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Senate Considers Bill Protecting Homeowners from Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) recently called on the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation to protect homeowners from significant increases in flood insurance premiums, which began being phased in on Oct. 1. S. 1926, introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), would delay rate increases ...


Consumer Confidence Shows Mixed Results

Measures of consumer confidence were mixed in the most recent release. The Conference Board reported that the Consumer Confidence Index increased by 3.2 points on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis in December to 80.7. Meanwhile, according to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, the Consumer Sentiment Index fell by ...


RE/MAX of New England Donates More Than $190,000 Through 2013 Community Partnerships

In 2013, RE/MAX of New England donated $192,000 to community partners throughout New England, the company has announced. At the forefront of supporting the local communities in which they do business, RE/MAX of New England actively participated with several organizations including: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, Children’s ...


Zillow Launches Postlets App for iPhone and iPad

Zillow, Inc., a leading real estate and home-related marketplace, recently launched the Postlets® App for iPhone® and iPad®. Postlets is a free listings creation and distribution tool, and is owned by Zillow®. With the new Postlets App, users can distribute their rental listings to more than 20 of the top ...


Get Ready to Meet International Service Needs

Where will your next corporate customer or foreign national purchaser hail from? Whether it’s Brazil, China or Belgium, it’s apparent that international activity is increasing, based on global mobility trends and home sale statistics. Are you ready for this potential new business ...


2014 Member Cards Now Available

NAR PULSE—Show your REALTOR® membership with pride by ordering your 2014 membership card today. Visit MemberCenter.REALTOR.org to choose a personalized background, add up to six of your designations and certifications and order a plastic version. Plus download the Member Center app to access your card via your smartphone ...


HUD Reports Residential Sales Up from Last December

Sales of new single-family houses in December 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 7.0 percent (±17.5 percent) below the revised November rate of 445,000, but ...


New Jersey’s Year-End Report: 2013 Was a Great Year for Housing

Regional Spotlight—The December 2013 housing market report from the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® shows that over the course of the year, the housing market proved to be strong. In fact, closed sales were at the highest levels since 2005, to 94,671 units, up 18.1 percent. There are still fewer ...


New Home Sales by Financing: Falling FHA Share

The share of new single-family home sales purchased using conventional mortgage financing is rising, as the share of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed mortgages fell during 2013. ...


The Biggest Little City in the World Welcomes Intero Real Estate Services

Intero Franchise Services Inc., a company affiliated with Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., is excited to announce the opening of its Reno, Nevada office. This will be the second franchise office to open in Nevada for the real estate company. ...


Recovery Hits Eighth Consecutive Month

Ongoing improvements show economic stabilization, with 87 markets reaching full recovery and housing market price gains nearing 2005 records ...


Planwise Receives Investment from National Association of REALTORS®’ Investment Arm

Planwise, a San Francisco based technology company, recently announced that Second Century Ventures (SCV), the strategic investment arm of the National Association of REALTORS®, has made a strategic investment in the company. Planwise was a member of SCV’s inaugural REachTM technology accelerator class in 2013 which helps early stage technology ...


HomeFinder.com Announces Broker Advantage Program

HomeFinder.com, a leading real estate search site, today announces Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is the inaugural participant in the new HomeFinder.com Broker Advantage Program, now available to all brokerages. This partnership gives Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty brokers preferred access to HomeFinder.com’s suite of digital marketing ...


Sign of Recovery: Traditional Home Sales Now Dominate Foreclosures and Short Sales

(MCT—Regional Spotlight)--For several years, banks held an iron grip on Las Vegas’ weak housing market, as most sellers either were bankers unloading foreclosed properties or underwater locals who needed their blessing. ...


J. Rockcliff’s Barry Zwahlen Named 2013 REALTOR of the Year

J. Rockcliff REALTORS®, a leading residential real estate brokerage in the San Francisco East Bay, recently announced that Barry Zwahlen of the company’s Blackhawk office has been named REALTOR® of the Year for 2013 by the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS®. ...


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