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News in Housing: Inventories up in April

The housing inventory rose slightly in April, which is unusual in the middle of the spring sales season. The uptick may be the result of rising seller confidence and it should ease concerns that the super tight inventory levels of the last six months have dampened sales by limiting buyer ...


Helping Grow REALTORS®’ Futures: Credit Union Merger Expands Benefits for REALTORS®

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union members now have access to expanded financial and banking resources as a result of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union. ...


You’re an MVP with NAR

In March, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® announced a new program called Member Value Plus, or MVP. Similar to the highly successful “Right Tools, Right Now” initiative, which ran in 2009 and 2010, the MVP Program brings NAR members valuable programs and services for free or reduced cost to support ...


Recovery News: U.S. Home Sales Up 3.4% in April

Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices ...


6 Recruiting Tips to Build an All-Star Team

Separating the average agent from the superstar is difficult. From focus to communication, below are several tips for recruiting the best professionals possible to your team. ...


ZipRealty Allows Consumers to Post Unfiltered Agent Reviews Online

ZipRealty, a leading national real estate brokerage and provider of proprietary technology and comprehensive online marketing tools, announced recently that homebuyers and sellers are now able to post public, unfiltered reviews of their ZipRealty agent directly on the agent’s profile page on the ZipRealty website. ...


The RREIN Roundtable: the Pros and Cons of Today’s Market

As we move through the second quarter of 2012, the year continues to pose a challenge for brokers. However, this year, there are several positive signs that indicate the worst is behind us and new opportunity lies just ahead. This month, we talk to RREIN members Ed Krafchow and Chad ...


Spring Activity Cools Following Exceptionally Warm Winter

Housing activity indicated a promising start for the first quarter of 2012 that substantially outpaced performance during the same period last year. However, the monthly pattern suggests some loss of momentum late in the quarter. According to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economic & Strategic Research Group, a slowdown in momentum may ...


Why Would You Rob Yourself?

Sometimes I wonder if people truly understand who they are and if they really value themselves on the level that they need to. Let’s face it; there is nobody in this world that you will spend more time with than yourself ...


REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Merger Expands Benefits

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union members now have access to expanded financial and banking resources as a result of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union. Effective immediately, REALTORS® FCU members will be able to take advantage of NWFCU’s full suite of consumer and mortgage loan offerings, including student loans, vehicle ...


Build Relationships and Generate Referrals from Social Media & Mobile

Realtor.com® Business Beat—Real estate’s a relationship business, and the free HyperSocialTM tools from REALTOR.com® are designed to help you build strong ones. ...


Future of U.S. Housing Markets Depends Largely on Echo Boomers

The next two decades in housing markets depends largely on the Echo Boomers. That's according to panelists at the "Shifting Demographics and Housing Choice: A Whole New World?" session held recently during the REALTORS® 2012 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade ...


Commercial Updates: While Modest Improvement Persists, Lack of Capital Hinders Commercial Market

National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented a modest and hopeful outlook for the commercial real estate market during the Economic Issues and Commercial Business Trends Forum at the REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. last week. ...


Mobile Real Estate, LLC Launches Real Estate’s First International Short Code

Mobile Real Estate, LLC recently became the first mobile solutions provider for real estate to launch an international short code, the company has announced. The short code, 85377, which has been in use here in the U.S. since 2008 in conjunction with the Mobile Real Estate ID (MRE ID) solution ...


U.S. Homeownership Aspirations Aren’t Dead: Owning a Home Remains Defining Element of American Dream

As the country continues to emerge from the turbulent mortgage period, a Homebuyer Poll released by TD Bank reveals aspirations of homeownership are still very much alive in the U.S. The majority (84 percent) of today’s younger renting generation (ages ...


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