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Recovery News: U.S. Home Sales Up 3.4% in April

Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices ...


ZipRealty Allows Consumers to Post Unfiltered Agent Reviews Online

ZipRealty, a leading national real estate brokerage and provider of proprietary technology and comprehensive online marketing tools, announced recently that homebuyers and sellers are now able to post public, unfiltered reviews of their ZipRealty agent directly on the agent’s profile page on the ZipRealty website. ...


The RREIN Roundtable: the Pros and Cons of Today’s Market

As we move through the second quarter of 2012, the year continues to pose a challenge for brokers. However, this year, there are several positive signs that indicate the worst is behind us and new opportunity lies just ahead. This month, we talk to RREIN members Ed Krafchow and Chad ...


Future of U.S. Housing Markets Depends Largely on Echo Boomers

The next two decades in housing markets depends largely on the Echo Boomers. That's according to panelists at the "Shifting Demographics and Housing Choice: A Whole New World?" session held recently during the REALTORS® 2012 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade ...


Commercial Updates: While Modest Improvement Persists, Lack of Capital Hinders Commercial Market

National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented a modest and hopeful outlook for the commercial real estate market during the Economic Issues and Commercial Business Trends Forum at the REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. last week. ...


U.S. Homeownership Aspirations Aren’t Dead: Owning a Home Remains Defining Element of American Dream

As the country continues to emerge from the turbulent mortgage period, a Homebuyer Poll released by TD Bank reveals aspirations of homeownership are still very much alive in the U.S. The majority (84 percent) of today’s younger renting generation (ages ...


REALTORS® Know Workforce Housing Solutions Are about Building Trust and Relationships

A panel of REALTORS® provided keen insight into what it takes to launch successful workforce housing initiatives during the Housing Opportunities Forum - Ideas in Action at the REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., last week. ...


Commercial/Multifamily News: Mortgage Originations up 36 Percent

First quarter 2012 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 36 percent higher than during the same period last year and 12 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations. The decrease from fourth quarter 2011 ...


Help! Google Doesn’t Think I’m Relevant! Here’s What You Can Do

Google continues to dominate search engine market share and establish itself as one of today’s most recognizable brands, because of one simple word – relevance. ...


Diving into Property Management: Items to Consider before You Invest

The potentially perfect moment has arrived to invest in rentals. Across the country rental demand is strong in many cities, and the costs associated with buying multi-family properties are lower than in recent memory. ...


’30 Under 30′ REALTORS® Represent Future of Real Estate Profession

Today's real estate market is challenging and competitive, but this year's REALTOR® Magazine "30 Under 30" honorees haven't let that deter them. The 2012 class is following in the strong entrepreneurial tradition of real estate, creating their own pathways to ...


Future of Housing Finance Will Be Top Issue for Next President

The future of housing finance in the U.S. will be a key issue facing the winner of the upcoming presidential election. That's what a panel of industry experts told several thousand Realtors® gathered at a symposium, ...


Builder Confidence Rises Five Points in May

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes gained five points in May from a downwardly revised reading in the previous month to reach a level of 29 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released yesterday. This is the index’s strongest reading ...


Report: U.S. Foreclosure Activity Shifting Eastward

RealtyTrac®, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for April 2012, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 188,780 U.S. properties in April, the lowest monthly total since July 2007. ...


REALTORS®, Are You Ready to Rally? Live or Virtual, Lend Your Support for the American Dream

REALTORS® from across the country are meeting with legislators, public policy makers and industry leaders this week to address pressing concerns and issues that affect homeowners, aspiring homeowners and real estate investors everywhere as the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & ...


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