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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. ...


eMerge Releases RealeMerge – A New Interactive Marketing Platform

RealeMerge™ is the new interactive marketing platform from eMerge™, created specifically for the use of real estate professionals, the company has announced. ...


Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Agents Rank High among Top National Real Estate Professionals

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., has announced that the firm had 28 agents and four sales teams featured in the just-released The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, an annual ranking by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. Based on deals completed in 2010, Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southampton ...


Smarter Agent Launches on Windows Phone

Smarter Agent, a mobile platform and application company, has announced the Smarter Agent real estate application for Windows Phone. According to the company, the Smarter Agent for Windows Phone is a comprehensive tool for anyone interested in accurate, unbiased, and local real estate information. ...


PropertyMinder Launches Real Estate Fan Pages for Facebook

PropertyMinder, Inc is now providing custom Facebook Fan Pages for real estate, the company has announced. With over 750 million users and growing, Facebook has become the No. 1 social network in the world. Inside of Facebook, REALTORS® can create Facebook Pages to keep their brand and business in front ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease

Mortgage applications decreased 4.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 2, 2011. ...


RISMedia CEO Remembers 9/11

Another beautiful September day and just about everything was ready for our 2001 Real Estate Leadership Conference to be held that week in New York City. With more than 1,250 attendees from all over the United States expected to attend, ...


Boomers Hunt for Smaller Houses

Regional Spotlight—(MCT)—When it comes to housing, baby boomers are different from many people in two important ways: they have more equity in their homes, and many are preparing to move. ...


Is There a Recruiting ‘Magic Pill?’

As a culture, we are infatuated with “magic pill” cures that can solve many of life’s problems. Weight loss, chronic pain, get-rich-quick businesses, fantastic abs and, yes, even the “recruiting pill.” Brokers today are growing in many ways and, those who are not, may simply be looking for the “magic ...


Lack of Equity Can Derail Mortgage Refinancing

(MCT)—With mortgage interest rates hovering around 50-year lows, refinancing is an appealing prospect for many homeowners. I think this is especially true considering the stock market’s August gyrations. Taking nervous energy and using it to focus on sure-thing money moves such as lowering payments or paying debt faster makes sense. ...


National Mortgage Complaint Center Urges Congress To Restore The Home Buyers Tax Credit

The National Mortgage Complaint Center is urging US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to introduce immediate legislation that restores the Federal Tax Incentive Plan for home buyers. However, the group says, "the Federal Tax Incentive Home Purchase Program should not be limited to first time home buyers only. We ...


One Trend That Will Separate Real Estate Winners and Losers

Last month, Steve Murray, president of Real Trends Inc., and Ian Morris, CEO of Market Leader, released a book focused specifically on what the real estate industry will look like over the next five years. The book, Game Plan, takes ...


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 free safety webinar on social media and cyber safety, smart back-to-school savings with REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, OfficeMax®, and REALTORS® to host housing summit. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


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