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Consumers See Opportunities in Housing before Year-End

Prudential Real Estate, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, released this week the results of its third quarter Consumer Outlook Survey indicating that consumer optimism may lead to a stronger close for real estate in 2014. ...


‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 23 Percent from Last Year, but Increase in 16 States

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 percent of all active foreclosures. ...


Top 5 Tips to Win the Listing at Your Next Presentation

We recently polled ListHub Pro customers to learn how they prepare for listing presentations and what tips they would offer other agents to help them win the listing. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can I Ensure I’m Not Exposing Myself to Liability?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Michael Ryder, the National Program Director of Specialty Programs with Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc. ...


Home Prices Rise in August

Home prices rose slightly at 0.2% in August, slower than the 0.6% rise in July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index released Tuesday. However, data through August 2014, released this week in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, continue to show a deceleration ...


Short Sales and Foreclosure Sales Account for Lowest Sale Levels Since 2011

RealtyTrac® recently released its September and Q3 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that U.S. residential properties, including single family homes, condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annual pace of ...


By the Numbers: Big Cities You Can Actually Afford to Live In

Big cities are known for having more job opportunities, people to meet, and things to do than small towns. On the flip side, they are also synonymous with traffic, crime, and—above all—high costs. That’s why a big city with ...


Millennials Expect to Buy within Five Years

Contrary to popular belief, millennials still highly value homeownership, and a majority expect to buy a home in the next five years, according to a CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) survey of young adults age 18-34. ...


Delayed Marriage Equals Delayed Homeownership

The share of 25-- 29 year-olds who are married is down by almost 48 percent for men and 43 percent for women from 1970. This single fact is one of the biggest game changers in the housing industry. ...


Top 5 Things to Know when Buying or Selling a Home by the End of 2014

Home prices are rising, along with seller's confidence. When you couple this with low interest rates, a boon for potential buyers, the market is looking up. ...


Home-Value Growth Has Peaked; Cooling Market Puts Bubble Fears to Rest

Appreciation in home values is slowing definitively after nearly two years of accelerating year-over-year growth, according to the third quarter Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Homebuyers who have been priced out of hot markets will welcome the cooling off, and the most recent ...


Infographic: Real Estate World Series

With the series in full swing, what better way to decide the outcome of the MLB World Series than Real Estate Stats? RealtyTrac looked at the housing market in each team’s metropolitan area and compared the numbers.  The San Francisco Giants may have ...


Wrap Up Your Holiday Business with 5 Social Marketing Gifts

Even though the holiday season is not exactly prime time for buying, selling or renting, we shouldn’t kick back, relax and hibernate until spring.  On the contrary, agents and brokers should take advantage of this time to share good tidings with old and ...


Customer Service: What Works for any Business

No matter what your job title is, in real estate, customers are the reason your company makes money. Whether you’re a real estate agent, an administrator or in sales, customers and clients breathe ...


Now Is the Time to Plan for 2015

When is the best time to build your business plan for the upcoming year? Many agents set aside time in December or January to do this critical task. But the problem with waiting until January is that if you begin your planning then, ...


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