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Housing Market Remains Strong

Whether to buy or sell may not seem as black or white following recent housing indicators, which offered contradictory points of view, but Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com® says the residential real estate market continues to show strong signs of health in ...


Latinas Rising: One Brunch at a Time

We’re at a place where more women of color are stepping into leadership roles in the workforce, and it’s no surprise this growth is being felt in real estate. The Women’s Council of REALTORS® claims a women’s division was created in the California ...


Can You Guess the Most Popular Summer Vacation Spot for Agents?

Sizzling temps, rising home sales and up-and-down interest rates have made this summer one for the books. Remarkably, many real estate agents have found time to unwind with a vacation – and according to unofficial findings from our recent Reader Rewards giveaway, the hottest destination for says vacation is, well, ...


The Drive for Data: Who Will Gain Control and Who Will Profit?

The red hot topic of data control and management will be addressed head-on in two back-to-back sessions at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange this September. During these important panel discussions, key players in the data drama will candidly discuss the pros and ...


Changing the Virtual Tour Paradym

Online property tour pioneer VisualTour recently announced a new chapter in its service to real estate agents last week. After nearly three decades under the name VisualTour, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company will show the world a new face as Paradym. ...


Comparing Cultures: Homes from Around the World

Granite countertops, outdoor kitchens, remodeled bathrooms - we all know there's a certain art to real estate. Just like here in America, a country's culture directly affects the look, feel and styles of homes from all over the world. Even in locations such as Indonesia, Cameroon and the Artic, there ...


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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


The Death of the Downsize: Homeowners Buying Bigger in Retirement

Many retirees are choosing not to move to a smaller home, according to a recent Merrill Lynch retirement study, conducted in partnership with Age Wave. While some retirees are interested in renovated, and others ...


Then and Now: Living Arrangements in American Households

Revisiting population data, the U.S. Census Bureau recently zeroed in on the living arrangements of adults over the last 40-plus years. Notably, the majority of adults in both 1970 and 2014 shared a household with a spouse. But if trends bear out, the ...


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NAR PULSE--Get your office’s .REALTOR Web address and now save 50 percent! But hurry – you only have until July 31 to take advantage of this great offer. And don’t forget to review the business rules online before you claim. ...


RealtyTrac Appoints New CEO

RealtyTrac® recently announced that Rob Barber, former CEO at Environmental Data Resources (EDR), has been hired as CEO for the company’s rapidly expanding data file licensing business to continue building on the company’s double-digit revenue growth cultivated over the last three-and-a-half years. Barber will begin August 17 and will supplement the already ...


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