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RES.NET Introduces Offer Submission Link Tool, Enables Agents to Post Offers to MLS

RES.NET, a provider of software applications connecting real estate professionals and consumers, recently introduced its offer submission link tool, an offer negotiation feature that allows real estate agents using RES.NET’s Agent Portal to post unique Web links to the MLS and other marketing websites. ...


More Americans Believe Economy Headed in Right Direction

Despite continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, Americans are showing increased confidence in the housing market and the direction of the economy. According to results from Fannie Mae’s November 2012 National Housing Survey, such improvement bodes ...


RREIN Broker Spotlights: Leadership and Partnership Pave the Way to Success

“Buyers are just beginning to understand that the market is at a turning point and they may no longer be in the driver’s seat with regard to price and terms,” says Christy Budnick, Executive Vice President of Prudential Network Realty. Read on for more information about the changing expectations of ...


Hot Properties: Leo Lists Oceanfront Compound; Matthew Modine Buys in Venice

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‘Pin the Season’ to Win $500 in HouseLogic Pinterest Giveaway

With the 2012 holiday season in full swing, HouseLogic, a comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of Realtors®, wants to inspire holiday celebrations with a chance to win a $500 gift card in HouseLogic’s “Pin the Season Giveaway” on Pinterest. Now through December 17, HouseLogic visitors can create ...


Real Estate Q&A: How to Get a Deposit Back

(MCT)—QUESTION: I am trying to buy a home and was pre-approved from my bank. Unfortunately, the lender turned me down for the loan. The seller is not agreeing to give me my deposit back. What can I do? ...


Why Buying at the End of 2012 May Be Your Best Investment Yet

With just a month left in 2012, the number of days to benefit from year-end home buying tax benefits is dwindling quickly. We consulted real estate experts from across the country to share what you need to know when preparing to close before December 31, 2012. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hit New Record Lows

Mortgage rates hit new record lows last week with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 3.50 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.40 discount and origination points. ...


NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for NAHB’s 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 50+ housing industry. A total of 83 entries were chosen as finalists and ...


The Foreclosure Iceberg Is Slowly Melting

CoreLogic reported Monday that October prices that exclude distress sales rose only 5.8 percent while prices that include distressed sales increased on a year-over-year basis by 6.3 percent in October 2012, the biggest increase since June 2006 and the eighth ...


As Short-Sale Tax Break Nears End, Pressure Mounts on Homeowners

(MCT)—The race is on to finalize short sales and seal the deal on mortgage reductions as the Dec. 31 expiration of a massive tax break for struggling homeowners looms. ...


Number of Improving Housing Markets Surges to 201 in December

The number of housing markets considered “improving” according to parameters established by the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) surged by 76 to a total of 201 metros in December, according to recently release IMI data. ...


CoreLogic: Prices on Track for 7.1 Percent Increase

October prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased on a year-over-year basis by 6.3 percent in October 2012, the biggest increase since June 2006 and the eighth consecutive increase in home prices nationally on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. ...


The Good and the Bad of the Latest Existing Home Sales Numbers

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released their latest statistics for existing home sales last week, and the numbers show both some positives and negatives regarding America's housing industry. Home sales are up and so are selling prices, but foreclosures and short sales still make up a large portion of ...


Foreclosure Sales Increase 21 Percent in Third Quarter

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q3 2012 U.S. Foreclosure & Short Sales Report™, which shows a total of 193,059 U.S. properties in some stage of foreclosure or bank-owned (REO) were sold during the third quarter, an increase of 21 percent from the previous quarter, but still down 3 percent from the ...


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