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Credit Union Merger Provides Greater Services for REALTORS®

On August 1, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union merged with Northwest Federal Credit Union to better serve its members. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Mixed Messages from the Housing Market Data

The business media is beginning to take housing market analysis seriously. The FOX Business Network is introducing another new housing segment called, "Number Crunch," in which Greg Rand, CEO of OwnAmerica offers valuable insights into the state of the housing industry. This new segment will attempt to make sense of ...


Good News in Housing: 80 Improving Housing Markets in August

A total of 80 metropolitan statistical areas across 32 states and the District of Columbia were listed as improving housing markets on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August, released recently. This included 75 markets that retained their places on the list along with ...


Obama Administration Releases July Housing Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data in the Housing Scorecard show continued signs of recovery as foreclosure starts and ...


Dodd-Frank: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage and Qualified Residential Mortgage mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards, have the potential to severely tighten an already rigid credit market, as well as ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Politics of Mobile

Whatever your political views may be, one thing is for sure, the most mobile of the candidates in this year’s upcoming election will certainly have the upper hand in mobilizing (pun intended) the Generation Y vote. Those born in the late 70’s through the early 80’s are the epitome of ...


Firefighters, Doctors and REALTORS®

A few years ago, Harris Interactive, one of the world’s leading market research firms, conducted a consumer survey that real estate professionals would do well to seriously consider. The survey asked consumers to rate various occupations on the relative prestige that each occupation held for them. The results—particularly if you ...


Recharge Your Leadership Mojo: 8 Ways to Reignite Your Passion

It’s been a grueling five years. On the global stage, we’ve seen bailouts, rampant unemployment, sluggish consumer confidence, declining home values and rising prices. For those still lucky enough to be employed, all this doom and gloom has manifested as ...


HUD Secretary and Iowa Attorney Unveil First Public Service Announcement for $25 Billion Mortgage Servicing Settlement

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at www.hud.gov and www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com, is designed ...


Voting for $20k Home Renovation Now Open on HouseLogic

HouseLogic.com, an award-winning, comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of REALTORS®, announces the six finalists in the website’s “Boost Your Roost” contest. Boost Your Roost gives homeowners a chance to win a $20,000 home renovation and star in original web videos this fall, documenting the transformation from start ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Stops You from Success

Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


To Remodel or Not to Remodel: 7 Questions Homeowners Need to Ask Before Commencing Construction

In the age of HGTV, home and garden magazines, Pinterest, and more, the thought of remodeling your home might be tempting. After all, there’s a lot to love about redesigning, updating, and maximizing your space. Plus, whether you’re thinking of ...


Apartment Market Hot Streak Continues

For the sixth quarter in a row, the apartment industry improved across all indexes in the National Multi Housing Council's (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. The survey's indexes measuring Market Tightness (76), Sales Volume (54), Equity Financing (58) and Debt Financing (77) all measured at 50 or higher, ...


Email Made Easy: Saving Time and Money with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®

To keep up in today’s business world, simplifying everyday tasks is crucially important in order to maximize productivity. This couldn’t be truer in the modern world of real estate. The ability to streamline the workday can make all the difference for real estate professionals, and with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS® ...


Home Prices Continue to Rise

Data through May 2012, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that average home prices increased by 2.2 percent in May over April for both the 10- ...


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