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Todays Real Estate News Archive


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Jump 10 Basis Points

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.21 percent, up 10 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate steadily rose last week, peaking at 4.27 percent on Monday before dropping slightly to today's rate. ...


American Home Shield Acquires HSA Home Warranty

American Home Shield, one of the largest home warranty companies in the nation, recently announced the closing of its acquisition of HSA Home Warranty. Company officials announced in early November that a purchase agreement had been signed and were awaiting final regulatory approval to close the ...


7 Simple Questions to Develop Your Mobile Strategy

When you talk mobile, it’s very easy to get lost in features and cool technology. Although those become key components in a mobile solution, the strategy is the road map to the final destination. Because of this, we decided to get a ...


Spring into Sales: 5 Tips to Get Ready for the Buying Season

Numerous studies have proven that late spring and the summer months are the busiest times in the real estate market, with approximately 35 percent of all real estate transactions occurring between May and July (Washington Post). ...


Ask the Experts: How Can I Get the Most from Real Estate-Related Video Interviews?

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


The Four Cornerstones of Superior Customer Service

The heart of any company can be found beating inside the walls of its customer service department. Providing superior customer service after the sale is a smart business decision that pays long-term dividends. All the money that companies spend on sales training, marketing research, advertising, and PR initiatives to attract ...


3 Questions Never to Ask during a Hiring Interview

(MCT)—Business owners are generally pretty savvy about discrimination in hiring. You know you should hire the best person for the job, regardless of gender or race. Most hiring managers wouldn’t deny someone a job offer because of the color of their skin, ...


zipLogix Announces Service Provider Feature for zipForm Plus Users

zipLogix, creator of zipForm(R), one of the real estate industry's leading forms software providers, recently announced the release of the Service Provider feature for zipForm(R) Plus. The feature is available nationwide. The Service Provider program places each participating company's contact information in the zipForm(R) Plus address book, a form library ...


Labor Shortages Are a Key Issue for Housing

According to recent NAHB industry surveys, finding and hiring workers is a key challenge for home builders as construction activity grows. This issue is of such significant importance that it has been selected as a primary issue for NAHB’s 2014 legislative conference, “Bringing Housing Home,” which takes place ...


New Generational Trends Study Shows Confidence in Market

Young home buyers remain optimistic and see their home as a good investment, while older buyers are more likely to trade down to a smaller property to match changing lifestyles, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller ...


More Than 4 Million First-Time Buyers Want to Enter the Housing Market in 2014, Buoyed by Strong U.S. Housing Confidence

Millions of current renters nationwide aspire to buy a home in the next year, according to the inaugural edition of the Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI)[i], suggesting strong demand among potential first-time homebuyers if market conditions are favorable. But existing headwinds, including ...


Distressed Housing Market Shrinks Dramatically in California

Regional Spotlight--Vastly improved home prices over the past five years have changed the landscape of California’s distressed housing market, which is now just a fraction of what it was during the Great Recession, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) found recently. ...


Great Service Is Real Key to Positive Agent Ratings

When you provide service that impresses your clients, they’re usually very willing to tell others. That’s how you keep your pipeline filled. ...


Addressing the Needs of Diverse Clientele

Today's buyers and sellers are not a “one size fits all” type of deal. In the following interview, Douglas Magid, a Principal with CENTURY 21 Metropolitan in New York, N.Y., talks about meeting the needs of all your clients, from first-time buyers to picky buyers and beyond. ...


From Loan Qualification to Divorce, Marriage Brings up Mortgage Issues

(MCT)—When a married couple purchases a house with the help of a mortgage, they become subject to a wide range of legal rules and custom-based practices at every stage of the process. This column will summarize some of the major issues that ...


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