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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 ...


Focus on Consumers by Modernizing Your Technology Plan

Keeping up with new and progressive technology was one of the hot topics at RISMedia's Real Estate CEO Exchange this month, as Mediatise, LLC managing partner Kenneth Jenny led a panel of key industry members to discuss how brokers and ...


Life in Mobile: The Here and Now of Mobile Commerce

Those who say “mobile is the future” clearly haven’t stopped to look around lately. Mobile is the epitome of present-day culture, and while it’s only going to continue to grow, the foundation has been laid. Think back just a few short years ago when BlackBerry ruled the roost; today they ...


Home-Builder Optimism Hits 6-Year High

(MCT)—Optimism among the nation’s home builders climbed in September for the fifth straight month to reach the highest level in more than six years, according to a closely followed index released Tuesday. ...


Freddie Mac Prices $1 Billion Reopening of 1.00 Percent Five-Year Reference Notes® Security

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently that it auctioned a $1 billion reopening of its 1.00 percent five-year USD Reference Notes® security that matures on September 29, 2017. The stop yield for the issue, CUSIP 3137EADL0, was 0.832 percent, priced at 100.827843, or approximately 19 basis points more than five-year ...


5 Things for Your ‘Not To-Do’ List

One of my jobs as a speaker/trainer is to help people be more productive. What I have found is that the answers to many of our problems can be found in the obvious, but other solutions can be found by ...


Closing with Gift Cards; Home Improvement Made Easy with Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®

Although the market is on its way toward recovery, buyers, sellers and homeowners everywhere are still looking to cut costs wherever possible. After a transaction is completed, buyers often find that there are still areas of the home they wish to expand, change or renovate. While money may be tight ...


August Housing Update: Silicon Valley Outpacing the Nation in Lean Inventory

Regional Spotlight—Single family home inventory is still down double digits from the same time last year ranging anywhere from 19 to 39 percent. Santa Clara and San Mateo counties shared the largest drop at 39 percent. This is more than the national average of 31.2 percent as reported by the ...


Women Consider Family, Career and Owning a Home to be Vital Components of the American Dream

A Home Buyer Poll released by TD Bank has revealed that 64 percent of women believe homeownership is essential in defining the American Dream. In comparison, only 52 percent of men felt owning a home was important. Furthermore, aspirations of homeownership are more prominent with women, with 66 percent of ...


Why a Virtual Assistant Makes Sense

Miguel Berger, broker at Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Tech Valley in Albany, New York joined the franchise in February of 2001. ...


Broker Strategies: Is Your Website Equipped for the Mobile Real Estate Revolution?

Did you know that every minute, the mobile web receives 217 new users? Did you realize that for some large real estate websites like HomeFinder.com and Zillow.com, more than one-third of visitors on weekends browse from a mobile device? When potential clients visit your website, do they see a mobile-friendly ...


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