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How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make?

It’s a common question for consumers, students and real estate professionals: How much do real estate agents make? ...


February Pending Home Sales Continue Slide

Pending home sales declined for the eighth straight month in February, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest increases in the Midwest and West were offset by declines in the Northeast and South; all regions ...


Three Unconventional Advertising Strategies for Real Estate Professionals

The best way to grow your business is with a consistent marketing strategy that includes both online and offline tactics. Just because you started blogging or using Facebook doesn’t mean you should forget about door knocking and walking your farm. Chances are ...


New Report Shows Continuing Recovery

Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination and a division of Dominion Enterprises, has released its January Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales of U.S. properties. Utilizing home pricing data, the Index shows year-over-year gains for ...


Home Prices Move Up in January

In recent housing news, home prices rose during the frost month of January, according to recent results from S&P/Case-Shiller. ...


Homeowner Vacancy Rates Vary Across Top Metros

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at one of those statistics; the homeowner vacancy rate. ...


Connect and Convert

Terri Murphy, speaker and legendary social media expert, says this about social media: “It’s not just about connecting with people, it’s all about conversion.” We connect, and then we convert. ...


Housing Starts Dip Slightly in February; Permits Surge

(MCT)—Construction of new housing units remained essentially flat last month compared to January as builders struggled to ramp up construction. ...


How Will the Winding Down of Fannie and Freddie Affect Homebuyers?

A bipartisan proposal seeks to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and completely overhaul the nation’s mortgage system. According to Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB (The Association of Mortgage Professionals), “A change in the mortgage system will be ...


Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home-Buying Process

At The Appraisal Foundation, we often encounter misperceptions about the appraisal process in real estate transactions – from how an appraisal is ordered and carried out, to the type of communication permitted with appraisers. As a result, we have compiled the most ...


The Plight of Today’s First-Time Buyer

Traditionally, first-time buyers are the pillars of a strong home-purchase market. However, today's industry reveals that current market dynamics may be making it difficult for them to achieve their American dream, potentially leading to a slowdown of the industry's recovery. ...


The Future of the Housing Finance System

The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. These factors ...


Applications for New Home Purchases up in February

In recent positive housing news, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) estimates sales of new single-family homes were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 533,000 units in February 2014, based on data from MBA’s Builder Applications Survey (BAS). ...


7 Simple Questions to Develop Your Mobile Strategy

When you talk mobile, it’s very easy to get lost in features and cool technology. Although those become key components in a mobile solution, the strategy is the road map to the final destination. Because of this, we decided to get a ...


New Generational Trends Study Shows Confidence in Market

Young home buyers remain optimistic and see their home as a good investment, while older buyers are more likely to trade down to a smaller property to match changing lifestyles, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller ...