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NAR Increases Member Engagement with MVP

As The Voice for Real Estate®, the National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. With its core purpose to help its members become more ...


Social Media and Beyond: Building Your Digital Footprint

Social media has forever altered the marketing landscape, emerging as a digital gateway into social sectors previously untapped by traditional marketing methods. ...


Great Spaces: Freddy Kruger, Jennifer Love Hewitt and More

Tavern Island: Connecticut’s Secluded Sanctuary ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins ‘Best in Category’ Franchisee Satisfaction Award

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced it won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the sixth year in a row. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene’s Cy-Fair Office Announces New Career Development Manager

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene has announced the appointment of Cathy Hamlin as career development manager in the Cy-Fair office. Hamlin, recipient of the 2012 Realtor of the Year Award -Women's Council of Realtors Greater West Houston Chapter, will be training and mentoring new agents. She will ...


ASF Outlines Fannie, Freddie Mortgage Securities Merger

The American Securitization Forum has detailed possible ways regulators could merge mortgage-backed securities offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to close the pricing gap between the two. ...


Freddie Mac Prices New $3.5 Billion Three-Year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac announced recently that it priced its new .50 percent three-year USD Reference Notes® security due on May 13, 2016. The issue, CUSIP number 3137EADQ9, was priced at 99.994 to yield .502 percent, or 13 basis points more than three-year U.S. Treasury Notes. The issue will settle on Thursday, ...


Two Executive Appointments Announced by Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate

Keith Robinson has been appointed chief operating officer and Rich Casto has been appointed chief strategy officer of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, according to Ed Krafchow, CEO and chairman of the board. ...


Home Prices Expected to Rise at least 3.3 Percent Annually through 2017

The housing recovery is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent through the third quarter of this year, then gain momentum and prices are projected to grow 3.7 percent between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014 until ...


February’s U.S. Home Prices Signal Solid Start to Spring Buying Season

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index(TM) (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry. ...


Price, Proximity to Work and Design Are Key Concerns for Home Buyers

Price and proximity to work are key concerns for first-time home buyers, while trade-up buyers tend to be most focused on the design of the home and the neighborhood, according to “Characteristics of Home Buyers,” an analysis of the recently released 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) by the National Association ...


Residential Construction Spending Unchanged in January

Private residential construction spending was relatively unchanged for the first month of 2013 due to declines in the volatile remodeling spending category. Nonetheless, total residential construction spending remains near post-2009 highs and has experienced growth in 15 of the last 17 months according to data from the Census Bureau. ...


REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, Helps REALTORS® Meet Financial Goals

Members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) have the opportunity to better meet their financial goals with the only credit union designed to meet the unique needs of REALTORS®. Since the August 2012 merger of REALTORS® Federal Credit Union with Northwest Federal Credit Union, REALTORS® gained greater access to ...


Bay State Foreclosure Activity Decreases in January

Regional Spotlight—Massachusetts foreclosure dropped dramatically in January, posting double digit decreases in both starts and completed foreclosures, according to the latest report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Single Family REITs: A New Definition of Homeownership

The most significant innovation to hit the residential real estate market in decades occurred in 2012 to little fanfare: A first single family REIT (real estate investment trust) went public. For the first time in history, everyday people can own shares of the American Housing Market, one share at a ...


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