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Housing Outlook in Face of Rising Rates

The second quarter GDP figures were highly encouraging, assuring that job creation continues. Jobs will become ever more important in what looks to be a sure rising interest-rate environment. Surprisingly, rates have barely moved this year. But sooner or later (by year end), ...


Long & Foster Bolsters Executive Leadership Team

Long & Foster Real Estate, one of the largest independent residential real estate companies in the country, has named Larry “Boomer” Foster as a president of its general brokerage business, effective Nov. 1. Foster, whose uncle P. Wesley “Wes” Foster, Jr., founded the 46-year old real estate business, will work ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands Franchise Network in Florida

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate recently announced the addition of a new franchise affiliate serving Destin, Florida, and surrounding communities. The firm, which will do business as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Emerald Coast, is the newest brokerage to be added to the brand’s franchise network nationally, and ...


Final Mortgage Ruling Nixes 20-percent Down Payment Requirement

As reported by the AP, new rules adopted yesterday by six federal agencies include the removal of a big stumbling block for would-be borrowers: the 20 percent down payment if a lender didn’t hold at least 5 percent of the mortgage ...


Home Warranty Offer for NAR Members

NAR PULSE—American Home Shield is offering $50 off select AHS home warranties for NAR members through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. American Home Shield founded the home warranty industry and remains an industry leader, serving more than 1.4 million customers across the country. ...


Power Teams: The Sokoler-Medley Team—Finding Your Inner Real Estate Bulldog to Be the Best in Show

After working as a TV reporter across the country for more than 20 years, Bob Sokoler and his wife Norine settled in Louisville, Ky., and transitioned to a career in real estate. Since then, the Sokoler-Medley team has ranked number one for volume ...


RE/MAX Gateway Offers Free REALTOR® Safety Workshop

In light of the recent attacks on real estate agents in the news and Realtor® Safety month, RE/MAX Gateway has put together a Safety Workshop on Thursday, October, 23, 2014 from 10am to 12pm in Centreville, Virginia.  This training event is open to all Real Estate Agents, regardless of brokerage affiliation. ...


Housing Starts Speed up in September, Led by New Apartments

(MCT)—Housing construction picked up in September, buoyed by a surge in apartment-building. ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise 2.4% in September

After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. ...


September Home Sales Higher Than 2013

For the first time in 2014, home sales reached a level higher than one year ago. Following an expected seasonal trend, September home sales were 10.4 percent lower than sales in August.  However, sales pushed past the mark set in September ...


Eight Things My Family Learned by Giving Up Processed Foods

(MCT)—A few years ago I had the wakeup call of my life when I realized many of the foods I thought were healthy (by Food Industry standards) were actually highly processed. So in an effort ...


Safety Tips Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know

While 90 percent of home buyers search online during their home buying process*, nothing replaces the experience of an open house or a showing. Selling the home is the ultimate goal, but your own safety should be your primary focus when meeting with these potential buyers. Below are six ...


Real Living Lifestyles Assistant Broker Appointed to San Diego County Board

Ron Brownell is a veteran real estate agent who has been with Real Living Lifestyles brokerage for the past 10 years. Brownell is the Assistant Head Broker and Director of Compliance at the brokerage, and his knowledge and experience is a huge asset to the agents there. ...


U.S Regulators Ready for Relaxed Mortgage Rules

Later this week, after several years of back-and-forth debate, U.S. regulators are finally set to finalize a more relaxed set of mortgage standards. This new set of rules will be a win for the real estate industry, with the projected agreement much more ...


Where in the World Isn’t Rick Davidson? CENTURY 21 Leader Travels the Road to Success

Think you’re a road warrior? Chances are, your travel schedule pales in comparison to Rick Davidson’s. The CENTURY 21 CEO is resolute in his belief that interacting with the firm’s worldwide network is essential to the collective success of all. From Tokyo, Japan ...


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