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Two-in-Five Borrowers Shorten Term when Refinancing

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its third quarter 2013 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers are continuing to take advantage of near record low mortgage rates to lower their monthly payments, shorten their loan terms and overwhelmingly choosing the safety of long-term fixed-rate mortgages. Borrowers who refinanced in ...


Howard Hanna Wins 2013 MarCom Awards

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the 4th largest real estate company in the United States and the No. 1 home seller in Pennsylvania and Ohio, has earned multiple awards in the 2013 MarCom Competition for their marketing and advertising entries, the company has announced. ...


Reaching New Heights: Tommy Webber Sets ERA Webber Real Estate up for Future Success

When Tommy Webber of ERA Webber Real Estate in Ogden, Utah, took on the leadership role of the company his grandfather founded in 1947, he knew he wanted to honor the tradition of service his company was known for. But he also had his sights set on the future. And ...


Making a Lasting Impression: Obeo’s Real Estate Marketing Solutions Help Listings Shine…and Sell

Considering that 93 percent of homebuyers begin their real estate searches online, it’s a no brainer that real estate companies should put their best foot forward on the Web. And having detailed professional photos, video tours, mobile-enabled websites and more available at consumers’ fingertips isn’t just good for business, it’s ...


Spotlight on Housing Q3: Home Values Strengthening, Affordability Sliding

Strengthening house prices and increased interest rates in metros across the country contributed to lower housing affordability in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released recently. ...


Realtor.com® Webinar Tuesday: Goal Setting – Next Steps to Achieve Your Goals

This webinar is designed for agents who have set an ambitious goal for prospecting, sales and closings. ...


Mark McLaughlin Receives Real Estate Leadership Award

[caption id="attachment_84219" align="alignleft" width="266"] Mark McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union International Inc. accepts the Leadership Award at this year’s Power Broker Dinner.[/caption] ...


Living Smart: Stained, Faded Carpet: Clean, Replace or Dye

(MCT)—Cleaning and replacement are common options for stained or outdated carpet. But what about dyeing? ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Increased in October 2013

MBA’s Builder Application Survey data for October 2013 shows that mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 11 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


Realogy’s ‘Explore’ Conference Demonstrates Commitment to Growing Industry Representation in Diverse Market Segments

Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, recently hosted an invitation-only industry event exclusively for leaders in real estate servicing diverse growth market segments. More than 60 real estate brokers attended the “Learn, Build, Explore” half-day conference ...


Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces Branch Manager of New Flagship N.Y. Sales Office

Matt Rand, managing partner of Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Rand Realty has announced that seasoned real estate veteran, Regional Vice President Joe Monaco has been named manager of their new flagship White Plains office. BHG Rand Realty is calling its recently inaugurated White Plains branch the “Real Estate Office ...


Rising Home Prices Push Down Housing Affordability during Third Quarter

Housing affordability fell for the sixth consecutive quarter, after reaching an all-time high in the spring of 2012, as significantly higher home prices shut out more California home buyers during the third quarter of 2013, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported. ...


Flood Insurance Rate Uncertainty Has Far-reaching Effects on Real Estate Market

Uncertainty surrounding drastic increases in flood insurance premiums for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program is negatively impacting transactions and the nation’s real estate recovery. ...


Rich Rector Announced as the Recipient of National Homeownership Award

[caption id="attachment_84191" align="alignleft" width="266"] Rich Rector, owner and CEO of Realty Executives International, accepting RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award at the 2013 Power Broker Dinner.[/caption] ...


10 Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends

(MCT)—When Michelle and Jon Christy bought their 1980s-era home in North Tustin, Calif., much of the residence already was remodeled. ...


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