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Todays Real Estate News Archive


RELO Direct® President Portale Participates in GMS-T Pilot

RELO Direct®, Inc. President/CEO Bob Portale, SCRP, SGMS-T, has completed the first-ever offering of Worldwide ERC®’s GMS-T: Strategic Talent Mobility course. Portale was only one of eight mobility leaders invited to take the course as part of a pilot program during Worldwide ERC®’s National Relocation Conference in May. ...


Your Place: Can Your AC Unit Be Silenced?

(MCT)— Question: I would like to know if there is any method, other than moving an outdoor AC compressor, to minimize its noise when it is running at the same time people want to be on the back deck enjoying the ...


May Housing Scorecard Released

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have released the May edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a—comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continue to show important progress across many key indicators—as the annual home price increase is the ...


The Mortgage Professor: Some Well-Off Borrowers at a Disadvantage

(MCT)—In a recent column, I pointed out that mortgage lenders today can make a loan with only 3 percent down to a borrower with a steady job but a credit score of only 570, and have it insured by the Federal Housing Administration. But lenders can’t or won’t accommodate a ...


Home Prices Rise by More Than 12 Percent; Where Are the Hot Markets?

Following its predicted forecast, the housing recovery continues to push forward as we move from spring to summer. CoreLogic recently released its April CoreLogic HPI report showing an increase in home prices nationwide of 12.1 percent on a year-over-year basis in ...


More Recovering Markets: Homes.com Releases ‘Rebound Report’

Homes.com recently launched the “Homes.com Rebound Report,” a new housing study with detailed insight on the housing market recovery in the top 100 U.S. Markets. ...


Lead Generation Ideas to Boost Your Listings

I got the listing! I love to hear those words. Now comes the hard part. Keeping your listing in front of new consumers in order to use it to actively produce new leads over the course of the sale. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Need for Data Speed

With all this smart phone technology coming out faster than the market itself can handle, the amount of money being thrown into broadband connections, as well as the number of connections total, has increased substantially. ...


How Do You Value Your Company?

Central to any type of ownership change and/or restructuring is determining the value of your business. You need to understand the market value of your business when exchanging ownership shares, creating options to purchase, or establishing a tax baseline for family transfers. ...


Spotting Trends at the Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York

(MCT)--At the nation’s most influential expo for home decor, designers continued to push boundaries with innovative materials and 3-D technology, but the standout looks were more about color, luxurious finishes and, most important, a sense of fun. ...


HUD Makes $109 Million Available to Revitalize Housing, Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced recently that it is making available $109 million in grants to revitalize public and HUD-assisted housing and transform communities. These grants are offered through HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Program, a redevelopment approach that provides communities with tools to revitalize hard-hit communities ...


Exceeding Expectations with HSA Home Warranty

For many Americans, buying a home is one of the biggest decisions—and purchases—of their lives. Even after the dotted lines are signed, there may still be added costs should a problem arise in the home shortly after closing. How can sellers reassure apprehensive buyers? They can provide them with a ...


Hollywood Pair List Long-Time Residence

Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig have recently listed their Santa Monica, Calif. residence for $6.9 million dollars. Olin, an actor, director and producer (“Alias,” “Brothers & Sisters),” and Wettig, a three-time Emmy-winning actress (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Thirtysomething”) have lived in the ...


More Than 750 Builders Discuss Housing Issues in Hill Visits

More than 750 builders from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill last week for the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Legislative Conference to urge their lawmakers to support policies that will keep the housing recovery moving forward and increase housing opportunities for all Americans. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Shares New Data on the Next Generation of Homebuyers

There are more than 80 million Millennials in the United States who will make up the next generation of first-time homeowners. These homebuyers know what they want and, surprisingly, they are ready to get their hands dirty to transform a house to meet their unique needs. In March 2013, Better ...