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Earn up to $350 Appraisal Rebate from Your Credit Union

NAR PULSE—Looking for the perfect loan for the perfect home? For a limited time only, you can get up to $350 Appraisal Rebate* with any residential or investment property mortgage financed through REALTORS(R) Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, closed by August 31, 2013. ...


Rising Home Values Impact Affordability in Second Quarter

Nationwide housing affordability slipped several notches as recovering markets witnessed significant firming of home prices in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released recently. In all, 69.3 percent of new and ...


What Loan Program Is Right for Your Borrower?

After the housing crash in 2008, the real estate market left risky loan programs behind and instead turned to safer ways to finance homes. Although there are fewer options, there are still many things to consider before choosing a program that’s right for your situation. Don Frommeyer, CRMS, president of ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Australia

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced it has expanded its presence in Australia with the signing of an exclusive 25-year master franchise agreement with Melbourne SR Pty Ltd to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in Australia’s Victorian market. ...


Confidence in Homeownership is Up, Millennials Especially Enthusiastic

The second quarter Consumer Outlook Survey just released by Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, portrayed a particularly positive viewpoint of the housing market, with millennials at the forefront of the sanguine stats. A solid 80 percent ...


The Inventory Shortage: How Bad is it…and How to Cope

While the real estate recovery continues to move forward, many brokers and agents are running into a somewhat unexpected roadblock: not enough inventory. The current status of the inventory shortage along with strategies for dealing with a listing-poor marketplace will be ...


REALTOR® University’s Center for Real Estate Research Signs Agreement with Asian Real Estate Association of America

REALTOR® University’s Center for Real Estate Studies and the Asian Real Estate Association of America have formed a new research partnership aimed at examining how real estate impacts Asian immigrant populations. ...


Giveback Homes: Creating Social Change In The Real Estate Market

Giveback Homes, a social-good real estate concept, recently announced it has secured a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Nicaragua. ...


A Training Platform: Education & Evolution

A strong training platform holds value for every brokerage. In one vein, it’s important for real estate agents to stay ahead of trends and adapt to industry and market changes to maximize their business. In another, it’s important to the brokerage’s culture and growth for its agents to understand the ...


5 Technology Tools Every Agent Should Use

For the last couple of years, real estate technology tools have been rolling out at a fast and furious pace. As a real estate professional, I eagerly scrambled to keep up as a slower market afforded me the time ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in Second Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed strong continued improvement in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. The index increased 24 points ...


Can You Be the Next Business Thought Leader?

“A lot of people are trying to become viewed as ‘thought leaders’ because they recognize that being a well-publicized, well-respected expert in their field is good for business,” says Mitchell Levy, CEO of THiNKaha and author of the new book, “#Creating Thought Leaders Tweet. “But most people have a hard ...


Distressed Properties: Are Short Sales and REOs Still Driving Business?

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


A New Breed of Real Estate Investor: The Value Investor

As the real estate market makes a joyous recovery, the media is ablaze with evidence that investment buyers are retreating—or are they? ...


Expectations for Improvement in Housing Sector Continue

Consumer attitudes toward the housing market are increasingly positive despite the recent steep rise in mortgage interest rates, according to results from Fannie Mae’s July 2013 National Housing Survey. ...


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