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The Mobile Consumer: Remapping the Pathway to Purchase

The mobile device has created a new breed of consumer: The Mobile Consumer. We have not seen this type of change in human behavior since the advent of the automobile. While the world-wide-web changed consumer behavior, it did not change human behavior the way mobile has. As a society, we ...


CFPB Unveils Ambitious Strategic Plan

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) unveiled its strategic plan for 2013-2018 this past fall. CFPB has an ambitious agenda, including finalizing and implementing numerous regulations affecting the housing industries. NAR supports the Bureau’s efforts to educate and protect consumers, particularly with regard to mortgage credit transactions. NAR pioneered ...


Buyers Predict Home Prices Will Increase

Nearly three quarters of potential buyers believe home prices will increase in their neighborhood in the next twelve months, twice as many as in the first quarter. ...


The Real Estate Educator: Lurking in the Shadows

With all the good news in the market, from strong housing demand to rising prices, we can’t ignore shadow inventory. Not only does shadow inventory exist, it will have an impact on all markets for some time to come. In this ...


Brokers, Have You Married Your Offline Brand with Your Online Presence?

Nationwide, brokers are struggling to combine their traditional operating model with the new, fast-paced online environment where agents and consumers live. Despite our rapidly evolving online culture, most real estate brokerages remain offline. I would argue it’s mainly because brokers and ...


10 Fraud Blind Spots to Watch Out for in 2013

When you’re driving, you want to be sure you’re covering all your blind spots in order to stay safe on the road. Well the same goes for fraud. ...


REALTORS® Teach High School Students about Financial Literacy & Home Ownership

Regional Spotlight—Over 180 students from several Tucson area high schools recently learned about financial literacy and home ownership this fall from members of the Tucson Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Committee as part of their “From High School to Homeownership - The Four Key Financial Steps” Program. ...


Plan Now for Success in the New Year

A critical component to business success in the new year is gaining insight through reflection and analysis. In order to move forward in a strategic manner, it is important to pause and review what and who defined your success in 2012. Those details will offer insight into what pillars of ...


It’s Write a Business Plan Month: How to Include Your Marketing Strategy

December is National Write a Business Plan Month - so designated to encourage unhappy employees to become their own satisfied bosses. Whether your goal is to own your own business, become a consultant, a speaker or an author, you'll need to ...


CoreLogic® Releases December MarketPulse Report

CoreLogic, a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, recently released its December MarketPulse report. The monthly publication provides insight into the health of the U.S. economy with emphasis on housing and mortgage metrics. CoreLogic Chief Economist Mark Fleming and ...


Top Economists: Fla.’s Housing Market Growing Stronger

Regional Spotlight—Florida's residential real estate market will continue its upward trend into 2013, though the pace of recovery may be slower than the U.S. as a whole, according to leading U.S. economists speaking at Florida REALTORS® 2013 Real Estate and Economic Forecast Conference Dec. 12 in Orlando. ...


Freddie Mac Economist Sees New Households Outpacing Apartment Boom

In his 2013 forecast, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft, sees more than a million new households bolstering housing starts, driving apartment vacancy rates down to ten year lows and outpacing the boom in new apartment construction. ...


Innovative or Absurd? Racy Listing Video Goes Viral

Here at RISMedia, we love to see what real estate professionals around the world are doing to better their business and sell homes. So when the following videos surfaced featuring lingerie-clad super models and a bare-bottomed man strutting his stuff through ...


Mortgage Rates Ease Slightly, Remain Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates easing slightly and remaining near record lows to keep homebuyer affordability high and attractive to those looking to refinance. ...


Foreclosure Starts at 71-Month Low, Bank Repossessions Increase

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for November 2012, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 180,817 U.S. properties in November, a decrease of 3 percent from October and down 19 percent from November 2011 — marking the 26th ...


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