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Social Security: Guarding Your Reputation Online

As you may already know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. But hopefully, safety is not something you think about only once a year. Whether at a showing, in the office, meeting a client, or online, you and your agents should always keep ...


HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Settlement of Copyright-Infringement Lawsuit

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has announced the settlement of a copyright-infringement lawsuit against American Home Realty Network, Inc. (d/b/a NeighborCity). Since 2013, HomeServices of America and two of its subsidiaries, Preferred Carolinas Realty, Inc., and Edina Realty, Inc., have been engaged in litigation with American Home Realty ...


Interest Rates Little Changed on New Home Loans

On August 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that, overall, mortgage interest rates were flat in July. To a large extent, the same was true for the subset of loans used to purchase new homes. Between June and July, the average contract interest rate on conventional mortgages for ...


Retirement-Saving Changes You Should Keep an Eye On

(MCT)—Retirement savers will have a few new wrinkles to contend with this fall as new policies take effect and Congress continues to battle budget woes. ...


RE/MAX Named a Leading Low-Cost Franchise

RE/MAX, LLC has been named among the leading low-cost U.S. franchises for 2014 by Entrepreneur magazine. The global real estate leader ranked the highest among real estate brokerage franchises, and 11th overall on this year’s list, which included 95 franchises “that can be started for less than $50,000.” The list ...


How Many Homes Fit on a Football Field?

Given that single-family homes have been generally getting larger, it may be tempting to assume that the lots they’re sitting on are getting larger as well. However, according to the Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold, the opposite is closer to ...


There’s Still Time to Join the REach® Insight Panel

NAR PULSE—Don't miss your opportunity to receive first access to the new technologies to help take their business to the next level as a member of the Insight Panel for REach®, NAR’s technology accelerator program. Panelists choose one or more REach® ...


Webinar Alert: Retention and Revenue—Using Online Lead Systems

Agents need to know you can produce leads. In addition, they need to know that the leads you provide can close. On Thursday, September 4 at 8:30-9 a.m. PDT, realtor.com® is holding a webinar that can help you establish this pipeline to recruit—plus, systems to keep follow-up on track and ...


New Report Shows 16.6 Percent Dip in Title Insurance Premiums

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) recently reported that title insurance premium volume declined 16.6 percent during the second quarter of 2014 when compared to the same period a year ago. ...


MLSListings Ushers RESO Standards into the Western U.S.

MLSListings Inc recently received two certifications from RESO, the organization has announced. MLSListings, a charter member of RESO, was recognized for the RETS 1.7.2 and 1.8 Server certifications, and is the one of the first to achieve both certifications. ...


U.S. Housing Memorializes 10 Years in ‘The Lost Decade’

A recent Clear Capital report touches upon what the industry is referring to as housing's “lost decade,” the time from 2004 to 2014, where national home prices have been nominally unchanged. The Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, which publishes ...


RE/MAX Launches National Sweepstakes

RE/MAX has announced it will award one winner a cash prize to find their right home while raising awareness and support for national charity organization Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals®). #TheRightHome kicked off Aug. 18, as a month-long consumer sweepstakes. ...


zipLogix Partners With Realty Pilot Enhancing zipForm Plus

zipLogix announces the strategic partnership with Realty Pilot LLC, a developer of enterprise software and data analytics for the real estate industry. This relationship will integrate Realty Pilot's industry-leading OfferRunway.com technology to zipForm(R) Plus. With integrated access to Realty Pilot's technology, users will be able to track their transaction history ...


REALTOR® Award Finalists Selected for Their Dedication to Community Service

The National Association of REALTORS® has recognized 10 REALTORS® as finalists for their 2014 Good Neighbor Awards. This award honors REALTORS® who help build communities, often supporting causes that enrich and improve neighborhoods and volunteering their time to better the lives and homes of community members. ...


Top 5 Ways to Grow Your Digital Brand

When you Google real estate in your local market, is your business at the top of the search results? With 92 percent of potential buyers house hunting online, boosting your online marketing efforts is crucial for building a successful business. ...


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