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Leading Real Estate Firms Align with Luxury Portfolio International®

Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, has extended its reach with the addition of member firms in Spain, France and the United States, the company has announced. These firms join the 200+ premier real estate companies that have qualified for membership ...


ERA Real Estate Expands Bay Area Presence with Affiliation of Michael James Real Estate in Oakland, Calif.

ERA Real Estate, a global real estate franchisor, recently announced the affiliation of Michael James Real Estate in Oakland, California, expanding the brand’s presence in Northern California. With one office and 16 independent sales associates, the firm will now do business as ERA MICHAEL JAMES Co. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Rules for Proper Use of NAR’s REALTOR® Trademarks

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


Top 10 Priciest U.S. Cities for Renters – November 2014

With the holiday season upon us, rental markets consolidated their substantial price rises over the past year. Zumper recently released the November 2014 rent report for top 10 priciest cities in the U.S. Here are the highlights: ...


Realogy Appoints Sherry M. Smith to Its Board of Directors

Realogy Holdings Corp. recently announced the appointment of Sherry M. Smith to its Board of Directors and a member of its Audit Committee. The Board also designated Smith as an "audit committee financial expert," a designation that has been made for all four members of the Realogy Audit Committee. ...


NAR Selects Nancy Nagy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group to Serve on Board of Directors

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors® Board of Directors in 2015, the company has announced. Nagy was chosen to serve as one of the 75 large real estate firm representatives. ...


What’s Next for Real Estate? Power Broker Predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, Power Brokers are pretty pleased. While specifics vary and hurdles still exist, most brokers report important progress this year, with home prices and overall volume heading in generally positive directions. The big question: What’s next for real ...


Forget the Homeownership Rate. It’s the Process that Matters

(TNS)--Because of the widespread belief that homeownership is valuable, the recent decline in the homeownership rate has generated some dismay. The rate, which had peaked at 69.1 percent in 2005, shortly before the financial crisis, has since fallen to 64.8 percent. This is the lowest it has been since 1995. ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Decreased in November

The recently released Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) for November 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 22 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


Mortgage Rates Inch Up Slightly

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates slightly up from the last week, but with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remaining below four percent. ...


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Striving for Excellence

For many booming real estate businesses, a winning company culture is the heart of their success. In the following interview, Wes Flacker the Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 Magellan Realty in Boise, Idaho, talks about creating a culture people want to work in, effective client retention, customer loyalty, and more. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty Strengthens Pennsylvania Presence

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate just announced the addition of Community Realty to its franchise network. At the helm of the newly formed brokerage are co-owners John Colarusso, Phoenixville entrepreneur, and leading Phoenixville real estate sales professional, Jennifer Daywalt. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty will serve ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Remains Firmly Below 4 Percent

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 3.75 percent, down one basis point from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage hovered around 3.80 percent last week, peaking at 3.88 percent on Monday before returning to the current rate. ...


Constrained Inventory and Hot Markets: New York City Real Estate In 2015

Regional Spotlight—While constrained inventory and high demand in Manhattan will carry over from 2014, StreetEasy predicts Manhattan condo sales prices will increase at a considerably slower pace and the outer boroughs will offer the most inventory options for New York City buyers in 2015. For renters, however, Brooklyn will become ...


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