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Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


Real Estate Roundtable Praises Bipartisan House Vote to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

The recent bipartisan House vote of 416-5 to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years is a major step forward in bolstering economic security, maintaining positive momentum in commercial real estate markets and reducing policy uncertainty with a multi-year reauthorization, ...


Tulare County Association of REALTORS® Selects Point2 to Create Consumer Real Estate Search Portal

The Tulare County Association of REALTORS® (TCAOR) launched TulareCountyREALTORS.com last month, the organization announced. The consumer-facing real estate search website uses Point2 technology to surface the most accurate information about homes, land and commercial properties for sale in Tulare County, Calif. TCAOR is one of several real estate ...


Mortgage Applications Down 9.1 Percent

Mortgage applications took a hit recently, decreasing 9.1 percent from two weeks earlier, according to recently released data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 2, 2015. The most recent week’s results include an adjustment to account for the New Year’s Day ...


3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. ...


Unveiled: Sarasota Lifestyle Website and Real Estate Town Documentary

TownAdvisor.com, which produces nuanced and richly detailed community-based information on its local websites and celebrated Real Estate Town Docu-Mentaries pertaining to the quality of life found in various towns, cities and neighborhoods across North America (geared towards prospective residents), recently added Sarasota to its first wave of privileged sites. ...


Still Time to Submit an Application to REach® Technology Accelerator

NAR PULSE—Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment fund of the National Association of REALTORS®, is accepting applications for the 2015 REach® Accelerator program through Jan. 30, 2015. The nine-month program provides a unique opportunity for technology companies to get intense exposure into ...


Gino Blefari Assumes CEO Role at HSF Affiliates, Succeeds Retiring Earl Lee

HSF Affiliates LLC announced Monday that Gino Blefari has assumed the role of chief executive officer at HSF Affiliates, which operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate. ...


ForRent.com® Rolls Out Innovative Homepage

For Rent Media Solutions™ (FRMS), leading multi-family resource providing marketing solutions for property management companies across the country, has released its newest and most visually appealing profile page on ForRent.com® (FRC). Launched on December 1, 2014, FRMS customers and FRC visitors alike benefit from this innovative compilation of rich media, ...


Index: Prices Up ‘Across the Board’ in 2014, Midwest Expected to Outpace the Nation

With 2014 behind us, 2015 promises changes within the market as the housing recovery moves forward, according to recently released information from Clear Capital, a provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment. The company recently released ...


Easing the Financing Crunch: New Year, New Ways to Get People into the Market

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jim Imhoff, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Housing Share of GDP at 15.2 Percent for Third Quarter

Economic growth in the third quarter was certainly good news for housing and the overall economy. The final estimate of GDP growth from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) was a 5 percent seasonally adjusted annual growth rate, up from 3.5 ...


New Study Shows Top Moving Destination for 2014

Wondering where people were moving in 2014? The Northeast experienced a moving deficit, losing residents for the third consecutive year, while Oregon held on to its title as "Top Moving Destination" and continued to pull away from the pack. ...


Long & Foster Appoints Terrence P. Dwyer as Chief Information Officer

The Long & Foster Companies has hired Terrence “Terry” P. Dwyer as its new senior vice president and chief information officer, effective Jan. 2015. Dwyer brings 27 years of information technology experience to the position, with 14 of those years spent in the real estate industry. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Welcomes Kentucky Brokerage

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate has announced the addition of Lexington, Kentucky-based brokerage Cypress Residential Group to its franchise network. The firm will now operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cypress and will continue to serve Lexington, Georgetown, Paris, Nicholasville, Versailles, Richmond, Winchester, Frankfort, Mount Sterling and ...


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