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Mercedes/Berk Joins Engel & Völkers New York City

Engel & Völkers recently announced the expansion of its New York City shop through the union between the international brokerage and Mercedes/Berk, a longstanding luxury real estate boutique serving Manhattan. Led by Noel Berk and Elizabeth Mercedes Berk, the Mercedes/Berk team has been providing discrete brokerage services to buyers and sellers of Manhattan’s finest properties for ...


How New Homebuyers Finance Their Homes across the Nation

Non-conventional forms of financing new single-family home purchases remained elevated in 2014, but their use and mix varied widely across the country, according to NAHB analysis of a recent Census Bureau Survey of Construction (SOC) data. In the West North Central division, only ...


Request an Insurance Quote to Get Rewarded with MVP

NAR PULSE—Now through Oct 15 request an instant quote on health, dental or supplemental insurance options from REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace to earn your copy of Best Apps For Your Business Webinar-Download from NAR’s MVP (Member Value Plus program). REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, a ...


Share of Chinese-Speaking Buyers Paying Cash for U.S. Homes Increased 229 Percent in 10 Years

A recent joint analysis found that 46 percent of Mandarin Chinese-speaking buyers who purchased U.S. homes in the 17 months ending in May 2015 paid all-cash, up 229 percent from the 14 percent share paying all-cash in 2005—the biggest increase of any language ...


Future Forecast: Multifamily Market to Remain Strong

The Multifamily rental market continues its 5-year streak of robust growth that began just after the Great Recession ended and is expected to remain strong for several more years, based on the recent Freddie Mac Multifamily Outlook. ...


Heritage Texas Properties Earns Prestigious RELO® Quality Certification

Heritage Texas Properties of Houston, Texas, has been awarded the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification by the Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network. The RELO® Quality Certification (RQC) was the first program in the relocation industry to quantify and qualify what true relocation service excellence means. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige ...


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Enters Sedona

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently announced it has acquired the assets of Brearley Investment Company, Inc., which has been doing business as Coldwell Banker First Affiliate in two office locations in Sedona. ...


RE/MAX Commercial Jumps in Industry Ranking

For the fifth consecutive year, RE/MAX Commercial® is ranked in the National Real Estate Investor (NREI) magazine’s 2015 Top Brokers list. RE/MAX Commercial moved up two spots compared to its ranking last year. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands Its Midwest Footprint with First Nebraska Brokerage

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate announced the addition of its first Nebraska-based real estate affiliate, Gold Coast Real Estate, to its franchise network. The newly-named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Integrity, led by broker/owner Tom Simmons, will continue to serve greater Omaha and its surrounding communities. ...


Recent Actions by CFPB That Impact Real Estate

Over the past several months, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action on some key issues that affect the business of real estate, including new closing disclosures and a key enforcement case that has significant implications for marketing service agreements (MSAs). ...


Housing Holdbacks: Student Debt, Mortgage Market Confusion, and a Declining Marriage Rate

Despite a growing economy, a new survey has found that the financial pressures of student debt, persistent confusion about the mortgage process and a continuing nationwide marriage rate decline are important factors combining to slow the housing market. ...


5 Things Effective Entrepreneurs Spend Their Money On

(TNS)—Starting your own business allows you to be your own boss and pursue your passions in the workplace. What it probably won’t provide, at least in the beginning, is a whole lot of financial stability. It typically takes startups at least three to ...


Realogy Headquarters Receives Award for Green Building Leadership

Realogy Holdings Corp. recently announced that the company’s headquarters in Madison, New Jersey, has won the outstanding achievement award in green building leadership from the U.S. Green Building Council of New Jersey for its “Corporate Culture and Sustainability Practices.” ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Tops Jacksonville Women-Owned Business List

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty ranked at the top of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women-Owned Businesses list, earning the No. 1 ranking in the 2015 list. ...


Century 21 Town & Country President Recognized with National Association of REATORS Good Neighbor Award

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently announced John Kersten, president of Century 21 Town & Country in Utica, Mich., was presented with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Good Neighbor Award for his dedication and commitment to serving his community through his work with Easter Seals, the philanthropic partner of CENTURY ...


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