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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Spike 14 Basis Points, Largest

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 4.19 percent, up 14 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose steadily ...


The Thrifty Traveler: Dealing with Connectivity Quirks on the Road

(MCT)—It’s no secret to full-time road warriors that connectivity can be inconsistent at best. Large sections of rural America have limited cell phone reception, and airport Wi-Fi speeds are spotty to say the least. When the way you make your living requires ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Agent Deb Campbell Voted CRS of the Year for Illinois

Deb Campbell, a broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties in South County St. Louis and Concept Real Estate Company in Columbia, Ill., was recently voted the Illinois Certified Residential Specialist Chapter’s CRS of the Year in 2014. Campbell, whose career in real estate began in 2002, was recognized ...


August Reports Fewer Home Sales, Slower Price Increases

As has been true throughout 2014, August home sales remained below the pace set in 2013. However, last month’s sales were 10.2 percent above the number of sales seen in August 2012, and were 17.8 percent higher than August 2008 sales, when the RE/MAX Housing Report began. The Median Sales ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: Master Real Estate Marketers Reveal Their Winning Campaign Tactics

With more options than ever for today’s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won’t cut it. On day two of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, the industry’s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. ...


Get your Stay Safe Charging Combo Pack during REALTOR® Safety Month

NAR PULSE—In honor of REALTOR® Safety Month, you and your agents can get the best-selling REALTOR® branded emergency phone charger and iTech Triple Cord for 40 percent off the original price, now just $29.99. This great offer is brought to you ...


Homesnap Pro: A Consumer-Quality App with the MLS Pro Data Agents Need

Technology certainly has come a long way in the last decade. Thanks to innovation, real estate agents and brokers are constantly on the hunt for the very best tools that can simplify their hectic, day-to-day lives. Tablets and mobile apps have paved the way as the industry continues barreling toward ...


Furniture and Appliance Purchases off Lows

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported results from the 2013 consumer expenditure survey. In 2013, the average annual expenditure on housing increased 1.5 percent to $17,148. As a share of total expenditures housing was 33.6 percent; an increase from the 2012 share of 32.8 percent. ...


Why Your Next, Great Home Accessory Might Come from the Sea

(MCT)—Under-the-sea themes are a constant of coastal design. But one marine motif especially transcends styles, as a rich boost to almost any kind of decor, and that is coral. ...


U.S. Waterfront Home Values Twice as High as Overall Home Values

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of ...


Speaker Spotlight: Harold Crye to Be Featured Panelist at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s NAR Annual Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most successful industry leaders break down their strategies for success at RISMedia’s 19th annual Power Broker Forum, titled, “Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing ...


HomeServices of America Announces New Leadership for HomeServices Relocation

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has announced the appointment of Steven John as president and CEO HomeServices Relocation, effective September 16, 2014. Mary Lee Blaylock, current president and CEO of HomeServices Relocation has been named senior vice president and general manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, effective ...


What NOT to Do: Industry Leaders Reveal What They Learned from Their Biggest Mistakes at RISMedia’s CEO Exchange

Any successful real estate professional will tell you that the work they do never ends. And really, it never ends. For those in real estate, striving to improve isn’t some lofty goal—it’s a necessity. ...


New Home Purchases Down by 9 Percent

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for August 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 9 percent relative to the previous month.  This change does not include any ...


Vinyl Is the Most Widely Used Siding on New Homes Started

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common exterior wall material used in homes started in 2013 (31 percent), followed by brick or brick veneer (24 percent), stucco (22 percent), and ...


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