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The More You Know: Record-Breaking Year of Natural Catastrophes Changing How Homeowners Plan for Disasters

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a provider of information, analytics and business services, recently released its first-ever Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis, detailing the record-breaking natural disasters that struck the United States in 2011. The report provides an analysis of significant ...


Apartment Finder Releases Android App

Finding a new place to live just became easier for consumers who can now browse apartments on their smartphones, according to Apartment Finder (ApartmentFinder.com), which recently launched an additional mobile tool—a free Android App to make looking through photos, maps, and more information a better experience for apartment shoppers. ...


Numbers Vary by Region in Real Estate Auctions

Real estate auction activity continues to thrive. In today’s tumultuous economy, both residential and commercial properties are selling in droves via auction. According to PropertyAuction.com, the number of auctions posted on their site has almost doubled in 2011. From January to September of this year, 99,924 residential, commercial and land ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 8: Listings – There’s No Second Place

In the world of listings, the silver medal means absolutely nothing. It pays less than nothing. And, in fact, it actually costs you, because of all those wasted hours (and gas for your car, materials for the listing presentation, etc). ...


Company Spotlight: How Goomzee’s Mobile Tech Platform Is Generating Interest among Today’s Buyers

In today’s competitive real estate market, it’s more important than ever for real estate professionals to think outside the box when it comes to connecting with potential buyers. The days of sticking a simple For Sale sign in the front yard are long gone, as today’s buyers are looking for ...


Statement Alert: NAHB Opposes Plan to Raise Mortgage Fees

Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nevada, recently issued the following statement on a congressional plan to raise fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and use them ...


Tools of the Trade: HSA Home Warranty Shows Dedication to Flexibility and Customization

Earlier this year, Tommy Camp—President and CEO of Prudential Carolinas Realty—was looking for a way to help his clients protect their most valued asset: their new home. Camp began searching for a home warranty company that would allow Prudential Carolinas to best serve their buyers and sellers, while staying true ...


Legislative and Regulatory Recap – The Year in Review

Editor's Note: The below article, which originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Real Estate magazine, features updated information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program. ...


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

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Special savings for REALTORS® from Chrysler, a year-end deal from DocuSign and how-to save on the new Buyers and Sellers Profile. ...


Mortgage Defaults: Signs of Recovery

The UFA Default Risk Index for the fourth quarter of 2011 edged lower to 131 from last quarter’s revised 133, which suggests that residential mortgage default and prepayment risks are continuing their return to normalcy. ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: A Keen Eye for Success

In the December issue of Real Estate Magazine, RISMedia Columnist Barbara Pronin interviews Ron Clarke, the President and CEO of CENTURY 21 Alliance. ...


The Four Cornerstones of Superior Customer Service

The heart of any company can be found beating inside the walls of its customer service department. Providing superior customer service after the sale is a smart business decision that pays long-term dividends. All the money a company spends ...


How to Lead a Refined Real Estate Search

Purchasing a home, especially if it is your first time, can be an extremely stressful and complicated process. It is easy to get overwhelmed by your choices and the many steps it takes to get the deal closed ...


Real Estate Marketing Summit Goes Worldwide

This week, the Real Estate Marketing Summit is returning to the exemplary location of the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Calif., where hundreds of participants have registered to arrive on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011. Thousands, throughout the world, however, have now been provided with the rare opportunity to attend ...


Mortgage Rates Stay Low Helping to Keep Housing Affordability High

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey(R) (PMMS(R)), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely unchanged and near their record lows helping to keep housing affordability high for those borrowers who are in the market. The 30-year fixed dipped to 3.99 percent, ...


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