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More Americans Believe Economy Headed in Right Direction

Despite continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, Americans are showing increased confidence in the housing market and the direction of the economy. According to results from Fannie Mae’s November 2012 National Housing Survey, such improvement bodes ...


Unemployment in U.S. Falls to 7.7 Percent

(MCT)—The nation’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent last month — the lowest in nearly four years — as businesses added another 146,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. ...


NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for NAHB’s 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 50+ housing industry. A total of 83 entries were chosen as finalists and ...


Number of Improving Housing Markets Surges to 201 in December

The number of housing markets considered “improving” according to parameters established by the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) surged by 76 to a total of 201 metros in December, according to recently release IMI data. ...


More Market Turnaround Evidence: Foreclosures Down in October

(MCT)—The number of homes in foreclosure dropped in October from the previous month and was down 9 percent for the year as the housing market showed signs of improvement. ...


You Don’t Make Money on Your Sphere of Influence

I was speaking at a conference recently where I heard a fellow speaker, Jim Marks, make an interesting comment from the stage. He said you don’t make money on your sphere of influence. At first I was caught off guard and ...


The Consumer’s Search for Excellence

Twenty speaking events in the last 45 days has created not only a lot of SkyMiles, but has given me the opportunity to have at least twenty real estate-related conversations while flying between events. As I began this series of ...


Speak up: Resolve to Advocate for Your Clients, Your Industry and Yourself in 2013

At year end, many of us make resolutions for the upcoming year. I have one I’d urge you put atop your professional list: Speak up. By that I mean, be an advocate for the issues that affect accredited buyers’ representatives ...


Consumer-Centric Search Options Change the Typical House Hunt

To give today’s buyers what they want in a home, you must first understand what they want in a location. Coldwell Banker’s new “Best Places to Live” campaign is pioneering a new lifestyle-based style of home searching, highlighting the idea ...


Be Thankful, but Don’t Slow Down

What a bumpy ride we’ve had over the past five years. But we seem to be building some upward momentum. Markets change over time, and it’s good to see more than a year’s worth of progress in many key areas ...


Making Money Is Not Difficult…It’s Different

A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking to an audience and as I was coming to a close, I made the statement, “Making money is not difficult… it’s different.” I could tell that this sentence was for some in the ...


Unique Real Estate Video Trends to Incorporate into Your 2013 Strategy

Real estate professionals, brokerages and brands are embracing video now more than ever before. With the New Year fast approaching, now is the time to ask yourself, “How do we implement a winning video strategy in 2013?” To help you ...


Helping to Move the Industry Forward

A 35-year veteran of the real estate business, Gary Thomas—broker/owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif.—has experienced the ups and downs of the industry and thrived through many a market. Throughout it all, Thomas has held steadfast to the ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in October with Ongoing Price and Equity Gains

Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Builder Confidence Hits Highest Point since 2006

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes posted a solid, five-point gain to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI) for November. This marks the seventh consecutive monthly gain in the confidence ...


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