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The Team Advantage

Creating a successful real estate team is no easy feat. “You have to stay in really close touch with team members so that they all feel like they are working together,” says Vickie Howard with Nothnagle REALTORS® in Rochester, N.Y. “You never want agents to feel as though they are ...


New Home Purchase Applications Dip by 8 Percent in May

Mortgage applications in May 2014 decreased by 8 percent from April, according to recent information released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


‘Coming Soon’ Properties Can Create Consumer Confusion

The National Association of REALTORS® recently published information for NAR members regarding advertising properties as “coming soon.” ...


Cash is King: First-Timers Give Way to Bidders Coming Out of Foreclosure

The all-cash buying real estate trend has not let up at all in early 2014. In fact, most states have seen an increase in cash purchases—a stunning trend when you consider how popular cash buyers were last year and the fact that ...


Builders Target REALTORS® to Locate Buyers in Recovering Markets

For the past several years, builders have actively sought help from REALTORS® to find qualified buyers. The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that two-thirds of new homes sold in 2013 were purchased by buyers brought to builders by REALTORS®. ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: ‘First-Time Homebuyers: Where Do They Stand in Today’s Market?’

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Steve A. Brown, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms. ...


Competition among Lenders Good for Potential Buyers

The future of expanded credit availability has strong ties to a healthy housing recovery—and that future lies in the hands of private lenders. ...


FHA Offers First-Time Homebuyers Discounted Loans for Taking Class

(MCT)—Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of homeownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel. ...


Moving Forward with a Collaborative, Client-Centric Approach

We’ve come a long way since the ‘Mad Men’ days of real estate. Where are we now? Where are we headed? Here to answer these questions—and more—is Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. ...


NAHB Accepting Applications for Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design

The Building Systems Councils (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opened its call for entries for the 2015 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design. The annual awards recognize the best marketing efforts and home designs in the building systems industry. ...


The Social Media Cheat Sheet, Part 2

Building and growing a Facebook group can become a lot more gratifying than just creating a normal page for a real estate professional, in that it’s sort of like modern-day farming. You don’t just sell a house to someone and move on, ...


Selling the Sizzle: The One Tool Your Agents Will Actually Use and You Can’t Live Without

It’s the prime season for real estate, and the market is sizzling. Join DocuSign's upcoming Techinar on Wednesday, July 9, as they sit down with Aaron Wheeler, San Francisco area president and managing broker of Oakville Properties. Aaron will share his experiences in this fast-paced industry and discuss the one ...


Ask the Expert: Why Should You Prepare Your Clients for Homeownership?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Matt Vernon, Home Loans Sales Executive for Bank of America. ...


FHFA Seeks Input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guarantee Fees

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced it is requesting input on the guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders. ...


Reducing Transaction Liability with Home Warranties

When buying a home, one can only anticipate that everything will go according to plan. Buyers dot their i’s and cross their t’s with high hopes that the furnace or other major systems won’t fail shortly after the deal is made. But why not protect your purchase with a reassuring ...


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