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Average Fixed Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates ending their six week streak of record-setting lows. Regardless, mortgage rates still remain near the historic lows helping to keep homebuyer affordability high, and providing a strong incentive for those looking to ...


Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate Raises $75,000 for The Children’s Village

The agents, managers and staff of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, in partnership with the World Transformation Center (WTC) hosted a Charity Poker Tournament on Friday, June 8 that raised over $75,000 for The Children’s Village of Sonoma County. The event, held at the Back Forty Texas BBQ ...


HUD Announces $13.5 Million in ‘Sweat Equity’ Grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded $13.5 million in “sweat equity” grants to produce at least 741 affordable homes for low-income working families and individuals. Funded through HUD’s Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), the grants awarded, along with the labor contributed by these families, will significantly ...


80 Metros Listed as Improving Housing Markets in June

The list of U.S. housing markets showing measurable and sustained improvement now includes 80 metropolitan areas, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for June, released recently. Though down from the 100 markets shown ...


Trust: Real Estate’s New Currency – Part 2

As I mentioned in last month’s column, restoring our credibility with today’s wary consumers requires building a relationship based on unshakeable trust. Trust has become our most significant form of currency in the new normal of today’s real estate market. ...


National Association of Realtors® Applies for New .Realtor Top-Level Domain

Home buyers, sellers and investors may soon find it easier to locate trusted and valued real estate information, resources and services online. The National Association of Realtors®, through its wholly owned subsidiary, the Realtor® Information Network (RIN), has applied for the branded .Realtor top-level domain (TLD) as an alternative to ...


5 Ways Tag Management Benefits Digital Marketers

(eM+C)—Digital marketing solutions have evolved significantly over the last decade. Today they resemble shiny new virtual toys, with sleek graphical interfaces, fast web-based architecture and seamless third-party integrations. All of them are geared toward helping you acquire, convert and retain more visitors, often in increasingly exotic ways.No matter how much ...


Mortgage Originations Rise throughout New England

Regional Spotlight—Mortgage originations rose in New England, according to new data from The Warren Group's Mortgage MarketShare Module. ...


Real Estate Agents React to Murders, Robbery

Regional Spotlight—(MCT)—In response to the recent crimes against real-estate agents in the Youngstown and Kent areas, local real-estate brokers are reviewing safety precautions for their agents. ...


9 Ways Power Questions Help Us Build Better Business Relationships

Just a few years ago, globalization was in full swing, and the world seemed to be bursting with an infinite supply of business. All this bounty lulled us into taking our customers for granted, maintains Andrew Sobel—until the economy tanked and shattered the illusion of endless prosperity. Suddenly, the old-fashioned ...


Coldwell Banker Launches Monthly Blog by President; First ‘Real Estate by the Numbers’ Breaks Down Surprising Most-Viewed Listings

Editor’s Note: The following blog post can be found on “Blue Matter,” Coldwell Banker’s official company blog. ...


CoreLogic® Releases June MarketPulse Report

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, has released its June CoreLogic MarketPulse report. The monthly economic publication provides insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics. ...


Environmental Data Resources Announces New Historical City Directory Super Library

Environmental Data Resources Inc. (EDR), a national provider of property-specific environmental information and risk management solutions, has announced a $3.2 million investment to enhance and expand its historical resources collections over the next three years. The first use of these funds is part of a project called EDR's City Directory ...


How to Build Your Business by Referral

To the majority of real estate agents, referrals are the lifeblood of a thriving business. Referrals can also be some of the best clients to find. ...


Taking Service to the Stratosphere: 12 Keys to Creating Uplifting Service in Today’s Marketplace

You step off the plane, weary from a long flight. As you walk through the terminal, you can’t believe your eyes. The airport is immaculate with walkways as wide as roadways and not a speck of litter anywhere. As you move deeper into the terminal, you see a butterfly garden, ...


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