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Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012

With 11 months of data reported, 2012 will clearly go down as a record year for favorable housing affordability conditions, and a great year for buyers who could get a mortgage, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Web 101: Fundamental Dos and Don’ts of Real Estate Websites

With an estimated 90 percent of home buyers conducting home searches online, you’d be smart to use the beginning of 2013 to beef up your web presence. Take a minute to discover the six things you absolutely must include on your ...


Qualified Mortgage/Ability to Repay Rule: MBA and ICBA Supportive

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has formally released its qualified mortgage (QM) definition and Ability-to-Repay rule, and financial organizations across the board are responding. ...


Communicating the Fiscal Cliff’s Real Estate Impact to your Clients

What kind of communication have you had with your real estate clients over the past few days? In most years, the past two weeks were a holiday. New Year’s followed Christmas, and the pursuit for a new house was likely put ...


Are You Providing Your Customers with the Best User Experience?

Should I have a website?It’s crazy to imagine asking yourself this in 2013, isn’t it? However, look back to 15 years ago and this question may not have even crossed your mind. To be fair, there wasn’t data back then to tell ...


Study Shows More People Use Internet to Research Homes for Sale

Real estate-related searches on Google.com have grown 253 percent over the past four years, according to a joint study from the National Association of REALTORS® and Google. ...


Fiscal Cliff Avoided: What it Means for Housing and Home Builders

The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing in the short-run. ...


Latest Study Shows Average Buyer Expected to Stay in a Home 13 Years

A recent article published by NAHB shows that, based on a long-run calculation that averages mobility tendencies over a number of years, the typical buyer of a single-family home can be expected to stay in the home approximately 13 years before moving ...


Your New Part-Time Profession: Content Marketer

Are you aware you got promoted this year? ...


Looking Confidently Ahead: Power Broker Predictions for 2013

Consumer confidence. Price appreciation. Multiple offers. Wait…is this real estate we’re talking about?! ...


NAR’s 2012 Political Advocacy Accomplishments Mean Business for REALTORS®

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) actively protects the interests of its more than one million members daily as it advocates for federal policy and state and local regulatory initiatives. During the 112th Congress, the REALTOR® legislative and regulatory agenda focused ...


Thoughts on Eliminating the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction from Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings

The fate of the mortgage interest tax credit seems to be on everyone’s mind at the moment. I get asked about it pretty much everywhere I go these days, from business meetings to media interviews – even casual ...


Become a Confident, Knowledgeable Short Sale Agent

REOs are not as prevalent as they once were due to the increasing popularity of short sales. With the inventory of traditional sales much lower than it has been in the past, short sales are here to stay. ...


The Real Estate Educator: Lurking in the Shadows

With all the good news in the market, from strong housing demand to rising prices, we can’t ignore shadow inventory. Not only does shadow inventory exist, it will have an impact on all markets for some time to come. In this ...


Brokers, Have You Married Your Offline Brand with Your Online Presence?

Nationwide, brokers are struggling to combine their traditional operating model with the new, fast-paced online environment where agents and consumers live. Despite our rapidly evolving online culture, most real estate brokerages remain offline. I would argue it’s mainly because brokers and ...


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