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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Pillar To Post Salutes 8 New Franchises in September

Pillar To Post, one of North America’s largest home inspection franchises, added eight new franchises during the month of September. That brings the company’s total to 49 new franchisees in 2013, on track to meet its goal of 75 new locations by the end of the year. ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Partners with Virtual Results to Strengthen Website Quality Certification Program

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has selected Virtual Results, LLC to evaluate websites of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) member firms through the network’s Website Quality Certification program for 2014. ...


Realtor.com® and the San Jose Sharks Sign Exclusive Sponsorship Agreement

Recently, realtor.com® announced that it has signed an agreement with the San Jose Sharks to be an official and category exclusive sponsor for the 2013-14 NHL season. The agreement supports realtor.com®'s mission to engage with consumers at all stages of the home buying, renting, moving or selling process from anywhere, ...


Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam despite Persistent Headwinds

With home prices and household formations rising and household balance sheets healing, the ongoing housing recovery is expected to gain momentum next year even as several challenges remain, according to economists who participated in a recent National Association of Home Builders ...


Real Estate Q&A: Loan Modification Based on What You Still Owe

(MCT)—QUESTION: I paid my 15-year mortgage for eight years before I suffered a hardship and had to stop making payments. I am trying to get a loan modification and want to know what happens to the equity in my home. And is the modification done on the original loan amount ...


The House That Ingenuity Built Heads to National Competition

(MCT)--Plants grow on the roof. A device that looks like a crystalline sculpture sucks moisture from the air. And a sensor figures out when no one’s home, switching off the lights and air conditioning. ...


Crowdsourcing Part 1: Get in Business with Pinterest

By now, most real estate professionals have already successfully incorporated social and digital media into their real estate business, using networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. One site that not enough brokers are taking advantage of is Pinterest. Further, crowdsourcing ...


Coaching Myths and Mysteries

When I speak with the elite agents around the world, most of them have one single attribute in common: They all have a coach! Why is it that? ...


How Buyers Can Stand Out in a Multiple-Offer Market

A Beverly Hills home listed at $2.5 million and sold within 10 days at $100,000 over asking price with multiple-offers. A bank real estate-owned property listed at $4.9 million and received 21 offers—some were $250,000 over asking price. Far from exceptional, ...


Business Opportunities Abound for Relo Departments

New business opportunities don’t always require new products and original services, but sometimes just a new approach. Some brokerage relocation departments are successfully re-directing expertise to reflect their local markets’ ever-changing needs by expanding, linking or repackaging existing services. ...


5 Mobile Finance Trends on the Rise in 2013

The world’s Internet denizens are increasingly embracing mobile computing. It’s not hype. A growing body of evidence supports the notion that the mobile Web will free us from the constraints of the desktop. ...


Which Legal Structure Is Best for Your Business?

Figuring out the appropriate legal structure for a small business can be a daunting task, especially considering that each type of structure has trade-offs. ...


Keeping Up with Leads: A Systematic Approach

“As the real estate industry continues to become increasingly mobile, incorporating mobile tools into the follow up process is crucial,” says Michelle Horinek, the broker/owner of PRESTIGE Realty in Whitehouse, Texas. Read on for more of Horinek's valuable insight on on keeping up with leads and maintaining client relationships. ...


What Steps Can Firms Take to Improve/Lower their E&O Cost?

Errors and omissions insurance is one of the key coverage types the real estate industry relies upon to help it manage claims. When weighing different insurance carriers, many real estate companies will undoubtedly compare premium pricing and services rendered of various providers, both of which may help them make informed ...


Are You Prepared for the Next Wave of Real Estate?

In markets across the country, the housing turnaround is in full swing. Low inventories and a rebound in sales are not only raising asking prices, but also bringing a return to new-home construction. While numbers have pulled back a bit from ...


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