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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Staying ahead of the Appraisals Game

Appraisal. Just the mere mention of the word makes some of us cringe. You can spend countless hours working on a deal, putting it together, getting through inspection issues, only to have the home under appraise. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Regain Popularity as Prices, Rates Rise

(MCT)—When Michael Shuken recently bought his family’s first home, a four-bedroom in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista area, his adjustable-rate mortgage helped them stay on the pricey Westside. ...


Great Spaces: Comedian Curbs Price in Pacific Palisades

Comedian Larry David of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has curbed prices, cutting more than $2 million off the listing price of his Pacific Palisades home. ...


The 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate

Swanepoel Releases Comprehensive Ranking of Industry Leaders ...


Real Estate Q&A: How to Do Away with Private Mortgage Insurance

(MCT)—QUESTION: We bought our home in 2005 with a no-down-payment loan that required private mortgage insurance. Since then, we have worked hard to make additional principal payments and have reduced our balance to about 70 percent of the current value. The loan ...


Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Expands Footprint into Virginia and North Carolina

At a recent press conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., Howard Hanna Real Estate Services announced the merger with William E. Wood and Associates, REALTORS® and its subsidiaries, Heritage Title and Towne Mortgage. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 2.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 3, 2014. The most recent week’s results include an adjustment to account for the New Year’s Day holiday, while the previous week’s results ...


Top Trends in Real Estate for 2014

(MCT)—Gabe Cole bought and sold 15 homes last year as part of his sideline as a house flipper. ...


NAR Extends Alliance with Chrysler Group LLC

Part of the cost of doing business as a real estate agent is spending a considerable amount of time driving from one property to another to assist clients. To help members who are always on the go, the National Association of REALTORS® recently announced a two-year extension of ...


Mortgage Rates Stay Largely Unchanged

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates little changed amid a week of light economic reports. ...


‘Downton Abbey’ Style Comes to Modern American Homes

(MCT)—My anglophile roots are showing, but I’m not alone. Like millions of Americans, I love “Downton Abbey.” ...


Marketing Tactics to Integrate in 2014, Part 2: Local Marketing

Continuing our look at what lies ahead for real estate pros in 2014, here are the latest of the 14 marketing trends expected to be hot in the new year, with an emphasis on local marketing. Check out last week’s mobile trends ...


Along the Way to Real Estate

Your past shapes everything you do. There are no accidents but rather just valuable lessons wrapped up in sometimes unexpected packaging. To quote one of my favorite musicians, David Byrne, “You may ask yourself, how did I get here?” ...


Basic Training: Your Best Year Ever

Welcome to 2014; you made it! You survived, and some of you even thrived, through one of the most difficult real estate markets in recent history. ...


Are Your Meetings a Waste of Time? CEO Shares Tips for Encouraging Productive Collaboration

In survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours. ...


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