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3 Trends Set for This Year’s Spring Market

As the temperatures get warmer, and we inch closer to spring, the spring real estate market is getting ready to bloom. For real estate professionals, that means an increase in listings, open houses and (hopefully!) closings. If you’re not ready for ...


How Does the Color of Your Home Affect Buyers?

It’s no secret that color is crucial when marketing a product. In fact, consumers come to a subconscious conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing, and much of that judgment (62-90 percent) is based solely on color, according to the Institute ...


Home Price Appreciation Outpaces Wage Growth in 76 Percent of Markets

RealtyTrac® recently released an analysis of wage growth and home price appreciation during the U.S. housing recovery of the past two years that found home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76 percent of U.S. housing markets during ...


Report: Positive Housing Momentum Stalls

Freddie Mac recently released its updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®) showing that the U.S. housing market experienced some winter doldrums. While an improving labor market and attractive mortgage rates continue to promise a strong spring homebuying season, housing market stability stumbled ...


Mortgage Applications Rise 9.5 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 9.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 20, 2015. ...


February New-Home Sales Highest in Seven Years

Builders signed contracts on more homes in February 2015 than any time since early 2008 according to the Census Bureau and HUD. February seasonally-adjusted annual new home sales topped out at 539,000, ...


Ask the Expert: Why Are Real Estate Training and Education So Important?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Ginni Field, Vice President of Leadership Development with Engel & Völkers. ...


Existing Home Sales Increase but Overall Market Continues to Underperform

While existing-home sales inched up a slim 1.2 percent in February, the National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year. ...


Underwater Homeowners Sink Deeper, Even as Home Values Rise

Owners of homes at the bottom of the market are trapped underwater on their mortgages even as the real estate market continues to recover, according to the fourth quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. That’s because low-endhomes—the most likely to be upside-down—are losing value. ...


How to Build the ‘Right’ Team

It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in, what you make, sell or distribute; a successful business cannot run at peak without a great team at its foundation.  That may sound like yesterday’s news and something top entrepreneurs are fully cognizant of, ...


Talking Tech on Main Street: A Conversation with Morris Lyles

Since I’m sure you’ve all heard enough about what I think, we decided to take it to the streets to hear what you think. This month, we sat down with Morris Lyles of ERA Wilder Realty in Columbia, S.C., and picked ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity at Lowest Level Since July 2006

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for February 2015, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 101,938 U.S. properties in February, a decrease of 4 percent from revised January numbers and down 9 percent from a year ...


Four Tools to Maximize Facebook Results

By now, if you’re a real estate professional who isn’t active on social media, you might as well hang up your rotary phone, sit by your typewriter, and write a note by candlelight, because communicating with today’s tech savvy home buyers will be ...


The Secrets to Selling a Second Home

For real estate professionals serving vacation areas, marketing a property is a lot like telling a story: the story of the home, the story of the surroundings, the story of the community. Successfully selling a vacation property is contingent upon a number of ...


Strong Dollar, Continued Investment from Abroad Help Facilitate Overseas Buyers

Seven years on from the Wall Street financial crisis of 2008, when the U.S. economy began to sink into recession, economic recovery has shifted into higher gear. For example, according to Reuters, Q3 2014 saw the economy grow at a 5 percent clip ...


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