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Refinance Volume Down Slightly in Second Quarter

The total volume of home refinances decreased slightly in the second quarter of 2013 and refinances through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) also declined somewhat, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Second Quarter 2013 Refinance Report. Total refinance volume was just below 1.3 million while HARP refinances stood ...


Do’s and Don’ts of Powerful Listing Presentations

As today’s real estate industry continues to become more cut-throat, real estate professionals are re-evaluating their marketing tactics to set themselves apart from the competition. Let’s face it; a buyer or seller’s first impression of you weighs heavily on their decision ...


HUD and Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in July

Sales of new single-family houses in July 2013 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000, according to estimates released jointly this past week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. ...


Listingbook Files Suit to Protect Key Patent

Listingbook LLC, an online real estate technology firm, has filed a lawsuit against Market Leader, an online technology and marketing firm, alleging Market Leader has infringed on its customer relationship management patent, which the company says is the core of its collaborative online real estate offering. ...


New Home Communities Now Featured on realtor.com®

Realtor.com®, operated by Move, Inc. has announced the release of a deeper consumer experience, which now includes new home plans and communities on the realtor.com® website and mobile web offerings, using content sourced from Move, Inc.’s joint venture partner ...


RE/MAX Files for $100 Million IPO

RE/MAX, one of the world’s leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, today announced it has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $100 million through an initial public offering of Class A common stock. The company intends to trade on the New York Stock ...


A New Breed of Real Estate Investor: The Value Investor

As the real estate market makes a joyous recovery, the media is ablaze with evidence that investment buyers are retreating—or are they? ...


Protecting Our Data: Is Our Industry at Risk?

CEO Exchange Debates Data Misappropriation ...


4 Key Ingredients to Building a Culture that Attracts Top Agents

Every broker knows that great agents are the key to a solid brokerage business. Attracting and retaining top talent is a constant priority. ...


Real Estate Pro’s One-Stop Guide to Social Media

Social Media is redefining how we interact with people. But is it really all different? No. ...


The Fast Track to Super Real Estate Agent Success

I grew up watching reruns of the Batman television shows starring Adam West. In 1989, Michael Keaton reprised the role and brought the character back into the main stream. Then in 2005, Christian Bale starred in Batman Begins. Today the character ...


Straight Talk from Agents Who Close an Abundance of Online Leads

There are agents who get large numbers of online leads and successfully convert them to sales. But not every agent has the right systems in place to convert online customers, particularly in great numbers. ...


Real Estate: Local or Global?

If real estate is a local business, why is there such a growing emphasis on “global” among today’s progressive real estate firms? ...


Free Double Upgrade on Hertz Summer Rentals

NAR PULSE—Are your agents traveling this summer? For a limited time, members can enjoy a free Double Upgrade and up to 25 percent off their next Hertz rental through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Plus, new Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members who sign up this summer can earn 500 activation ...


BHG Mason-McDuffie Awards Grants to 52 Teachers

Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie’s Education Foundation honored 52 outstanding teachers from the Northern California communities served by its offices. The company hosted three grant ceremonies. The San Francisco event was held on June 7th at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco and honored 15 teachers. Families, peers, ...


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