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The Wonder of Widgets: Keep Buyers and Sellers Coming Back to Your Site

When you visit Homes.com, there are a myriad number of ways the site can help you and your real estate company grow, be it the informative articles, helpful blogs or thought-provoking webinars. ...


3 Reasons to Send Prospects Video Email

With the market beginning its seasonal upswing and competition increasing as well, it’s more important than ever to make a lasting impression on prospects. Video email is one way to achieve this; send prospects the information they are looking for with a ...


What New Mortgage Rules Mean for Brokers

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and requirements for buying a home and refinancing a mortgage, also known as the “qualified mortgage” or “ability-to-repay” rules, are in effect. There may be a few challenges ahead ...


Mortgage Purchase Applications Dip

Mortgage applications decreased 1.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 4, 2014. ...


Metropolitan Markets Move Forward

The April NAHB/First American Leading Market Index rose one point to .88 from .87 in March. The index measures how close individual markets and the US market are relative to their last normal market activity. A total of 153 markets or about ...


Positive Signs Crop Up Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Recent month-to-month volatility in the housing market has softened the ongoing recovery. However, the majority of the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicators on consumer attitudes have continued to move in a positive direction during the past year, which may portend a ...


Fears about Mortgage Rate Increases Harming the Market Are Unfounded

We see it any time interest rates start creeping up: big, bold news headlines declaring that the housing market is headed for trouble. When rates go up, the doom and gloom and articles in the mainstream media spread like wildfire. These factors ...


Recovery Spreads: Activity Exceeds Norm in Many Markets

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the just-released National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of 11 ...


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 ...


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