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New Home Loans: Rates and House Prices Both Increase

Interest rates on conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes increased in June, according to data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The data show the average contract interest rate increasing by 9 ...


Hemp House: ‘Green’ Construction Presents Challenges for Industry

The real estate implications of the legalization of marijuana are many, and members of the industry who service markets where the drug has been decriminalized have already begun familiarizing themselves with state legislation related to housing transactions. But as marijuana goes mainstream, a ...


HUNT Real Estate ERA Deploys Marketing Automation for Every Listing

HUNT Real Estate ERA recently launched the real estate industry’s hottest new technology – marketing automation – a move that will “shave years” off the total time its more than 1,000 agents typically spend marketing listings annually. ...


HR Managers Strive to Be Flexible, Cost-Conscious in Managing Relocation According to Weichert Survey

Amidst tougher competition for the best and brightest employees, 60 percent of companies say that relocation policy benefits are critical to recruiting talent. Yet an alarming majority of companies still pursue outdated workforce mobility practices that put them at risk of losing the very talent they’re investing in. ...


RE/MAX Found Most Influential on Social Media

Among real estate firms with substantial operations in Colorado, RE/MAX has the greatest social media influence. That’s according to the second annual Report on Social Influencers from the Denver Business Journal. The report found that through its social media presence, RE/MAX does the best at engaging its social audiences in the real ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Why Attend the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo?

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. ...


Millennials Favor Walkable Communities, Study Shows

Millennials prefer walking over driving by a substantially wider margin than any other generation, according to a new poll conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® and the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. ...


Hispanic Population Rises but Homeownership Remains Stagnant

(TNS)—They make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, yet Hispanics are increasingly locked out of homeownership because of tighter lending standards that rely on outdated measures of creditworthiness. ...


J.D. Power Survey Ranks Quicken Loans Highest in the Nation for Mortgage Servicing Client Satisfaction for Second Consecutive Year

Detroit-based Quicken Loans recently ranked highest in the country for client satisfaction among home loan servicers in a study conducted by J.D. Power. Quicken Loans has received the top ranking for mortgage servicing in each of its first two years of eligibility. Quicken Loans has also earned the last five ...


HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Wisconsin-based First Weber REALTORS®

HomeServices of America, Inc., recently announced the acquisition of First Weber REALTORS®, Wisconsin’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm, and its subsidiary Priority Title Corporation together with ownership interests in eight regional title operations in Wisconsin. Terms were not disclosed. ...


American Home Shield Creative Campaign Highlights Value of Home Warranty Protection

A new advertising campaign from American Home Shield, one of the nation’s largest providers of home warranties, showcases the costly risk faced by millions of homeowners who may not fully understand the differences between homeowners insurance and home warranties, which protect consumers against potentially budget-busting covered breakdowns to their home ...


Pending Home Sales Dip in June

After five consecutive months of increases, pending home sales slipped in June but remained near May's level, which was the highest in over nine years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest gains in the Northeast and West were offset by larger declines ...


Share of Seriously Underwater Foreclosure Properties Drops to New Low

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q2 2015 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, which shows that as of the end of the second quarter there were 7,443,580 U.S. residential properties that were seriously underwater—where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at ...


Listingbook Unveils Custom Offering for Its Top Agents

Top real estate agents know the power of personal brand promotion and the value of keeping brand consistency throughout all of their marketing material. That’s why Listingbook LLC has announced a new offering for its Listingbook customers: My Listingbook, which will give agents the ability to personally brand Listingbook for ...


Engel & Völkers Opens First Shop in Brookhaven, Georgia

Engel & Völkers recently announced the opening of its first Brookhaven shop, bringing the firm’s distinguished global services to real estate buyers and sellers of the area. The Brookhaven shop will further solidify the firm’s presence in the ever-growing Atlanta marketplace. ...


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