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How Real Estate Leaders are Maximizing REALTOR Benefits® Partner Solutions

What do brokers think of the partner offerings in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR’s) REALTOR Benefits® Program? We asked three REALTORS® from around the country to comment on the partners and products that are helping them succeed. ...


Home Prices Rebound to 2003 Levels

More great market news came through yesterday: According to S&P/Case-Shiller, in July, the average home price rose to the same level as those seen during summer 2003, when the housing boom first started its journey toward the 2006 peak. While ...


Participate in REALTOR® Spirit Day

The first-ever REALTOR® Spirit Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 during the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. Bring your REALTOR® T-shirt or other apparel with the REALTOR® logo on it to wear that day and encourage your attending agents to do the same. New “Spirit Glo” ...


Hot Property: Reese Witherspoon Lists Ojai Ranch

(MCT)—Reese Witherspoon is banking on her own brand. The Oscar-winning actress listed her Libbey Ranch in Ojai, Calif. for sale this week at $10 million and lent her name to the marketing materials. ...


Report: Foreclosure Shouldn’t Mean Losing Your Right to Vote

Recently, the Fair Elections Legal Network released a report, “Lose Your Home, Keep Your Vote: How to Protect Voters Caught Up in Foreclosure.” The report highlights the confusion victims of foreclosure may face when determining how they can cast a ...


Study Shows 25 Percent of Americans Would Delay Home Purchase until After Election

When it comes to buying a home, 25 percent of Americans would like to know who the next president will be before they would feel totally comfortable putting their money down, according to a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive ...


August Home Sales in Illinois up 23.7 Percent

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT— Home sales in the state rose 23.7 percent over previous year levels, part of a 14-month run of sales increases according to data released recently by the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. ...


Low Rates Spur Refinancing

(MCT)—They’re knocking on the lender’s door. As mortgage rates have tumbled to all-time lows, demand for refinancing has fired up homeowners nationwide. ...


Mortgage Lending Hit 16-Year Low in 2011, Report Finds

(MCT)—If you tried to get a mortgage last year and failed, or were put through the wringer first, you are in good company. ...


Eye on the Economy: NAHB Surveys Point to Growing Optimism for Housing

A set of recent NAHB surveys suggest that the growth in housing will continue. This is a promising sign for home builders, remodelers and other stakeholders in the housing sector. It is also a hopeful indicator for the economy as ...


Housing Starts, Existing Home Sales Both Rose in August

(MCT)—The rebound in the U.S. housing market accelerated in August as residential construction starts increased 2.3 percent and sales of existing homes rose 7.8 percent, according to new figures released Wednesday. ...


Going Beyond Borders; A Strong Global Presence Positions RE/MAX for the Future

Increasing numbers of international buyers are interested in U.S. property. With a global website and a worldwide network of nearly 90,000 associates in more than 80 countries, RE/MAX is serving them. ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Gain Momentum in September

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a fifth consecutive month in September to a level of 40 on the recently released National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI). This latest three-point gain brings the index to its highest reading since June of ...


Strength in Single-Family Sector Boosts Housing in August

Nationwide housing production rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase was fueled entirely by gains in the single-family sector, where the pace of new construction rose in every region ...


Mortgage Rates Back to Record Lows

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing fixed mortgage rates at or near their all-time record lows, helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage matched its all-time record low at 3.49 percent, and the average 15-year ...


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