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Tight Inventories Pushed Prices Up 3.2 Percent in May and June

Home prices nationwide increased by 2.0 percent in May 2012 compared to May 2011 and on a month-to-month basis increased by 1.8 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI). The May 2012 figures mark the third consecutive increase in home prices ...


NAR Pulse: Sign up for a CIPS Course and Earn Free Rewards from MVP

Pulse—Thanks to the Member Value Plus (MVP) Program, sign up for any one online Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course by July 15, through REALTOR® University and get rewarded with a free Global Perspectives in Real Estate: Countries Collection download. ...


The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage – The Future of Residential Housing

The Dodd-Frank Qualified Mortgage, or QM, as it is known, is likely to shape the future of housing finance for years to come. The QM comes from the “ability to repay” anti-predatory lending provisions of Dodd-Frank. The original rule proposal was issued by the Federal Reserve in the summer of ...


Everybody Wins with REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Merger

One of the valuable benefits of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) became even more valuable in May. During NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings, members of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU). ...


Rand on Real Estate: Kevin from N.J. Seeks Advice on Relocating to Florida

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com and the host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, speaks with live listener Kevin this week. Kevin is seeking advice on selling his home in New Jersey and relocating to Pine Island, Fla., where he can get two ...


2012 Trends in Global Relocation: Employment on the Rise

Despite a challenging global economy, 57 percent of multinational companies expect to increase the number of employees they transfer this year and next, according to the 2012 Trends in Global Relocation Survey released recently by Cartus Corporation, a provider of ...


J. Rockcliff REALTORS®’ Torrey Team Celebrates 23rd Annual Northgate Neighborhood Garage Sale

Northern California’s J. Rockcliff Realtors recently announced that the “Torrey Team,” consisting of REALTORS® Pete Torrey, Zack Torrey and Andrea Torrey, will be holding their 23rd annual Northgate Neighborhood Garage Sale on July 14, 2012 from 9am to 1pm in Walnut Creek’s Northgate community. ...


Contest Alert: Tell Us Your Top Summer Staging or Selling Tip and Win $50 American Express Card

It’s that time again! No, we’re not talking about firing up the grill for the Fourth. We’re talking about another RISMedia Reader Rewards contest. This time, we’re asking for your top summer home staging or selling tip. The market seems to be ...


5 More Habits of Highly Productive Real Estate Agents

In our last post "5 Habits of Highly Productive Real Estate Agents," we explored techniques designed to improve your efficiency and boost your productivity. That article was so wildly popular that we decided to put together 5 additional productivity tips. ...


New Rules of Engagement: The Real Estate Landscape Is Changing…Again

All over the country, as the selling season swings into high gear, green shoots are sprouting in terrain that’s been arid for a while. But like Dorothy, who sensed as she glanced around the Emerald City that “we’re not in Kansas anymore,” any Realtor® worth his or her salt can ...


Spring Sales: Home Prices Rise in April

Data through April 2012, released by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that on average home prices increased 1.3 percent in the month of April for both the 10- and ...


For Sellers, Farmland Provides Jackpot of Their Dreams

(MCT)—The record farmland prices that are shaking up rural America offer a potential bonanza for sellers. ...


Top 5 Spotlight: How to Connect with Today’s Consumers

Building relationships with clients has always been an important component of real estate success. But with today’s consumer being more and more tech savvy, connecting with them can create a challenge if you’re not up-to-date. Read on as RISMedia’s Lesley Geary talks to Christine Richardson of Weichert REALTORS® about the ...


Home Is Where the History Is

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day next week, thousands of them will flock to places like Mount Vernon, Monticello and Peacefield to learn and understand more about our country's history and the men and women who shaped its future. ...


Pending Home Sales Soar in May to Highest Level in 2 Years

(MCT)—Prospective homebuyers signed the most contracts to buy existing homes last month in more than two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors. ...


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