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Marketing Strategies: 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Stops You from Success

Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


Apartment Market Hot Streak Continues

For the sixth quarter in a row, the apartment industry improved across all indexes in the National Multi Housing Council's (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. The survey's indexes measuring Market Tightness (76), Sales Volume (54), Equity Financing (58) and Debt Financing (77) all measured at 50 or higher, ...


Home Prices Continue to Rise

Data through May 2012, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that average home prices increased by 2.2 percent in May over April for both the 10- ...


The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increases after Four Consecutive Declines

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in June, improved slightly in July. The Index now stands at 65.9 (1985=100), up from 62.7 in June. The Expectations Index improved to 79.1 from 73.4. The Present Situation Index, however, decreased slightly to 46.2 from 46.6 a month ago. ...


Manage a Multiple Offer Market

While we continue to wait on a complete market recovery, positive signs are beginning to materialize. ...


Inside Job: Why Dealing with ‘Difficult’ Colleagues Will Lead to Happier Customers

Too often, organizations promise satisfaction to external customers and then allow internal politics to frustrate their employees’ good intentions to deliver. It’s important to remember that your customers aren’t the only ones who come through your organization’s door every day ...


Slowing but still Improved: New-Home Sales Decline in June

Sales of newly built, single-family homes slowed 8.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 350,000 units in June following an upwardly revised, strong pace in the previous month, according to figures released today by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. ...


Hot Markets Boil and Bubble

June existing home sales might be down 5.4 percent nationwide, but hot weather is heating up hot markets to boiling, pushing sales to levels unseen in years and raising the specter of price bubbles. ...


The Prius Effect: Green Home Labels Add Significant Value, New Study Shows

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles recently released a new study on the economic value of green home labels in the California residential marketplace. “The Value of Green Labels in the California ...


Five Factors Driving U.S. Industrial Real Estate Market’s Resurgence

The recent entry to the North American logistics and industrial property market by Australian commercial real estate investor and developer, Goodman Group, is the latest news to underscore the resiliency and opportunities in U.S. industrial property market, according to the Industrial and Logistics group at Jones Lang LaSalle. ...


June Home Sales in Illinois up 18 Percent from a Year Ago

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Home sales surged 18 percent over previous year levels, with data recently released by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® showing signs that the state's housing market is strengthening. ...


Prices Rose 2.68 Percent in June

National median list prices have been on the rise since the beginning of the year and now stand at $195,000, up 2.68 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the June REALTOR.com® Trend Data released recently. Of 146 markets covered by REALTOR.com®, while list prices increased in 101 markets, held ...


Tight Inventories almost Bypass Luxury Market

It’s still a buyer’s market for properties selling for more than half a million. Tight inventories driven by negative equity and slow foreclosure processing and rising prices are having much less impact on luxury homes than on less expensive homes. ...


HARP Refinances Continue Surge One in Five Refinancings Made through HARP

Refinance volume is continuing to rise with more underwater borrowers refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) than ever before. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) latest Refinance Report, HARP loans represented 20 percent of total refinance volume in May, the largest increase since the program was ...


High Score: Builder Confidence Rises Six Points in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points to 35 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, released recently. This is the largest one-month gain recorded by the index in nearly a decade, and brings the HMI to ...


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