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5 Tips for Extending Your SEM Dollars in Uncertain Financial Times

(eM+C)—With the U.S. credit rating downgrade and the ensuing global market fluctuation, it’s a murky time for money. While this uncertainty will reverberate through some companies’ online marketing budgets, there are strategic actions you can take to maintain a valuable and efficient search engine marketing program—all while spending less. Here ...


Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Debt Outstanding Increased for First Time Since 2009

The level of commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding increased by 0.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the first quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2009, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). ...


FHFA Reports Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees Increased in 2009-2010

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its third annual report on guarantee fees (g-fees) charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), concluding that the average “g-fee” on single-family mortgages increased in 2010 relative to 2009, from ...


Luxury Sales Languish

The end of the spring-summer buying season is taking its toll on luxury properties. Median days on market for homes selling over $500,000 has fallen 40 percent since the peak of the season in May. ...


Marketing Strategies: Powerful Steps to Increase Your Income Now

If you find yourself wanting to be more proactive or have trouble taking action, then following these steps will give you the boost you’re looking for. ...


REALTORS® Call for Increased Lending

Increased lending to creditworthy homebuyers and more loan modifications and short sales are necessary to reduce the rising inventory of foreclosed homes and help stabilize and revitalize the housing industry and economy, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Experts’ Forecast for 2011 Prices Improves

The home price picture for this year is shaping up to be a little better than it looked in June, according to the September 2011 home price expectations survey of 111 leading housing economists and experts sponsored by MacroMarkets LLC. ...


Housing Starts Decline, Permits Rise in August

Nationwide housing starts declined 5.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 units in August, according to figures recently released by the U.S. Commerce Department. The decline was primarily on the more volatile multifamily side, with single-family housing production edging down just 1.4 percent. Meanwhile, permits for new ...


5 Real Estate Trends to Watch For

If the housing market were human, it would look like it just wrestled a few alligators after running an obstacle course through a snake pit. ...


Keeping Contracts on the Right Track

Most professionals in the real estate industry accept that recovery will continue to be up and down from month to month—sometimes even day to day. You understand that prices and sales will likely be skipping along the bottom for the next year or two before housing is back on a ...


4 Tips for Marketing your iPhone or iPad App

(eM+C)—In the early days of Apple’s iOS App Store, dozens of developers experienced a gold rush of success as iPhone users raced to download new releases from a small catalog of only a few hundred apps. Some of the best-selling apps even made a few developers into millionaires within mere ...


Builder Confidence Virtually Unchanged in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes dipped by a single point to 14 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for September. The index has now held between 13 and 16 for six consecutive months. ...


Local REALTOR® Associations to Receive Branded Market Analytics

Following the successful launch of The Thing, an interactive market analysis tool created by 10K Research and Marketing, Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) announced recently it is providing MRED's REALTOR® Association partners with branded statistical reports for distribution to association members and consumers. All will be brandable at the ...


Company Profile: Moving Customer Service in the Right Direction

Mortgage lenders across the country have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. From helping homeowners avoid foreclosure to showing buyers some of the best bargains in decades, lenders have sought to keep customer service levels high through it all. At ...


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

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Access to 6 business building webinars for only $14.99, a message from Liberty Mutual, and promotional materials now available for REALTOR® Designation Awareness month. ...


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