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3 Tricks to Treat Your Customers by Helping, Not Selling

Here’s a scary misconception about marketing—the louder you shout the more likely you’ll be heard.  In this age of information overload and the emergence of mobile and other digital trends, consumers are coming to ...


‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 23 Percent from Last Year, but Increase in 16 States

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 percent of all active foreclosures. ...


Home Prices Rise in August

Home prices rose slightly at 0.2% in August, slower than the 0.6% rise in July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index released Tuesday. However, data through August 2014, released this week in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, continue to show a deceleration ...


By the Numbers: Big Cities You Can Actually Afford to Live In

Big cities are known for having more job opportunities, people to meet, and things to do than small towns. On the flip side, they are also synonymous with traffic, crime, and—above all—high costs. That’s why a big city with ...


Delayed Marriage Equals Delayed Homeownership

The share of 25-- 29 year-olds who are married is down by almost 48 percent for men and 43 percent for women from 1970. This single fact is one of the biggest game changers in the housing industry. ...


Home-Value Growth Has Peaked; Cooling Market Puts Bubble Fears to Rest

Appreciation in home values is slowing definitively after nearly two years of accelerating year-over-year growth, according to the third quarter Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Homebuyers who have been priced out of hot markets will welcome the cooling off, and the most recent ...


Wrap Up Your Holiday Business with 5 Social Marketing Gifts

Even though the holiday season is not exactly prime time for buying, selling or renting, we shouldn’t kick back, relax and hibernate until spring.  On the contrary, agents and brokers should take advantage of this time to share good tidings with old and ...


Relocation: From ‘Once Was’ to ‘Now Is’

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related ...


Final Mortgage Ruling Nixes 20-percent Down Payment Requirement

As reported by the AP, new rules adopted yesterday by six federal agencies include the removal of a big stumbling block for would-be borrowers: the 20 percent down payment if a lender didn’t hold at least 5 percent of the mortgage ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at ...


U.S Regulators Ready for Relaxed Mortgage Rules

Later this week, after several years of back-and-forth debate, U.S. regulators are finally set to finalize a more relaxed set of mortgage standards. This new set of rules will be a win for the real estate industry, with the projected agreement much more ...


Builders Adjust Sentiment

Builder sentiment as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell five points in October to a level of 54. Any value above 50 means more builders see the market favorably over those who see unfavorable conditions. The drop was from a ...


FiveStreet Removes Boundaries for Real Estate Team Expansion

There is a new phenomenon emerging around aggressively growing real estate teams—and FiveStreet, a mobile leads solution, is paving the way, the company states. ...


New Study Shows Substantial Regional Differences in New Single-Family Home Characteristics

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed significant regional differences in new single-family home characteristics, ranging from price, design features, building materials and even financing. The new findings come from analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of ...


6 Ways to Rock Your Real Estate Speaking Event

Whether you're simply speaking at an open house, addressing your entire company or taking over a panel, below are six ways to really rock your public speaking—and don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to picture anyone in their Underoos. First, create a speech map. Instead of (or in ...


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