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Sales of Existing Homes Improve as Prices Rise

(MCT)—Sales of existing homes are strengthening and prices continue to rise, stoking confidence in the housing market’s recovery. ...


No Lender Required

As if real estate needed more hurdles, a tough credit market has made a monster of the already lengthy and sometimes nerve-wracking financing subject. On a good day, the process can delay or derail a deal, to the agony of the seller, the buyer and their agents. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Move Higher for Fourth Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates following long-term Treasury yields higher amid continued positive data on the housing market. This marks the fourth straight week of fixed mortgage rates ...


REALTORS® Applaud FHFA for Expanding Short Sale Eligibility to Help More Struggling Homeowners

The National Association of REALTORS® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue new guidelines that expand eligibility criteria and streamline the short sale process. ...


New Guidelines Streamline Short Sale Processes to Prevent Foreclosures and Help Communities Stabilize

The new short sale guidelines just announced by Fannie Mae will streamline documentation requirements, waive deficiencies for borrowers that successfully complete a short sale and set standard payments for subordinate lien holders, the organization reports. The new guidelines are for servicers to follow as part of the Federal Housing Finance ...


A Bright July: Existing-Home Sales Improve, Prices Continue to Rise

Sales of existing homes rose in July even with constraints of affordable inventory, and the national median price is showing five consecutive months of year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Monthly sales rose in every region but ...


Market Momentum in Illinois

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Data released recently by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® shows signs that the state's housing market is strengthening. ...


Freddie Mac Expands, Streamlines Servicer Authority to Approve More Short Sales

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently announced it is streamlining its policies and processes so all Freddie Mac servicers can approve short sales for borrowers facing sudden financial stress due to divorce, death, disability or other common hardships on their own authority. Additional changes will also make it easier for servicers ...


Demand for U.S. Real Estate Demands Your Attention

I’m sure you’d love your own piece of an $82.5 billion pie. The eye-popping figure was the total spent on U.S. real estate by international buyers between March 2011 and March 2012, according to the new NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity. Even more astounding is that it’s $16 ...


Back to School: College Towns Primed for 2012 Investors

As parents across the country prepare to send their college-bound students to school this fall, many quickly find housing can be a huge financial undertaking. Some are now considering buying homes for their students to live in with classmates, while ...


Would You Like Fries with That?

While you may not have recognized it, the last time you ordered from a fast food restaurant or went to the post office, there is a good chance you experienced some form of cross-selling or up selling. Cross-selling and up selling are well-established and highly effective marketing practices utilized by ...


Persistence and Hard Work Key Attributes to Success

We all wish success was born over night. But in order to grow your business, it takes persistence and hard work. Read on as Tony Geraci, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Homestar tells us some of his biggest secrets to success. ...


5 Steps to Becoming a Rock Star Recruiter

Even before the popularity of the Wii and games like Guitar Hero, becoming a rock star was a childhood dream for many. We watched our favorite singers at concerts and grew up idolizing and fantasizing about living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle with all of its glamour, fame and fortune. ...


What Is Your Mobile Listings Strategy? 5 Must-Haves for Taking Your Properties Mobile

Realtor.com® Business Beat—When a seller asks how you market on mobile, do you have an answer that helps you win the listing? ...


10 Questions to Help You Check the Vital Signs of Your Client Relationships

Most doctors firmly believe that certain types of regular screening tests and checkups are essential and help save lives. And most of us, no matter how much we despise devoting an hour or more to getting poked and prodded, dutifully ...


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