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Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in December

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved four points to a 58 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for December, released recently. This gain reflected improvement in all three index components ...


Hot Property: It’s Tipoff Time for the Sale of Jerry Buss’ Home

(MCT)—It’s showtime, so to speak. No, not on the basketball court at Staples Center, but in Playa del Rey, where Jerry Buss’ mansion has come on the market at $5.95 million. ...


Values Appreciate: Healthy Markets Focus on West, Midwest

In October, the five healthiest markets were San Jose (Market Health Index of 9), San Francisco (8.9), Los Angeles (8.6), San Diego (8.4) and Denver (8.1), among the country’s top 30 largest metro markets covered by Zillow, while in September, Homes.com reported ...


55+ Housing Market Confidence Is Breaking Records

The nationwide financial and economic challenges in recent years have upended millions of consumers' retirement plans, and dreams of transitioning into a new or smaller dwellings to age in place. ...


Great Building Blocks to Amazing Real Estate Videos

“Videos will create competitive immunity for you and your team.” ...


Regulators OK Volcker Rule, Curbing Big Banks’ High-Risk Trades

(MCT)—Government regulators approved a sweeping new set of rules for the nation's biggest banks that ban them from the kind of ultra-high-risk trading that nearly collapsed the world's financial system. ...


HUD Releases ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Definition

Recently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its final rule which defines a ‘Qualified Mortgage (QM)’ that is insured, guaranteed or administered by HUD. The final rule will be effective on January 10, 2014 and will apply to ...


Real estate Q&A: How the Self-Employed Can Get a Mortgage

(MCT)—Question: I am self-employed and make a good living. I want to buy a house, but it’s hard to document my income. So I’ve been getting turned down for a mortgage, even though I’m willing to make a large down payment. Any ...


The People Revolution: 5 Resolutions to Succeed in 2014 (Part 2)

Last time out we examined the first five of 10 business principles that Austin Allison and Chris Smith, authors of “Peoplework: How to Run a People-First Business in a Digital-First World,” presented in Homes.com’s Secrets of Top Selling ...


New QM Rules: What Your Clients Need to Know

With the new year fast approaching, there’s an important issue you’ll want to familiarize yourself with so you can answer buyers’ questions: qualified mortgages. ...


Five Reasons Why You Need to Close on a Home by the End of the Year

If you are debating on whether you should make an offer on a new home before the New Year, now is the time to stop deliberating and submit your bid. Between 2013 tax benefits, and avoiding mortgage rate roulette and changing lending ...


On Paper vs. in Practice – Implementing Dodd-Frank Rules

After three years of rulemaking and organizing, the industry is finally experiencing the full-fledged implementation of the major Dodd-Frank rules affecting mortgages, in particular, the Qualified Mortgage or QM. A major question that needs answering is whether the rule in practice is ...


Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

If you are a real estate agent and haven’t checked out your online profile lately, you definitely should because chances are somebody else is. And that somebody could very well be a prospective client. ...


Fundamentals of Mastering the Listing Presentation

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate during the NAR Annual conference this year. My topic was “Mastering the Listing Presentation,” and my audience was the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. ...


Homes.com Reveals America’s Top 10 Winter Wonderlands

Unique traditions and festivals bring America’s holiday season to life ...


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