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Todays Real Estate News Archive


A Training Platform: Education & Evolution

A strong training platform holds value for every brokerage. In one vein, it’s important for real estate agents to stay ahead of trends and adapt to industry and market changes to maximize their business. In another, it’s important to the brokerage’s culture and growth for its agents to understand the ...


The Universal Language: Love, Music or Mobile?

It’s no secret that technology is constantly evolving, and as it changes, so does human behavior. Mobile technology is at the forefront of the latest evolution, with the number of mobile phones expected to exceed the world’s population by 2014. The ...


5 Technology Tools Every Agent Should Use

For the last couple of years, real estate technology tools have been rolling out at a fast and furious pace. As a real estate professional, I eagerly scrambled to keep up as a slower market afforded me the time ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in Second Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed strong continued improvement in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. The index increased 24 points ...


Applications for New Home Sales Increase in July 2013

MBA’s Builder Application Survey data for July 2013 shows that mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 14 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


The Mortgage Professor: Before Closing a Refinance, Be Ready to Rescind

(MCT)—Rescinding a contractual agreement is unusual. A major purpose of contracts is to define the rights and obligations of each party, and if provision is made for a rescission, a penalty will almost always be imposed on the rescinding party. For example, when one party to a merger recently decided ...


Living Smart: Organizing

(MCT)—Back to school isn’t just a busy time for kids. Parents also can feel the crunch of having too much to do in too little time. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Strengthens Franchise Presence in Georgia with Addition of Savannah Brokerage

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently announced the addition of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Legacy to its growing franchise network. Co-owners Jeff and Steffany Farmer have been servicing the local Savannah real estate market for more than 20 years and will actively oversee the growth and business ...


Carrington Real Estate Launches ‘RealSatisfied’ Online Reputation Management Tool

Carrington Real Estate Services, LLC, a corporately owned and operated national brokerage, recently announced its launch of RealSatisfied, a service management platform which delivers customer feedback data to real estate agents in real-time and allows them to post those reviews on their online agent profiles. This initiative accomplishes two important ...


Real Estate Brokerage Power House Signs Up with PlanetRE

PlanetRE, one of the nation's leading technology cloud vendors for online real estate, announced recently that Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate has signed a multi-year contract for planetRE Compliance™, the most versatile transaction management platform on the market. ...


Title Resource Group’s Sunbelt Title Expands Operations in Florida

Title Resource Group (TRG) announced recently the expansion of its Sunbelt Title operations in Florida into Brevard County through the acquisition of the assets of Security First Title & Escrow, LLC. The newly acquired company's three offices in Melbourne, Merritt Island and Orlando, Fla., will now operate as Sunbelt Title ...


Flipping Homes Is Hot Once More

(MCT)—Seasoned real estate investor Kurt De Meire led an eager group of students on a field trip to a recent foreclosure auction. He wanted to show them how to flip homes — find bargains and resell them quickly at a profit. ...


Home Prices Pick Up Steam in Most Metro Areas during Second Quarter

Median home prices continued to rise in the majority of metropolitan areas in the second quarter, with the national year-over-year price showing the strongest gain in seven-and-a-half years, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of ...


Your Place: Call Expert to Remove Basement Oil Tank

(MCT)—Q: My husband and I are selling our home, and the buyer is requesting the removal of the oil tank in our basement. We switched to gas a few years ago. Do you have any advice for how we should go ...


Retraining for the New, New-Home Market

While real estate’s recovery is good news in and of itself, the revival of the market is yielding many key opportunities, such as new-home sales. With inventory lagging and buyer demand increasing, builders are back in business. However, the new-home market ...


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