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Living Smart: Spring Housecleaning Tips and Tricks

(MCT)—How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned homeowners’ shining reviews? ...


Century 21 Real Estate, Google and Videolicious Launch Marketing Suite

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently announced the launch of C21 Social XchangeSM, in conjunction with agreements with Google and Videolicious. Through an industry-first licensing agreement with Google, a co-marketing agreement with Google Adwords, and a comprehensive licensing agreement with Videolicious, the C21 Social Xchange combines a comprehensive ...


How Will the Winding Down of Fannie and Freddie Affect Homebuyers?

A bipartisan proposal seeks to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and completely overhaul the nation’s mortgage system. According to Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB (The Association of Mortgage Professionals), “A change in the mortgage system will be ...


6 Questions to Ask before a Refinance

(MCT)—A home mortgage refinance may sound like a good idea in theory, but it’s not always possible or desirable. ...


Lifestyle-based House and Apartment Finder Featured on CNNMoney

San Francisco start-up RentalRoost was recently featured in a CNNMoney article that took an in-depth look into the mission behind the lifestyle-based house and apartment finder, providing a glimpse into how the company is aiming to take the big data approach to a whole, new level. ...


Housing Starts Hold Steady in February

Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in February, inching down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau. ...


HUD Provides Over $100 Million to Oklahomans Hit by Tornadoes

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced additional $109 million in disaster recovery aid to the City of Moore, Oklahoma and to the State of Oklahoma to help local communities recover from a devastating spate of storms, including a powerful tornado that struck Moore last May. ...


Zillow Names Curt Beardsley Vice President, Industry Development

Zillow, Inc., a leading real estate and home-related marketplace, has announced Curt Beardsley has joined the company as vice president, industry development responsible for building and strengthening Zillow's relationships with multiple listing services (MLSs) and other industry partners. ...


Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home-Buying Process

At The Appraisal Foundation, we often encounter misperceptions about the appraisal process in real estate transactions – from how an appraisal is ordered and carried out, to the type of communication permitted with appraisers. As a result, we have compiled the most ...


Final Call for Companies to Apply for the REach™ Class of 2014

NAR PULSE—Nominate your favorite technology company to be considered as the “Member’s Choice” for NAR’s REach™ Class of 2014. Members who participate could be recognized as the most tech-savvy agents for 2014. The extended deadline for company applications is March 21st, 2014 ...


Move, NAR File Lawsuit against Zillow, Samuelson

Move and the National Association of REALTORS® have filed a lawsuit against Zillow and Errol Samuelson, chief industry development officer for Zillow, in the Superior Court of King County, Washington, for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade ...


The Real Estate Book Re-launches Home Shopping Website

Now, consumers shopping for homes have more features and options along with a faster and more intuitive experience as the top-ranked real estate search site, RealEstateBook.com re-launches with a refreshed user interface and new features. ...


The Plight of Today’s First-Time Buyer

Traditionally, first-time buyers are the pillars of a strong home-purchase market. However, today's industry reveals that current market dynamics may be making it difficult for them to achieve their American dream, potentially leading to a slowdown of the industry's recovery. ...


Solid February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

As prices continue to rise, more sellers are putting their homes on the market than this time last year, according to Realtor.com®'s recently released National Housing Trend Report for February 2014. This movement is a sign of confidence in the gains sustained ...


Realogy Names Stephen Fraser as Chief Information Officer

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, appointed Stephen Fraser as chief information officer and senior vice president. Fraser was most recently the global head of information technology service and information management for IKEA Group in Sweden. ...


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