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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Must Be Mobile: The Key to Successful Lead Generation

Today’s consumers are beyond smart, which is an understatement, to say the least. They’re also extremely tech-savvy, which fuels their hunger for fast information. Gone are the days of shooting an email, hoping it’s received and opened, and awaiting a response. Today’s homebuyers are on-the-go and know what they want, ...


Effective Rate on New Home Loans Continues Downward Drift

On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, remained a constant 4.03 percent in December, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). However, initial ...


3 Characteristics of Great Listing Agents

If you ask a room full of agents whether they work with more buyers or more sellers, most of the time you’ll see the majority of hands raise for the buyer side of the question. ...


Banks Ease Mortgage Standards

(TNS)—Getting a home loan or auto loan might be getting a little easier. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes Inks Exclusive Agreement with Gale Communities, Inc.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes (BHGRE Kansas City Homes) recently announced an exclusive agreement with renowned Jackson County real estate developer Dave Gale, president of Gale Communities, Inc. As part of the agreement, Gale Communities’ current new home properties, including New Longview and the five neighborhoods ...


Getting to Go: Pre-Qualifying Your Buyer Clients

As you know, the first step to working with any good buyer client is pre-qualification. You and your agents may have a formal process in place to vet potential clients, or you may approach this on a ...


New Tool Enhances Consumer Real Estate Search Experience

One of the most important factors home buyers consider as they begin the process of searching for their dream home is the distance to work, school, shopping, place of worship and other important destinations, and how long it takes to drive that distance. That is why the Houston Association of ...


RESPA/TILA Changes Right around the Corner

While August 1 may still be six months away, now is the time to start thinking about the RESPA/TILA changes that will go into effect on that date. There will no longer be Good Faith Estimates (GFEs) or Truth in Lending disclosures. Those two forms have been combined into a ...


Rick Calanni Joins Cartus as Director of Business Development for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Rick Calanni, a real estate and relocation industry executive for the past 10 years, has joined Cartus Corporationas director, Business Development for the Mid-Atlantic region. Cartus is a leading provider of global relocation services. ...


Great Spaces: A Taste of Europe in North Carolina

Sitting in a cul-de-sac in the exclusive Starmount Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., this stylish home has loads of European flair: a sparkling pool, manicured courtyards, a stunning pergola, and more. It’s a private oasis perfect for wining, dining and entertaining. ...


CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Rules in Rural Areas

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. If finalized, the proposal would increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types ...


Mortgage Rates Make First Weekly Gain of 2015

(TNS)—Fixed mortgage rates this week rose for the first time in 2015, with Freddie Mac’s widely watched survey pegging the 30-year conventional rate at 3.66 percent, up from 3.63 percent last week. ...


Expert Ways to Increase Home Value

With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also make it a good time to buy a home.  Findings from a new, exclusive survey of more than 300 licensed residential real estate agents by the Consumer Reports National Research Center point to ...


Webinar: Learn Strategies That Have Driven Double-Digit Growth in Closings

Want to hear the latest tips for success from rapidly rising real estate stars? Tune into a new webinar Thursday, February 05, 10-11 a.m. PST, geared toward expanding teams and brokers and featuring top real estate professionals setting their sights on even bigger numbers for 2015 using online lead systems ...


5 Innovation Killers that Lurk within Businesses

The work of innovative thinkers is why the world has smartphones, laptop computers, toaster ovens and numerous other gadgets and creative approaches to problem solving. ...


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