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Learn How to Close More Online Leads with a Free Guide

Realtor.com Business Beat—Today’s consumers are utilizing the Internet and handheld mobile devices more than ever, and Realtor.com aims to help agents understand how to effectively follow-up with and close more online leads. ...


REALTORS® Celebrate 100 Years of Quality Service through the Code of Ethics

2013 will mark the 100th year members of the National Association of REALTORS® have subscribed to a strict Code of Ethics. Though the real estate industry itself has evolved over the past century, NAR’s core values and commitment to excellence have remained constant. ...


2013 NAR Officers Installed

Gary Thomas, a REALTOR® in Orange County, Calif., was recently installed as 2013 president of the National Association of REALTORS® at the association’s Board of Directors meeting during the 2012 Realtors® Conference and Expo. ...


Housing Market Uptrend Expected through 2014

The housing market recovery should continue through the coming years, assuming there are no further limitations on the availability of mortgage credit or a “fiscal cliff,” according to forecast presentations at a residential forum at the 2012 REALTORS® Conference and ...


Washington’s Unfinished Business

By now, I am sure everyone reading this has heard about the so-called “lame duck” session of Congress expected after the election. The biggest issue is the “fiscal cliff” and its embedded calamity “taxmageddon.” ...


REALTORS® Reflect on Recent Successes; Regroup for Road Ahead

What a difference four years makes. The last time REALTORS® were in Orlando for the REALTORS® Conference and Expo in 2008, foreclosure filings had increased 81 percent over the previous year, home sales had decreased nearly 42 percent from a record high in 2005, and big banking conglomerates were still ...


The Mobile Consumer Mentality

What do homebuyers and retail consumers have in common? They probably have quite a bit in common, however, if they have similar mobile searching behavior, that’s good news for the real estate industry! ...


Downpayments Fall to Three-Year Low

The median downpayment made by all homebuyers in 2012 was 9 percent, ranging from 4 percent for first-time buyers to 13 percent for repeat buyers. The median down payment was the lowest since 2009 but still far above the levels during the housing boom, when nearly half of first-time buyers ...


Understanding the Shift to Social Media and Mobile Marketing

The three keys to successful real estate marketing are identifying, targeting and reaching the right type of prospects. Once agents identify who they want to talk to, they must figure out how to best reach their target audience. In today’s ...


Honoring the 2012 REBAC Hall of Fame Inductees

Each November, NAR celebrates Designation Awareness Month by highlighting the value that professional designations and certifications provide to the real estate industry. At the same time, REBAC acknowledges the achievements of its most accomplished members by inducting them into the REBAC Hall of Fame. These outstanding Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) ...


REALTORS® Think Globally, Act Locally

Florida is not only the host state for this year’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo, it’s also the fastest growing destination of choice for international buyers, accounting for 26 percent of foreign purchases last year, according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2012 Profile of International Home Buying Activity. It’s no ...


Real Estate Q&A: Short Sale May be Worth the Extra Tax Hit

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Are You Recognizing the Trends in Your Market?

If you want to kick up your lead generation, one of the key elements is to be dialed into what’s happening in your market. Five years ago, many of us were focused on working niche markets like new homes, but ...


Realtors Property Resource® Offers an Industry-Wide, Single Source for All Housing Info Needs

Thanks to the Internet and its mobile offshoots, consumers have the power of information directly in the palm of their hands. But technology can be a double-edged sword in today’s digital age, bringing misleading information along with it and giving REALTORS® the challenge of not only educating their clients, but ...


New Legislation and the Customer Experience: How One Impacts the Other

On July 21, 2011, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began its work enforcing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. ...


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