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Foreclosures Decrease 34 Percent in 2011

Total U.S. foreclosure activity and the U.S. foreclosure rate in 2011 were both at their lowest annual level since 2007, according to RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties. The company recently released its Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, ...


New Study by WAV Group Reports Strong Consumer Interest in MLS

The WAV Group, a real estate consulting firm, has published results of research that demonstrates the high value consumers place on the term “MLS.” The research, commissioned by the MLS Domains Association, includes surveys of consumers using MLS public websites and of a representative sample of consumers who have purchased ...


Mortgage Matters: HARP 2.0 Boosts Homebuyer Confidence

The federal government recently threw a lifeline to homeowners underwater with their current mortgages. Thanks to new changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) guidelines, more homeowners can refinance at today’s lower rates—even if their homes have declined in value. That’s because new HARP guidelines enable homeowners to refinance ...


Build Your Business and Reach More Buyers in 2012

The spring selling season brings with it hopes for recovery and renewal. And agents who find the most success this season will be those who not only reach new clients, but those who successfully reconnect with previous ones as well. ...


Event Alert: Frank Lloyd Wright ‘Housewalk’ Showcases Spectacular Homes

Tickets are now available for the internationally acclaimed Wright Plus 2012 “housewalk,” showcasing rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in historic Oak Park, Illinois. ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 10: Specialties

In this final chapter entry, the blueprint for 100 deals would be incomplete without taking into account the other ways, outside of a straight-up sale, where homes may come onto the market and be part of your 100 deals. Specifically, ...


Tri-State Alliance Launched to Better Serve Consumers

Regional Spotlight—In an initiative aimed at streamlining the home-buying and selling experience in the New York metro area, four top residential brokerage firms have joined forces to create the Tri-State Alliance, a partnership launched today to share exclusive property listings ...


Mobile Goes Mainstream: MRE Announces Support of Google’s Go Mo Initiative

In support of Google’s Go Mo initiative, Mobile Real Estate (MRE), a leading mobile solutions provider, has launched a free online tool that allows REALTORS® to test their website to ensure it is optimized for mobile. When Google launched its initiative there was an estimated 89% of fortune 100 companies ...


Housing Market Rebound Seen in 2012

The U.S. housing market will continue a slow recovery in 2012, led by stabilizing home prices and increasing sales. Those are among the key findings of a year-end survey of one thousand RE/MAX real estate agents who say housing’s vital ...


Road to Recovery: List of Improving Housing Markets Nearly Doubles in January

The number of housing markets showing measurable improvement nearly doubled in January with the addition of 40 new metros to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI). ...


REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Ranks No. 1

NAR Pulse—REALTORS® Federal Credit Union was rated as the fastest growing credit union in the country by Callahan & Associates, a leading credit union information source. REALTORS® FCU ranked No. 1 in organic membership growth, which neared 25 percent between June 2010 and June 2011. To join or learn more ...


Continuing Education Courses Help REALTORS® Stay on Track

To provide its members with the tools and expertise to build their business and better serve clients, the National Association of REALTORS® and The CE Shop, Inc., have entered into a partnership to provide continuing education for REALTORS® taking online designation and certification courses at REALTOR® University's School of Professional ...


Markets Seen Stabilizing This Year

Home prices this year cease their decline and gain 0.2 percent across all markets as more and more individual markets stabilize in the months to come. ...


Digital Developments: What You Need to Know from NAR Anaheim

When the trade show floor opened with gusto at the 2011 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., this past November, it became apparent that there was a commonality in the many options for education, forums and booths. Although there was substantial diversity available, there seemed to be a common ...


Power Broker Weekend Delivers Education, Celebration and Inspiration

An exacting economy and challenging real estate market didn’t prevent top brokers and industry leaders from turning out in full force to take part in RISMedia’s 2011 Power Broker Weekend—in fact, the current business landscape made it more critical than ...


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