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First Quarter Moves: Metro Home Prices Maintain Steady Growth

Stronger demand amidst lagging inventory levels caused home prices to accelerate in many metro areas during the first quarter of 2015, and the number of areas experiencing double-digit price appreciation doubled compared to last quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by ...


Beyond Housing: Advocating for NYC’s Homeless

Heidi Burkhart’s philosophy is simple: Give to Live. Live to Give. ...


Residential Lending: Size Really Does Matter

In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they had responded to new guidelines issued by ...


The Long-Term Impact of Moving Families Away from High-Poverty Neighborhoods

In 1994, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) embarked on a 10-year demonstration and research project called Moving to Opportunity (MTO).This experimental program was designed to measure the long-term effects of moving families away from neighborhoods with deeply concentrated poverty to ...


Study Finds Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S.

Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and racially integrated neighborhoods, according to a new Cornell University analysis ...


Team Accountability: Harsh or Helpful?

Every turn of the calendar, people make New Year’s resolutions. Every election, politicians say that government leaders need to be held accountable. And every year organizations tell their leaders, “We need to hold our people to their words and actions.” Yet—just like ...


4 Easy Ways to Grow Your Facebook Audience

The fast-paced world of social media is constantly changing, which can make creating a successful social strategy challenging. When comparing today’s most popular social networks, Facebook is still the most widely used platform. According to Pew Research, 70 percent of adult Internet users ...


5 Tips for Creating an Office Culture Your Agents Will Love

Providing a positive and productive office culture is key to attracting and keeping good agents. ...


Millennials Emerge after Getting Priced Out of Rentals

Opinions on where real estate prices are heading from here might be mixed, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Millennials will be a big part of it. According to a recent survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the so-called millennial ...


Housing Continues Gradual Recovery

Markets in 68 of the approximately 360 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the first quarter of 2015, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released ...


Home Prices Rise 5.9 Percent Year-Over-Year

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 5.9 percent in March 2015 compared with March 2014 according to a recently released CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI®). This change represents 37 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices nationally. On a month-over-month ...


5 Tips for Better Real Estate Photos

When homebuyers are ready to go from online shopping to in-person viewing, we all know that listing photos can be the deciding factor. ...


The Empty Nest: A Place, a State of Mind—and an Opportunity

Ah, the empty nest—that tranquil, far-off place harried parents dream about. An idyllic state where the kids are grown and on their own, couples reacquaint, and long-deferred leisure fills hours once claimed by domestic obligation. Whether or not reality fulfills those dreamy expectations, ...


4 Tips for Smart Negotiations

Negotiation is about settling differences to reach an agreement, and every part of the home-buying process is about doing precisely this. Your agents practice this skill when they convert prospects into clients, help buyers prioritize needs while touring homes, ...


Reader Rewards Contest: What’s in Your Listing?

Sometimes REALTORS® find the darndest things in their listings...like a horse? OK, well maybe that's a stretch. Or how about that Florida man who found a human hand in his grandparents' house along with coins and a treasure map? It's like something ...


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