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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Enhancing Client Relations

In the 10 years that James and Penny Brockway, a husband and wife team, have been operating Brockway Realty, LLC, the company has been in steady growth mode, with a dozen agents now serving clients throughout the Houston and Clear Lake areas. ...


Small Town, Big Service

Building a real estate business in a small town doesn't mean offering small services. Instead, it typically means you spend a lot of time strengthening your relationship with your local community. “Get involved in a lot of local events,” recommends Bruce Garber, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 BHJ Realty, Inc. in ...


The Truth Behind College Cost Myths

(MCT)—Whenever we write about how much it costs to go to college, we hear from a lot of readers. ...


Pillar To Post Welcomes 42 New Franchisees

Pillar To Post, one of North America’s largest home inspection franchises, has added 42 new franchise locations since January of this year, bringing the company’s total to 450 franchisees. In addition, they have just been named one of the Top 100 Low Cost Franchises in Franchise Business Review’s Best of ...


Hot Property: Dr. Dre Moves His Money around LA’s Westside

(MCT)—Dr. Dre has popped his Hollywood Hills West home on the market at $35 million. ...


Key Takeaways from the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

In The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjofsson and Andrew McAfee provide an intricate argument that the speed of innovation is increasing rapidly. And, while their book does not focus on real estate, last Tuesday’s Realogy FWD Innovation Summit showcasing 15 ...


Share of All-Cash Home Purchases Falls in Most Areas

The portion of home purchases made with all cash fell in the first quarter compared to a year ago in a majority of metro areas nationwide, as investor-driven activity fades and more traditional buyers re-enter the market, according to a Zillow analysis. ...


REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate Program Raises the Standards of Industry Excellence, Announces First Graduates

Experienced REALTORS® are among the real estate industry’s most-valued professional assets, particularly because of their ongoing commitment to continued learning. Since the nature of the real estate industry is always changing, professionals can benefit by expanding their knowledge base in a number of specialty areas within real estate. In addition ...


A Checklist to Cure Workplace Woes

(MCT)—Anyone who’s sold 50 million books doesn’t need me to share his message. But 102 years after Dale Carnegie’s first how-to-succeed course was offered, I recently was charmed by a nine-page booklet from the Dale Carnegie Training company. ...


Home Theaters Are Growing in Popularity

(MCT)—Joe “J.C.” Ganote celebrated Father’s Day with his son and grandchildren at his home in Lee’s Summit, Mo. But if the younger Ganotes hadn’t made the cross-country trip from San Diego, you can bet that grandpa would have logged on to Skype ...


FHA Prohibits Deceptive Marketing in Reverse Mortgage Programs

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a Mortgagee Letter recently reminding lenders participating in the agency’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program to make certain senior borrowers are fully informed of all their options when applying for reverse mortgages.  FHA’s Mortgagee Letter also reinforces the agency’s prohibition against misleading or deceptive ...


Alain Pinel REALTORS® Acquires New Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth

Alain Pinel REALTORS® (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, has announced Rick Turley as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth for San Francisco and Wine Country. Turley was most recently President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's San Francisco Bay Area Region. In his ...


What Is Sick House Syndrome, and What Causes It?

Sick House Syndrome occurs when a house can’t “breathe” and rid itself of indoor pollutants, resulting in poor indoor air quality – a “sick house.” Inadequate ventilation allows these pollutants to build up, causing potential health risks to the home’s occupants. Young ...


For Your Client: 7 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent

With millions of homes across the country being sold each year, and the increasing number of foreclosures and short sales, the process of selling your home has become more complex than ever before. ...


Your Place: What Recourse for Rain Damage in Basement?

(MCT)--Question: My son and daughter-in-law purchased a twin ranch home with a finished basement in the Northeast in September. ...


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