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Freddie Mac Economist Sees New Households Outpacing Apartment Boom

In his 2013 forecast, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft, sees more than a million new households bolstering housing starts, driving apartment vacancy rates down to ten year lows and outpacing the boom in new apartment construction. ...


Innovative or Absurd? Racy Listing Video Goes Viral

Here at RISMedia, we love to see what real estate professionals around the world are doing to better their business and sell homes. So when the following videos surfaced featuring lingerie-clad super models and a bare-bottomed man strutting his stuff through a ...


Mortgage Rates Ease Slightly, Remain Near Record Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates easing slightly and remaining near record lows to keep homebuyer affordability high and attractive to those looking to refinance. ...


Realogy Chairman Signs CEOs’ Letter to President and Congress on Smart Reforms and the Fiscal Cliff

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Rocky Relocation: Challenges Facing Companies and Their Transferring Employees

Country-specific challenges -- such as controlling costs, complying with local laws, and complex housing issues -- loom large for relocation managers at multinational companies, according to the just-released 2012 Trends in Global Relocation: Biggest Challenges Survey from Cartus Corporation. ...


Hot Property: Hockey Pro Russ Courtnall Passes Off to Britney Spears

(MCT)—Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan. ...


Treasury to Announce Big Changes to HAFA Program

The U.S. Treasury Department will be making some changes to the HAFA Program in 2013, and as a real estate professional, these changes will affect short sales in your local market. ...


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NAR PULSE—For a limited time, Xerox, a REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, invites you to save 10 percent and get free shipping when you buy any color printer or color multifunction at Xerox Direct. Offer includes the versatile cartridge-free, high quality Xerox ColorQube® 8570 solid ink printer, which starts at ...


Your 2013 Business Plan – In Less Than 5 Minutes

REALTOR.com® Business Beat—As we move towards the end of the year, it's time to put pen to paper about what worked (and what didn’t) this year, and our goals for next year. There’s no perfect recipe for success, but after a dozen years in the business, I can truly attest ...


RES.NET Introduces Offer Submission Link Tool, Enables Agents to Post Offers to MLS

RES.NET, a provider of software applications connecting real estate professionals and consumers, recently introduced its offer submission link tool, an offer negotiation feature that allows real estate agents using RES.NET’s Agent Portal to post unique Web links to the MLS and other marketing websites. ...


More Americans Believe Economy Headed in Right Direction

Despite continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, Americans are showing increased confidence in the housing market and the direction of the economy. According to results from Fannie Mae’s November 2012 National Housing Survey, such improvement bodes ...


RREIN Broker Spotlights: Leadership and Partnership Pave the Way to Success

“Buyers are just beginning to understand that the market is at a turning point and they may no longer be in the driver’s seat with regard to price and terms,” says Christy Budnick, Executive Vice President of Prudential Network Realty. Read on for more information about the changing expectations of ...


Hot Properties: Leo Lists Oceanfront Compound; Matthew Modine Buys in Venice

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‘Pin the Season’ to Win $500 in HouseLogic Pinterest Giveaway

With the 2012 holiday season in full swing, HouseLogic, a comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of Realtors®, wants to inspire holiday celebrations with a chance to win a $500 gift card in HouseLogic’s “Pin the Season Giveaway” on Pinterest. Now through December 17, HouseLogic visitors can create ...


Real Estate Q&A: How to Get a Deposit Back

(MCT)—QUESTION: I am trying to buy a home and was pre-approved from my bank. Unfortunately, the lender turned me down for the loan. The seller is not agreeing to give me my deposit back. What can I do? ...


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