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Opening Lines of Communication and Cultivating Feedback with Showing Suite

Five years ago, Seth Shapero—a REALTOR® with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc., had finished showing a property when he received an interesting feedback request form. Intrigued and impressed, Shapero called the agent who had sent the form, and was introduced to the software that would aid his time management, ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 2: Why Stop at 100?

One hundred might seem like an arbitrary number of transactions, and it is. Yet, from our experience, it’s also an ideal milestone for real estate professionals looking for a more stable and productive business environment. ...


Massachusetts Home Sales Continue Climb in September

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT - Massachusetts single-family homes sales increased again in September—the third consecutive month sales rose compared to the same month last year, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Statement: MBA Welcomes Changes to HARP

David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) issued the following statement in response to the recent announcement of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). ...


Glowing Reviews for New e-Signature Service Authentisign

Initial users of a new online e-signature service launched earlier this month by Northwest Multiple Listing Service are praising its features and benefits, the firm reports. ...


Former Fed Economist to Reveal ‘State of Real Estate’ at RISMedia Economic Summit

As economic conditions continue to challenge and stymie real estate professionals and their consumers, RISMedia and Citi have come together to host a by-invitation-only event during next month’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo: The Power Broker Economic Summit. Taking place on ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: save 15% on products, understand the power of RPR™, and upgrade your printer today. For more information, visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), has announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in an effort to attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their ...


Renters Outspend Owners on Housing

Renters now spend five percent more of their household budgets on housing costs than do homeowners, and the difference is growing as rents rise. ...


John L. Scott Launches Innovative Mobile Search Apps

John L. Scott Real Estate’s tradition of enhancing the home search experience with innovative tools continues with the introduction of a suite of mobile device platforms for iPhone, iPad and Android users, states the company. These new apps offer home buyers a full featured home search experience while exploring neighborhoods. ...


Multiple Signs Point to Real Estate Rebound

The past few weeks have showcased numerous signals that the real estate market is on the rise. Recently, we have reported statistics pointing to an industry turnaround, including a 15 percent rise in housing starts in September; a surge ...


Rand on Real Estate: Should I Take a Short Sale on My Investment Property?

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, discusses concerns over negative equity on investment properties. Would a short sale be the best way to go? ...


The Answer to Consumer Confidence?

With the mixed messages being put forth by today’s media, it’s no wonder consumers are wary. One report tells us interest rates are at record lows and that it’s a great time to buy, while another tells us foreclosure rates ...


RISMedia to Honor Industry Innovator with Real Estate Leadership Award

RISMedia is excited to announce its first annual Real Estate Leadership Award will be presented to an industry innovator next month during the real estate news leader’s 16th Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner being held Nov. 11, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Location, Location, Location

On a recent visit to Chicago, my first time there, I was anxious to get a lay of the land. I had heard a lot about the city and its similarities to New York; so as a prideful New Yorker, I was eager to disprove those theories. However, before I ...


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