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Where Is the Custom Home Market Share Highest?

New NAHB research reveals significant regional differences in the share of custom homes started in 2013. The analysis finds that the Northeast and East North Central parts of the nation have the highest market shares. ...


Business Improvement Needs to Come from Within

Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange in September from the perspective of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. ...


Excessive Lending Standards Still Affecting Home Sales

Tight mortgage lending standards continue to affect sales for single-family builders across the nation, according to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Well over half of the single-family builders surveyed indicated that lending standards were “tight” or “very tight,” while only 11 percent indicated that ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


The Anatomy of Today’s Renter

With the increase in home prices across the country and tight lending restrictions, it’s no wonder that the demand for rentals is on the rise.  With renting becoming more appealing to a wider population, it’s imperative that real estate professionals and property managers ...


Home Equity Lines of Credit Jump 21 Percent through First Half of 2014

RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), a leading source for comprehensive housing data, has released its first-ever U.S. Home Equity Line of Credit Trends Report, which found that in the 12 months ending June 2014 a total of 797,865 Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) were originated nationwide, up 20.6 percent from ...


2014′s Unfinished Business

With the November mid-term elections around the corner, it is important to remember that there are still a number of issues that Congress has to address. While Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, the issues they ...


Millennials to the Front

Millennials sometimes get a bad rap. The generation born roughly between 1982 and 2005 has been called everything from ‘lazy’ to ‘entitled.’ Some say they never grow up or move out of their parents’ basements and blame them for the lack of a ...


Consumer Confidence Remains a Hardship on Stabilizing Market

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through September 2014. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and ...


America’s Lost Equity Comes Home

In the dark months from 2007 to 2009, home values were in free fall and millions of homeowners lost equity in their homes.  America lost 12.7 trillion dollars’ worth of homeowners’ equity during those years, equal to more the three quarters of the national Gross Domestic Product. ...


Your Office Coach: How to Deal with an Overtly Hostile Employee

(MCT)—Q: One of my employees refuses to accept me as his supervisor. Ever since I was transferred into this department, “Jack” has been extremely rude. He argues with me about everything and talks about how much he misses his former boss. He frequently makes these comments ...


Managing Your Online Presence with .REALTOR

NAR PULSE—Whether you have an established online presence or are looking to create one, the .REALTOR domain can help. When you claim your .REALTOR domain starting Oct. 23 at 11 am EDT, you’ll have the option of redirecting your .REALTOR website to ...


The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status

As he walks around town, Samer Kuraishi, senior vice president of Washington, D.C.’s A-K Real Estate, often draws second looks and a “how do I know you?” vibe, until eventually someone will almost always shout out, “You’re the guy on Zillow!” ...


Mobile Apps and Easy-to-Use Technology Are the New Essential Trade Tools

Few businesses rely more on mobility and on-the-spot information gathering (and sharing) than residential real estate. ...


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