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Power Broker Strategies for Starting the New Year Strong

As many Power Brokers know, closing the fourth quarter strong is vital in order to prepare for a strong start in 2015. In a recent webinar titled, “Finish the Year Strong, Start the New Year Even Stronger,” ...


Refresh, Relaunch and Reignite Your 2015

Want to really hit the profit zone you’ve dreamed of by this time next year? ...


New Regulations Affect Homeowners in 2015

Increasing energy efficiency has long been the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in 2015, two new regulations involving air conditioning equipment and water heaters will take effect to support this goal. REALTORS® need to be familiar with the new ...


Home Prices End Year on Stable Note

(TNS)—Home prices are ending the year on a stable note, according to new data out Tuesday morning. The Case-Shiller Index—which tracks prices nationwide and in 20 major cities—reported prices grew 4.6 percent in October compared to a year earlier. That’s ...


America’s Housing Stock Increases $1.7 Trillion

The housing market received both good and bad news as of late; the good news is that America’s housing stock is now worth $27.5 trillion, an increase of $1.7 trillion over last year.  The bad news is that U.S. home values rose 6 ...


Renting Less Affordable than Buying—Except for where Millennials Are Moving

Last week, housing-data giant RealtyTrac® released an analysis of fair market rents and median home prices in more than 500 U.S. counties, which shows that buying is still more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. housing markets. ...


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness of U.S. Households

A disaster can occur at any time and without much warning. To gain a better understanding of the emergency preparedness of U.S. households, HUD and the Census Bureau for the first time included a special set of questions on the ...


2014 Housing Review: A Year of Jobs, Record-Low Interest and Tight Inventory Sets the Stage for 2015 Growth

This year demonstrated a steady build-up of housing momentum—fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates, and compressed inventory – and is expected to carry the market into 2015 gains, according to the 2014 Housing Review issued today by realtor.com®. This ...


Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens

After hitting their highest level of the year, existing-home sales slid in November as housing supply showed some tightening, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced a decline in sales compared to a month earlier. ...


RISMedia Exclusive: Outgoing Move CEO Talks about Transition, Future of Move, What’s Next for Him

Following the announcement of News Corp’s acquisition of Move, Inc, operator of realtor.com®, this past October, more news was announced last week by News Corp with Ryan O’Hara, a News Corp veteran, taking over as CEO in January. ...


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Swim Against the Tide with 3 Percent-Down Loans

Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This move came just days after the mortgage giants implemented less rigid lending standards in order to give Main Street citizens with ...


Your 2015 Business Plan – In Less than 5 Minutes

As we move towards the end of the year, it's time to put pen to paper about what worked (and what didn’t) this year, and our goals for next year. There’s no perfect recipe for success, but after working in this industry for ...


In Most Major Markets, Negative Equity Has Fallen by Half Since Peak of Crisis

The number of U.S. homeowners upside down on their mortgages has fallen by more than 40 percent since early 2012, according to the third quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. ...


Showing Your Best Online

As a real estate agent, you live and die by your referrals. Offline word-of-mouth referrals can be powerful and effective since they come from a trustworthy source, but their reach is limited to your clients’ family and friends. Online reviews have a ...


Check Out What These Brokers Did to Make Their Facebook Likes Jump

If you’re not running social media advertising or driving a specific social media campaign, your Facebook likes tend to stay flat.  And when your social network doesn’t grow, you’re likely a lot less enthusiastic about staying on top of your social media. ...


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