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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Fears about Mortgage Rate Increases Harming the Market Are Unfounded

We see it any time interest rates start creeping up: big, bold news headlines declaring that the housing market is headed for trouble. When rates go up, the doom and gloom and articles in the mainstream media spread like wildfire. These factors ...


New .REALTOR FAQs and Field Guide Posted

NAR PULSE—We are currently finalizing the process of securing the .REALTOR domain for use by members and associations. In the meantime, we've recently posted a Field Guide to Top-Level Domains and an update to our FAQs, so we encourage you to visit ...


Obama Administration Renews Support for Homeless

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced nearly $1.6 billion in grants to renew support for 7,100 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the funding will ensure these ...


Hot Property: Is it Too late for Paltrow and Martin to Ask for a Refund?

(MCT)—Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their “conscious uncoupling.” ...


Spending Smart: Extended Warranties Warrant a Closer Look

(MCT)—Do extended service contracts warrant your attention and your dollars? ...


Stewart® Honored by Forbes® as One of America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America. The rankings, determined by proprietary ratings provider and investment advisor GMI Ratings, recognize 50 financial and banking companies of more than 8,000 publicly-traded, North American companies analyzed. ...


Recovery Spreads: Activity Exceeds Norm in Many Markets

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the just-released National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of 11 ...


Senate Sets out Untried System to Replace Fannie, Freddie

(MCT)—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, once the twin kingpins of the home loan market, have been languishing in federal conservatorship since Sept. 6, 2008. While their continued presence is an embarrassment to many on both sides of the political aisle, it is ...


U.S. Is Top Choice for International Buyers

Viewing the country as a safe place to put their money, international homebuyers preferred purchasing properties in the United States over other countries, according to the California Association of REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2013 International Clients Survey.” ...


Why ‘Local’ Is Back: LeadingRE – The Global Behind Local

Look around, and the rising consumer preference for “local” is apparent in just about every market segment. Diners flock to pedestrian areas with home-grown restaurant options, seeking a unique flavor not offered in a chain restaurant. Millennials gravitate toward craft beers from ...


5 Ways to Improve Social Media Productivity

(MCT)—Technology consultant Rebekah Lundberg talked to the Dallas Morning News about five tools to increase social media productivity. Lundberg is the U.S. marketing manager for global digital marketing and technology firm Valtech. ...


Texas REALTORS® De-Mystify Three Top Home Selling Myths

I recently came across some very interesting and de-mystifying information courtesy of the Texas Association of REALTORS® directed at first-time sellers. The Association warns that there are lots of myths out there about the right way to sell a home. ...


NAHB Supports Senate Bill that Addresses “Patent Trolls”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is calling on the Senate to advance the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720), legislation that would significantly improve the U.S. patent process and stop patent abuse. Small business owners in home building and scores of other industries across the ...


Agent Spotlight: Real Living Lifestyles’ Sean Zanganeh Closed Most Units in 2013

Sean Zanganeh began his career in real estate five years ago when the market was at one of its worst downturns, which gave him invaluable experience that has propelled him to where he is today. At Real Living Lifestyles he had the most units closed and the third highest gross ...


Century 21 Realty Alliance Earns Diversity Award

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized CENTURY 21 Realty Alliance with the 2013 CENTURY 21® Marsh Fisher Diversity Award. Orhan Tolu, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Realty Alliance, accepted the Award on behalf of his team at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference in Las Vegas, NV earlier this month. ...


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