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Todays Real Estate News Archive


December Existing-Home Sales Rise 1 Percent

(MCT)—Existing-home sales in December rose 1 percent from the previous month to an annual rate of 4.87 million, the National Association of REALTORS said Thursday. ...


Ask the Experts: What Style Should I Shoot My Video In?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Marcellee Williams, the Producer & Content Manager for WellcomeMat. ...


Price Transparency Key to Expanding Reverse-Mortgage Market

(MCT)—My last column discussed some modest initiatives my colleagues and I have taken to help enlarge the market for home equity conversion mortgages, or HECMs. These included a monograph on matching HECM options to senior needs, a senior-friendly calculator showing the ...


Planwise Receives Investment from National Association of REALTORS®’ Investment Arm

Planwise, a San Francisco based technology company, recently announced that Second Century Ventures (SCV), the strategic investment arm of the National Association of REALTORS®, has made a strategic investment in the company. Planwise was a member of SCV’s inaugural REachTM technology accelerator class in 2013 which helps early stage technology ...


December Home Prices Nearly 12 Percent Higher than 2012

Despite the traditional winter slow down, both home prices and sales inched higher in December. The RE/MAX National Housing Report, a survey of MLS data in 52 metropolitan areas, found the December median home price of $185,400 was 11.9 percent higher than the median in December 2012. ...


PCMS Consulting Evolves Solution Based Model

Leading real estate solutions provider PCMS Consulting continues to evolve its à la carte model after another successful year in 2013. The company offers best-in-class technology solutions and real estate consulting to brokerages nation-wide. PCMS will add several new solutions in 2014 while continuing to refine its consulting, Internet marketing, ...


HomeFinder.com Announces Broker Advantage Program

HomeFinder.com, a leading real estate search site, today announces Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is the inaugural participant in the new HomeFinder.com Broker Advantage Program, now available to all brokerages. This partnership gives Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty brokers preferred access to HomeFinder.com’s suite of digital marketing ...


Owners Spend $1.9 Million to Remodel in Typical Zip Code

Homeowners in the typical zip code area spent a total of $1.9 million to improve their homes in 2013, according to new zip-level estimates developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This works out to about $1,400 per owner-occupied home ...


Refinance Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 5 Percent

In happy housing news, mortgage applications increased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 17, 2014. ...


Metro Chicago Real Estate: More and Faster Sales for $1 Million-Plus Residential Market

Regional Spotlight—Luxury homes sold in greater number and more quickly during 2013 in the seven-county metropolitan Chicago real estate market even as the median sales price held steady, according to the RE/MAX Luxury Report on Chicago Real Estate, a bi-monthly analysis of home sales at $1 million plus. The metro ...


Your Place: Keeping Indoor Humidity at a Pleasant Level

(MCT)--Q: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water ...


December Existing-Home Sales Rise, 2013 Strongest in Seven Years

Existing-home sales edged up in December, sales for all of 2013 were the highest since 2006, and median prices maintained strong growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Ten Minutes Invested in This Plan Can Help You Reach a 2014 Goal

Try our new online business planning tool! It takes 5-10 minutes and immediately calculates the key activities and daily actions you will need to take—based on your specific objective. ...


Adapting to Consumer Trends with Responsive Design Websites

It seems that every day, the number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your website increases, and with consumers searching via mobile devices more so than desktop, it is high time that real estate pros understand the importance of responsive design websites. ...


Business Building: Establish and Convey Your Message

As a real estate professional you are energetic, independent, relatable, hardworking, forward thinking, and you have a corner on the market. Right? But what good are these qualities and how you use them if no one knows who you are? Once you’ve identified the characteristics that make you distinctive, you ...


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