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In Florida, First-Time Homebuyers Struggle Amid Recovering Market

(MCT) REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The stabilizing housing market is becoming a curse for first-time homebuyers. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Here and Now of Mobile Commerce

Those who say “mobile is the future” clearly haven’t stopped to look around lately. Mobile is the epitome of present-day culture and while it’s only going to continue to grow, the foundation has been laid. Think back just a few short years ago when BlackBerry ruled the roost; today they ...


Multiple Offers Return as Buyers are Back

Record tight inventories are making it increasingly difficult for growing numbers of buyers, who are creating multiple-bid environments in markets that haven’t seen buyers battle over homes in six years. ...


Bruce Aydt of Prudential Alliance Receives Top National Award

Bruce Aydt, senior vice president and general counsel at Prudential Alliance, REALTORS®, has received the prestigious National Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award. Aydt is only the second person in Missouri and the first in more than 25 years to ...


Trend-Spotting for Real Estate Agents: Where Do We Stand Today?

Buyer Inquiries on the Rise ...


REtrends: The Social Media Business Equation

According to Eve Mayer Orsburn, CEO of Social Media Delivered, businesses should stick to the following equation when planning the content they deliver through Twitter: ...


New NAR REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner Xceligent Provides REALTORS® with Competitive Advantage

REALTORS® have the opportunity to gain business efficiencies from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR’s) new strategic alliance with Xceligent, Inc., a leading commercial real estate information services provider. ...


Strong, Independent Appraisal Industry Vital to Market

Developing and reporting property values more accurately is critical to improving market performance, reducing risk and strengthening the housing finance system, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


‘Smart’ Home Might Not be in Immediate Future

(MCT)— When will the mantra “home, sweet home” shift to “home, smart home”? ...


The Power of Integration: Multiple Strategies in One Platform Lead to Agent Success

Back in 2010, while most brokers were still mired in the real estate downturn, Ed Forman was preparing for the future. Observing nascent signs of improving market conditions, Forman and his team at Florida’s Watson Realty Corp. positioned the company for real estate’s imminent recovery with a serious investment in ...


Tight Inventories Pushed Prices Up 3.2 Percent in May and June

Home prices nationwide increased by 2.0 percent in May 2012 compared to May 2011 and on a month-to-month basis increased by 1.8 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI). The May 2012 figures mark the third consecutive increase in home prices ...


NAR Pulse: Sign up for a CIPS Course and Earn Free Rewards from MVP

Pulse—Thanks to the Member Value Plus (MVP) Program, sign up for any one online Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course by July 15, through REALTOR® University and get rewarded with a free Global Perspectives in Real Estate: Countries Collection download. ...


The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage – The Future of Residential Housing

The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage, or QM, as it is known, is likely to shape the future of housing finance for years to come. The QM comes from the “ability to repay” anti-predatory lending provisions of Dodd-Frank. The original rule proposal was issued by the Federal Reserve in the summer of ...


Everybody Wins with REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Merger

One of the valuable benefits of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) became even more valuable in May. During NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings, members of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU). ...


Rand on Real Estate: Kevin from N.J. Seeks Advice on Relocating to Florida

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com and the host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, speaks with live listener Kevin this week. Kevin is seeking advice on selling his home in New Jersey and relocating to Pine Island, Fla., where he can get two ...


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