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Focusing on the Meaningful Role of Agents, RE/MAX Renews Its Vision for the Future

In business, as in life, it takes vision to imagine possibilities and hard work to make them a reality. It’s a simple, straightforward philosophy—and the foundation the RE/MAX network was built upon. ...


August Existing-Home Sales Lose Steam

As cash investors pull away from the housing market, August's existing home sales also slipped, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This decline follows four consecutive months of impressive gains. Sales increases in the Northeast and Midwest were outweighed by declines in the South and West. ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: 2015, the Year of Regulatory Enforcement—and What It Means for Brokers

In a real estate environment that’s often restrained by the legislative and regulatory climate in Washington, many brokers are finding it difficult to fully regain their footing post-downturn. ...


Cooling Housing Market Highlights Best Markets for Buyers, Sellers

U.S. home values rose more slowly in August than they have in a year, and the cooling market offered a clear view of local markets that favor either buyers or sellers. ...


5 Tips for Increasing Your Customers’ Budgets

As a real estate professional, you want to help your customers make the most of their budget. Whether you have overseas customers, or U.S. customers buying overseas, they'll need to make a U.S. dollar/foreign currency exchange. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 8 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 7.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 12, 2014.  The previous week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday. ...


Realtor.com® Enhances Consumer Experience by Optimizing Real Estate App for iOS 8

Realtor.com® recently announced the launch of its Real Estate App, optimized for iOS 8, which arms home buyers and renters using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a more intuitive and efficient tool to stay on top of the latest properties to hit the market. ...


August Housing – Not Necessarily August but Still Robust

In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that the seasonally adjusted annual pace of housing starts in August was 956 thousand. This is 14.4 percent below the July pace of 1.117 million starts but ...


45 Percent of Buyers Use Open Houses as Key Part of Home Search

According to the 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 45 percent of buyers used open houses as a key part of their home search. Facts from the NAR surveys to home buyers say almost half of all home ...


Buyers Are Searching for Agents Online More than Ever: 3 Ways to Make Sure They Find You

Not only are 90 percent of buyers searching online for their next home (NAR), but now according to a Google Consumer Survey, “two in three researched prospective agents extensively online prior to working with them.” These trends, coupled with ...


A Family of Services

Sometimes, real estate is a family affair. In the following interview we talk to Rei Mesa, President and CEO, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, and Keith Bass, CEO, of WCI Communities, as they discuss the benefits of having a parent company, and how it impacts business opportunities, strategy, and ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: Zillow CRO and Trulia COO Discuss Trulia Acquisition

The future of Zillow and the acquisition of Trulia was a hot topic at RISMedia’s 2014 CEO Exchange last week, and attendees had a special opportunity to hear from executives from both companies during back-to-back events. ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Spike 14 Basis Points, Largest

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgages is currently 4.19 percent, up 14 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose steadily ...


August Reports Fewer Home Sales, Slower Price Increases

As has been true throughout 2014, August home sales remained below the pace set in 2013. However, last month’s sales were 10.2 percent above the number of sales seen in August 2012, and were 17.8 percent higher than August 2008 sales, when the RE/MAX Housing Report began. The Median Sales ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: Master Real Estate Marketers Reveal Their Winning Campaign Tactics

With more options than ever for today’s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won’t cut it. On day two of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, the industry’s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. ...


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