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U.S. Foreclosure Starts Come at 10-Year-Low

RealtyTrac® recently released its Midyear 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows a total of 597,589 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—in the first half of 2015, down 13 percent from the previous six months and down ...


5 Reasons Why Blog Readers Make the Best Real Estate Clients

Keeping a consistent real estate blog is a lot of work. On top of the actual job of being a REALTOR®, a blog requires a layer of technical knowledge and writing skill, and demands some artistic and creative talent as well. Successful blogging ...


Lifestyle Choices—Not Student Debt—Keeping Homeownership at Bay for Millennials

The homeownership rate is falling — from a high of 69 percent in the mid-2000s to less than 64 percent today — and lack of millennial demand is a major factor. Some even see a lower homeownership ...


Superstar Brokers Share Their Blueprints for Success

Securing long-term success for your real estate firm means courting new ideas, new business models and new partnerships. This September, three top Power Brokers will share rare insights into how they built firms designed to withstand the changes of a volatile marketplace and ...


Webinar for Money Makers: Real Estate Technology You Need to Succeed

New real estate technology arrives faster than you can say, “Sold!” How can you separate the tools too good to pass up from the ones too good to be true? In this month’s webinar, “Money Makers: Real Estate Technology You Need to Succeed,” ...


FSBOs: Untapped Opportunities Waiting for You

Real estate agents who see a For Sale By Owner listing and get discouraged need to change their tune and instead see an opportunity. A savvy agent sees FSBO listings as their next client. It’s no secret that the number one reason someone ...


White House Makes Solar Power Accessible to Lower-Income Households

In an effort to “scale up” solar, the Obama Administration recently announced an initiative that will result in lower household energy bills and job growth in the clean energy sector. The initiative, unveiled by the White House earlier this week, will ...


Consumer Housing Attitudes Signal Healthier Purchase Market Ahead

Americans’ outlook toward the current home selling market and the future of home rental prices may bode well for purchase activity this year, according to results from Fannie Mae's June 2015 National Housing Survey™. Amid continued strong ...


For Builders, Labor/Subcontractor Shortage Intensifies

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. ...


It’s Crunch-Time for CFPB Compliance

While the new October 3 effective date has given brokers and agents a little more breathing room, there is still a lot to be done in order to prepare for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms, ...


Inventory: Where Do We Stand Now?

While an improving job market and continuing low interest rates have sent consumer confidence soaring, and research tells us that pending home sales in all four major regions rose this spring, stubbornly tight inventory continues to stymie the market’s full potential. What can ...


Communicating Your Value to Consumers

There’s no arguing that technology has dramatically changed the landscape of consumer behavior in almost every industry, and real estate is certainly no exception. Today’s buyers and sellers no longer need to rely on an agent to start the process ...


Home Price Gains Ease in April

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for April 2015 show that home prices continued ...


Average Rate for 30-Year Mortgage Edges up, Freddie Mac Says

(TNS)—Mortgage rates are looking stable amid an improving housing market, with Freddie Mac’s latest survey showing that lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate home loans this week at an average interest rate of 4.02 percent, up from 4 percent a week ...


Millennials Think Happy Housing Thoughts, Study Shows

Realtor.com® recently revealed that millennials have become more positive when it comes to taking the plunge into homeownership and are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year, based on the results of its consumer ...


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