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NAHB Supports Senate Bill that Addresses “Patent Trolls”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is calling on the Senate to advance the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720), legislation that would significantly improve the U.S. patent process and stop patent abuse. Small business owners in home building and scores of other industries across the ...


Agent Spotlight: Real Living Lifestyles’ Sean Zanganeh Closed Most Units in 2013

Sean Zanganeh began his career in real estate five years ago when the market was at one of its worst downturns, which gave him invaluable experience that has propelled him to where he is today. At Real Living Lifestyles he had the most units closed and the third highest gross ...


Century 21 Realty Alliance Earns Diversity Award

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized CENTURY 21 Realty Alliance with the 2013 CENTURY 21® Marsh Fisher Diversity Award. Orhan Tolu, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Realty Alliance, accepted the Award on behalf of his team at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference in Las Vegas, NV earlier this month. ...


Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® Named Top Seller

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® Chairman and CEO Lawrence Flick recently announced that BHHS Fox & Roach has received the 2013 Gibraltar Circle Award, ranking No. 1 in Units. This award is given each year to the top 50 companies in the BHHS Real Estate Network. The ...


Real Estate Investment Clubs for Fun and Profit, with Luck

(MCT)—Kimberly and Edward Rushing’s fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start. ...


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. ...