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Low Down Payment Drop: Share of Buyers Lands at 11-Year Low

Those using low down payment plans dropped last year, according to recently released news from RealtyTrac, who analyzed the size of down payments on nearly 20 million purchase loans for single family homes and condos nationwide from 2004 through 2014. ...


Person to Person: Workers Treated Well Work out Well

(TNS)—If you’re an employer, you have a lot of power to improve the lives of your workers. Investing in the emotional and physical well-being of employees can affect families and communities for years to come. ...


NAR Tech Edge helps REALTORS® Stay Informed of the Latest Tech Tools

Technology is transforming the way REALTORS® conduct business and connect with clients, and staying up-to-date on new and emerging technologies is an essential part of the real estate profession. To help REALTORS® stay a step ahead of the latest mobile and online technologies, the National Association of REALTORS® is continuing ...


Builder Confidence Slightly Lower in February

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell two points to a level of 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). ...


National Housing Report: Home Sales Start at a Slower Pace

Like last year, 2015 home sales are starting the year at a slower pace. January home sales were 3.9 percent lower than sales in January 2014, according to the January RE/MAX National Housing Report. Last year, sales improved dramatically during the spring ...


NAR Announces Three Broker Summits in 2015

NAR PULSE--Save the dates! Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Broker Summit, NAR has recently announced three events taking place in 2015. Two summits will focus on business management issues and one will focus exclusively on technology trends and tools that impact broker/owners. Events will occur in August ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands into Hawaii

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently announced  that it has entered Hawaii with the addition of prominent real estate brokerage Advantage Realty, a former Prudential Real Estate Services affiliate in Oahu, to its franchise network. The newly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty will continue to operate under the leadership of ...


Century 21 System Raises $2.9 Million for Easter Seals

CENTURY 21 Real Estate, recently announced that the CENTURY 21® System raised $2.9 million in 2014 for Easter Seals. The funds raised are 19 percent higher than the previous year’s effort. This brings the total contributions to Easter Seals by CENTURY 21 franchisees and affiliated agents to over $111 million since 1979. ...


Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report

Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid a strong employment report, according to the results of Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Regardless, fixed-rate mortgage rates still remain near their May 23, 2013 lows. ...


REALTOR® Broker Summits to Concentrate on Management and Technology in 2015

As small business owners, real estate brokers must stay ahead of cutting-edge marketing and management practices. That is why the National Association of Realtors® is inviting brokers from across the country to attend 2015 Realtor® Broker Summit events and learn from broker panels and industry leaders about the latest tools and ...


Realtors Property Resource®: A Treasure Trove of Information

When your family name is your brand, with established roots for well over half a century, clients expect you to know everything about every neighborhood, township and cul-de-sac in the area. ...


Factors for Improving Home Sales

Nearly every factor generally associated with home sales has been turning for the better. We have more jobs, a growing population, rising rents, additional inventory choices, record-high household net worth, and exceptionally low mortgage rates. On top of these trends, ...


Fast-Growing Careers Don’t Usually Lead to Homeownership

(TNS)--Here’s a strong dose of reality on why millennials might not be the housing market’s prayer in the near future: The fastest-growing careers aren’t necessarily those with traditionally high homeownership rates. ...


Stronger Together: ERA Real Estate Continues to Capitalize on a Revitalized Brand

Growth is never by mere chance; it’s the result of forces working together. The words of American entrepreneur James Cash Penney, founder of the J.C. Penney line of stores, have never rung more true for ERA Real Estate. ...


U.S Foreclosure Activity Increases 5 Percent in January

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 119,888 U.S. properties in January, an increase of 5 percent from the previous month but still down 4 percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac®’s recently ...


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