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2015 Outlook: Constant Connectivity

Perhaps it’s just me, but I would be willing to bet that many of us within the real estate industry are having a hard time getting over the fact that it’s really 2015. The past seven years have been a very long road ...


Refresh, Relaunch and Reignite Your 2015

Want to really hit the profit zone you’ve dreamed of by this time next year? ...


Video Messaging: 3 Ways to Connect with Your Clients

Do you Skype, FaceTime or schedule Hangouts with your buyers and sellers? If you’re not using these free, Web-based video chat services in your real estate business, you should be. ...


New Regulations Affect Homeowners in 2015

Increasing energy efficiency has long been the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in 2015, two new regulations involving air conditioning equipment and water heaters will take effect to support this goal. REALTORS® need to be familiar with the new ...


Home Prices End Year on Stable Note

(TNS)—Home prices are ending the year on a stable note, according to new data out Tuesday morning. The Case-Shiller Index—which tracks prices nationwide and in 20 major cities—reported prices grew 4.6 percent in October compared to a year earlier. That’s ...


GRI Gets an Update

NAR’s Annual Conference—with its accompanying Governance Meetings—always concludes with some great, new ideas. This past November’s meeting in New Orleans was no exception. Among the many interesting developments this year was the announcement of some major changes to the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) ...


America’s Housing Stock Increases $1.7 Trillion

The housing market received both good and bad news as of late; the good news is that America’s housing stock is now worth $27.5 trillion, an increase of $1.7 trillion over last year.  The bad news is that U.S. home values rose 6 ...


Ask the Expert: What Currency Risks Do Investors Face when Buying Overseas?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Andrew Woolley, Executive Director of International Payments with Moneycorp. ...


Renting Less Affordable than Buying—Except for where Millennials Are Moving

Last week, housing-data giant RealtyTrac® released an analysis of fair market rents and median home prices in more than 500 U.S. counties, which shows that buying is still more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. housing markets. ...


Housing Market Continues to Heal Due to Better Fundamentals

The U.S. housing market continues to stabilize, with 70 of the markets tracked now showing positive momentum, according to Freddie Mac's recently released, newly updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). ...


Existing Sales Trend Up for First-Time Buyers

Although existing home sales decreased in November, the share of sales for first-time buyers increased to the highest level since October 2012. Existing home sales decreased 6.1 percent in November, but were 2.1 percent above the same period a year ago. The ...


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness of U.S. Households

A disaster can occur at any time and without much warning. To gain a better understanding of the emergency preparedness of U.S. households, HUD and the Census Bureau for the first time included a special set of questions on the ...


2014 Housing Review: A Year of Jobs, Record-Low Interest and Tight Inventory Sets the Stage for 2015 Growth

This year demonstrated a steady build-up of housing momentum—fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates, and compressed inventory – and is expected to carry the market into 2015 gains, according to the 2014 Housing Review issued today by realtor.com®. This ...


Business Planning—Getting It Done

Being in real estate essentially means you're running your own business. Even with the support of a national brand, it is ultimately you who will determine the success of your business. That’s why it’s important to define your goals for the growth of ...


‘Official’ Results Are In: Real Estate Pros Like to Party

Earlier this month, we asked our readers if you planned on decorating your offices for the holidays and if your company would be hosting a holiday party. According to our results, the overwhelming majority of you enjoyed decking your office halls and joining ...


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