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Todays Real Estate News Archive


4 Tips to Grow Your Net Worth

A report released earlier this year from the Chicago-based Spectrem Group estimated there were 8.99 million households in the United States with a net worth of at least $1 million at the end of 2012. ...


Building for Today

In a conversation with a real estate professional at a recent national convention, I was told an interesting story. This agent was working a builder’s model home one afternoon when a couple in their late 50’s stopped by and spent some time touring the home. ...


5 Ways to Make a Real Estate Comeback

The last several years have been filled with challenges associated with too much inventory, distressed properties and even more distressed sellers, agents working hard only to have deals fail, and so on. During this time, I discovered that there are two types of agents: those who adjusted their business accordingly ...


RISMedia’s Great Spaces: Good Will (House) Hunting?

Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon recently listed his Miami Beach, Fla., mansion for $20 million. Sitting on more than an acre of land on Biscayne Bay, this seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom home includes a wine cellar, home theater, rooftop terrace, private dock and boatlift. ...


4 Common Problems & How to Correct Them

U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars generating sales leads only to lose more than 70 percent of them simply because they don’t make contact quickly enough, according to one study. ...


Millennials Fueling New-Home Building Uptick

As the housing recovery presses onward, a new generation of buyers is leading the way: millennials. Not only is this younger generation full of fresh enthusiasm for homeownership, but they have a fresh idea of what their homes should look like, ...


Weekly Video Tip: How to Create Video with Shallow Depth of Field and ‘Bokeh’

Today I'm going to give you some more tips about how you can make your footage look awesome. Specifically, how to create shots with great shallow depth of field and "Bokeh." ...


Helping Buyers Get Their Dream Home in a Low-inventory Market

What do new-home buyers, Midwesterners and suburbanites have in common? They like garages. Seventy-eight percent of respondents in the National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences bought homes with a garage. In fact, garages were more popular among new-home buyers, Midwesterners and suburbanites than any other ...


Fannie Mae Takes Additional Steps to Streamline Short Sale Process

Fannie Mae recently introduced a new tool to help real estate professionals successfully close short sales. Listing agents are now asked to register accepted short sale offers with Fannie Mae to provide greater transparency into the process and allow Fannie Mae to proactively work with the mortgage servicer to finalize ...


Celeb Watch: Anna Faris and Chris Pratt Sell in LA

Comedic duo Anna Faris and Chris Pratt recently listed their Los Angeles home for $2,295,000. They recently purchased an additional home literally across the street from their old digs, so their move won't be too stressful. ...


The Mortgage Professor: Subprime Loans Back, and They’re U.S.-Insured

(MCT)—Think subprime mortgages have gone away? Think again. We have a subprime market lurking within the Federal Housing Administration, with features that are eerily similar to those of the private market that went into hyper-drive in the 2000s and collapsed in ...


Chicago Real Estate: $1 Million-Plus Home Sales Outpace Broader Market

RE/MAX reports that the luxury segment of the Chicago real estate market, consisting of homes that cost $1 million or more, showed impressive strength through the first four months of 2013. The number of residential sales in that segment increased 32 percent during the period when compared to the same ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Names New Senior VP of Marketing

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC recently named Sean Blankenship as its new senior vice president of marketing, the company has announced. Blankenship joins the Coldwell Banker® brand with 23 years of marketing experience, most recently leading the digital strategy, development and execution for Gulf States Toyota in Houston, a leading ...


Why Single Family Real Estate Rentals Are Here to Stay

Is the single family rental boom just another real estate bubble? Or are we witnessing the expansion of a new housing option, one that’s perfect for a generation burned by the housing bust? ...


New! A Marketplace for Health Insurance

NAR PULSE—NAR is excited to introduce the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, a one-stop shop for health and wellness insurance needs. Multiple insurance options are now available to members, including a major medical health insurance exchange. Also, this offering provides professional consultative assistance, to help you find the best ...