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Consumer Confidence Hikes in August

Despite the August increase in overall confidence, respondents’ appraisals of current conditions and expectations for the next six months were mixed. While 82 percent of respondents rated current business conditions “good” (23 percent) or “normal” (59 percent), 56 percent of respondents characterized employment ...


Market Shifts to Buyers’ Advantage

Recent stock market volatility and seasonal trends may give buyers better financial options and more time to make purchase decisions entering the fall, says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com. August data remains positive with regard to overall housing health as both demand and ...


HUD and FHA Urge Buyers to Have Homes Inspected before Purchase

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has asked the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) to give information to prospective home buyers that explains: ...


Are You Protecting Your Digital Data?

We now lead digital lives. Everything from taxes and banking to the music and movies we buy is now often accessed via the computer. ...


Get off the Seesaw and Get Going on Year-Round Success

According to Cleve Gaddis, most real estate agents are doing it all wrong. To count yourself among the top producers of the industry, you must upend the traditional view of the annual calendar and approach your business with the same level of gusto each month of the year. ...


Top 300 Markets Slow Progress to Full Price Recovery

Homes.com® recently released its June 2015 Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 ...


Global Market Volatility Pushes Mortgage Rates Lower

Freddie Mac  recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to their lowest levels since May of this year amid substantial and ongoing global volatility out of China. ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Succession Planning: Creating a Legacy for Your Business

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jim Imhoff, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Why the Future of SEO Is ‘UnOptimized!’ — Part 2

Last week, we covered the importance of “triggers and tickles” and promised further search enlightenment through “cat-lady” insights. Before I fulfill that promise, here’s a brief recap of the fundamentals of “UnOptimization,” a way to more and “more better” traffic. ...


How to Win at Lead Generation with LinkedIn

If you think LinkedIn is just a resume board, it’s time to change that misconception. Successful real estate agents are adding LinkedIn to their tool kits for expanding networks and zeroing in on new prospects. With the right tactics, the professional ...


Pending Home Sales Inch Forward in July

Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Home Values Slide after Nearly Four Years of Growth

The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow® July Real Estate Market Reports. ...


Share of In-Foreclosure Sales Drops to 15-Year Low in July

RealtyTrac® recently released its July 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report, which shows sales of properties in-foreclosure and cash sales were down from a year ago to multi-year lows while year-to-date U.S. home sales in 2015 ...


Ultra Wealthy Buying Homes as ‘Opportunity Gateways’

A growing number of ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals view homes as 'opportunity gateways', driving buying decisions that are based on potential opportunities from owning these luxury residential properties, according to a recent Wealth-X study. ...


Another Safety Scare: Iowa REALTOR® Target of Threatening Phone Call

An Iowa REALTOR® was recently the target of a phone call implying harm at an open house, again calling into question a practice that has long been subject for debate in the industry. ...


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