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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 ...


Achieving Success: Act Now!

“My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action. I will act now.” Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” ...


Keeping Up with Technology

Technology can be over-whelming. Staying on top of the latest tools to benefit you, your agents and your clients is a never-ending challenge. Sometimes an innovation brings real benefit, while other times the latest and greatest turns out to be just another ...


Use of Pocket Listings Rising, but They’re Right Choice for Only a Small Number of Home Sellers

Pocket listings, in which homeowners offer their homes for sale but don’t make this information public by putting it on the local multiple listing service, appear to be on the rise. ...


What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences (Part III)

Previous posts highlighting findings from the study What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences have shown that a buyer’s race or ethnicity can play a role in how he/she evaluates the characteristics and features of a prospective home. The analysis ...


Popularity Contest: Most Coveted Features for New Homes

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing with home buyers the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely ...


RISMedia’s 2014 Power Broker Report Ranks Nation’s Most Productive Real Estate Firms

With the record books now closed for 2013, Power Brokers are pleased to weigh in on the real estate market’s second solid year of recovery. In 2013, brokers across the country paid witness to many key indicators of the housing market’s gradual ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: The CFPB’s 3 Percent Cap: What’s ahead for Big Brokers?

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Steve A. Brown, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. ...


How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make?

It’s a common question for consumers, students and real estate professionals: How much do real estate agents make? ...


Groundbreaking Home and Neighborhood Project History Reports Now Available

Porch, the home improvement network, and realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., have announced the launch of the Porch Home and Neighborhood Report, a free, innovative resource for understanding the remodeling and project ...


Ask the Expert: How Can Agents and Builders Educate Buyers Together?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Andrew Leff, National Builder and Renovation Executive with Bank of America. ...


February Pending Home Sales Continue Slide

Pending home sales declined for the eighth straight month in February, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest increases in the Midwest and West were offset by declines in the Northeast and South; all regions ...


Three Unconventional Advertising Strategies for Real Estate Professionals

The best way to grow your business is with a consistent marketing strategy that includes both online and offline tactics. Just because you started blogging or using Facebook doesn’t mean you should forget about door knocking and walking your farm. Chances are ...


Smart Times Ahead

Recent reports forecast that smart home automation will turn into a $19 trillion industry in the ensuing years, led by Google’s recent $3.2 billion investment of Nest Labs, creators of smart thermostats and smoke detectors (Los Angeles Times). ...


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