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Realogy CEO to Address Senate Subcommittee on the State of the U.S. Housing Market

Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, announced that Richard A. Smith, its president and CEO, has been called upon to testify before the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In his remarks, ...


Millions of Homeowners Pay Excessive Rates

Seventy five percent of all homeowners who owe more on their homes than they are worth are paying mortgage interest rates nearly a point higher than today’s average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage. ...


VScreen Provides Turnkey Video Solutions

Real estate professionals invest a lot of time, effort and money into marketing themselves, “but when it comes to video, it’s not all about you,” says Stephen Schweickart, co-founder and CEO of VScreen, an Internet video services provider within the real estate industry. In fact, the numbers paint a pretty ...


Baltimore Summer Ends with Best Home Sales in Five Years

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, based on the August 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™. ...


7 Ways to Rethink Your Approach to the Daily Grind

In a perfect world, “work” and “home” would balance out neatly. We’d work from 8 to 5 each day, take an hour-long lunch, and then come home and spend uninterrupted time with our families. But for those of us here ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a personalized brochure emphasizing the benefits of working with a REALTOR®; September-only super savings from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Dell; and RPR unveils a new one-stop resource for brokers and agents. ...


RISMedia’s Facebook Page Exceeds 5,000 Fans!

RISMedia’s official page on Facebook.com has reached—and exceeded—the 5,000 fan mark, going above and beyond to prove that social media is a prominent outlet for news and networking within the real estate industry. ...


Multifamily Housing Production Index Shows Improvement

The multifamily housing market continued to show improvement in the second quarter of 2011, as the Multifamily Production Index (MPI) compiled by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) increased for the fourth consecutive quarter. ...


Mortgage Rates Again Fall to Record Lows

Mortgage rates fell once again, to the lowest point on record, according to mortgage rate research website, ForTheBestRate.com. Rates for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage were advertised as low as 3.875% (APR: 4.040%, Lender: LoanDepot) on Thursday, September 8th. Pricing this low for residential home loans is unprecedented, and ...


Environmental Data Resources Introduces Environmental Issues Report for Residential Markets

Environmental Data Resources Inc., (EDR), a leader in property-specific environmental information and risk management solutions, recently unveiled the Environmental Issues Report (EIR), an online environmental education tool for homeowners, homebuyers and real estate brokers, the company announced. ...


Don’t Lose Focus: Generating Profits and Creating a Budget with Realistic Goals Should Be Priority No. 1

As the economy struggled in the late 2000s, the real estate industry took a severe hit to its profitability. As a result, real estate companies and brokerages were affected immensely, with 70% of offices in North America rumored to be ...


Monday Morning Mobile: SMS, the Old Faithful

Mixed in with the hundreds of news articles I received this week was one that especially caught my eye: Retailers shouldn’t ignore text messaging when crafting m-commerce strategies. The reason is because I fail to remember the last time we spoke about our good ol’ friend SMS here at Monday ...


HomeServices of America Announces Launch of National Title & Closing Network

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, through its title and closing companies and strategic partners have come together to form a National Title & Closing Network, providing “brick and mortar” title and closing services in all 50 states, the company has announced. ...


Clock Is Ticking: Programs Critical to REALTORS to Expire on September 30

There is the possibility that without Congressional action, two programs of vital importance to the real estate business will sunset on September 30, 2011. The end of the current extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the lowering of FHA and GSE loan limits could create a significant ...


Summer’s Last Stand: Clear Capital Reports U.S. Home Prices Increase 4.0%

Clear Capital has released its monthly Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, with news of U.S. home price gains of 4.0 percent comparing the most recent rolling quarter to the previous one. ...


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