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New Transaction Management System Helps Agents Stay Relevant in Today’s Fast-Paced, Ever-Evolving Market

For real estate professionals across the board, staying ahead of the competition is no longer enough. As the industry continues to pick up steam—and consumers demand more of their agent with each passing day—staying relevant is the name of the game as we close out 2015 and head into 2016. ...


Desire to Buy Strong despite Affordability, Economic Concerns

Although only half of surveyed households believe the economy is currently improving, nearly all young renters eventually want to buy a home, and a convincing majority still view homeownership as part of their American Dream, according to a new quarterly consumer survey released ...


Maryann Vitales Alles Awarded St. Louis’s Manager of the Year

St. Louis's own Maryann Vitale Alles was awarded the Manager of the Year Award by St. Louis Association of REALTORS®. Vitale Alles was honored to receive this recognition. ...


Housing Starts Jump to Highest Level Since 2008

Housing starts in November rose 10.5 percent, with an annual rate of 1.173 million units (SAAR), according to the recently released Census Bureau report. Single-family starts were up 7.6 percent to 768,000, their highest level since January 2008. ...


Urgent Alert: Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

Criminals are hacking into the email accounts of real estate agents or other persons involved in a real estate transaction and using information gained from the hack to dupe a party into a fraudulent wire transfer. The hackers often send ...


Consumers See Interest Rate Increase from Opposite Angles

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices recently released results of its latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating a significant split in the way real estate consumers perceive the Federal Reserve’s raising of its benchmark interest rate and the subsequent impact on mortgage rates. ...


Going beyond Tech with Millennial Buyers: Transparency, Communication and Information Are Essential

Millennials represent the largest generation in history, now accounting for over 80 million adults in the U.S. While much of the news surrounding millennial homebuyers entails discussion around the barriers this generation has had in entering the housing market, millennials have meanwhile quickly ...


Three Words: MVP Flash Sale

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Economic Growth on Course, Consumer Spending Expected to Rebound

Economic activity in the fourth quarter appears to be weaker than expected, but the forecast for all of 2015 and heading into 2016 remains largely unchanged, with current economic conditions suggesting the fed funds rate lift-off will occur this month, according to Fannie ...


Reader Rewards: What Are You Giving Clients This Holiday Season?

’Tis the season for giving! From pop-by gifts and greeting cards to gift cards and more, there’s no better time of year to show appreciation for the clients who make this business so rewarding. ...


Survey: Homebuyers Increasingly Interested in One-Stop Shopping

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently commissioned a survey by Harris Poll on consumer preferences for real estate services. Originally conducted in 2008 and again in 2010, this third survey evaluates any changes in homebuyer preferences, especially given the improvement in the ...


New Year, New Business! Chart a Course to 100 Transactions in 2016

Make 2016 your best year yet! Uncover the success habits and lead generation tools that will put you on track to 100 closed transactions next year in RISMedia Content Solutions’ upcoming webinar: ...


Transforming the Business of Real Estate, Five Agents at a Time

It’s a warm autumn day in Chicago, and five impeccably-dressed professionals cross a busy downtown street with a camera and video crew in tow. They pause on a corner and the photographer instructs them to strike a pose. He steps back, his camera ...


New Study Shows Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying

Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers. According to a new report from the National Association ...


Sharing Economy and Real Estate: A Match Made in Heaven?

The sharing economy has already seen wild disruption in the transportation and travel industries with Uber and Lyft. Experts are trying to predict if the next wave of sharing economy innovations will hit the retail industry. However, real estate is fluctuating in its ...


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