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Soaring Prices Suggest a Florida Phenomenon

The numbers leap off the page. Seven of the top 10 markets in the nation whose media list prices are up year over year are Florida markets. According to the latest data from Realtor.com, Florida single-family home and condo prices are zooming at the same time that the rest of ...


Household Debt Drops for 12th Straight Quarter

Household debt declined by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.6%, dragged lower by a 2.4% decline in mortgage debt as consumers took out fewer mortgages, paid off or had debts forgiven, the Federal Reserve reported in its voluminous flow-of-funds ...


Showing Feedback Important to Today’s Sellers

As homes continue to sit on the market for longer periods of time, providing sellers with immediate and consistent showing feedback is one way real estate professionals can help their clients understand why their home isn’t selling, and give them a clear sense as to what needs to be improved. ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Launches First-Time Home Buyer Resource Center

Taking the next step to help people turn their dreams of homeownership into realities, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC launched a new portal on its website specifically for first-time home buyers. The First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center includes videos, articles and tools to answer questions and guide new home buyers ...


Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Continues Growth in Ohio

Recently, at a press conference, Howard Hanna Ohio President Howard W. ‘Hoby’ Hanna, IV announced that the company has acquired 1st Choice Realty of Canfield, Ohio. ...


New Online Guides Teach Consumers How Building Codes Make Homes More Energy Efficient

Thanks to the new partnership between the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and Consumers Union, user-friendly, interactive online guides and downloadable publications are helping homeowners and buyers save energy and money by teaching them the potential of building energy codes ...


Fannie Mae Releases Servicer Ratings for First Half of 2011

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) recently announced Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) Program results for the first half of 2011, measuring the performance of servicers in helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. ...


The New Real Estate Media – It’s You

The media world has changed in a very fundamental way in the past five years. In the old paradigm, the gatekeepers held the keys to the kingdom. Publishers and editors in print, program directors in radio, and producers on television ...


Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Take Back Homes on September 22

Millions of homeowners share a feeling of helplessness, not knowing where they stand with their bank and not understanding the foreclosure process. A new resource called the Foreclosure Defense Academy aims to rescue these homeowners from their information abyss, beginning ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 6.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 9, 2011. This week’s results include an adjustment to account for the Labor Day holiday. ...


Washington, D.C. Shows Most Active August in 4 Years

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The summer home sales season in the Washington, D.C. metro area market finished with the highest number of signed contracts for August in four years, according to housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel. Miller based these reflections on the August 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales IndexTM released ...


LPS Execs Finalize Management Buyout of LPS Real Estate Group, Launch New Company

Former LPS Senior Executives Jay Gaskill, Prem Luthra, Mike Kovar and John Hensley announced the completion of a management buyout of select business lines and operations from LPS’ Real Estate Group to launch Real Estate Digital (RED). The aforementioned executives ...


Realogy CEO to Address Senate Subcommittee on the State of the U.S. Housing Market

Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, announced that Richard A. Smith, its president and CEO, has been called upon to testify before the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In his remarks, ...


Millions of Homeowners Pay Excessive Rates

Seventy five percent of all homeowners who owe more on their homes than they are worth are paying mortgage interest rates nearly a point higher than today’s average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage. ...


VScreen Provides Turnkey Video Solutions

Real estate professionals invest a lot of time, effort and money into marketing themselves, “but when it comes to video, it’s not all about you,” says Stephen Schweickart, co-founder and CEO of VScreen, an Internet video services provider within the real estate industry. In fact, the numbers paint a pretty ...


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