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Orlando Bloom Sells Home in Hollywood Hills

(MCT)—Orlando Bloom has sold a house in Hollywood Hills West for $3.9 million. ...


Economists and Experts Expect 2014 Price Increases to Average 4.4 Percent

More than 100 housing economists and experts participating in a recent quarterly survey expect nationwide home values to appreciate 4.4 percent through the end of this year. The most optimistic group of panelists predicted a 5.8 percent annual increase in home values this ...


10 Rules of Referrals

Ask any real estate agent what’s the best way to gain new business and they’ll probably say referrals. Above all, earning referral business begins with delivering stellar and memorable service to your clients, but that is rarely enough to provide a steady stream ...


Multifamily Surge Propels Housing Starts over 1 Million Mark in April

Soaring production of multifamily apartments pushed nationwide housing starts above the million-unit mark in April, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production rose 13.2 percent for the month ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Increased in April 2014

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for March 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 5 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


RPR Makes Big Progress for REALTORS® and Brokers

From its inception, Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) had the vision of creating valuable tools for members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), all with the goal of keeping REALTORS® in the center of the transaction. By giving REALTORS® ways to showcase their local market expertise, RPR has helped them ...


Adapting a Positive Mindset to Better Your Business

For many industry pros, success is not only in what they do, but in how they view their business. “We have an outlook on abundance vs. scarcity,” says Wally Kowis, group corporate broker, Realty ONE Group, of his company. “The company is about giving, and we give a lot. That’s ...


70 Percent of Boomers Expect the House They Retire in to Be Their Best

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently released the findings of a national survey of baby boomers (ages 49-67), revealing this influential generation’s feelings of optimism about living an independent, active lifestyle; a lifestyle unrestrained by planned retirement communities and instead bolstered by ...


Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Small Builders, Big Opportunities

While the Great Recession brought about a dramatic change that saw the nation’s largest builders producing an unusually high percentage of housing across the board, small builders are ready to jump back in right where they left off. Backed by financial partners poised ...


Homesnap Launches Pro App for Real Estate Agents

Homesnap, the popular real estate app that enables users to “snap any home to find out all about it,” has just released Homesnap Pro, an agent-only version of Homesnap that offers real-time multiple listing service (MLS) information on smartphones and tablets, arming real estate professionals with the power ...


Connecticut Single-Family Home Sales Post Modest Increase in March

Regional Spotlight—Single-family home sales in the Nutmeg State rose 3.2 percent in March 2014 compared with March 2013, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. This is the eleventh consecutive month of home sale increases in Connecticut. ...


Policy Issues Top of Mind as REALTORS® Head to Washington

This week nearly 8,500 REALTORS® from across the country will advocate policies that impact the residential and commercial real estate markets during the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. REALTORS® will meet with legislators, congressional and regulatory staff, as well as top industry ...


Twenty-Five Percent Discount on Resort & Second-Home Markets Online Course

NAR PULSE—Do you specialize in investment, second-home, vacation and/or luxury properties? Purchase the Resort & Second-Home Markets online course through REALTOR® University between May 1- 30, for the discounted price of $93.75 (reg. $125). Purchase the course now, and take it later! ...


HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Intero Real Estate Services

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, officially announced Tuesday the acquisition of Intero Real Estate Services, one of Silicon Valley’s largest and fastest growing residential real estate brokerage firms, and Intero Franchise Services, its affiliated franchise network. Terms were not disclosed. ...


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