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Construction Snapshot: January’s Drop in Starts a Match for Usual Seasonality

CMD recently announced that January’s $22.5 billion of construction starts, excluding residential activity, was 10.1 percent lower than in December. The decline all but disappears, however, when allowance is made for seasonality. CMD’s long-term average December-to-January moderation, due to obstructionist winter weather, has ...


Home Prices Grew at Twice the Rate of Inflation in 2014

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for December 2014 shows a slight uptick in home prices across the country. Nine cities ...


Existing-Home Sales Cool in January as Available Inventory Remains Subdued

Existing-home sales declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in January, with the Northeast ...


Show Me the Listings: Agent Superstars Tell All in RISMedia Webinar

Let’s face it. In real estate, whoever gets the most listings wins. This fact was driven home in the latest installment in RISMedia’s popular monthly Agent Webinar Series, where two top-producing real estate pros—Wayne Turner of Turner Real Estate ...


Defining and Adhering to Company Culture

Company culture is an important component of any successful real estate firm. In the following interview with Michael J. Droege,Co-owner/General Manager of CENTURY 21 Realty Solutions Anchorage and Wasilla, and CENTURY 21 Realty Solutions/Freedom Realty, Droege talks about the importance of brand development ...


New Study Finds Surprising Home Formation Results

A new study from the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate concludes that new household formation, a key driver of housing demand, has recovered after the job losses that accompanied the recession. ...


Ask the Expert: What Type of Video Best Attracts Buyers?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Dan Skoglund, the Director of Enterprise Sales with RealBiz Media Group. www.realbizmedia.com ...


Battle of the Portals: ListHub to End Syndication Agreement with Trulia Early; Zillow Group Fires Back with Restraining Order

In fast-moving developments this week between the real estate portal power players Move Inc., operators of realtor.com® and now owned by News Corp, and the newly formed Zillow Group, which includes Trulia, Move announced Thursday that its listing management service, ...


Four-Year Lows Reported for Institutional Investors and All-Cash Buyers

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q4 and Year-End 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report, which shows that the share of home sales to institutional investors and all-cash buyers dropped to four-year lows in 2014 despite a quarterly increase in the fourth quarter. ...


Ask the Expert: Why are Real Estate Seasonal Trends Important?

This Ask the Expert column features Cindy Fauth, the Global Marketing Manager for the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


6 Lessons for Leadership from Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani

We all have different opinions on what makes a truly great leader. According to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a great leader should be many things, from optimistic to well prepared. ...


3 Surefire Ways to Connect with More Local Consumers

As a real estate professional, a big part of your job is keeping up with the local community. This is especially important when working with prospective clients who are new to your area. Connecting with these potential buyers and ...


Staging for Winter Home Sales

Whether you’re buried under several feet of snow (sorry, Boston!) or basking in the sunshine (we’re jealous, Tampa!), selling in the winter offers at least two positives—less competition and new customers. During the winter, most people have taken their listings off ...


Zillow Completes Acquisition of Trulia, Creating Online Real Estate Powerhouse

Following on the heels of Zillow’s highly anticipated announcement that took place on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 that confirmed the completion of its acquisition of Trulia, Inc. for $2.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction—and the formation of Zillow Group (a media company that ...


Low Down Payment Drop: Share of Buyers Lands at 11-Year Low

Those using low down payment plans dropped last year, according to recently released news from RealtyTrac, who analyzed the size of down payments on nearly 20 million purchase loans for single family homes and condos nationwide from 2004 through 2014. ...


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