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Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens

After hitting their highest level of the year, existing-home sales slid in November as housing supply showed some tightening, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced a decline in sales compared to a month earlier. ...


RISMedia Exclusive: Outgoing Move CEO Talks about Transition, Future of Move, What’s Next for Him

Following the announcement of News Corp’s acquisition of Move, Inc, operator of realtor.com®, this past October, more news was announced last week by News Corp with Ryan O’Hara, a News Corp veteran, taking over as CEO in January. ...


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Swim Against the Tide with 3 Percent-Down Loans

Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This move came just days after the mortgage giants implemented less rigid lending standards in order to give Main Street citizens with ...


Your 2015 Business Plan – In Less than 5 Minutes

As we move towards the end of the year, it's time to put pen to paper about what worked (and what didn’t) this year, and our goals for next year. There’s no perfect recipe for success, but after working in this industry for ...


In Most Major Markets, Negative Equity Has Fallen by Half Since Peak of Crisis

The number of U.S. homeowners upside down on their mortgages has fallen by more than 40 percent since early 2012, according to the third quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. ...


Showing Your Best Online

As a real estate agent, you live and die by your referrals. Offline word-of-mouth referrals can be powerful and effective since they come from a trustworthy source, but their reach is limited to your clients’ family and friends. Online reviews have a ...


Check Out What These Brokers Did to Make Their Facebook Likes Jump

If you’re not running social media advertising or driving a specific social media campaign, your Facebook likes tend to stay flat.  And when your social network doesn’t grow, you’re likely a lot less enthusiastic about staying on top of your social media. ...


What’s Next for Real Estate? Power Broker Predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, Power Brokers are pretty pleased. While specifics vary and hurdles still exist, most brokers report important progress this year, with home prices and overall volume heading in generally positive directions. The big question: What’s next for real ...


Mortgage Rates Inch Up Slightly

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates slightly up from the last week, but with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remaining below four percent. ...


4 Ways to Meet Google’s New Mobile-Friendly Standards

It’s not enough to have any old real estate website anymore. Consumer mobile search trends for real estate are climbing and closing the gap on desktop searches. Real estate brokers must ensure their websites are mobile-friendly and optimized to edge out the competition, ...


Households Show Willingness to Take on Most Forms of Debt

Data released by the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding increased over the month of October 2014. The data released by the Federal Reserve Board covers most short- and intermediate-term credit extended to individuals, excluding loans secured by real ...


Research Shows Many U.S. Renters Still Dream of Homeownership

The majority of U.S. renters are struggling financially and plan to remain renters for the next three years, according to recent Freddie Mac survey data. However, the recent financial crisis did not tarnish renters' dreams of homeownership with 91 percent of them viewing homeownership as something of which to be ...


Looking Back to Plan Ahead

Another year has come and gone. This is a natural time to reflect back on the year, celebrate accomplishments/milestones and look forward to 2015. How did you do? Was 2014 as productive as you’d hoped? If not, what was holding ...


Housing Policy Shifts Offer a Great Conversation Starter with Buyers

With 2015 almost upon us, your action items for the year are surely in place. But here’s one to consider adding near the top of your list: educating potential homebuyers about some major shifts in lending practices. ...


Final QRM: Good for Consumers and Private Capital

After nearly three years of deliberation, regulators have finalized the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule and abandoned the onerous and costly down payment requirement while giving creators of mortgage-backed securities one less uncertainty on their road to recovery. The immediate impact ...


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