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Association Co-Founder Passes Away

Ernest "Ernie" Reyes, co-founder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals -- the first national trade group for Hispanics working in the real estate and housing industry, passed away this week after a brief illness, according to NAHREP. He was 73. ...


Lead Generation, Business Automation, Cloud Computing Featured in Webinar Summit

NAR PULSE—Learn how to generate more leads, transact business in the field and automate your business during REALTOR® University’s sales and marketing webinar summit, Feb. 27. The summit features five webinars hosted by real estate pros who've mastered these and other techniques for marketing and selling real estate. Registration is ...


Borrowers Who Refinanced in 2013 Made Huge Savings in Interest

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its fourth quarter 2013 quarterly refinance analysis, showing that borrowers are continuing to take advantage of near record low mortgage rates to lower their monthly payments, shorten their loan terms and overwhelmingly choosing the safety ...


Top 10 US Destinations for Buyers from China

While the United States real estate market is of growing interest to buyers from around the world, certain countries, such as China, are having a rapidly increasing impact on U.S. brokerage business. Chinese consumers of U.S. property—including those from mainland China and ...


Former Coldwell Banker Exec Takes Spot At Video Marketing Firm

VScreen, a leading Internet video marketing agency and production studio, recently announced the hiring of Karen Burke as their new vice president of Marketing and Business Development. Burke joins VScreen with 26 years of marketing and public relations experience, most recently leading product development and execution for Coldwell Banker Real ...


How to Secure Your Spot as a Real Estate Leader

What You Need to Know to be Part of RISMedia’s 26th Annual Power Broker Report & Survey ...


Online Access: The Importance of Product Experience

From what began as a traditional offline business, real estate began moving online in the late 1990s and has increasingly become not only an online business, but a mobile one. Real estate will always have a fundamental human element, but homebuyers in 2013 have a much different experience than their ...


Senate Considers Bill Protecting Homeowners from Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) recently called on the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation to protect homeowners from significant increases in flood insurance premiums, which began being phased in on Oct. 1. S. 1926, introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), would delay rate increases ...


Consumer Confidence Shows Mixed Results

Measures of consumer confidence were mixed in the most recent release. The Conference Board reported that the Consumer Confidence Index increased by 3.2 points on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis in December to 80.7. Meanwhile, according to Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, the Consumer Sentiment Index fell by ...


RE/MAX of New England Donates More Than $190,000 Through 2013 Community Partnerships

In 2013, RE/MAX of New England donated $192,000 to community partners throughout New England, the company has announced. At the forefront of supporting the local communities in which they do business, RE/MAX of New England actively participated with several organizations including: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, Children’s ...


Zillow Launches Postlets App for iPhone and iPad

Zillow, Inc., a leading real estate and home-related marketplace, recently launched the Postlets® App for iPhone® and iPad®. Postlets is a free listings creation and distribution tool, and is owned by Zillow®. With the new Postlets App, users can distribute their rental listings to more than 20 of the top ...


Get Ready to Meet International Service Needs

Where will your next corporate customer or foreign national purchaser hail from? Whether it’s Brazil, China or Belgium, it’s apparent that international activity is increasing, based on global mobility trends and home sale statistics. Are you ready for this potential new business ...


2014 Member Cards Now Available

NAR PULSE—Show your REALTOR® membership with pride by ordering your 2014 membership card today. Visit MemberCenter.REALTOR.org to choose a personalized background, add up to six of your designations and certifications and order a plastic version. Plus download the Member Center app to access your card via your smartphone ...


HUD Reports Residential Sales Up from Last December

Sales of new single-family houses in December 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 7.0 percent (±17.5 percent) below the revised November rate of 445,000, but ...


New Jersey’s Year-End Report: 2013 Was a Great Year for Housing

Regional Spotlight—The December 2013 housing market report from the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® shows that over the course of the year, the housing market proved to be strong. In fact, closed sales were at the highest levels since 2005, to 94,671 units, up 18.1 percent. There are still fewer ...


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