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One in Five Say It’s a Good Time to Sell

Last month the largest percentage of Americans since the housing bust said they believe it’s a good time to sell a house, according to the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey. ...


Mortgage Rates Change Little Following Employment Report

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates edging slightly higher while remaining near their all-time record lows coming off the employment report for September. ...


RISMedia’s 2012 Real Estate CEO Exchange: A Forward Look at Making 2013 Your Shake-Out and Break-Out Year

If there was an overriding theme to RISMedia’s 2012 Real Estate CEO Exchange, which brought a cross section of the real estate industry’s top movers and shakers to New York City’s Yale Club in early September, it was that 2013 will be the year for brokers to take back the ...


Hot Property: Out of the Office

(MCT)— Should they need to get away from “The Office” from time to time, actor John Krasinski and his movie star wife, Emily Blunt, have bought a country home in Ojai, Calif. for $2.15 million. ...


Low Valuation in Appraisals Causing Contract Glitches

The real estate market is recovering but still faces hurdles, notably from tight mortgage credit, but problems with a sizeable share of real estate appraisals also are holding back home sales, according to survey findings by the National Association of ...


Mobile Marketing Best Practices Driven by Consumer Insights

Marketers are constantly searching for new innovations in the mobile space to improve the results of their campaigns. Mobile successes begin with the same marketing fundamentals you apply to other channels, but understanding your customers’ behaviors and how they use mobile devices is crucial to success in the mobile channel. ...


Move, Inc. Acquires Relocation.com

Move, Inc. a leader in online real estate, today announced the acquisition of Relocation.com, an online marketplace that connects home buyers and renters with moving and storage professionals. Combining the acquisition with Move's existing Moving.com business, the company significantly strengthens ...


Move Buys Relocation.com for $11.5 Million

Online real estate company Move Inc. has purchased Relocation.com for $11.5 million in cash in order to strengthen its offerings and moving services. ...


Life in Mobile: Google Changes Equal Broker Opportunity

In September, I had the good fortune to attend RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange and, as always, their team, led by John Featherston, put together an absolutely phenomenal event. From start to finish, the day-and-a-half-long agenda kept all those in ...


List of Improving Housing Markets Eclipses 100 in October

A total of 103 housing markets across the United States qualified to be listed on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for October, released this week. This is up from 99 markets listed as improving in September and is the largest number of metros on ...


Savings All Around: Incorporating Lowe’s Program for REALTORS® into Every Transaction

In today’s marketplace, real estate agents must be forward-thinking and savvy in order to be successful. By incorporating the Lowe’s Program for REALTORS® into each and every real estate transaction, REALTORS® have a time- and money-saving tool that can raise efficiency and help them better serve any client. ...


For Budget-Minded Moves, Try Freight Shipping

For most of our household shipping needs, the Post Office, UPS or Fed-Ex delivers. But what do you do when you want to get a motorcycle across the country – without you on it? Antiques from your grandmother’s estate? Or ...


Homeowners Recover 13.5 Percent of Lost Equity Through Q3

Rising home values have brought homeowner equity to its highest level since the third quarter of 2008 and helped lift 1.3 million families above water. Homeowner equity jumped $406 billion, or 5.9 percent, to $7,275 billion in the second quarter ...


Metrolist Partners with RISMedia in Offering REsource Licensed Real Estate Content Solution to Its Membership

Metrolist, the largest MLS in Colorado, recently announced that it has partnered with RISMedia, the real estate industry’s leading source for industry news and information, in supporting and offering “REsource,” the media company’s industry-leading licensed real estate content solution platform to its membership via its Metrolist Marketplace. ...


Former Google and Yahoo! Exec Joins MOVE, Inc.’s Board of Directors

Move, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Dulski, an entrepreneur who has founded two companies as well as served in senior roles at both Google and Yahoo!, to Move’s Board of Directors. The appointment of Dulski brings the number of Move Board members to seven. ...


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