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Home Prices Continue to Show Seasonal Strength

Data through July 2011, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed a fourth consecutive month of increases for the 10- and 20-City Composites, with both up 0.9% in ...


August Bay-State Home Sales Jump 15 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Sales of both Massachusetts single-family homes and condominiums rose in August—the first time this year both property types posted an increase during the same month, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


RETechnology’s Success Tracker Launched at MRIS to Build Premium Revenues

RE Technology, Inc., (RET) the provider of a real estate technology portal, has announced the launch of Success Tracker™ designed to help every MLS in North America to create and implement recurring non-dues revenue streams. MRIS, the largest MLS in North America in terms of sales generated, has signed on ...


First Team Real Estate Marketing Campaign Shows Positive Impact Agents Make on Clients

First Team® Real Estate recently launched a new marketing campaign focusing on the profound, positive impact its agents make in their clients’ lives, the company has announced. The campaign comes with the announcement that the company was named the favorite real estate firm in the Orange County Register’s 2011 Best ...


New Book Offers ‘Blueprint’ for Million-Dollar Income in Any Market, 10-Part Series Launches with Author Q&A

Editor’s Note: Blueprint for 100 Deals or More Than $1 Million Per Year in Income: The Exact Systems and Technology to Sell 100+ Homes, Every Year—No Matter the Market, is a new book by leading real estate industry executives Alan ...


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

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: free housing trends for your clients; REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, zipLogix celebrates 20 years of innovation in real estate technology; and save up to 40% on select FedEx Office® print products. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


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, concluding that the average “g-fee” on single-family mortgages increased in 2010 relative to 2009, from 22 basis points to 26 basis points. ...


Fixed-Rate Mortgages Hold Steady, Remain Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed-rate mortgages changing little amid sluggish economic, mixed housing data, and ongoing concerns over the European debt markets. The 30-year fixed remained unchanged at 4.09 percent, while the 15-year fixed dropped a single basis point to ...


Credit Unions Standardize on DocuSign for Electronic Signature

DocuSign announced recently that more than 200 of the nation's largest credit unions have standardized on DocuSign for their electronic signature solution, streamlining account openings, consumer loan processing and internal approvals. Credit unions using DocuSign to accelerate revenue, reduce cost, and enhance member satisfaction include 66 Federal, Advantage Plus Federal, ...


First-Time Buyers Losing Interest in Short Sales

Processing delays have taken their toll on first-time home buyer interest in short sales, which now account for more than one of every six house sales, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. ...


Not All Home Inspections Are Made Equal

A home inspection is a crucial component of making a smart home-buying decision. According to Jay Gregg, director of marketing for Pillar To Post, not all home inspections are equal. Gregg, who has experience in home inspections, sales marketing and as a previous Pillar To Post franchisee, believes Pillar To ...


Foreclosure Lawsuits Soar

Litigation over the foreclosure process reached its highest level in the second quarter than in any quarter since MortgageDaily.com’s Mortgage Litigation Index was introduced in 2007. ...


Coldwell Banker Execs Featured in Apple iPad Discussion

The real estate industry is becoming increasingly more mobile. Coldwell Banker Real Estate has successfully adopted new Apple products and is encouraging their agents and brokers to use these tools in client engagements, the company has announced. ...


Don’t Let Focusing on Lead Generation Torpedo Your Branding, Part 2

(eM+C)—While the tough global economy has served to torpedo branding efforts at many organizations, the sometimes sticky relationship between sales teams and marketers can also torpedo a company’s lead generation efforts. If you still need more ammo to achieve your ...


Monday Morning Mobile: CBS Chooses Text Over QR

Just recently we discussed how SMS/text messaging was the old faithful of the mobile industry. While there is so much hype surrounding QR and apps (for good reason), one shouldn’t overlook the benefits that an SMS campaign can bring to the table. Perhaps CBS read that article because they have ...


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