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Century 21 System Raises $2.9 Million for Easter Seals

CENTURY 21 Real Estate, recently announced that the CENTURY 21® System raised $2.9 million in 2014 for Easter Seals. The funds raised are 19 percent higher than the previous year’s effort. This brings the total contributions to Easter Seals by CENTURY 21 franchisees and affiliated agents to over $111 million since 1979. ...


Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report

Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid a strong employment report, according to the results of Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Regardless, fixed-rate mortgage rates still remain near their May 23, 2013 lows. ...


Realtors Property Resource®: A Treasure Trove of Information

When your family name is your brand, with established roots for well over half a century, clients expect you to know everything about every neighborhood, township and cul-de-sac in the area. ...


Report: Americans Spending Nearly Five Hours a Day on Smartphones

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries. ...


Factors for Improving Home Sales

Nearly every factor generally associated with home sales has been turning for the better. We have more jobs, a growing population, rising rents, additional inventory choices, record-high household net worth, and exceptionally low mortgage rates. On top of these trends, ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Talking Tech on Main Street with Morris Lyles

Since I’m sure you’ve all heard enough about what I think – we’ve decided to take it to the streets to hear what you think this month.  We sat down with Morris Lyles of ERA Wilder Realty, Columbia, S.C., and picked his brain on a few things.  Here’s what he ...


Fast-Growing Careers Don’t Usually Lead to Homeownership

(TNS)--Here’s a strong dose of reality on why millennials might not be the housing market’s prayer in the near future: The fastest-growing careers aren’t necessarily those with traditionally high homeownership rates. ...


Stronger Together: ERA Real Estate Continues to Capitalize on a Revitalized Brand

Growth is never by mere chance; it’s the result of forces working together. The words of American entrepreneur James Cash Penney, founder of the J.C. Penney line of stores, have never rung more true for ERA Real Estate. ...


U.S Foreclosure Activity Increases 5 Percent in January

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 119,888 U.S. properties in January, an increase of 5 percent from the previous month but still down 4 percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac®’s recently ...


Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Hits a 51-Month High

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index ("Index") increased in January, reaching its highest level since September 2010. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending. ...


Company Spotlight: Simplifying the International Home-buying Process

The home-buying process is often a lengthy operation that involves many different gears all turning at once. But when the buying process takes place overseas, the operation is even more involved. From opening up new bank accounts to understanding exchange rates, buying or selling internationally takes research, industry know-how and ...


RISMedia’s Next Agent Webinar: Learn Listing Mastery from the Pros

RISMedia will host the next in its Agent Webinar Series, “Listing Mastery,” sponsored by Open Home Pro™, on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. EST. The event is free, but seats are limited, so attendees are encouraged to sign up early. ...


Quicken Loans Study Shows Appraiser and Homeowner Opinions in January Nearly Equal

Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest retail mortgage lender, this week reported its Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) narrowed in January, showing that appraisers’ opinions of home values were only 0.18 percent higher than homeowners’ estimates, according to the index’s national composite. ...


Company Spotlight: Utilizing Big Data to Make Real Estate Dreams Come True

Searching for an apartment to rent or a home to buy on the Internet can be a chore. It requires a lot of time spent searching for what’s available, neighborhood information, what’s nearby, local school data and plenty of other information ...


Study: More People Drawn to Bright Lights, Big Cities

According to a report recently published by a new think tank, City Laboratory, more young professionals are opting for the cities over the suburbs. This has historically been the trend, but new data shows that this desire for urban real estate has skyrocketed ...


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