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How the May Job Report Is Good for Housing

Recent news regarding employment rates has housing professionals breathing a sigh of relief. Friday's May Jobs Report reported that employers added a plush 280,000 jobs last month, which hints that there will be no slowdown in job growth anytime soon. ...


Mortgage Rates Remain High

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its  Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates remaining near their highest level of the year. ...


New Disclosure Forms May Alter Contracts

Major changes are coming to real estate transactions. Starting on August 1, any transaction involving a mortgage will use the new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). NAR has compiled a lot of information on this topic at www.realtor.org/respa, ...


3 More ‘Tried and True’ Lead Generation Techniques from Tom Ferry

Lead generation is arguably the most important facet in the real estate industry. An agent’s ability to convert prospects into clients and generate new leads could be the difference between a top-tier business and a struggling one. A solid lead generation ...


Real Estate Community Reacts to CFPB TRID ‘Sensitivity’ Announcement

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made an announcement regarding 'sensitivity' to those companies making a good-faith effort to comply with the 1,888 pages of TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulation. The announcement stirred up quite a response from the mortgage-lending community, both ...


Boomerang Buyers Are Coming, and Will Require Special Expertise

Over seven million Americans are reported to have lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale from 2007 - 2014, and an estimated 250,000 - 500,000 are beginning to re-enter the market. In all, reports say that half of the 7.3 million will ...


NAR Member Survey Reveals Slight Dip in REALTOR® Business in 2014

After gradually climbing for three consecutive years, the decline in existing-home sales in 2014 resulted in a slight reduction in REALTOR® business activity and income last year, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Member Profile. The survey also found ...


Average Down Payment Drops to Three-Year Low

RealtyTrac® has released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhomes purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent of ...


House Prices Move Up In April

U.S home prices continued their upward climb in April, with CoreLogic reporting a  2.7 percent monthly advance, moving the year-on-year gain up to 6.8 percent. This forward motion represents 38 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices. While spring is typically the ...


Old Meets New for Historic House Hunters

Eyeing the area on a map between U.S. Route 1 and the Boulevard in Richmond, Va., a distinct pattern emerges. City blocks multiply as roadways fan westward in the aptly-named Historic Fan District, home to residences built in the 19th and early 20thcenturies. Scanning ...


20 Hottest Real Estate Markets Announced for May

Realtor.com® provided an early look at the May housing market with their ‘Advance Read on May Trends,’ a glimpse into residential real estate inventory and demand trends over the first 3 weeks of the month. For May 2015, the analysis of realtor.com®’s data indicates ...


How to Create Better Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Do you create Facebook ads to promote your brand, your listings and your real estate services? ...


Peak Out: Seven Markets Have Hit Their Peaks

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through May 2015. The report found that, outside of the usual headline-making markets, there are seven markets, considered “major” in density and culture, which are in bubble territory. These markets ...


Top 5 Government Policies that Everyone Should Know before Buying Their First Home

FOX Business Network’s Trish Regan, host of The Intelligence Report, weighs in the top 5 government policies that everyone should know before buying their first home: ...


12 Tips for Negotiating Multiple Offers

Working with buyers in a growing market can be challenging but if you study and follow proven negotiation strategies you will put your buyers in a competitive situation and have a much better chance of closing the transaction. ...


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