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The Battle Ahead for Brokers: Dodd-Frank Takes Hold

From Dodd-Frank regulations to controversial tax laws, the rules have changed for brokers and agents…and most importantly, their consumers. Ken Trepeta, Esq., director of Real Estate Services for the National Association of REALTORS®, will offer a detailed analysis of these business-altering topics in a special keynote presentation taking place at ...


HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors®/Trident Group

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced yesterday the acquisition of Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors®, The Trident Group, which is comprised of financial services companies including Trident Mortgage Company, Trident Insurance and Trident Land Transfer Company. Terms were ...


Rising Home Values Impact Affordability in Second Quarter

Nationwide housing affordability slipped several notches as recovering markets witnessed significant firming of home prices in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released recently. In all, 69.3 percent of new and ...


The Inventory Shortage: How Bad is it…and How to Cope

While the real estate recovery continues to move forward, many brokers and agents are running into a somewhat unexpected roadblock: not enough inventory. The current status of the inventory shortage along with strategies for dealing with a listing-poor marketplace will be ...


5 Technology Tools Every Agent Should Use

For the last couple of years, real estate technology tools have been rolling out at a fast and furious pace. As a real estate professional, I eagerly scrambled to keep up as a slower market afforded me the time ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in Second Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed strong continued improvement in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. The index increased 24 points ...


Flipping Homes Is Hot Once More

(MCT)—Seasoned real estate investor Kurt De Meire led an eager group of students on a field trip to a recent foreclosure auction. He wanted to show them how to flip homes — find bargains and resell them quickly at a profit. ...


Home Prices Pick Up Steam in Most Metro Areas during Second Quarter

Median home prices continued to rise in the majority of metropolitan areas in the second quarter, with the national year-over-year price showing the strongest gain in seven-and-a-half years, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of ...


Distressed Properties: Are Short Sales and REOs Still Driving Business?

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


NAHB Chairman Applauds President’s Housing Speech

Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C., recently issued the following statement on President Obama’s housing speech in Phoenix: ...


Expectations for Improvement in Housing Sector Continue

Consumer attitudes toward the housing market are increasingly positive despite the recent steep rise in mortgage interest rates, according to results from Fannie Mae’s July 2013 National Housing Survey. ...


Are July Prices Signaling the New Normal?

While extremes continue in some markets, the national trend in Clear Capital’s July data is moderation as markets at both ends of the spectrum stabilize and return to historic patterns. Has the New Normal arrived? ...


Tips for Successfully Working with Investors

When you look at your target market, do you include investors in the mix? You should. ...


Are You Conversant with Millennial Culture?

Numbering 105 million, Millennials are larger than the Baby Boomer generation, and 20 percent bigger than the Gen X population. And Millennials are aging into home buying. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), among buyers under 32 years of ...


Las Vegas Breaks Out with 31.2 Percent Yearly Growth in July

Clear Capital. one of the premium providers of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through July 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the ...


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