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Go Where the Leads Are (Spoiler Alert: They’re on Social Media!)

If you’re a real estate professional and aren’t using social media to maximize your business, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table. That was the message of the latest installment of RISMedia’s monthly Agent Webinar Series, where Mike Bjorkman from HomeSmart ...


3 Ways to Prepare for Google’s “Mobilegeddon”

On April 21, Google will begin making major changes to its mobile search algorithm. Known (un)affectionately as “Mobilegeddon,” the search community has seen this change coming for a while. With websites, news articles and conference sessions specifically dedicated to this looming end-date, those ...


.REALTOR Top-Level Domains to Launch for Realtor® Associations and Brokerages on May 7

In a move to further offer consumers a trusted, valued source for real estate on the Internet, and thereby strengthen the REALTOR® brand, the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) top-level domain (TLD) .REALTOR will be available to local and state REALTOR® ...


Zillow: FTC Review Slows Trulia Integration; Revenue Expectations Fall Short

Shares slid 12 percent this week on news Zillow Group is falling short of revenue and earnings expectations in 2015. In a call to investors on April 14, CEO Spencer Rascoff stressed the transitory state of the company following its acquisition of Trulia, ...


5 Tips to Help You Make the Most of the 2015 Selling Season

By Jed Carlson, AdWerx CEOIn my business, I get to meet and talk with so many real estate agents. Every one of them is unique and incredibly motivated. And the more I get to know these agents, the more I see certain ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Marches Forward

In yet another bundle of positive news for the housing market, mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's ...


Solid Real Estate Growth Predicted through 2017

The real estate industry is expected to remain on a sustainable course of solid growth for 2015 through 2017, according to a new three-year forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. The outlook – the ...


Beyond Facebook: Building Business with Social Media

Social media is a dominating force in business today. It seems that almost every tech-savvy mobile user can be found Liking, Retweeting, and Sharing their way through the many different social media websites that have sprung up in recent years. While ...


Safe & Sound: Why Home Security Is Crucially Important for Your Rental Property

A large emphasis on upping the value and desirability for a rental property falls under the category of home improvement. The home improvements that pay off include new bathrooms, kitchens, elaborate sound systems, wine cellars and other various bells and whistles. ...


The ‘State’ of REO at Slight Increase

The proportion of short sales and REO (Real Estate Owned) sales nationally rose 2.2 percentage points in Q1 2015, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, with data through March 2015. The nation has not observed an increase this ...


Ask the Expert: What Is the Best Way for an Agent team to Increase Production?

In today’s Ask the Expert column, we spoke with Randall Standard, CEO of Voicepad, a leading source for lead-generating mobile and Telecom technology, and inventor of TeamPhone, who shares his insights into the best way for an agent ...


House Prices Record Annual Gains, Expected to Rise in the Future

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index—Purchase Only, rose by 5.1 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in January 2015. This marks the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. ...


HUD Secretary Tells REALTORS® FHA Is Exploring Alternative Credit Scoring Models to Expand Mortgage Access

A diverse group of housing industry stakeholders participated in a credit access symposium recently to discuss how alternative credit scoring models could expand access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers who may have thin credit histories or extenuating ...


Defining Your Niche

“When you define your value, it helps you give your best ‘yes’s and your clear ‘no’s.” This sound piece of philosophy comes from Debra Trappen, chief of sass, moxie and experience at d11 Consulting, who was the guest of Homes.com’s webinar, “Fire Up ...


Vacation Home Sales Soar above 2006 Peak

Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released Wednesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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