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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. ...


FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. "It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty ...


Get your Stay Safe Charging Combo Pack during REALTOR® Safety Month

NAR PULSE—In honor of REALTOR® Safety Month, you and your agents can get the best-selling REALTOR® branded emergency phone charger and iTech Triple Cord for 40 percent off the original price, now just $29.99. This great offer is brought to you ...


Homesnap Pro: A Consumer-Quality App with the MLS Pro Data Agents Need

Technology certainly has come a long way in the last decade. Thanks to innovation, real estate agents and brokers are constantly on the hunt for the very best tools that can simplify their hectic, day-to-day lives. Tablets and mobile apps have paved the way as the industry continues barreling toward ...


Furniture and Appliance Purchases off Lows

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported results from the 2013 consumer expenditure survey. In 2013, the average annual expenditure on housing increased 1.5 percent to $17,148. As a share of total expenditures housing was 33.6 percent; an increase from the 2012 share of 32.8 percent. ...


U.S. Waterfront Home Values Twice as High as Overall Home Values

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of ...


New Home Purchases Down by 9 Percent

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for August 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased by 9 percent relative to the previous month.  This change does not include any ...


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