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Rand on Real Estate: Homeownership at 15-Year Low

Greg Rand (@GSRand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com, discusses the downward trend in homeownership and why he believes it will turn around. ...


Home Loan Demand Rises while Credit Remains Tight

(MCT)—The housing market may be showing flickers of recovery, but don’t count on lenders to make it any easier for borrowers. ...


Certified Green Construction Market Strong in Down Economy

Green construction is moving from a niche to the mainstream. The total value of certified green construction worldwide in 2011 is estimated at nearly $70 billion. According to a new research report from SBI Energy, the market is anticipated to reach almost $150 billion by 2016, and $294 billion by ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands South Carolina Footprint

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently announced that Marek Realty Group in Beaufort, S.C. has joined its network. Led by broker/owner Rob Marek, the brokerage will now do business as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Marek Realty Group and continue to serve the Beaufort area. This is the ...


House-Obsessed Homeowners Get Inspired by Social Media

The Internet makes it easier than ever before to find home improvement inspiration. Social networking sites have taken the place of word of mouth between neighbors, and popular sites like Houzz and Pinterest let users share ideas and opinions on ...


Nearly Half of Home Buyers Are in Search of an Agent

HomeFinder.com, an online real estate search site, recently released the results of a March 2012 consumer survey of nearly 400 HomeFinder.com users. One of the most significant findings is that almost one out of every two respondents indicated that they are in the market for a home, but do not ...


REALTORS Recognize Innovative Ideas from School of the Future Design Competition Winners

Six teams of middle school students participating in the annual School of the Future Design Competition were in Washington, D.C., this week displaying their plans to design environmentally responsive schools that enhance learning and engage the surrounding community. The competition encourages students from all over the world to work in ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Expands Global Network Presence

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® continued to grow its membership in recent months with the addition of 13 new member brokerages, the company has announced. The expansion reflects LeadingRE’s efforts to offer top brokerages products and services that align with the demands of today’s home buyers and sellers. ...


BHG Rand Realty and Zip Realty Partner up to Provide Powerhouse Technology

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty recently announced a partnership with ZipRealty. The partnership brings 17 former Zip Realty agents to BHG Rand Realty. ...


Brokerage Owners and Executives to Examine Urgent Priorities

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Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Dip to New Record Lows

Mortgage rates moved into record low territory again last week, with the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate ticking lower to 4.09 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average ...


Industry Advisor: Are You Ready to Defeat the Agents of Anti-change?

I’m always amazed by how many real estate companies know they have personnel issues yet don’t address them. More often than not, the feedback I hear from brokers revolves around the same three things: ...


March Pending Home Sales Rise, Market Recovering

Pending home sales increased in March and are well above a year ago, another signal the housing market is recovering, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Analysis: Stricter Mortgage Standards Criticized as too Tight

(MCT)—During the housing boom, a borrower’s ability to exhale appeared to be the chief criterion for obtaining a mortgage. Six years of record foreclosures later, with millions of borrowers owing more than their properties are worth, the housing market continues to tread water. ...


RREIN Broker Spotlights: A People-to-People Approach

Top producing brokers and agents know that building strong relationships with your clients is critical to real estate success. “The more you know, the better you can serve your customers. An informed customer will make the best decision,” says Scott MacDonald, President of RE/MAX Gateway. Read on as RISMedia’s Barbara ...


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