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Colorado Properties Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, recently announced that Colorado Properties is the network’s first resort-brokerage signee. Colorado Properties began operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties this month. ...


Existing-Home Sales Down in September but Prices Rise

After hitting the highest level in nearly four years, existing-home sales declined in September, but limited inventory conditions continued to pressure home prices in much of the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Empire State Third Quarter Home Sales Jump 17 Percent

Regional Spotlight—Motivated homebuyers dominated the Empire State’s summer housing market, powering 17.4-percent jumps in both statewide closed sales and pending sales during the third quarter, according to the housing market report just released by the New York State Association of REALTORS®. The ...


Broker Best Practice: Embracing Your Market’s Character

Regardless of what is going on nationally, real estate is a local industry, and understanding your local market is key to success as an agent or broker. In the following interview, Tammy Randles, the President of Realty Executives SELA in Metairie, La., gives us some wise insights into embracing your ...


DocuSign and zipLogix Integrate to Streamline the Home Buying Process

DocuSign® announced a new integration of the leading tools in the real estate industry – DocuSign, Cartavi, and zipLogix – to streamline home buying and selling. The new integration unites the most powerful and widely used tools into one interface to allow real estate professionals to easily and more securely ...


How Long Does It Take to Build a House?

Thinking about building a new home, weighing the pros and cons of building versus buying, or simply curious about the building process? The 2012 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that on average it takes about 7 months from ...


NAR Uses Big Data to Make a Big Difference for REALTORS®

Today’s ever-evolving technology world is transforming the real estate industry, not only with new applications and tools, but also in generating volumes of information about how people approach and conduct real estate transactions. To help REALTORS® understand and interpret these trends, the National Association of REALTORS® has hired Todd Carpenter ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging higher leading up to the federal budget deadline last week. ...


NAHB Estimates Sept. Housing Starts Will Approach 900,000 Units

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes fell two points in October from a downwardly revised reading in the previous month to a level of 55 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. ...


Stabilizing September Prices and Inventories Build Market Equilibrium

In September, inventories have returned to levels of a year ago and the buying season ended with the greatest price gains seen in years, according to realtor.com®’s September trend report. ...


Members and Firms Stay Active in Today’s Market

NAR members are increasingly busy in real estate, with the typical member having 12 transaction sides in 2012, up from 10 transaction sides in 2011. Only three percent of residential specialists had no residential transactions in 2012, compared to six percent in 2011. Among residential specialists, 97 percent had at ...


4 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Real Estate Blog

Are you a current blogger looking to improve your results or a newbie ready to start building a successful real estate blog? No matter what stage you are in, these tips will help boost blog awareness, visibility and its overall success. ...


Howard Hanna Joins Forces with Morgan-Collins

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, a leading seller of homes in Pennsylvania and Ohio, has announced a merger with Morgan-Collins, Inc., increasing Howard Hanna’s presence in Central Pennsylvania. The company has offices in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle and Hershey. This move puts Howard Hanna in position to do business for ...


The Ripple Effect of Home Buying

Using the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), NAHB Economics research shows that a home purchase triggers additional spending on appliances, furnishings, and remodeling. Such spending typically exceeds that of non-moving home owners and persists ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® Host International Symposium in Venice

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International® will host the International Symposium in Venice, Italy October 20-22. Taking place at the Molino Stucky Hilton, the event has attracted accomplished real estate professionals from member firms in 18 countries. ...


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