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HUD Releases Rule Clarifying Requirements of Housing Choice Voucher Participants

Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final rule that clarifies the portability regulations and requirements in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and helps improve the processing of portability requests. Portability refers to a feature of the HCV program that allows an eligible family with ...


Existing-Home Sales Maintain Steady Incline

Existing-home sales steadily increased for the third consecutive month in July, while stubbornly low inventory levels and rising prices are likely to blame for sales to first-time buyers falling to their lowest share since January, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Following a Clear Action Plan the Foundation to Success

Reaching success often means planning, planning, planning. In the following interview, Pat Kelly of Realty ONE Group in Gilbert, Ariz., talks time management, tech, and more. ...


Understanding the Role of Title Insurance in the Home Buying Process

With more than five million homes sold annually in the United States, purchasing a home remains at the center of the American dream. A large percentage of these buyers will be making this major purchase for the first time, which can be ...


Pillar To Post Home Inspectors Marks Half-Year 2015 Growth, Expands In 18 States And Ontario

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, one of the largest home inspection companies in North America, has announced impressive franchisee growth for the first half of 2015. Adding 44 new Pillar To Post locations throughout North America - 37 in the United States and seven in Canada - the company recognized ...


Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, REALTORS® Names President

Robert Burns has been named president of Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, REALTORS® effective September 1, 2015, the company has announced. Burns will lead operations and assume responsibility for sales, marketing, education and relocation functions of the company. ...


Peter Turtzo Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as Senior Vice President of International Operations

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today announced real estate veteran Peter Turtzo has joined the network as senior vice president of International Operations. Turtzo is responsible for establishing strategy and process for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ growth into international markets, ...


A Place in the Sun: Google’s Project Sunroof Helps Homeowners Embrace Solar

Just Google it. A new tool we never knew we needed has just rolled out from deep within the goat-maintained Googleplex. Project Sunroof, engineered by East Coast Googler Carl Elkin, proves to solar-skeptical homeowners that solar power is attainable, ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 7 Percent in July, Bank Repossessions Reach 30-Month-High

RealtyTrac® recently released its July 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows a total of 124,910 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—in July, up 7 percent from the previous month and up 14 percent from a ...


Finding Success through Referrals

Diane DuBos, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty has always gone to extreme lengths for good referrals. And thanks to Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®)—an information hub and technology platform that connects over 634 MLSs, with no consumer or public access—by her side, DuBos has taken her referral game to ...


July Brings New Residential Construction Activity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for July 2015. ...


Top 250 Latino Agents to Gather at NAHREP National Convention & Latin Music Festival

With a closing average of 83 units and $16 million in transaction volume in 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Association’s® (NAHREP) Top 250 Latino Agents have been invited to receive special recognition at NAHREP’s 2015 National Convention & Latin Music Festival to be held ...


Engel & Völkers Naples Bonita–Estero Acquires Florida Platinum Realty Naples, Fla.

Engel & Völkers recently announced the acquisition of Florida Platinum Realty, located at 26381 South Tamiami Trail No. 108, across from Bonita Bay and Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs, Fla. The office is being remodeled and renamed Engel & Völkers Naples Bonita-Estero. It is the second office in the area ...


California July Home Sales at Highest Level in Three Years

Regional Spotlight—Sustained job and income growth gave home buyers the confidence in July to jump into the California housing market, pushing home sales to their highest level in nearly three years, according to the California Association of REALTORS®.Home sales have risen year over year for six straight months. ...


DIY Ninja: Nintendo Fan Creates Own Super Mario Themed Nursery

Reddit user troymcklure is a Nintendo fan, but that may be the understatement of the century. He's a huge Nintendo fan! Being a Mario fan myself, his recent DIY project really brings out the geek in me: take a peek at his custom-made Mario Kart-themed ...


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