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Real Estate Trends Archive


Disclosure Lawsuits: Are You Unknowingly Putting Yourself at Risk?

The growing number of lawsuits over non-disclosure of land pollution is creating increased liability for real estate brokers. Soil contamination, groundwater contamination and concern surrounding hazardous vapor intrusion into homes is putting real estate brokers on the firing line ...


Rand on Real Estate: Individual Investor Searches for Next Big City

A caller from Manhattan talks about the complete turnaround that Harlem has experienced over the past 10 years. Now he wants to find the next city poised for gentrification. Is Detroit the next turnout city? Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica (www.OwnAmerica.com), answers his question. ...


Product Showcase: Showing Suite Creates Third-Party Affirmation

Mark Ossinger is a self-professed organizational nut. “I have an administrational gift,” jokes the senior broker for RE/MAX Metro and Eastside Brokers, who has been in the real estate industry for 23 years. His love for keeping organized is part of the reason why he’s a huge fan of Showing ...


Miami Home Sales Break Record in 2011

Regional Spotlight—Miami home sales set a new record in 2011, exceeding transaction levels during the height of the real estate boom in 2005, according to the 26,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service ...


Obeo’s New SEO Optimization Drives Traffic Back to the Broker

Obeo, a leading provider of online real estate virtual tours and real estate in North America, announced a new search engine optimization (SEO) feature to help brokers and agents win the battle for their listings. ...


Recruit Your Way to the Top

Essentially a sales manager's primary responsibility is to recruit, train and motivate his or her sales force to achieve peak performance. Of these three vitally important tasks, recruiting is the least understood and by far the most challenging. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Meeting Consumer Expectations

Technology makes life simpler, faster, and more efficient. In a day with 24 hours, and potentially 16 or more of those spent awake, we have more opportunities to be engaged and online with co-workers, partners, vendors and clients we do business with. No one knows this more than the real ...


Finding the Positives in Economic and Housing Conditions in 2012

While 2011 was clearly a challenging year, there is a lot to be positive about looking ahead. Economically, while buffeted by natural disasters and fiscal policy indecisiveness at home and a European sovereign debt crisis abroad, the U.S. economy was ...


Concierge Style Products Surge in Real Estate Industry

If you’re in real estate, these days you must also embrace technology. Virtual service is as important as putting up “For Sale” signs for most of your clients. ...


Fastest Pace of Single-Family Housing Starts Rising in Two Years Reported

Nationwide production of new single-family homes rose 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 470,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marked a third consecutive increase and the fastest pace ...


New Guide Helps Appraisers Choose Comparable Sales in Declining Markets

The Appraisal Institute recently published guidance to help appraisers know when and how to use distressed sales, such as foreclosures, as comparable sales. Such knowledge is particularly crucial in the current market where distressed sales are common, creating complex valuation challenges. ...


30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages Reach Record Low

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates changing little amid mixed economic data. Regardless, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged down slightly to 3.88 percent to a new all-time record low marking the seventh consecutive week below 4.00 percent. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 25 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 23.1 percent from one week earlier (last week’s results included an adjustment for New Years Day), according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 13, 2012. ...


Money and Company: Home-Builder Confidence Improves in January

(MCT)—A gauge of U.S. home-builder confidence showed improvement for the fourth consecutive month in January. ...


REALTORS® Recognize Credit Union as Valuable Member Benefit

Since it opened in May 2009, the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union has created quite a buzz, becoming a benefit among National Association of REALTOR® members. The union offers a portfolio of services and products, and was recently rated the fastest ...


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