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From Mexico to Dubai: Buyer Representation Goes Global

With thousands of Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designees in the United States and Canada, brokers and agents understand the value of the skills and training the designation delivers here at home. Although increasingly common in North America, the concept of buyer representation ...


Recovery Will Continue: A Perspective of the U.S. Residential Housing Market

Editor’s Note: The following is a perspective on the housing market recovery provided by HomeServices of America. ...


Existing-Home Sales Continue to Climb in July

Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


3 Truths about Responsive Design Sites that Increase Visibility and Conversions

How user-friendly is your website? If consumers can’t easily navigate your site from their mobile device, you’re as good as closed. Seventy-nine percent of consumers are more likely to leave a non-mobile friendly site, never return and will likely visit ...


Recruiting and Retaining Millennial Agents and Customers

Millennials—people born in the late 1980s to 1990s, and currently in their early to mid-20s—are now coming into their own. Many are paying off student debt, saving to buy a home and beginning families. Over the next ...


Only a Dozen Large Metro Housing Markets Feature Affordable Housing

Of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, only a dozen are currently more affordable than they historically have been for both renters and homeowners, as widespread growth in housing costs continues to outpace wage growth. Nationally, U.S. home values rose 6.5 percent ...


July Data Shows the Healthiest End to Spring Home Buying Season in Three Years

For the first time in three years, July data shows the price appreciation and inventory increases established during peak buying season (from April to July) continue their upward trend, untouched by external economic factors, according to ...


Watch: Why Should You Claim a .REALTOR Domain?

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real ...


Majority of Single Homebuyers Feel Strongly about the Importance of becoming a Homeowner: Survey

CENTURY 21 Real Estate has announced the results of its commissioned “Singles Homebuyer Survey.” Among the key findings was that for three-quarters (75%) of single homeowners aged 25-50, becoming a homeowner was at least fairly important with ...


Housing Starts Soar in July

(MCT)—New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate ...


.REALTOR Top-Level Domain Sign-up Launches in October to Full NAR Membership

The National Association of Realtors®’ new .REALTOR top-level domain will be available Oct. 23, 2014 to members of NAR and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Those who participated in last year’s pre-sign-up opportunity—some 80,000 REALTORS®, according to NAR—will be able ...


What Is Culture? And How Much Does It Matter?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns on the importance of Corporate Culture from Speaker and Coach Vince Leisey, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. ...


Why the School District Should Impact Your Home Search

Buying a home in a good school district can result in resale advantages, offer protection from market fluctuation and provide a great education. Real estate experts in markets across the country share what you should know about a school district’s impact on ...


Ask the Expert: How Can I Use Video to Market a Property?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Patty McNease, Director of Marketing with Homes.com. ...


Affordability Approaches Pre-2004 Norm as Prices Firm

Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6—i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing ...


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