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Americans’ Financial Satisfaction Booms

Americans personal financial satisfaction has increased substantially from a year ago, likely spurred by significant reductions in inflation and loan delinquencies, according to the 2015 fourth quarter PFSi (Personal Financial Satisfaction Index) released recently by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). ...


Home Starts Up 10.8 Percent in 2015

Total housing starts were up in 2015, weighing in at 1.11 million—that's 10.8 percent higher than 2014. This information is based on the Census Bureau's recent December 2015 data release, which allows us to look at 2015's starts as a whole. Despite December ...


Jerry, and the Journey of ’53 Million & One’

If you would have asked Jerry Ascencio two years ago if he could see himself as an actor, the broker/owner of San Fernando Realty would have probably chuckled and said no. As a multimillion-dollar business owner who manages about 60 employees, ...


Remodelers’ Confidence Remains Consistent at the End of 2015

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the final quarter of 2015, one point above the previous quarter. This was consistent with similar results over the past year and a half, indicating sustained confidence in the market from remodelers.  The ...


Falling Rates Cause Rise in Refinance Mortgage Applications

Mortgage applications increased 9.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 15, 2016. ...


Information Central: How Brokers Can Solve Agent Content Needs Once and for All

Finally, we’re all on the same page about what matters most to today’s real estate consumers: relevant, consistent and timely information. In today’s Google-it-get-it world, it’s become paramount for agents to step up their content game to ...


Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 31

NAR PULSE—January 31 is the last day you can enroll in a qualified health care plan for 2016. The penalty for non-coverage this year will be up to 2.5 percent of your income. Visit the Members Health Insurance Exchange to quote, shop ...


Spotlight: Home Warranties Provide True Differentiation in Today’s Market

When it comes to standing out from the competition, real estate professionals go to great lengths to set themselves apart. From offering the latest and greatest technology to staying top-of-mind through being actively involved in the community, nothing is off limits. But for Steve Summers—broker/owner of Realty Executives of Kansas ...


NAR Tech Edge Ensures REALTORS® Stay Informed of the Latest Tech Tools

Technology has reinvented the way REALTORS® conduct real estate transactions and connect with clients, and staying up-to-date on new and emerging technologies is an essential part of the real estate profession. To help REALTORS® stay abreast of latest mobile and online technologies, the National Association of REALTORS® is continuing its one-day ...


How to Achieve Any Goal

Make 2016 the year you achieve all your goals! Goals are essential to leading a successful business and living the life of your dreams. However, if you’re like most people, you may start the year motivated and ready to take on the world ...


Mortgage Applications Shoot Up 21 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 21.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 8, 2016.  The previous week's results included an adjustment for the New Year's holiday. ...


Buying or Selling a Home in 2016? Top Tips for Smooth Transactions

On the heels of a 2016 Housing Forecast that predicts a healthy real estate market for the coming year, realtor.com®, a leading destination of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., this week debuted Top Tips for Home Buyers ...


Just Announced: Ten Hottest Housing Markets for 2016

Predictions for the ten hottest housing markets in 2016 were recently announced by Zillow. Topping the list is Denver, followed by Seattle and Dallas-Fort Worth, all of which are major tech towns – ideal for job growth. Other places that made the list are Utah markets Ogden and Salt Lake ...


Real Estate Leaders Honored in Swanepoel Power 200

The top leaders in residential real estate were recently honored in the annual Swanepoel POWER 200 2015/16. Innovators from all the largest real estate companies in the United States and Canada are represented, including Realogy, Zillow, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Keller Williams Realty, RE/MAX, Coldwell Banker, Move, Inc., and the National ...


Home Appraisals Fall Short of Owner Expectations

Average appraised values in December were 1.8 percent lower than the homeowners’ opinion of their home’s value, according to Quicken Loan's national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). December is the 11th straight month when appraised values were lower than homeowners expected, although December marks the fourth month the gap between the ...


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