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New-Home Construction: Get Ready for the Next Wave in Real Estate

NAR PULSE—The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) is set to launch its newly updated New-Home Construction and Buyer Representation Course in San Francisco on Nov. 7th during the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. The course focuses on the complexities of working ...


Home Warranties Provide an Added Edge

With nearly a quarter century of experience in the real estate industry under his belt, real estate professional Dave Abdallah has gone from being a staunch skeptic of home warranties to one of the nation’s top selling advocates of the diverse protection ...


The Agent Funnel: Recruiting Tomorrow’s Agent with Today’s Technology

When I was a young boy I learned how to fish by baiting a hook and dropping the line in the water, and then patiently wait for the fish to come to me. ...


HUD Announces Additional $5 Billion in Recovery Funds for Those Impacted by Sandy

One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated coastal communities in the Northeast, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated a combined $5 billion through a second round of recovery funds to five states and New York City. Provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, these ...


Pricier Properties Lead the Recovery

More than 11 percent of homes sold over the past 12 months had a sales price over $500,000, sales growth was highest among homes in above-median-priced categories not entry level starter homes according to a new analysis by an economist at the ...


No More Losing Leads: The Five Minute Rule and Acquisition of FiveStreet

For years now, we have talked about the issue of losing leads because of the time it takes to respond quickly. In reality, five minutes of waiting for a response can still be too long considering a competing listing is just one click away. ...


Reverse Mortgage Program Gets a Makeover

(MCT)—Last month, the Federal Housing Administration announced a series of sweeping changes in its reverse mortgage program, most of which have already taken effect. The changes are a response to increasing losses suffered by the FHA in connection with the extensive misuse ...


RE/MAX Taps Qualtrics for Real-Time Customer Engagements

RE/MAX has selected Qualtrics, an enterprise survey technology provider, to empower its global real estate business with a customer insight solution that allows rapid response to consumer demands. RE/MAX uses Qualtrics Research Suite to collect, analyze and act on voice of the customer data from stakeholders, including its customers, brokers ...


Luxury Portfolio International Selected as Finalist for Overseas Property Professional Awards

Luxury Portfolio International® has been selected as a finalist for the Overseas Property Professionals (OPP) Awards for Excellence in the categories of Best Supporting Service and Best Online Service. ...


How Regional Real Estate Leaders are Capturing Business in the Recovery

Nationally speaking, the real estate recovery has taken a firm hold, to the point of inventory shortages and bidding wars in many locations across the country. However, regional scenarios vary greatly, demonstrating unique market trends that must be tapped in order to ...


Good Faith Estimate: Common Costs When Closing a Home Sale

Closing on your home is a huge step in the home-buying process. It’s when you officially get the title for your new house. It’s important to keep in mind that there are several costs when closing a home sale. ...


September Demand Was Strong despite Rate Hikes

Despite fears that higher mortgage rates could cripple a recovering housing market, the vital signs for housing remained remarkably good in September, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. ...


Housing Demand Remains High in Central Ohio

Regional Spotlight—September home sales were 13.1 percent higher than last year demonstrating that housing demand in the Columbus region continues to remain strong. Sales for residential homes and condos through the third quarter rose 22.4 percent from last year and stand as the second highest on record for the first ...


RE/MAX Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Its Iconic Hot Air Balloon

The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon, one of the most recognized real estate logos, is commemorating its 35th anniversary this month with celebratory balloon flights around the world. ...


Long & Foster Bethesda Gateway Office Surpasses $1 Billion in Sales

The Bethesda Gateway office of Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc. surpassed $1 billion in real estate sales for 2013, as of Oct. 15. This marks a significant achievement for any brokerage in the real estate industry and is especially noteworthy for an individual office like Bethesda Gateway. ...


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