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Top 5 in Real Estate Network Spotlights: Becoming a Real Estate Resource

Becoming a top real estate resource takes dedication and commitment to not only your business, but your client. “Today, real estate is all about the client; it is not about us. I always try to keep top of mind what will best serve the needs of the client,” says Priscilla ...


9 Cities and Both Composites Hit New Lows in February

Data through February 2012, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, showed annual declines of 3.6 percent and 3.5 percent for the 10- and 20-City Composites, respectively. ...


NAR, U.S. Treasury, Bring Short Sale Assistance to Illinois Homeowners

The National Association of REALTORS® is joining forces once again with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to offer aid to homeowners who are struggling to keep their homes and avoid foreclosure and to help REALTORS® better assist clients through the short sale process. ...


Diane Turton Announces New Assistant General Manager

Diane Turton, president and broker/owner of Diane Turton Real Estate, has announced that John Meechan has joined the company’s executive team as the assistant general manager. ...


RISMedia Partners with Pinnacle Quest Consulting to Manage its Top 5 in Real Estate platform; Appoints Verl Workman as President

John Featherston, CEO and publisher of RISMedia and chairman and co-founder of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network has announced that RISMedia has entered into a strategic alliance with Salt Lake City, Utah-based Pinnacle Quest Consulting to manage the ...


The Housing Recovery Is Slow Going, but Things Are Improving

There has been a flurry of media stories regarding the latest housing data that suggest the recent momentum in the housing market has stalled and the industry is heading toward another downturn. ...


Single Family Rentals Now Exceed Multifamily

While inventories of homes for sale have been shrinking this spring, MLSs are filling the void with rental listings for single family homes that until recently were foreclosures. Some 16.1 percent of all listings on MLSs today are rentals, more than double the number in 2006, according to some reports. ...


REALTOR Strategies: How Dropping the Sales Pitch Can Build a Stronger Business and Enhance Your Reputation – Part 1

With the recession of the national economy, the decline of the real estate market and the revolution of technology, our buyers and sellers have become more educated. They literally have a world of information at their fingertips, and their motivation to utilize all of that information is stronger than ever ...


The RREIN Roundtable: The Path to Success in 2012

In honor of our Power Broker issue, we had managing editor Paige Tepping interview Power Brokers and RREIN members David Romero from Century 21 Award and Barbara Grande from Coldwell Banker First Realty to gain their perspectives on how business fared in 2011 and what it will take to succeed ...


Stable Housing Numbers: Down Payments Remain Elevated

Down payments greater than or equal to 20 percent were made by 34 percent of all residential home purchasers last month, a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the past year, according to the latest REALTOR® Confidence Index survey ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in March but Inventory Down, Prices Stabilizing

Existing-home sales were down in March but continue to outpace year-ago levels, while inventory tightened and home prices are showing further signs of stabilizing, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Fannie Mae Supports the Multifamily Mortgage Market with Robust Issuance in the First Quarter of 2012

Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) recently announced that the company issued $7.1 billion of multifamily MBS in the first quarter of 2012, backed by new multifamily loans delivered by our lenders. Fannie Mae also resecuritized $2.6 billion of DUS MBS through its Fannie Mae Guaranteed Multifamily Structures (Fannie Mae ...


Multicultural Buyers: The New American Melting Pot

Just a cursory glance at your television is evidence: the demographic of the U.S. population has changed dramatically in the past decade. America’s population is more diverse than ever before, and savvy real estate agents should prepare now to serve ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Edge Slightly Higher

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates holding relatively stable this week amid signs that inflation remains in check with the 30-year fixed up slightly at 3.90 percent and 15-year fixed at 3.13 percent. ...


NAR Gains Key Acquisition in SentriLock

As of December 2011, the official lockbox provider of The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is 100 percent owned by NAR, the organization has announced. Now directly accountable to the real estate community it serves, SentriLock, LLC, as the official lockbox provider for NAR, will continue to focus on providing ...


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