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A Frigid February Catches up to Construction Spending

Total private residential construction spending decreased in February after three consecutive months of growth. The unusually cold winter may have finally caught up to total residential spending and contributed to a slight month-over-month decline. Total private residential construction spending dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $360.4 billion according ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates on Hold

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates relatively unchanged from last week. ...


Improving Lead Quality and Increasing Visibility

When managing a brokerage, it can be difficult to decide what tools are worth your time and which ones will bring the greatest return on investment. But it’s a much easier decision when the tools you choose are free, easy to set up and essentially automated upon activation—tools like Zillow ...


HUD Marks Fair Housing Month

Each April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses Fair Housing Month to mark the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the landmark law passed shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, ...


Realogy to Make Strong Showing at Global & Luxury Summit

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, announced today that more than 20 speakers and panelists affiliated with the Company and its franchise brands will present at the 2014 Asian Real Estate Association ...


Stewart® Completes Acquisition of DataQuick® Title and Collateral Valuation Business Lines

Stewart announced recently that it has entered into a definitive agreement with DataQuick Lending Solutions® to acquire its collateral valuation, settlement services and the title and closing business operations. The transaction represents a significant expansion of Stewart’s mortgage services offerings and centralized title operations, in addition to expanding Stewart Title’s ...


Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2013, Investment Property Declines

Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


The Great Debate

The success of the open house remains part of the “great debate” among real estate professionals, but do they work? From my perspective, with more than 10 years of real estate experience as an agent and now a director of learning for ...


NAHREP Report: Hispanics Continue to Drive Owner Household Growth

Hispanics lead the growth of U.S. owner households and many more are credit-ready to buy now if homes were available, according to the 2013 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report published this week by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate ...


Engel & Volkers Announces New Atlanta Addition to Network

Engel & Völkers, a leading international luxury real estate agency, has announced that Fourteen West, REALTORS® in Atlanta, Georgia is the newest addition to its North American network and will provide its global standard of service in the market as Engel & Völkers Intown Atlanta. ...


Terabitz Introduces Responsive Real Estate Search Platform for Tablets

“Many people searching for homes use their tablets. Unfortunately, home search on tablets is neither fast nor is it designed with touch front and center,” states Ash Munshi, founder and Chairman of Terabitz. “HouseTouch has been designed from the ground up to deliver results quickly while providing an interface that ...


Century 21 Jim White & Associates Names Top Producing Agent Worldwide

Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate franchise sales organizations, has announced that CENTURY 21 Jim White & Associates’ Dania Perry is the No. 1 producer in the CENTURY 21® System worldwide based on sales production. Perry earned this honor for ...


Realty ONE Group Continues Dominance of Local Markets

Realty ONE Group, a company known for its aggressive growth, is continuing on a path to success. This month alone, the company notes, Realty ONE Group opened seven prestigious locations and assembled the entire team for its first annual ONE Summit. ...


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Aggressive on RESPA

This is the “end of the beginning,” to borrow from Winston Churchill. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has mostly completed the major regulations affecting the housing and mortgage industry. While there will undoubtedly be a fair amount of additional guidance issued, ...


Ask the Expert: How Can You Prepare Clients for Home Inspection?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, the Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post. ...


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