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Tech Trends: Smart Buyer’s Reps Know about Smart Homes

Smart-home technology is shifting into high gear. By all accounts, 2016 will be the tipping point for consumer interest and adoption, nearly five years ahead of experts’ original projections. ...


Fed Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged, Gives No Hints on Timing of Future Hike

(TNS)—Federal Reserve officials, concluding their latest policy meeting last Wednesday, left interest rates unchanged and gave no clear signal of a rate increase in June. ...


Consumer Confidence Cramps in April, says University of Michigan

Consumer sentiment continued its slow decline in April due to weakening expectations for future economic growth, although their views of their current finances remained positive. The top concerns of consumers involve whether the anticipated slowdown in economic growth will lead to a slower ...


Affordable Housing Now National Debate, Economist Says

(TNS)—Affordable and attainable housing is not just a hot topic in Southwest Florida. ...


First Look: Home Buying Season Is Already Booming

The 2016 home-buying season is in full swing, with homes in April moving 7 percent faster than one year ago, even as asking prices continue to break records. This, according to new data released this week by realtor.com®. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Window to the Law—New Effort to Combat Money Laundering

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


Talking Tech on Main Street: A Conversation with Derek Beatrice

Derek and I have known each other for a number of years, but just recently started working together. I’ve always known he had his finger on the pulse of technology, but didn’t see the full extent of it until I spent the day at his office with him and his ...


Technology Adoption: Getting Agents on Board

Why are so many agents reluctant to dive into technology? In this month's NAR Power Broker Roundtable, we talk to brokers about their secrets for getting agents on board with new tools. ...


Your Place: A Little Fresh Paint Can Help Woo A Homebuyer

(TNS)—I know I talked about painting in a recent column, but that was just about my plans for the exterior of the house this year. ...


Buying with Cash Brings Huge Discount, RealtyTrac Report Shows

All-cash buyers of single family homes and condos nationwide paid 23 percent less per square foot than all homebuyers, but that cash buyers in 9 percent of local housing markets paid a premium price per square foot. This data comes from the recently released RealtyTrac®Q1 2016 U.S. Cash & Institutional ...


Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Nearly 12 Months

Pending home sales increased slightly in March for the second consecutive month and reached their highest level in almost a year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Only the West region saw a decline in contract activity last month. ...


February Brings Slowdown in Home Price Increases

Data released for February 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, albeit at a slower clip, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. ...


Housing Industry Faces Flood Challenges, Says Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac recently released its monthly Insight for April with a focus on the flood challenges the industry faces, the current system in the United States for dealing with flood risk, and some questions that will have to be addressed if climate change raises sea levels significantly. ...


March Brings Fall in New Home Sales

New home sales in March fell 1.5 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 511,000 units, according to estimates released jointly recently by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.5 percent below the ...


Maintaining an Edge in a Low-Inventory, Highly Competitive Market

A single click on her mobile device is all it takes for Barbara Marsh, a REALTOR® with CENTURY 21 United Brokers in San Diego, Calif., to stay ahead of the competition. ...


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