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What Do You Do about Bad Customer Service when You’re the Customer?

We recently talked about the importance of exceptional customer service for real estate consumers. Now let’s talk about you. ...


An Entrepreneurial Remedy for Continuing Foreclosure Crisis

Despite the recovering economy, home foreclosures have not abated—in fact, they surged in January. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Seesaw

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly following the release of real GDP estimates for the first quarter. ...


Commercial and Multifamily Mortgage Originations Keeping Pace with 2013

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, first quarter 2014 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were one percent lower than during the same period last year and 45 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2013. ...


Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® Partners with Point2 to Launch SBAOR.com

The Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® (SBAOR) recently introduced SBAOR.com, a new website that uses data from the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to display searchable property listings on a mobile-friendly platform. SBAOR.com was developed by Point2, an industry leader in online marketing and data management for ...


CENTURY 21® Redwood Realty Named 2013 Platinum Award Winner

CENTURY 21® Redwood Realty and AdVenture Redwood recently announced it has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network. The company was awarded the honor at the Cartus annual Broker Network International Conference held in Florida at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale. ...


Survey: 13 Percent of Consumers Ready to Buy a Luxury Home

Nationally, 13 percent of surveyed consumers are ready to buy a luxury home and another 26 percent are considering a high-end home purchase, according to the Luxury Homebuyer Survey recently conducted by realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, ...


Baths Edge Kitchens for Most Common Remodeling Project in 2013

May is National Home Remodeling Month. This is the first of a series of posts in recognition of the occasion with results from NAHB’s quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey showing that bathrooms remained the most common type of jobs performed by ...


REALTOR Benefits® Program: Member Savings Add Up

You may already know that the REALTOR Benefits® Program is your official member benefits resource from the National Association of Realtors®. But did you know that the program is designed with REALTORS® in mind, bringing you discounts and unique offers on products and services to help brokers and their agents ...


Home Loans Fall Off as Sales Slow, Rates Rise

(MCT)—Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation’s lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. ...


CENTURY 21 Gentry, REALTORS® Joins Leading Residential Real Estate Franchise Sales Organization

Gentry REALTORS®, based in Little Ferry, N.J., announced recently that it is now a real estate brokerage franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. The company will operate as CENTURY 21 Gentry, Realtors®, specializing in residential and commercial real estate in the northern New Jersey area. ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach REALTORS® Featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® President Joan Docktor was recently highlighted in Philadelphia Style Magazine’s “How 9 Philly Power Women Made it.” The article features nine of the city’s most influential women who talk about their challenges, triumphs and plans for the future. "It is an honor to ...


Mortgage-Interest Cap Plan Would Be Unfair to High-end Markets

Few in the real estate brokerage community think the latest proposal to cap mortgage interest deductions will actually become law in Washington. ...


First Quarter 2014: Housing Share of the Economy at 15.5 Percent

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the first quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building yielding 3 percentage points of that total. ...


The Most Popular Features to Improve the Performance of Your Home

According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results, which ...


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