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Fixed Mortgage Rates Remain at Six-Month Low

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates easing slightly for the third consecutive week to remain at a six-month low. ...


Effectively Managing Expectations

When it comes to agent best practices, managing your clients’ expectations is crucial for seamless and successful real estate transactions. “In terms of properly pricing a listing, we recommend that agents are honest with their clients from the start,” says Michael R. Salter, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Elite in Shreveport, ...


DocuSign Gains Momentum with Transaction Management Features for Brokers

DocuSign Inc.’s launch of its Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform for brokers, DocuSign for Real Estate Broker Edition, is successfully bringing small, medium and large brokerages into a 100-percent digital future. The latest DocuSign For Real Estate Broker Edition solution adds deeper transaction room functionality with real-time visibility, ...


Leading Real Estate Websites Announce Notable Executive Shifts

Leading real estate companies, For Rent Media Solutions™ (FRMS) and Homes.com® have announced two notable executive shifts with the promotion of Mike Bozeman to vice president of information technology and the appointment of Grant Simmons as vice president of search solutions. The changes are directly in ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Increased in April 2014

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for March 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 5 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


RPR Makes Big Progress for REALTORS® and Brokers

From its inception, Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) had the vision of creating valuable tools for members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), all with the goal of keeping REALTORS® in the center of the transaction. By giving REALTORS® ways to showcase their local market expertise, RPR has helped them ...


Adapting a Positive Mindset to Better Your Business

For many industry pros, success is not only in what they do, but in how they view their business. “We have an outlook on abundance vs. scarcity,” says Wally Kowis, group corporate broker, Realty ONE Group, of his company. “The company is about giving, and we give a lot. That’s ...


70 Percent of Boomers Expect the House They Retire in to Be Their Best

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently released the findings of a national survey of baby boomers (ages 49-67), revealing this influential generation’s feelings of optimism about living an independent, active lifestyle; a lifestyle unrestrained by planned retirement communities and instead bolstered by ...


RE/MAX No. 1 in National Brokerage Surveys

Once again, real estate agents affiliated with RE/MAX rank among the most productive in the United States. Data contained in two national surveys show that, among the national franchise brands, RE/MAX had the highest per-agent home sales in 2013. The REAL Trends 500 data shows RE/MAX agents averaged 17.8 transaction ...


zipLogix Releases zipForm® Plus Broker Team and New Features for zipForm® Plus

zipLogix recently released a multitude of enhancements for zipForm® Plus, the official and exclusive forms software of the National Association of REALTORS®. These dynamic solutions include updates to the single user version of zipForm® Plus and the release of the new, powerful zipForm® Plus Broker Team. The focus of the ...


Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Homesnap Launches Pro App for Real Estate Agents

Homesnap, the popular real estate app that enables users to “snap any home to find out all about it,” has just released Homesnap Pro, an agent-only version of Homesnap that offers real-time multiple listing service (MLS) information on smartphones and tablets, arming real estate professionals with the power ...


Erin Koops Awarded Editorial Achievement Award from Worldwide ERC®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® recently announced that Erin Koops, CRP, vice president, Network Services, has been awarded the 2013 Mobility Editorial Achievement Award from Worldwide ERC®. The award was presented during the National Relocation Conference in Orlando for Koops’ ...


EBCBOR Provides Housing Resources for U.S. Troops and Veterans

REALTORS® are vested in helping military service professionals find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits. By offering the National Association of REALTORS® Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification, the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (EBCBOR) is empowering REALTORS® ...


Policy Issues Top of Mind as REALTORS® Head to Washington

This week nearly 8,500 REALTORS® from across the country will advocate policies that impact the residential and commercial real estate markets during the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. REALTORS® will meet with legislators, congressional and regulatory staff, as well as top industry ...


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