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HUD Secretary and Iowa Attorney Unveil First Public Service Announcement for $25 Billion Mortgage Servicing Settlement

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at www.hud.gov and www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com, is designed ...


Voting for $20k Home Renovation Now Open on HouseLogic

HouseLogic.com, an award-winning, comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of REALTORS®, announces the six finalists in the website’s “Boost Your Roost” contest. Boost Your Roost gives homeowners a chance to win a $20,000 home renovation and star in original web videos this fall, documenting the transformation from start ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Stops You from Success

Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


To Remodel or Not to Remodel: 7 Questions Homeowners Need to Ask Before Commencing Construction

In the age of HGTV, home and garden magazines, Pinterest, and more, the thought of remodeling your home might be tempting. After all, there’s a lot to love about redesigning, updating, and maximizing your space. Plus, whether you’re thinking of ...


Apartment Market Hot Streak Continues

For the sixth quarter in a row, the apartment industry improved across all indexes in the National Multi Housing Council's (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. The survey's indexes measuring Market Tightness (76), Sales Volume (54), Equity Financing (58) and Debt Financing (77) all measured at 50 or higher, ...


Email Made Easy: Saving Time and Money with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®

To keep up in today’s business world, simplifying everyday tasks is crucially important in order to maximize productivity. This couldn’t be truer in the modern world of real estate. The ability to streamline the workday can make all the difference for real estate professionals, and with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS® ...


Home Prices Continue to Rise

Data through May 2012, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that average home prices increased by 2.2 percent in May over April for both the 10- ...


A Solution to Close Deals on the Go

Cartavi™, a mobile document-management platform for the real estate industry, recently announced the release of an update to its app for the Apple® iPad® that includes integration with DocuSign®, the global standard for eSignature®. ...


Good Change Is Here at the Credit Union

NAR PULSE—Your credit union has branched out—to better serve its members. Credit Union members now have access to 4,600 shared branch service centers nationwide, fee-free business checking and debit cards, mortgage loans, commercial real estate loans and much more. Not a Credit Union member? Join today at www.REALTORSfcu.org! ...


Want Closings before Winter? The Leads You Get Now Will Be the Closings You Attend in the Fall

Realtor.com Business Beat—Summer’s the time most people kick back, relax and slow down a bit. That is, unless you’re a REALTOR®, when summer is the time to set your business up for the fall. ...


Time for Summer Break or Summer School?

It’s summertime, and my hope is that you’re in the middle of a busy selling season. ...


Homeownership Rate Holds Steady during Second Quarter

The Census Bureau reported the seasonally adjusted homeownership rate remained unchanged at 65.6 percent during the second quarter of 2012, hovering at a 15-year low for the 2nd consecutive quarter. The performance across household head age groups was mixed as the under 35 and 55-64 cohorts saw homeownership rates decline ...


FHFA Reports Mortgage Interest Rates for June

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) contracts, was 3.67 percent based on loans closed in June. Beginning in March, FHFA is calculating ...


Refinance Applications Reach Highest Level Since 2009

Mortgage applications increased 0.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 20, 2012. ...


By Popular Demand, RISMedia Adds Three More Pop-a-Note Webinars This Week

The recent launch of Pop-a-Note, RISMedia's new, conversational marketing system, is generating quite a buzz in the industry! The momentum continued this week with two sold-out webinars and many taking immediate advantage of a 10% special webinar discount on this already incredibly affordable and exciting auto-drip marketing system from RISMedia. ...


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