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February 2012 U. S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook

Freddie Mac (OTC:FMCC) recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing cautious signs of the economy and housing market moving in a positive direction fueled by an environment of low interest rates and more favorable job prospects for Americans. ...


US Unveils Plan to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(MCT)—The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise Again in January, Inventory Down

Existing-home sales rose in January, marking three gains in the past four months, while inventories continued to improve, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Houston Market on the Upswing

Regional Spotlight—The Houston housing market held to positive territory as 2012 began, with January marking the eighth consecutive month of increased home sales. The year also opened with a continued decline in active property listings and growth in pending sales—a combination that signals a healthy market with a balanced supply ...


REALTOR.com Amplifies Power of iOS Real Estate Search App

REALTOR.com is making it easier and faster for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to discover and research price reduced, foreclosed, and recently sold properties with the updated REALTOR.com iOS real estate search app. Announced today by REALTOR.com operator Move, Inc., (NASDAQ: MOVE), the updated REALTOR.com iOS app helps today's ...


Freddie Mac Prices New $4.5 Billion Three-year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently that it priced its new 0.50 percent $4.5 billion three-year USD Reference Notes® security due on April 17, 2015. The issue, CUSIP number 3137EADD8, was priced at 99.728 to yield 0.587 percent, or 20 basis points more than three-year U.S. Treasury Notes. The issue ...


2012 Starts with Increased Sales and Stable Prices

For the 7th straight month, home sales in January inched higher, rising 3.4 percent above the level seen last January. This data is based on a weighted average of 53 metropolitan areas surveyed for the RE/MAX National Housing Report. After an unexpected jump in sales at the end of 2011, ...


Housing Expected to Add to GDP for First Time in 7 Years

The 2012 outlook is improving modestly from a disappointing 2011. Economic growth picked up in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 2.8 percent and is expected to come in at 2.3 percent for 2012, up from 1.6 percent growth for ...


What’s New from NAR

NAR Pulse—This week’s headlines: ...


Rand on Real Estate: Analyzing the Micro Market vs. the Macro

This week, Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, discusses the importance of visiting an area where you are interested in investing with live caller Dan. Investing in a property and area that you have never seen is a ...


Mobile Listing Marketing System

REALTOR.com® Business Beat—Winning listings is hard work. Agents spend hours preparing comps, painstakingly perfecting an online property marketing plan, and nailing a winning pricing strategy. And once you have a listing, the next step is creating all of the property-specific marketing collateral you need. ...


The Real Estate Book Releases Android App to Reach More Home Shoppers On the Go

Finding a new place to live just became easier for consumers—who can now browse homes on their smartphones. The Real Estate Book recently launched an additional mobile tool—a free Android app to make looking through photos, maps, and more information a better experience for home shoppers. ...


Home Remodelers Betting on a Rebound

(MCT)—Residential contractors are hoping that tight-fisted consumers will decide they need a new bathroom. ...


A Program Like No Other

For REALTORS® on-the-go, any steps one can pursue to save time and aid in effective communication with clients are essential to building and maintaining success throughout a thriving career in real estate. For technology-savvy REALTORS® or for novices-in-training, Lowe’s Program for REALTORS® can help. ...


RREIN Broker Spotlights: Success through the Generations

“The fact is, agents who use the right tools and provide excellent customer service are still doing well,” says Jason Waugh, president and COO of Prudential Northwest Properties. In the following interview, RISMedia columnist Barbara Pronin talks with Waugh, Chairman Bert Waugh, Jr. and CEO & President Bert Waugh III ...


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