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Agents at the Center of Xome’s Strategy for Real Estate 3.0

Before he became chief operating and chief financial officer with Xome, Kartik Ramachandran had purchased three homes in five years. He wasn’t a real estate guy—he was in the merchant and product technologies business with Groupon—but he had just received a crash course ...


Talking Tech with Mark Spain Real Estate

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Mark Spain and his team over the past couple months, so I jumped at the opportunity to pick their brain and share a recap of our conversation below. As the No. 1 Team in the ...


Buying Beats Renting in Less Than Two Years, But Millennials Still Have Reason to Rent

Home buyers in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. have to stay in a home for at least three years to break even on a home purchase, and buyers in the Bay Area would have to stay nearly that long to make buying financially advantageous, according to ...


Three Tips to Negotiate Like a Winner

A recent study by the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that 89 percent of buyers and sellers consider negotiation skills to be the most important skill when selecting an agent. In an industry where commissions are ...


Listing Presentations: What’s Your Winning Formula?

Listing presentations are the bread and butter of the real estate industry—and like every market, no two are alike. So, we want to know: ...


REALTORS® Applaud House Passage of ‘Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act’

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to advance legislation that will expand opportunities for homeownership. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” includes a number of initiatives that have strong support from the National Association of REALTORS®, who ...


Basic Training: The Potter’s Wheel

Recently, I watched a demonstration of a potter turning clay, and I was fascinated as he molded the clay into perfect bowls, vases and plates. With each new blob of clay, this artist took the clay and shaped it into ...


Home Prices Up 6.3 Percent Year over Year in December 2015

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 6.3 percent in December 2015 compared with December 2014, according to the recently released CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™ data for December 2015. Results also showed that prices increased ...


Super Bowl 50: A Housing Highlight Reel

The Super Bowl turns 50 this weekend. To mark the event’s golden anniversary, Census number-crunchers rounded up a collection of facts comparing life back in 1967 to present-day. The play-by-play includes housing stats, which we’ve broken down below. ...


January Housing Data Offers Strong 2016 Outlook

Economic uncertainty driven by a tumultuous start of the year for financial markets does not seem to be dampening the pent-up demand that drove growth and sales in 2015. Instead, year-over-year trends point to this spring being the busiest since 2006, according to ...


Bridging the Gap between Relationships and Technology

There’s a lot of confusion in the real estate industry, and it’s time to clear the air. Recent polls show that 70 percent of agents are spending money on some sort of online lead purchasing ...


Cybercrime Hitting Real Estate

Online criminals are targeting the real estate industry and stealing large sums of money from unwary homebuyers. This fraud can destroy real estate transactions, so the National Association of REALTORS® is urging real estate professionals across the country to immediately implement ...


Shrinking Expectation of Fed Rate Hike

The once lofty expectations of an additional interest rate hike to occur in 2016 are shrinking. This minimized chance follows a recent Fed policy statement, which suggested that the U.S. central bank might not hike rates in ...


Urban Home Values Outpace the Suburbs

Urban home values are outpacing the value of homes in the suburbs in most top-tier metros, as city life gains popularity and high-end condos fill the sky in Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and other ...


Communication 101: Learning to Speak in Toddler

I always tell my daughters that the best part of my life is watching them grow up.  I then follow that by telling them the hardest part of my life is watching them grow up.  Life as a ...


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