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Six Credit Report Tips for Homebuyers

(MCT)—Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see what a lender can learn about you from the report. ...


Housing’s Share of GDP: 15.5 Percent for the Second Quarter

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


Customize Your Safety Strategy

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) has designated September REALTOR® Safety Month. NAR is committed to helping its members understand the risks they face through knowledge, awareness and empowerment and has developed REALTOR® Safety materials for use throughout year, including: ...


Closing Rates for Purchase Loans Hit New High

Nearly two out of three applications for mortgages to buy a home were approved in August, a new high for purchase loan approvals. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Celebrates Its ‘Candy Anniversary’

Typically, a brand reflects on its journey during traditional milestones such as five or 10 years. But, in the real estate industry, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has been known for challenging tradition. In July, we celebrated our sixth anniversary—known as our “candy anniversary” per Hallmark—and things have never ...


Social Media Pays Off

In the following interview, John O’Reilly of Base Camp Realty of Richmond lets us know the winning methods behind his madness, from social media to education and time management. ...


Months’ Supply of New Homes at Lowest Level Since June 2013

The August increase of the pace of new home sales pushed the months’ supply measure of inventory to its lowest level in more than a year. ...


New Home Sales in August – Back on Track

In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that newly constructed single family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 504 thousand in August, up 18 percent from July and 33 percent from August ...


Serious about New-Home Sales: How One Company Is Succeeding with New Division

Sometimes so-called trends are a lot of talk and little substance. But when it comes to the new-homes market, the statistics support the hype—nationally, just over one million permits were pulled in the last 12 months (at press time) and builders are starting to expand and hire again. A nationwide ...


Latest Savings Opportunity from Lowe’s for REALTORS®

NAR PULSE—September is REALTOR® Safety Month, but there are plenty of ways to stay safe all year around. Now through October 22, members can send clients a personalized 10% off eCoupon to use on home safety products at Lowe’s.  With this exclusive ...


Student Loan Debt Curbs Housing Market by $83 Billion, Study Says

(MCT)—There’s been lots of debate lately in housing circles about the impact of student debt on homeownership. ...


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. ...


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