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REALTORS® Report Positive Trends in Commercial Market with Increases in Income, Transactions

REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate have reported an increase in annual gross income for the third year in a row, signaling the market is on the road to recovery. According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Commercial Member Profile, transactions and sales volume have also increased ...


Most Popular Vehicle: Jeep Grand Cherokee

NAR PULSE—The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is now in the lineup of vehicles available for the $500 cash allowance offered by Chrysler Group LLC in partnership with NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program. The cash allowance can be added to most other savings incentives. Before you visit your local dealer, view current ...


Technology Use Sees Steady Growth among Real Estate Professionals

As any real estate professional will tell you, keeping up with and utilizing technology can be an overwhelming proposition. However, Beth Young, vice president of the realty segment at PropertyInfo Corporation—a Stewart company—knows firsthand just how important it is to have ...


Prudential Georgia Realty Introduces New Program to Help Veteran’s Build a Successful Career In Real Estate

Prudential Georgia Realty recently announced a new Veteran’s Real Estate Career program. The program is designed to help the men and women who have served in military forces or their immediate family members become productive and successful REALTORS®. ...


The Mortgage Professor: Escrow Can Raise Costs, but Add Simplicity

(MCT)—Why did Jones pay more for his mortgage than Smith? One possible reason is that they borrowed at different times, when market conditions were different. Right now, the market is very favorable, but mortgages priced at 3.5 percent today were priced at 17 percent in 1980. There is nothing borrowers ...


Ask The Expert: Making Moves in Mexico

Q: NAR Global recently announced a “Spotlight on Mexico” project, identifying Mexico as a market that offers the most business opportunities to agents from both Mexico and the U.S. Why Mexico, and what opportunities are available for agents to build their business? ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Selects VoicePad® as Preferred Provider

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has selected VoicePad® as a preferred provider through its Solutions Group program, which presents choice business tools to its international network of more than 500 leading real estate firms, the company has announced. ...


Enhancements Needed to the Community Reinvestment Act

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977, has become the most powerful engine of capital formation for developing affordable housing in the United States, according to research conducted by CohnReznick LLP, the nation’s 11th largest accounting, tax, and advisory firm. ...


HUNT Real Estate Corporation Welcomes James C. Heron

Buffalo-based HUNT Real Estate Corporation has announced that James C. Heron has joined its corporate leadership team as Chief Financial Officer for the organization. Heron brings a strong financial background to HREC, with over 30 years of experience in the areas of accounting, finance and mergers and acquisitions. ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: What’s Up Next? Predictions from Silicon Valley

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Extended Warranties Gain Momentum as Home Prices Increase

As home prices begin to rebound – as much as 9.7 percent this year by some estimates – more home sellers are purchasing extended home warranties (also called service contracts) to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Carrington Real Estate Services Infuses Latest Technology to its Online Agent Support Hub

Carrington Real Estate Services, LLC recently announced the launch of MyFUELCenter, its mobile online resource for agents on the go. Designed to save agents time, increase their productivity and promote business growth through 24/7 access to information, training, support and business tools, MyFUELCenter is enhanced with robust functionality and features ...


Paid Leads vs. Prospecting – It’s Not ‘One Size Fits All’

There has been lively debate on the merits of prospecting for leads versus using a paid lead program. At realtor.com® and Top Producer® we provide both solutions—and what we offer is segmented by where your agents are in their careers. ...


Building for Today

In a conversation with a real estate professional at a recent national convention, I was told an interesting story. This agent was working a builder’s model home one afternoon when a couple in their late 50’s stopped by and spent some time touring the home. ...


Carrington Real Estate Services REfueling Real Estate Careers

Standing out in the real estate market can be tough. In an industry that bears—fair or not—a reputation for being overcrowded and somewhat cookie cutter in nature, achieving a sustainable level of success requires tangible differentiation, a certain amount of boldness, ...