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Earn a Reward Equal to Your National Dues from Your Credit Union

NAR PULSE—There is still time to learn how the Three Rs of Banking can equal $120 for you. Simply start a relationship with REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, use their checking and online banking services and the amount of your 2013 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ...


Completed Mass. Foreclosures Decline In 2012

Regional Spotlight—The number of completed foreclosures in Massachusetts dropped by almost 13 percent in 2012 to 7,424, down from 8,531 in 2011, according to the latest report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


TD Bank Adds Choice for Home Buyers with “Right Step” Mortgage Program

TD Bank has announced that it is now offering “Right Step,” a mortgage product built for home buyers in TD Bank’s Maine to Florida footprint who make up to 80 percent of the median area income as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to ...


Maintaining a Strong Foothold in the Multicultural Market

Being able to understand and serve your area demographics is a critical component to mastering your market. Below, Juan Martinez of CENTURY 21 Martinez & Associates talks to RISMedia’s Paige Tepping about understanding working with specific demographics, as well as overall market trends and achieving success. ...


Pending Home Sales Down in December but Remain on Uptrend

Pending home sales declined in December but have stayed above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Harvard Study Reports on Recent Trends in Home Equity and Housing Stock

Spending on home improvements and repairs totaled $275 billion in 2011, down 4 percent from 2009 levels and some 16 percent below the market peak in 2007. Loss of home equity with the onset of the housing crash contributed to the decline in home repairs, according to a new study ...


FHFA House Price Index Up 0.6 Percent in November

U.S. house prices rose 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from October to November, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in October was revised upward to a 0.6 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in November, ...


Today’s First-Time Buyers Are Realistic, Planners, Reports RE/MAX

First-time home buyers have long been an important part of the housing market. And that hasn’t changed today. According to the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of REALTORS®, first-time buyers accounted for 39 percent of all housing sales from July 2011 through June 2012. ...


Top 5 Spotlight: Standing Out from the Competition

Staying on top of your industry game is crucial when it comes to succeeding in a fluctuating market. So what is next for real estate? We turn to Mike Parker of Huff Realty to find out. ...


Homeowners Take a Fresh Look at Remodeling

(MCT)—If you’ve put off redoing that kitchen or adding a deck while waiting for the economy to perk up, welcome to the club. ...


How Next Generation “Beta Brokerages” Are Shaping the Industry

Change is inevitable. From the music we enjoy to where we spend our next vacation, innovative marketing and an insatiable consumer keep our culture and our products constantly on the move. They revolutionize how we live and how we run our ...


“Sand States” are Still the Wettest

Some 10.7 million homeowners, or 22 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, were in negative equity at the end of the third quarter of 2012, down by 100,000 from the second quarter. But the “sand states,” the states that dominated foreclosures for years, still account for a lion’s ...


2013: Transition to “Normal”?

The trend of gradual but below-potential economic growth seen in 2012 is expected to carry over through 2013 and into 2014. This modest growth path combined with the real GDP growth rate during the recovery from 2009 to this point of ...


Bob Corcoran Joins Top 5 in Real Estate as Top 5 Elite Speaker

Recently, RISMedia and the Top 5 in Real Estate Network have announced a new addition to the Top 5 program: the inclusion of some of the best speakers in the industry coming together to provide better content, better events and better coaching for Top 5 members. ...


Museum Exhibit Showcases Micro-Unit Apartments

A new exhibit, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, opened Tuesday at The Museum of the City of New York, and will run through September 2013. ...


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