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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Bay State Home Sales Jump 19 Percent in October

Regional Spotlight—Sales of Massachusetts single-family homes rose again in October, increasing almost 19 percent from a year earlier, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


The Mortgage Professor: With Loan Insurance, Bad Rules Lead to More Rules

(MCT)—In 1999, Congress decreed that the monthly mortgage insurance premiums that borrowers paid could be terminated by the borrower under certain conditions, and if the borrower failed to act, the lender was obliged to terminate a little later. This rule applied to mortgages insured by private mortgage insurers. Shortly thereafter, ...


Your Place: Appliance Problems Merit an Electrical Checkup

(MCT)—Q: In March 2011, I had my kitchen gutted and redone with new floor, cabinets, “green” furnace and water system, counters—the works. I installed a new Samsung French-door refrigerator, an over-the-stove microwave, and, for the first time, a dishwasher. The washer ...


Navigating the New Market

HomeFinder.com’s 2013 Agent Makeover Sweepstakes gave five lucky agents a deluxe treatment and a new set of skills to power up their business ...


Prudential Ambassador Real Estate Officially Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate

Prudential Ambassador Real Estate, a brokerage leader in Nebraska, is set to officially become Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The company recently held a press briefing, “Brand Opening” event and yard-sign reveal at the Ambassador Real Estate Corporate Offices in Omaha. ...


Barbara Corcoran Shares Tips for Becoming a Market Leader

The Shark Tank Investor Who Cut Her Teeth in Real Estate Shares Her Frank, Feisty, and Homespun Formula for Success in Business and Life ...


Home Prices Jump in Largest U.S. Cities, but Pace Slows

(MCT)—Home prices in the nation’s largest metro regions posted strong gains in September, although the pace of those increases slowed in most cities, according to a leading gauge. ...


Too Few Real Estate Agents Understand Their E&O Policies

Errors and omissions insurance coverage is a product that companies across an array of industries carry, as these policies can be critical to keeping firms solvent in the event of lawsuits. ...


The Changing Dynamics of Real Estate Investment

In today’s recovering residential real estate market, investors have played an important role, accounting for more than 20 percent of all purchases in recent months. As noted in an article that appeared on RISMedia.com on August 28, titled, “A New Breed of Real Estate Investor; The Value Investor,” there’s been ...


Residential Building Permits Reach 1 Million, a 5-Year High

(MCT)—The number of U.S. residential building permits issued in October surpassed 1 million, the highest level in five years, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. ...


Diane Stafford: Home-Based Work Isn’t for Everyone

(MCT)—It’s a time of year when some workers are giving thanks for their cozy home-based jobs. Others, not so much. ...


Long & Foster to Represent Integrity Homes in New Communities

Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., one of the largest independent residential real estate companies in the U.S., has announced it will work with Integrity Homes, a local builder of the highest quality homes, in several new communities in the Washington, D.C., area. Long & Foster will exclusively represent Integrity ...


NAR Continues to Raise Education Bar

While extra attention is given to education during November, REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) continues to shine the spotlight on specialized knowledge. Drawing upon its 100-year history, one million-plus member base, and the largest real estate library in the world, NAR offers brokers and their ...


HUD Awards Millions to Next Generation of Housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced that nine communities across the U.S. will receive Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. The $4.37 million awarded today provides these communities the resources they need to craft comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize ...


People Who Need People: Customer Service Insights

When I meet someone for the first time and am asked what I do for a living it’s always a bit of a tricky question. My quick response is that I work in real estate, which essentially is not true. (If I ...


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