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Fastest Growing Franchises in Home Improvement

Since the recession, many consumers are looking to increase the value of their homes and reinvest in their properties, driving up demand in a variety of industries in the home improvement sector. Notably, franchises in this sector fared slightly better than their non-franchised counterparts during the downturn, primarily due to ...


Goal Setting Webinar on October 15 Helps Clarify Your Business Roadmap

Success stems from having established goals and a strategy to achieve them. A business plan is a road map that helps clarify your objectives and how you’re going to achieve them. Your plan sets the stage for a successful year, but for many agents, the day-to-day bustle of ...


4 Ways to Make the Most of your NAR Membership

NAR PULSE—Are you making the most of your NAR membership? The Member Center, the site and mobile apps showcase member value and benefits in an online format to deliver the most useful content and features in a simple and intuitive way. ...


Consumers in Cautionary Holding Pattern as Fiscal Policy Debate Unfolds

Americans tempered their optimism toward the housing market in September, perhaps indicating growing caution surrounding the fiscal policy debate, according to the Fannie Mae September 2013 National Housing Survey results. Although consumers continue to remain generally positive on average, their attitudes ...


RE/MAX Announces Closing of Its Initial Public Offering

RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. has completed its initial public offering of 11,500,000 shares of Class A common stock at $22.00 per share, including the full exercise of the option to purchase 1,500,000 additional shares granted to the underwriters. The Company’s Class A common stock began trading on the New York Stock ...


The Houston Association of REALTORS® Moves to ListHub

ListHub, a leading distributor of property listings and provider of performance metrics in real estate, operated by Move, Inc., announced a new agreement with the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) to provide services to their 26,000 members. With the addition of HAR in Houston, ListHub now supports 454 MLS and ...


Commercial Real Estate Recovering, Report Reveals

Development and construction of new commercial real estate – office, industrial and retail buildings – continued its climb in 2012, supporting approximately 2.3 million American jobs and contributing $303.4 billion to the nation's economy, marking the second year that the sector posted gains since 2007, according to a new report ...


Rebound Continues: Housing Markets Back to Normal in 52 Metros

Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the newly minted National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Interest Rate Hikes Shrinking ‘Refinancible’ Population; Home Price Increases Potentially Opening New Home Equity Loan Market

The August Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services (LPS) found that prepayment activity (historically a good indicator of mortgage refinance activity) declined sharply in August as mortgage rates continued to rise. In conjunction with those rate increases, a large portion of borrowers has been effectively shifted out of ...


Webinar: Using RISMedia’s Pop-a-Note for Conversational Marketing – Join Us This Thursday, Oct. 10 at Noon EDT

If you have 30 minutes to learn how to ramp up your client communications this Thursday, Oct. 10th, grab some lunch and listen in on RISMedia’s free webinar on “Pop-a-Note,” RISMedia’s easy conversational marketing system that helps you build relationships and stay in touch with clients using fun and interesting ...


Hudson United Mortgage, Title & Insurance Announces Free CLE Courses on NY Real Estate Hot Topics

Dan Rand, Vice President of Hudson United Abstract Services announced recently that his firm will be co-sponsoring a Continuing Legal Education course for attorneys on the topics of Short Sales & Approvals and Mortgage Fraud Prevention. The class will be held at three separate times and locations to make it ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall for Third Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling for the third consecutive week amid declining consumer confidence and the onset of the federal government shutdown. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage is at its lowest level since the week ...


Housing’s Contribution to GDP: 2Q13

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.6 percent, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Partners with Virtual Results to Strengthen Website Quality Certification Program

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has selected Virtual Results, LLC to evaluate websites of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) member firms through the network’s Website Quality Certification program for 2014. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can You Prepare Baby Boomers for the Current Market?

Today's Ask the Expert column features Matt Vernon, Home Loans Sales Executive with Bank of America. ...


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