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Focusing on First-Time Buyer and Seller Needs Boosts Competition among Real Estate Companies

The housing market is abuzz with activity this summer, as sellers attempt to unload homes onto the market as their values rise and buyers compete for affordable pricing while mortgage rates are still low. Given the level of activity among market ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise 6.5% in July, Double Digits Remain on Median Home Prices

U.S. existing-home sales rose strongly in July, jumping to their highest level in almost four years—with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to data released yesterday morning by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Privately Owned Housing Starts Up 21 Percent from Last Year, Sizeable Gains in Multifamily Housing


Data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Urban Development indicates that privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 in July, 6 percent above the upwardly revised June ...


Rising Home Prices Drive Home Warranty Sales

As home prices rebound in a recovering housing economy, more sellers are purchasing extended home warranties to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Housing Starts Rise 5.9 Percent in July

Nationwide housing starts rose 5.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 896,000 units in July as multifamily construction rebounded from a dip in the previous month, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, ...


The Single-Office Entrepreneur

Realtor.com® designs programs to help brokers manage their listings and to provide branding and lead generation for all of their agents and properties on the site. These programs are not only available for large brokers; realtor.com also has a dedicated team ...


New Construction: Solving the Move-up Buyer Dilemma

While Helen Hanna Casey “literally grew up around the new-homes business,” she is quite clear that today’s new-home market is not like the one her father was a part of in the 1950s when he was executive director of the Builders ...


Combining Product, Service and Personality Branding

We do it all in real estate! So let’s take a look at these three branding components and how they integrate into a branding strategy. ...


Confidence in Homeownership is Up, Millennials Especially Enthusiastic

The second quarter Consumer Outlook Survey just released by Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, portrayed a particularly positive viewpoint of the housing market, with millennials at the forefront of the sanguine stats. A solid 80 percent ...


The Universal Language: Love, Music or Mobile?

It’s no secret that technology is constantly evolving, and as it changes, so does human behavior. Mobile technology is at the forefront of the latest evolution, with the number of mobile phones expected to exceed the world’s population by 2014. The ...


Flipping Homes Is Hot Once More

(MCT)—Seasoned real estate investor Kurt De Meire led an eager group of students on a field trip to a recent foreclosure auction. He wanted to show them how to flip homes — find bargains and resell them quickly at a profit. ...


Obama: ‘Housing Market Is Beginning to Heal…Home Prices Rising at Fastest Pace in 7 Years’

With the real estate industry soaring hotter than an Arizona August, President Barack Obama visited Phoenix Tuesday to address the recovering state of the U.S. housing market. ...


Tips for Successfully Working with Investors

When you look at your target market, do you include investors in the mix? You should. ...


Content Is King: How to Win the Battle against Portals

It’s hard to deny that the giant real estate portals are doing more than simply holding their own when it comes to branding and attracting Web traffic to their sites. They attract the lion’s share of real estate traffic, and typically have ...


Great Spaces: History of Notable Figures Called This 90210 Mansion Home

The Harvey Mudd estate, located in Southern California’s famous 90210 zip code, and designed in 1922 by noted architect Elmer Grey, is for sale at $22.995 million. ...


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