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Relocation: From ‘Once Was’ to ‘Now Is’

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related ...


Final Mortgage Ruling Nixes 20-percent Down Payment Requirement

As reported by the AP, new rules adopted in October by six federal agencies include the removal of a big stumbling block for would-be borrowers: the 20 percent down payment if a lender didn’t hold at least 5 percent of the ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at ...


U.S Regulators Ready for Relaxed Mortgage Rules

Later this week, after several years of back-and-forth debate, U.S. regulators are finally set to finalize a more relaxed set of mortgage standards. This new set of rules will be a win for the real estate industry, with the projected agreement much more ...


Builders Adjust Sentiment

Builder sentiment as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell five points in October to a level of 54. Any value above 50 means more builders see the market favorably over those who see unfavorable conditions. The drop was from a ...


FiveStreet Removes Boundaries for Real Estate Team Expansion

There is a new phenomenon emerging around aggressively growing real estate teams—and FiveStreet, a mobile leads solution, is paving the way, the company states. ...


New Study Shows Substantial Regional Differences in New Single-Family Home Characteristics

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed significant regional differences in new single-family home characteristics, ranging from price, design features, building materials and even financing. The new findings come from analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of ...


6 Ways to Rock Your Real Estate Speaking Event

Whether you're simply speaking at an open house, addressing your entire company or taking over a panel, below are six ways to really rock your public speaking—and don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to picture anyone in their Underoos. First, create a speech map. Instead of (or in ...


Agent Advice: Working from Home Sweet Home

One of the marvels of the mobile age is that real estate agents and brokers can now work from practically anywhere. In many cases, modern technology makes it possible for you to work just as efficiently from home as you ...


Commentary: View Online Real Estate Portals as Business Partners

Real estate agents have expressed concerns over third-party real estate portals, particularly in the wake of Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia. It’s understandable that some are questioning how this move will impact agents and consumers. ...


Scary Things to Avoid when Buying a Home

Fall is here and even though some home sellers take their listings into hibernation, motivated sellers keep their homes on the market through the Holidays. So in honor of Halloween, RE/MAX compiled some the scariest things that homebuyers should avoid. The following mistakes ...


What Social Media Platforms Are Best for Your Real Estate Business? Part One

You probably have a Facebook account. You may also watch videos on YouTube and upload pictures to Instagram. Maybe you tweet a few times per week. Chances are you’re adept at social media on an individual level—where you post ...


2014′s Unfinished Business

With the November mid-term elections around the corner, it is important to remember that there are still a number of issues that Congress has to address. While Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, the issues they ...


Strategies to Take Your Real Estate Career to the Next Level

We all get stuck from time to time and it can be frustrating. Feeling like we are just spinning our wheels is something all real estate professionals go through occasionally. If you’re feeling unsatisfied and want to take your career to the next ...


Mobile Apps and Easy-to-Use Technology Are the New Essential Trade Tools

Few businesses rely more on mobility and on-the-spot information gathering (and sharing) than residential real estate. ...


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