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Zillow Completes Acquisition of Trulia, Creating Online Real Estate Powerhouse

Following on the heels of Zillow’s highly anticipated announcement that took place on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 that confirmed the completion of its acquisition of Trulia, Inc. for $2.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction—and the formation of Zillow Group (a media company that ...


National Housing Report: Home Sales Start at a Slower Pace

Like last year, 2015 home sales are starting the year at a slower pace. January home sales were 3.9 percent lower than sales in January 2014, according to the January RE/MAX National Housing Report. Last year, sales improved dramatically during the spring ...


Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report

Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid a strong employment report, according to the results of Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Regardless, fixed-rate mortgage rates still remain near their May 23, 2013 lows. ...


Factors for Improving Home Sales

Nearly every factor generally associated with home sales has been turning for the better. We have more jobs, a growing population, rising rents, additional inventory choices, record-high household net worth, and exceptionally low mortgage rates. On top of these trends, ...


U.S Foreclosure Activity Increases 5 Percent in January

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 119,888 U.S. properties in January, an increase of 5 percent from the previous month but still down 4 percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac®’s recently ...


5 Ways to Avoid Facebook Jail

Considering the amount of time and resources that go into creating and growing a Facebook page, being suddenly caught without it could create a serious problem for your business. In fact, according to ActiveRain and Properties Online, 93 percent of social media traffic ...


Great Spaces Presents: The Best and Worst Neighbors of 2014

Hit singles don’t necessarily equate to neighborhood popularity, as made evident when infamous pop prince Justin Bieber was recently voted the worst neighbor of 2014 in the eighth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Bieber earned the highest percentage of ...


Study: More People Drawn to Bright Lights, Big Cities

According to a report recently published by a new think tank, City Laboratory, more young professionals are opting for the cities over the suburbs. This has historically been the trend, but new data shows that this desire for urban real estate has skyrocketed ...


Falling in Love Again (with your Career)

Do you bristle when you hear wildly successful people say things like, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”? Unless you eat a bowl of inspirational quotes for breakfast every day, chances are, you don’t ...


Gen Z in the House: The Future of Real Estate

A generation that has seen financial turmoil with a vision of opportunity. Tens of millions of people coming of age in a world impacted by politics and a global economy. Non-conformists and a major force for social change in the United States. Independent ...


Homebuying Trends for 2015: Multigenerational Living, Combining Purchases, Relocating

The American Dream of homeownership is certainly still alive. Consumers still dream of owning a home—whether a single-family with a white picket fence, a condo, or a multifamily home. ...


As Leaders, We All Set the Tone

Our industry is filled with capable leaders. Whether you’re a corporate executive, board or association officer, broker, sales agent, business owner or manager at any level, your actions and attitudes help define the way you lead people. It’s an equation you ...


Top Agents: ‘What I Wish I Knew When I Started’

What if you could know everything the elite agents already know and practice without having to go through the same school of hard knocks? Well, you can. Each agent starts in real estate with grand visions of big paychecks and luxury living, but ...


87 Percent of U.S. Homes Qualify for Down Payment Help

RealtyTrac recently released a Down Payment Resource (DPR) on the availability of down payment programs across the country. Out of more than 78 million U.S. single family homes and condos, more than 68 million (87 percent) would qualify ...


Ranked: Best U.S. Markets for Buying Residential Rental Property

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q1 2015 Residential Property Rental Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties in the first quarter of 2015. The report also looks at which markets are seeing the biggest increases in rental rates in 2015 ...


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