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More than 800 Attend Rally for Homeownership in Independence, Mo.

More than 800 people from Missouri and three neighboring states took part in a Rally for Homeownership recently in Independence, Mo. to send a message to their local, state and federal lawmakers that homeownership is critical to a strong and ...


Recruiting, Aging Workforce and Competition Top List of Crucial Business Challenges

Securing top talent was the number one business worry for the nation’s top real estate brokerage executives who responded to a recent Imprev Thought Leader Survey. More than 90% of those who responded to the poll cited “securing top talent” ...


More Buyers Choose Conventional over FHA Loans

The use of mortgage financing in the housing market jumped sharply in the month of August, but the use of FHA financing declined, suggesting the government program is losing favor and private lenders are gaining market share. ...


August Bay State Home Sales Jump 20 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Sales of both Massachusetts single-family homes and condominiums rose in August - the seventh straight month both property types posted a year-over-year increase, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Home Prices Rebound to 2003 Levels

More great market news came through yesterday: According to S&P/Case-Shiller, in July, the average home price rose to the same level as those seen during summer 2003, when the housing boom first started its journey toward the 2006 peak. While ...


Report: Foreclosure Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Right to Vote

Recently, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report, “Lose Your Home, Keep Your Vote: How to Protect Voters Caught Up in Foreclosure.” The report highlights the confusion victims of foreclosure may face when determining how they can cast a ...


Study Shows 25 Percent of Americans Would Delay Home Purchase until After Election

When it comes to buying a home, 25 percent of Americans would like to know who the next president will be before they would feel totally comfortable putting their money down, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive ...


Going Beyond Borders; A Strong Global Presence Positions RE/MAX for the Future

Increasing numbers of international buyers are interested in U.S. property. With a global website and a worldwide network of nearly 90,000 associates in more than 80 countries, RE/MAX is serving them. ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Gain Momentum in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fifth consecutive month in September to a level of 40 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI). This latest three-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since June of ...


Strength in Single-Family Sector Boosts Housing in August

Nationwide housing production rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase was fueled entirely by gains in the single-family sector, where the pace of new construction rose in every region ...


Mortgage Rates Back to Record Lows

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates at or near their all-time record lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage matched its all-time record low at 3.49 percent, and the average 15-year ...


Focus on Consumers by Modernizing Your Technology Plan

Keeping up with new and progressive technology was one of the hot topics at RISMedia's Real Estate CEO Exchange this month, as Mediatise, LLC managing partner Kenneth Jenny led a panel of key industry members to discuss how brokers and ...


August Housing Update: Silicon Valley Outpacing the Nation in Lean Inventory

Regional Spotlight—Single family home inventory is still down double digits from the same time last year ranging anywhere from 19 to 39 percent. Santa Clara and San Mateo counties shared the largest drop at 39 percent. This is more than the national average of 31.2 percent as reported by the ...


Marketing Strategies: Powerful Steps to Increasing Your Income Now

If you find yourself wanting to be more proactive or have trouble taking action, then following these steps will give you the boost you’re looking for. ...


Pulling at the Leash – A New Age of Recruiting

Watching brokers work a room of agents is an interesting and often amusing spectacle. The dialog is very consistent and reminds me of the pain of changing brokerages and the old-school way of building a business. Today, things are different; the people we want to join our firms must be ...


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