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What Is Culture? And How Much Does It Matter?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns on the importance of Corporate Culture from Speaker and Coach Vince Leisey, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. ...


Why the School District Should Impact Your Home Search

Buying a home in a good school district can result in resale advantages, offer protection from market fluctuation and provide a great education. Real estate experts in markets across the country share what you should know about a school district’s impact on ...


Pets Are Still Homeowner’s Secret Weapons

No one knows exactly how many renters become homeowners because—or partly because–they love their dog or cat. Faced with the option of losing a loved pooch or biting the bullet and buying, certainly many more choose homeownership to keep a pet than admit it. ...


Affordability Approaches Pre-2004 Norm as Prices Firm

Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6—i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing ...


Millennials Could Hold the Key to Housing Recovery

(MCT)—Dustin Walsh could’ve bought a house in his 20s, except he saw no point. The 31-year-old had the income, but preferred the financial freedom of renting a room in his cousin’s basement. “With my generation, nobody thinks about their debt and nobody ...


Price Increases Cool Down in the Summertime

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 7.5 percent in June 2014 compared to June 2013 and rose 1 percent over May, setting new highs for 12 states. Despite low rates, investor purchases and tight supplies, prices are expected to slow down to a .07 percent monthly increase in July. ...


Home-Price Gains Decelerate in Many Metro Areas during Second Quarter

Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter and national year-over-year price appreciation is now at its slowest pace since 2012, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


REALTOR® Safety Month is Coming!

NAR Pulse—In honor of September being REALTOR® Safety Month, NAR is hosting a free REALTOR® Safety webinar on Sept. 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. CST. In “Safety Tips to Share with Sellers,” Sergeant Preston Taylor will discuss how homeowners can safeguard ...


Delinquency and Foreclosure Rates Decrease in Second Quarter

The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.04 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2014. The delinquency rate decreased for the fifth consecutive quarter and reached the lowest level since the fourth quarter ...


Scaling Mountains, Succeeding in Business: Rick Davidson Shares Secrets for Both

There are plenty of ways to give back – from food drives all the way to climbing volcanoes. Rick Davidson, president & CEO, Century 21 Real Estate, is gearing up to make use of his leadership skills as he spearheads a five-man trek ...


Builder Confidence Shows Positive Signs in the Second Quarter

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market for the second quarter is up year over year, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI). Compared to the second quarter of 2013, the single-family ...


Housing Recovery Continues at Slow Pace According to Latest Leading Markets Index

Markets in 56 of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index ...


3 Cybersecurity Tips That Can Pay Off for Your Business

Cybersecurity should be one of your business' highest priorities, yet many employers think that just changing your password regularly is sufficient. ...


Big Data: The New Competitive Advantage in Real Estate

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series on Big Data analysis as relevant to the real estate industry. ‘Big Data’ analytics is the practice of using machine learning to process and draw conclusions from high-volume, high-variety, unstructured information. But ...


Earn MVP Reward Bundle when You Sign up for FREE Safety Webinar on September 9

NAR PULSE—Safety Expert and Police Officer Sergeant Preston Taylor will present “Safety Tips to Share with Sellers.” Learn valuable information to share with clients to protect their property while their house is on the market, and earn the “Safety in Your ...


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