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Senate Sets out Untried System to Replace Fannie, Freddie

(MCT)—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, once the twin kingpins of the home loan market, have been languishing in federal conservatorship since Sept. 6, 2008. While their continued presence is an embarrassment to many on both sides of the political aisle, it is ...


U.S. Is Top Choice for International Buyers

Viewing the country as a safe place to put their money, international homebuyers preferred purchasing properties in the United States over other countries, according to the California Association of REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2013 International Clients Survey.” ...


Why ‘Local’ Is Back: LeadingRE – The Global Behind Local

Look around, and the rising consumer preference for “local” is apparent in just about every market segment. Diners flock to pedestrian areas with home-grown restaurant options, seeking a unique flavor not offered in a chain restaurant. Millennials gravitate toward craft beers from ...


Real Estate Investment Clubs for Fun and Profit, with Luck

(MCT)—Kimberly and Edward Rushing’s fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates on Hold

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates relatively unchanged from last week. ...


Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2013, Investment Property Declines

Vacation home sales rose strongly in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the elevated levels seen in the previous two years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


The Great Debate

The success of the open house remains part of the “great debate” among real estate professionals, but do they work? From my perspective, with more than 10 years of real estate experience as an agent and now a director of learning for ...


NAHREP Report: Hispanics Continue to Drive Owner Household Growth

Hispanics lead the growth of U.S. owner households and many more are credit-ready to buy now if homes were available, according to the 2013 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report published this week by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate ...


As Social Networks Cash in on Real Estate, Agents Look for Profits of Their Own

While many brokers continue to question the ROI of social media along with the amount of time their agents devote to posting, tweeting, pinning and the like, it has proven to be a very valuable resource for real estate professionals. It’s helped ...


iPad Video 101: Using Your iPad as an All-in-One Solution

Real estate professionals are missing a golden opportunity by not making use of the video possibilities on their iPads, according to licensed real estate broker Michael Krisa, a freelance Internet marketing consultant. He praised the importance of using iPads to ...


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Aggressive on RESPA

This is the “end of the beginning,” to borrow from Winston Churchill. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has mostly completed the major regulations affecting the housing and mortgage industry. While there will undoubtedly be a fair amount of additional guidance issued, ...


Ask the Expert: How Can You Prepare Clients for Home Inspection?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, the Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post. ...


For Your Clients: What Is Good Advice on a Home Appraisal Worth to You?

One of the required services when buying or selling a home involves hiring an appraiser. So I was excited to receive the latest news from the Appraisal Foundation, the nation’s foremost authority on the valuation profession, has additional resources for consumers. ...


Consumer Spending Increases in February while Inflation Stays Low

(MCT)—Consumer spending increased last month the most since November as Americans appeared to start shaking off the effects of severe winter weather. ...


Living Smart: Interior Painting—Picking Color and Finish

(MCT)—In the spring, many a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly? That doesn’t mean interior painting is a breeze. There are defined steps to a quality job, and they start with picking ...


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