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Real Estate Information Archive


HUD’s LGBT Rule Focus of EBCBOR’s Fair Housing Symposium

Members of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (EBCBOR) gathered to hear from six industry experts as they discussed Housing Discrimination, the LGBT Community, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Equal Access Rule at the Fair Housing Symposium yesterday. ...


Home Values at or Near Pre-Recession Highs in 1000+ U.S. Cities

Declines in home values experienced during the recession have already been, or are close to being, erased in almost 20 percent of metro housing markets nationwide as values continue to rise, according to the first quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. U.S. ...


NAR’s REach® Technology Accelerator Selects Class of 2014

NAR PULSE—NAR and Second Century Ventures have recently announced the new REach® Class of 2014. Joining the class are Back At You Media, Deductr, Desktime, Fundwell, Goby, SendHub, Smartzip and Wevideo. The REach® accelerator program was created to identify the top new ...


NAR Announces Eight Start-Ups to Enter 2014 REach Accelerator Class

REach©, an accelerator program developed by the National Association of REALTORS®’s strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures (SCV), to introduce innovative technology companies to the real estate marketplace, today announced the selection of eight companies to its 2014 class. ...


Existing-Home Sales Remain Soft in March

Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South. ...


New Test Focuses on Consumers’ Real Estate IQ

Homeowners and people over 30 scored higher on a 13-question “Real Estate IQ” quiz than non-homeowners and people under 30, according to ERA Real Estate, a global franchising leader. Among all respondents, the average score was 73 percent, demonstrating a consumer knowledge gap that underscores the importance of ...


Living Smart: Outdoor Living

(MCT)—Done right, outdoor lighting makes your home safer, more secure and more attractive. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates at Six Week Low

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates easing further for the second consecutive week helping to increase home buyer affordability at the onset of the spring home buying season. ...


Prudential Preferred Realty Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Brokerage Network

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, recently announced that Prudential Preferred Realty has joined the brand and is operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty. ...


National Growth in Housing Inventory Signals Healthier Market for Spring Homebuyers

Realtor.com® recently released its National Housing Trend Report for March 2014. The report shows year-over-year growth in inventory and days on market, which are welcome signs for spring homebuyers. Combined with modest price increases, this growth speaks to a healthier market currently ...


New Information Released on the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

CoreLogic®, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, recently released The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act: Foundation for a Sound Housing Market, the third white paper in a series which addresses the implications of new and revised federal mortgage ...


Real Estate Agents Need to Be Sure Clients Avoid Costly Missteps

Real estate agents are about to enter the busy season, with temperatures warming across the country and buyers flocking to the housing market. This means that more people could be seeking the services of agents, which can create additional risk, as a simple misstep could lead to a client lawsuit. ...


Measuring Success One Lead at a Time

In a region where competition is heavy, Don Matheson’s office of nine is succeeding using some key innovations. Read on to learn how one broker is using technology to compete in the Scottsdale and metro Phoenix, Ariz. Market. ...


Decorating 101: Where to Splurge, Scrimp

(MCT)—When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are many. ...


VScreen Launches Automated Listing Video Platform for Brokers

VScreen has announced the launch of ListingVideos.com, an automated and data-driven Listing Video service for real estate brokers that dynamically tells the story of all their listings via professionally animated video and graphics, serving as the new industry replacement for the expected “property slideshow” and “virtual tour.” ...