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Trend Alert: Homeowners Opt for 15-year Fixed-Rate Loans

Consumer money resource Bills.com recently released its 2011 Third Quarter Mortgage Report. Driven by an increased demand for refinance loans, consumer traffic to the company's mortgage tools and calculators more than doubled from the second quarter. ...


Computerized Appraisals Win One in HARP 2.0

The federal government—with the support of the two leading professional appraisal organizations—has sanctioned the use of computerized, appraisals using algorithms and computerized databases of property data to determine a property’s value. ...


Four Days Until the Power Broker Forum at NAR: ‘The One Thing Power Brokers Can’t Live Without’

This intriguing question will be answered this week by a panel of industry experts at RISMedia’s 16th Annual Power Broker Forum, being held from 2:30-4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, during ...


Google+: Why It Makes Sense for E-Marketers

(eM+C)—Google+ is the latest player on the social media scene. With 40 million-plus users, the social media network has carved out a niche for itself. Like they do via Twitter and Facebook, consumers are sharing content, engaging with new contacts and building communities on Google+. ...


Jumbo Mortgages: How to Bag the Big Opportunity Today

Effective October 1, 2011, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lowered their conforming loan limits back to 2008 levels. And that means many home buyers suddenly need a jumbo loan to qualify for the homes they want. Real estate professionals who ...


Webinar Announcement: 4 Steps to Creating Killer Real Estate Marketing Content

If you’re seeking a low-cost, superior performance, and high impact way to reach and connect with your market in a consistent and effective manner, then this webinar workshop is for you. RSVP here. ...


The IMLS Search Delivery; One of the Largest Real Estate Applications Ever Delivered

The International Realty Inc. and The International MLS [IMLS] have announced recently the delivery of 55,000 IMLS search widgets into the Prudential Real Estate agency network. This comes on the heels of its recent announcement that its Free To List-Commission ...


Next On NAHREP Radio: The Key To Successful Buyer’s Side REO Purchases

Not all offers are created equal, particularly in today’s competitive foreclosure market of multiple real estate offers. REO power hitter listing brokers will offer buyers agents tips on how to write an airtight offer that stands out in the pack. Guest experts include: Juan Martinez, one of Nevada’s leading real ...


Creating a Foundation for Motivation

Motivational humorist Darryl Davis has been making real estate audiences laugh, think and improve their listing and sales skills for more than a decade. In this exclusive interview with Real Estate magazine, he shares his thoughts on how brokers and ...


Where Is Your Spend? Marketing in 2012

The research confirms it. It’s all about being mobile. With smartphones always online and always available, you’ve got to be ready to serve 24/7 and that includes serving customers and clients on the run. ...


October Housing Scorecard: Positive Trends but Mixed Overall

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the October edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest housing data offer continued ...


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: An Update on Real Estate Brokerage Charges

Real estate brokers continue to charge additional fees to cover the cost of their services. These fees, often mistakenly referred to as administrative/professional fees, are more appropriately identified as additional flat fee commission charges. It has been two years since a federal district court in Busby v. RealtySouth [Busby v. ...


Real Estate Marketing Summit 2011 Scheduled for December

The Real Estate Marketing Summit 2011 will be held on December 14 and 15, 2011, in San Diego at the Hotel del Coronado. Last year, REMS 2010 was highly successful and this year is expected to be even better, according to 1parkplace, host of the event. ...


Making Jobs: Energy Efficiency Funding

A report released recently, sponsored in part by the Appraisal Institute, outlines ways to finance $150 billion per year in energy efficiency projects that yield double-digit financial returns. The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. ...


Why 20% Downpayments Don’t Always Make Sense (or Dollars)

Despite the “doom and gloom” in today’s headlines, in the current economic climate, homeownership is more affordable than ever, thanks to low interest rates and lower home values. For those buyers who manage to have a 20% (or more) downpayment, they believe this will get them the lowest monthly mortgage ...


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