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Survey Says: Business Opportunities Abound for Relo Departments

New business opportunities don’t always require new products and original services, but sometimes just a new approach. Some brokerage relocation departments are successfully re-directing expertise to reflect their local markets’ ever-changing needs by expanding, linking or repackaging existing services. ...


Real Estate Firms Optimistic about Keeping up with Competition, Challenges

Despite the difficulties real estate has faced in the past several years, most real estate firms remain optimistic about the future of housing, with 69 percent of all firms expecting profitability to increase over the next year, according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Real Estate Firms. ...


Forum Brings Together Lawmakers and Industry Experts on Top Housing Issues

On Sept. 17, 2013, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sponsoring Building a Better Future: America’s Housing at a Crossroads, a series of in-depth discussions at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. ...


Record High 291 Housing Markets Listed as Improving In September

A total of 291 metropolitan areas across the country now qualify as improving housing markets, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for September, released today. This reflects a gain of 44 markets from August ...


Cash for Homes: Policy Implications of an Investor-Led Housing Recovery

Across the country, investors are taking advantage of the nation’s foreclosure crisis to purchase homes at bargain prices, often beating out potential homeowners who remain sidelined. In July, cash-on-hand investors bought about 55 percent of the homes sold in Las Vegas and numerous properties in other major metropolitan areas such ...


Another 8.3 Million Underwater Homeowners on Track to Resurface Before 2015

While 10.7 million residential homeowners nationwide owe at least 25 percent or more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, another 8.3 million homeowners are either slightly underwater or slightly above water, putting them on track to have enough equity ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Mobile Consumer & the Right Response to Responsive Design

Part I: The Rage on ‘Responsive Design’ Answers the Wrong Question ...


Leading Industry Providers Sponsor Progressive Real Estate Gathering

Taking place at New York City’s prestigious Yale Club next week, RISMedia’s 2013 Real Estate CEO Exchange will gather real estate’s most influential and dynamic brokerage leaders to examine our collective future in this new era of real estate. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 30, 2013. ...


HUD Announces Additional Measures to Manage Risk in FHA’s Reverse Mortgage Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is publishing new guidance to manage risk associated with the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) reverse mortgage or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program. This is part of the Department’s continuing effort to reform, strengthen and protect FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) ...


July Home Prices Soar by over 12 Percent Year-Over-Year

The housing market continues its march forward, as home prices nationwide increased by 12.4 percent year-over-year in July when compared to a year prior, according to the July CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®) report. ...


Apartment and Condominium Market Gains Momentum in Second Quarter

Production of apartments and condominiums gained momentum in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released recently by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The index increased nine points to 61, which is the ...


July Bay State Home Sales Post Best Month in Seven Years

Regional Spotlight—Sales of Massachusetts single-family homes increased significantly in July, rising more than 18 percent over July 2012, and posting the highest sales volume for any month since June 2006, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Setting a Higher Standard for Service

When it comes to great service, today’s customers don’t always know how to define it, but they definitely “know it when they see it.” Unfortunately, too many consumers have become accustomed to substandard service and are literally ...


U.S Agencies Propose an Ease in Mortgage Requirements

Big news is circulating the housing sector as six regulatory agencies recently proposed an eased version of the Qualified Residential Mortgage proposal. This new proposal provides more Americans with access to affordable credit while encouraging a reliable, safe financial system. The ...


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