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Will Housing Take Gold?

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for February showing that despite the Federal Reserve's taper activity, long-term rates have eased over the past month, providing a chance for some borrowers who are holding older mortgages an opportunity ...


FNC Index: Home Prices of Normal Sales Up 0.3% in December, Outperforming Overall Market

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices continue to rise. As of December, the RPI indicates the fastest year-over-year growth since the recovery began in early 2012. The index, constructed to gauge price movement among normal home sales ...


Investors Ended 2013 on a Roll

Though experts predict investors will be buying fewer residential properties in 2014, they ended 2013 on a roll. ...


Power Broker Survey Deadline Extended to 2/24

There is still time to be among the hundreds of U.S. brokerage firms that have already responded to RISMedia’s 26th Annual Power Broker Survey. RISMedia announced this morning that today's original survey deadline has been extended until Monday, February 24. If you ...


For Your Clients: Tips for Boomerang Homebuyers

(MCT)—Folks in the housing biz love people who want to buy homes. And these days, many real estate and mortgage brokers feel especially fond of so-called rebound or boomerang buyers — people who lost a home to foreclosure, but are now ready ...


Perfect Execution of the Basic Fundamentals

I learned a long time ago that success is neither magical nor mysterious; rather, it’s the perfect execution of the basic fundamentals. ...


6 Tips for Making the Most Out of Trade Shows and Conferences

As winter blooms into spring, conferences and industry events pick up and stay strong until the fall. Industry events can either be small, intimate, and local, or they can be huge, international events. We’ve developed 6 tips to help you make the ...


Consumers Feel Good about Mortgage Credit

More Americans now believe it would be easy for them to get a mortgage, according to Fannie Mae’s January 2014 National Housing Survey results. Consumer attitudes regarding the ease of getting a mortgage climbed 2 percentage points to an all-time survey high ...


Can Shadow Inventory Help Relieve Price Pressure?

Home prices grew at the fastest pace in seven years in 2013. This is good news for property owners, both homeowners and landlords, as they witnessed, on average, a $32,000 gain in housing equity over the past two years. The equity increase ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Picture Speaks 1,000 Words

Have you ever felt like you're drowning in content? With so many news sources from TV, social media, email newsletters, RSS feeds and more, all often serving up the same information, you can't help but to tune some of it out. You ...


Demand for Multifamily Housing Will Continue to Rise in 2014 and Beyond

Strong demand for apartments will increase over the next several years, said panelists during a press conference at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. And while multifamily construction continues to be strong, NAHB does ...


How to Make Every Meeting Worthwhile

As real estate brokers and managers continue to look for new ways to revitalize their teams and increase their bottom line in 2014, one renowned authority firmly believes that the best place to motivate agents and clarify expectations is in sales meetings. ...


Facebook Algorithm Changes: Is Your Facebook Page Traffic Slumping?

If you have a Facebook Page for your real estate business, you might have noticed that things are a little quieter there than usual. Less likes, fewer comments, decreased numbers in “x people saw this post” blurb at the bottom of your ...


New Rules Mean New Worries for Some Mortgage Brokers

The new year has brought a potentially scary new regulation for many mortgage brokers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The policy, which took effect in January, has caught the eye of many in the industry because it puts into place some ...


Top 10 US Destinations for Buyers from China

While the United States real estate market is of growing interest to buyers from around the world, certain countries, such as China, are having a rapidly increasing impact on U.S. brokerage business. Chinese consumers of U.S. property—including those from mainland China and ...