why not protect your purchase with a reassuring ...


The Mortgage Professor: Should I Apply for a Loan with or without my Spouse?

(MCT)—QUESTION: My wife and I are looking to purchase a $450,000 home, and I am wondering whether I should apply for the mortgage as an individual, or jointly with my wife. I make $84,000 a year and have a credit score of ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hold Steady; Current Rate Is 4.04%

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.04 percent, up three basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate peaked at 4.12 percent on Thursday before dropping to 4.03 percent on Friday, where rates hovered for the remainder of the week. ...


More Americans Move for Families and Jobs, Fewer for Housing Reasons

While nearly half of Americans move for housing-related reasons (48 percent), the percentage has fallen from its peak of 52.8 percent in 2004.  Both job-related (19.4 percent) and family-related (30.3 percent) reasons have been on the rise over the past 15 years ...


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