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The Drive for Data: Who Will Gain Control and Who Will Profit?

The red hot topic of data control and management will be addressed head-on in two back-to-back sessions at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange this September. During these important panel discussions, key players in the data drama will candidly discuss the pros and ...


Are You a Transactional or Relational Agent?

The number-one threat to the real estate industry is having a transactional mindset. Although transactional agents work hard to ensure that the deal closes, they lose touch with their clients afterwards. Instead of building their businesses ...


New Home Loans: Rates and House Prices Both Increase

Interest rates on conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes increased in June, according to data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The data show the average contract interest rate increasing by 9 ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Trickle Down

A recently released Freddie Mac survey showed average fixed mortgage rates moving lower, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage ducking just under four percent. ...


10 Quick Checks a Year Can Keep Your Home in Top Condition

If you live in cold weather, fall is when you put in the storm windows. If you live in a warm climate, summer is when you step up the pool maintenance. No matter where ...


How to ‘Click’ with Clients for Better Results

“I have boiled the real estate industry down to three words: We need to be seen, found and trusted.” This is just one of the golden nuggets of wisdom that Jackie Leavenworth explored in the Homes.com webinar, “The Secrets Of Successful ...


Three Elements of Successful Social Media Marketing

It is hard to think about building a real estate business for the long-term when what you really need are leads today. The challenges of social media lie in that statement. You know that being more active now will help you connect over ...


Millennials Favor Walkable Communities, Study Shows

Millennials prefer walking over driving by a substantially wider margin than any other generation, according to a new poll conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® and the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. ...


Pending Home Sales Dip in June

After five consecutive months of increases, pending home sales slipped in June but remained near May's level, which was the highest in over nine years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest gains in the Northeast and West were offset by larger declines ...


Share of Seriously Underwater Foreclosure Properties Drops to New Low

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q2 2015 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report, which shows that as of the end of the second quarter there were 7,443,580 U.S. residential properties that were seriously underwater—where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at ...


The Death of the Downsize: Homeowners Buying Bigger in Retirement

Many retirees are choosing not to move to a smaller home, according to a recent Merrill Lynch retirement study, conducted in partnership with Age Wave. While some retirees are interested in renovated, and others ...


Then and Now: Living Arrangements in American Households

Revisiting population data, the U.S. Census Bureau recently zeroed in on the living arrangements of adults over the last 40-plus years. Notably, the majority of adults in both 1970 and 2014 shared a household with a spouse. But if trends bear out, the ...


10 Tips for Handling a Hoarder’s Home

If you find yourself handling the buying or selling of a hoarder’s home, you might feel like you’ve landed in an episode of the reality TV show “Hoarders: Family Secrets.” Chances are, you’ll encounter many of the same issues that pop up on ...


Edging Out the Competition: Why Resort and Second-Home Property Specialists are Taking Over Their Markets

As a real estate agent, it’s important to excel in your field. But with a market that fluctuates with every passing season, shining in a specialized area will not only help you stand out, it will also allow you to eclipse the competition. ...


Are You Reconsidering Developer/New Construction Marketing?

Resales have seen a great comeback, and new construction is particularly hot of late. A lot of brokers are re-considering developer/new construction marketing as a way to expand their offerings and increase revenue. However, as I talk to many brokers who were very ...


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