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American Home Shield Earns 2014 Women’s Choice Award

As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc. recently honored American Home Shield with the 2014 Women's Choice Award seal. This award designation is based on a national survey of thousands of women across America who were asked to select the brands they would most ...


U.S. Negative Equity Falls to 17 Percent

One in six (17 percent) U.S. homeowners with mortgages – or 8.7 million – were still underwater on their mortgage in the second quarter of 2014, despite rising home values, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report. This is down from ...


Attend Broker Programming at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo

NAR PULSE—Join 17,000 of your colleagues in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 7-10 for four days of fun at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. The conference features 100 education sessions, 400 exhibitors and events like the General Session with Captain Mark Kelly and ...


CENTURY 21 Rolls out a Very Clean YouTube Series

CENTURY 21 recently released a series of videos featuring cleaning expert and The New York Times best-selling author, Jolie Kerr. ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Named Top Place to Work

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS® recently announced that it has been selected as one of The Wilmington News Journal’s Top Workplaces in Delaware, based solely on employee feedback. ...


Combined Single- and Multifamily Gains Boost Housing Starts in July

Fueled by strong single- and multifamily growth, nationwide housing starts rose 15.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.093 million units in July, the highest level since November 2013, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing ...


New Home Sales Hesitate

New home sales fell another 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 412,000 in July, down 10,000 from an upwardly revised June figure of 422,000. The last three months of sales averaged the same as the annual figure for 2013 at 429,000—but in contrast to the first two months of ...


How Many of Your Twitter Followers Are Bots?

You know those accounts with millions and millions of followers on Twitter? It turns out they may not be as popular as you think. ...


From Mexico to Dubai: Buyer Representation Goes Global

With thousands of Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designees in the United States and Canada, brokers and agents understand the value of the skills and training the designation delivers here at home. Although increasingly common in North America, the concept of buyer representation ...


Exclusive Member Benefits Offer a Distinct Advantage

Members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) automatically have access to a wide array of exclusive business tools, data, educational opportunities and discount programs—all of which have been carefully designed to help REALTORS® build their business, work more efficiently, and build stronger client relationships in order to succeed in ...


Your Place: Before End-of-Summer Vacation, Get House Ready

(MCT)—Despite years of financial crisis, Europeans still leave town in August. ...


5 Essential Building Blocks for a Thriving Work Culture

What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. ...


ForRent.com® Releases Neighborhoods Filtering Feature and a First-to-Market Schools Feature for More Efficient Searching

ForRent.com®, a leading online apartment search destination, inspires renters to discover their next apartment, loft, townhouse, or condo by allowing property seekers to narrow down their choices by city, price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc., through detailed searches. Revealing an innovative Neighborhoods Search Filter and first-to-market ...


RESPA Enforcement Back in the Spotlight

In the April column, we warned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was going to be aggressive on RESPA, as it has more resources and power than HUD ever had. Two cases were worthy of CFPB press releases, but numerous others are waiting in the wings. Of the two ...


HotPads Unveils Redesigned Site and App to Make Searching for a Rental Faster and More Intuitive

HotPads™, the leading map-based home and apartment rental search engine and a Zillow® (NASDAQ: Z) company, has announced it has redesigned its popular website and mobile apps to make the experience of searching for a rental faster and easier. With intuitive new features and tools, the HotPads app and search ...


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