Real Estate News Archive
The number of U.S. housing markets showing sustained improvement in three key measures fell slightly to 258 in May from 273 in April, according to the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released recently. This total includes entrants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The IMI identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Four new markets were added to the list and 19 were dropped from it this month. Newcomers included the geographically diverse metros of Dothan, Ala.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Salisbury, Md.; and Salem, Ore.
CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty has announced that it has released its third generation Redwood Home Search on c21redwood.com, expanding the reach of its “Search By School” technology throughout the D.C. area.
A chronic shortage of homes on the market added up to fewer homes sold and sharply higher home prices across the entire nine-county San Francisco Bay Area in the first quarter of 2013, according to an analysis of MLS data by the research division of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie ...
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has been recognized as a 2013 Gold SABRE finalist in the Issues Management category for its 2012 “Value of a Home” national public relations campaign that set out to showcase the emotional and lifestyle benefits of homeownership, the company has announced. The program included elements ...
RISMedia Midyear Forum Set for May 16 in D.C.
From inventory shortages to a changing investor landscape, the real estate playing field has changed, and success moving forward means staying in step and remaining relevant to today’s consumers. Leading brokers from across the nation will address this topic during RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR Midyear, where they will delve into the right strategies and best practices for the current marketplace.
Entitled “Power Broker Strategies: Remaining Relevant in the New Age of Real Estate,” the Forum will take place on Thursday, May 16, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Move, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Doorsteps, a website providing cutting-edge tools and resources to consumers in their path to homeownership. The acquisition of Doorsteps better enables Move
Real Living Real Estate announced recently that it plans to resume selling new franchises later in 2013, and it expects to open new locations by year-end.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity
In honor of their longtime support of the Paralympic Movement in the United States, RE/MAX Co-Founders Dave and Gail Liniger have been awarded the 2013 Amazing Investor Award by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). ...
Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate kicked off the second season of its national online and television reality series, Home, First Home® on May 1. The series, airing on The Better Show
, features the story of first-time homebuyers Kehinde and Dozie Ekweribe, ...
Buoyed by rising home prices throughout much of the nation, both single-family and multifamily housing starts are expected to post double-digit gains over last year in 2013. However, headwinds continue to hold back even stronger growth as the housing recovery evolves, according to economists at NAHB’s Spring 2013 Construction Forecast Conference Webinar.
“The broadening housing expansion is evidenced by the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index, which now lists 273 metro areas out of a universe of 361, or three-quarters of the metropolitan areas in the U.S.,” says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.
REALTORS® will gather together in Washington, D.C., May 13-18, at the REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo to address critical housing issues with their members of Congress. More than 9,000 participants
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of a seven-part series from Homes.com
on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here
. Watch for this series in RISMedia’s Friday Weekly Business Builder e-newsletter.
Both on the playing field and in real estate, the best way to be on the defensive is to watch your opponent’s every move. If you know which way your competition is going, you can better plan your attack. Likewise, keeping an eye on what your competitors are up to helps you learn from their mistakes.
If this task sounds daunting, relax!
As a boy growing up in a construction family, I never really understood the reason why. “That’s just the way things are,” my father explained one day. “It’s like oil and water, builders and real estate brokers just don’t mix.”
As consumers continue to become increasingly savvy and demand more from real estate professionals, the need for a reliable real estate rating system is more important than ever before. While the World Wide Web offers no shortage when it comes to ratings and reviews of the real estate industry and the professionals who work on behalf of their clients, much of the information is undependable, at best. However, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is hoping to change all that with the introduction of the REALTOR® Excellence Program.
Funded by the Center for Specialized
To meet the nation’s growing need for affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently called on Congress to maintain its support for vital housing tax incentives, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the mortgage interest deduction and real estate tax deductions.
“Home building is an industry dominated by small businesses, so the idea of simplifying the complicated tax rules related to business has great appeal. At the same time, our industry remembers painful lessons from the 1986 Tax Reform Act, when the commercial and multifamily sectors experienced a downturn due to unintended consequences,” said Robert Dietz, an economist and assistant vice president for NAHB, in testimony during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on tax reform and residential real estate.