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Investor Sales Surge

Low home prices and strong demand for rental properties are causing a surge in investor buying, driving up the market share of homes purchased by investors. ...


Your Buyer Group Is Growing – Are You Prepared?

If I told you that a buyer base representing $4-$5 billion in agent commissions in the last 12 months alone was up for grabs, would you be interested? ...


RISMedia Presents First Annual ‘New Product of the Year’ Award

Denver-based firm EquityLock Solutions was named the first-ever recipient of RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine New Product of the Year Award. EquityLock received the award for its creation of Home Price Protection™, a product designed to protect a homeowner’s equity in ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: new online and mobile NAR member guide; learn about recent changes to Facebook; and NAR installs 2012 officers. ...


Home Builders Applaud Congress for Restoring Higher FHA Loan Limits

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently applauded Congress for reinstating for another two years the higher conforming loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), noting that this is an important step to help mend the struggling housing market. ...


Taking Action to Improve Economic Stability: HUD Announces Sustainable Communities Awards

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling nearly $96 million. Twenty-seven communities and organizations will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants. The goal of HUD’s Sustainable Communities grants is ...


Market Bright Spot: October Existing-Home Sales Rise, Unsold Inventory Continues to Decline

Existing-home sales improved in October while the number of homes on the market continued to decline, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Why You Should Invest in Austin, Texas & Charlotte, North Carolina

Rand on Real Estate is now on national television. The Fox Business Network is running a new segment titled, "Where to Invest Now," which features Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, as its housing market analyst making his picks of the best real estate markets in ...


Weekly Video Tip: Hosting Your Own Videos

We’ve all seen those commercials where business owner Bob bores his viewers silly while droning on and on in a mindless monotone about his products or services. But we’ve also seen other videos where business owners have proven to be engaging, interesting, and even entertaining on camera. ...


Life in Mobile: Old Faithful

Mixed in with the hundreds of news articles I received this week was one that especially caught my eye: Retailers shouldn’t ignore text messaging when crafting m-commerce strategies. The reason it stood out is because I fail to remember the last time we spoke about our good ol’ friend, SMS, ...


NAR Home Buyer and Seller Survey Reflects Tight Credit Conditions

Recent home buyers are staying well within their means with notably higher incomes and modestly higher down payments than buyers in the previous year, due to the restrictive mortgage credit environment, despite historically favorable housing affordability conditions, according to a ...


Diane Turton, REALTORS® Collecting Food Donations

Even small donations of food or money will help the FoodBank of New Jersey’s Monmouth and Ocean Counties assist hundreds of families in need this holiday season. ...


RE/MAX Releases October Housing Report

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—New England is transitioning into the winter sales season, and as such, sales were largely flat across the region for the month of October. The following is a summary of RE/MAX of New England’s regional state summary: ...


Introducing DocuSign Ink™ – First-Ever Personal Electronic Signatures for Everyone

DocuSign, a global standard for eSignature, recently announced DocuSign Ink, what the company states is the world’s first personal electronic signature, now available to billions of consumers around the globe. According to the company, DocuSign Ink helps consumers finish personal business faster by eliminating once and for all the hassles ...


Top Brokers Candidly Discuss the Secrets to Their Success at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

RISMedia’s 16th Annual Power Broker Forum, held on Friday, November 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, brought together leading brokers and industry visionaries to discuss “The One Thing Power Brokers Can’t Live Without.” Nearly 600 attendees turned out to the ...


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