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Todays Real Estate News Archive


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 ...


Dispelling Myths: What Every REALTOR® Should Know about Title Insurance

The process of buying a home is complicated. Consumers can become confused and frustrated with the mounds of paperwork and documents to sign. Fees show up at closing that can sometimes surprise the buyer. ...


Rent Recovery Solutions Integrates with Yardi for Superior Technology Services

Rent Recovery Solutions, LLC (RRS), a specialized collections agency focused solely on the unique needs of the multi-family property industry, recently announced that it is fully integrated with Yardi Voyager software. ...


Fidelity National Officially Acquires LPS in $2.9 Billion Deal

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which FNF will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of LPS for $33.25 per common share, for a total equity value of approximately $2.9 billion. ...


N.J. Hospital Joins Rooftop Bees Movement

(MCT)— Four stories up, out on the roof above the doctors, nurses and staff at The Valley Hospital’s Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, N.J., a new group of employees is busy creating a city out of wax. ...


Coldwell Banker Names New Senior Vice President 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 ...


Prudential Network Realty’s Linda Sherrer Shares Lessons Learned in New Webinar

Prudential Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer recently shared her strategic business-building insight as a featured speaker in the Prudential Real Estate Leadership Excellence webinar series, the company has announced. ...


Real Estate Has Changed – Are You Changing with It? Top Brokers Tell Us How

Yes, the real estate market is in recovery mode…but no, it’s not the same market it used to be. If you’re taking a same-show-different-channel approach to your business, you will likely ...