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Remodeling Market Index Climbs Five Points, Returns to 2005 Levels

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) climbed to 50 in the third quarter of 2012, up from 45 in the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released recently, the RMI is at its highest point since ...


Small Business Owner? Consider Buying Your Office Space

It’s not a question of if, but when most business owners should think about owning commercial property, says financial expert and small-business advocate, Chris Hurn. ...


Industry Insight: Creating a Successful 2013 Business Plan

Creating a successful business plan can be a daunting task. Nonetheless, in order to recession-proof your business and maximize your potential in the upcoming year, a 2013 business plan is critical. ...


RE/MAX Co-Founder and Chairman Dave Liniger Issues Open Letter to President Obama and Governor Romney

The following letter was issued today, October 25, 2012, to President Obama and Governor Romney, from Dave Liniger, Co-Founder and Chairman of RE/MAX, LLC: ...


New-Home Sales Rise 5.7 Percent in September

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 389,000 units in September, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the fastest sales pace recorded ...


Q & A: Getting Found by Buyers and Sellers

It doesn’t matter how great your website looks if no one ever stumbles on it. Read about how Rob Levy of Keller Williams Realty Professionals not only drives consumers to his website, but keeps them there. ...


Next Generation of Homebuyers Are Knowledgeable, Responsible and Savvy

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently released the results of a national survey of 18-35 year old Americans that reveal that the impact of the housing crisis has given rise to two of the most knowledgeable generations to become ...


MBA Data Suggest Mortgage Demand for Home Purchase Is in Early Stages of Recovery

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the seasonally adjusted total mortgage applications index, a measure of mortgage demand, declined by 4.2 percent in the week ending on October 12, 2012. ...


Navigating Today’s Mobile Environment

How do you stay on top of the ever-changing technology scene? “In today’s day and age, it’s crucial that agents have access to information pertaining to any transaction whether they’re at the office, at home or at a client’s house,” says Don Perron, the broker/owner of Realty Executives Select. In ...


Hot Properties: Sheryl Crow, Barry Manilow, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra

(MCT)—Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow has listed her compound in Hollywood Hills West at $15.95 million. ...


Wireless Phone Service Program Now Available to REALTORS®

NAR PULSE—NAR’s newest REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Sprint, offers you and your office savings of 18 percent on select wireless monthly service plans, and 20 percent on select accessories. The Sprint Discount Program is available to both new and existing Sprint customers. Take advantage of Sprint’s new wireless ...


Housing Starts, Permits Post Big Gains in September

Nationwide production and permitting of new homes rose sharply in September to their highest levels in more than four years, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. A 15 percent gain brought the pace of new housing construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...


Rand on Real Estate: A New Class of Home Buyer – the Institutional Investor

Enormous capital has been raised over the last two year for the expressed purpose of buying single family homes and renting them out. This trend dwarfs the new construction boom in terms of real dollars and earning potential for our industry. It is as aspirational as the foreclosure crisis was ...


Home Price Appreciation Helps Housing Move Forward on Road to Recovery

Sparked by rising home prices across much of the nation, the housing recovery is now under way, but fiscal uncertainties and other challenges could result in a bumpy ride in the coming months, according to economists participating in a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) webinar on the construction ...


Fannie: Sales Up 9 Percent in 2012

Fannie Mae’s economists expect total home sales to rise approximately 9 percent this year from last year’s depressed levels. ...


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