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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 ...


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®. ...


Marketing Strategies: Are You a Salesperson or Are You a Service Person?

When you are doing your real estate business, do you feel more like a "salesperson" or more like a “service person”? What do you think the difference is for your business? Do you think it makes any difference at all? ...


The Black Friday Bargain: Start Planning the Home Remodel of Your Dreams

With the holidays (and associated chaos) fast approaching, you probably aren’t putting much thought into home improvement—except, perhaps, to grumble about the fact that you’ll have to cook another Thanksgiving meal in your outdated kitchen, or to wish that you ...


Growing Your Business through Education

Knowledge is power. By expanding your real estate knowledge and keeping at the forefront of what’s next, you and your agents will stand apart from the crowd in today’s competitive marketplace. NAR offers extensive resources to help you continue to ...


More Cash Sales, Shrinking Time on Market Show Changing Buyer Dynamics

All-cash buyers have surged since the housing downturn while the typical amount of time it takes to sell a home is shrinking, revealing the changing dynamics of today’s home buyers and sellers. ...


So Here Is What I Learned at This Year’s REALTORS Conference & Expo

This past week I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. In fact, not only did I attend but was also lucky enough to speak to communications directors from around the country on one day; ...


Housing Market Uptrend Expected through 2014

The housing market recovery should continue through the coming years, assuming there are no further limitations on the availability of mortgage credit or a “fiscal cliff,” according to forecast presentations at a residential forum at the 2012 REALTORS® Conference and ...


Understanding the Shift to Social Media and Mobile Marketing

The three keys to successful real estate marketing are identifying, targeting and reaching the right type of prospects. Once agents identify who they want to talk to, they must figure out how to best reach their target audience. In today’s ...


Are You Recognizing the Trends in Your Market?

If you want to kick up your lead generation, one of the key elements is to be dialed into what’s happening in your market. Five years ago, many of us were focused on working niche markets like new homes, but ...


President Must Now Focus on Housing

Clear Capital, a provider of data and real estate asset valuation, investment, and risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through October 2012. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and ...


Are You a Bridge Builder?

Over the years, I have been fortunate to have had many people come into my life and take the time to mentor and guide me along my career path. Mentors, like bridge builders, help people go from where they are ...


Anyone Been through a Storm Lately?

As Hurricane Sandy ripped through my area of coastal Connecticut last week, I watched as houses were flooded and many were left without power for what would be several days. I thought about the connection between this event and an ...


Five Powerful Customer Service Tips to Help You Go the Extra Mile

The most successful companies and the highest paid salespeople place great value on developing lifetime relationships with their customers and actively look for opportunities to render service above and beyond their customers' expectations. In today's competitive marketplace, your customers are ...


Home Prices Continue Upward Trend in August

(MCT)—Home prices in August rose across a broad swath of large American cities, adding further evidence that a housing recovery is taking shape. ...


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