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Your Web Presence: Why Responsive Design Falls Short

While often ballyhooed as a panacea for the wide variety of computing screen sizes real estate professionals must accommodate online, one-size-fits all websites are actually a trade-off that often end up being more trouble than they're worth. ...


Your Online Leads: How to Convert Them to Buyers

Some Internet leads seem better than others – but do you know how to get the most out of your online leads? Realtor.com® administers thousands of buyer and seller lead generation programs. For them to continue to do so, they need ...


Location is Everything…Even with Interest Rates

With the economic recovery in full swing, there has been a lot of talk lately about interest rates and the possibility that an increase could be coming in the near future. ...


How Technology Is Enabling Global Real Estate

During the recent ups and downs of the United States real estate market, one thing has remained consistent: Foreign buyers continue to purchase significant amounts of property here. They view it as one of the safest and most secure investment markets ...


Basel, QM and QRM – Disaster Averted, Mostly

This time last year, we warned that the pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Federal Reserve’s proposed Basel III international capital standards had the potential to severely ...


Market Insider: Regional Variations in Recovery

The national housing data have been quite impressive this year. Existing-home sales were up 9.4 percent last year and are on track to match with similar increases this year. New-home sales are showing even better percentage gains, though off very low ...


Optimizing Your Facebook Business Page for More Leads

Do you have a Facebook business page for your real estate business? You should. Facebook business pages are free advertising, as social media expert Erica Campbell Byrum pointed out in a recent article. ...


Amid Falling Foreclosure Rates and Rising Prices, Trade-Up Buyers Are Coming Back

With foreclosure sales in rapid decline nationwide and in high demand in many fast-rising markets, a report released this week by mortgage technology company FNC indicates that housing demand by trade-up buyers is rising as the home equity available to these ...


Survey Says: Business Opportunities Abound for Relo Departments

New business opportunities don’t always require new products and original services, but sometimes just a new approach. Some brokerage relocation departments are successfully re-directing expertise to reflect their local markets’ ever-changing needs by expanding, linking or repackaging existing services. ...


Luxury Homeowners Believe Homeownership Is a More Sound Investment Than the Stock Market: Survey

In largest luxury owner survey ever, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate study reveals multiple homes and high-tech amenities are the new norm for affluent homeowners ...


Increase Referrals to Increase Success

Everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you’re new to the work force or only new to the real estate industry, your literal or metaphorical Rolodex might be a bit bare. But as a real estate professional, your success relies on who you ...


Another 8.3 Million Underwater Homeowners on Track to Resurface Before 2015

While 10.7 million residential homeowners nationwide owe at least 25 percent or more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, another 8.3 million homeowners are either slightly underwater or slightly above water, putting them on track to have enough equity ...


Divorce and Home Values: Till Equity Do Us Part

(MCT)—Forget the whole “till death do us part” thing. ...


Marketing Strategies: Are You Proactive Enough?

What does it mean to be proactive? Does it mean not procrastinating? Does it mean "getting on the ball?" If you answered yes, you're right but there's a lot more to it. ...


July Home Prices Soar by over 12 Percent Year-Over-Year

The housing market continues its march forward, as home prices nationwide increased by 12.4 percent year-over-year in July when compared to a year prior, according to the July CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®) report. ...


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