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Freddie Says: Mortgage Rates Steady

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely holding steady from the previous week, remaining near their 65-year record lows, and continuing to provide support for the housing recovery. ...


Creating a Winning Environment

There’s an old business adage that says, “Hire slow and fire fast.” The new mantra seems to be “hire fast and fire fast.” I haven’t decided yet whether hiring cautiously or quickly is the right way to go—I’ve seen both work ...


NAR Increases Member Engagement with MVP

As The Voice for Real Estate®, the National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. With its core purpose to help its members become more ...


ASF Outlines Fannie, Freddie Mortgage Securities Merger

The American Securitization Forum has detailed possible ways regulators could merge mortgage-backed securities offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to close the pricing gap between the two. ...


5 Ways to Use the Power Broker Survey for Business Development

The polls are closed and the tally is on to rank the leading brokerage firms for 2012. Receiving its largest response ever, RISMedia’s 25th Annual Power Broker Survey will yield a record-breaking listing of real estate’s top brokerage firms in the ...


Home Prices Expected to Rise at least 3.3 Percent Annually through 2017

The housing recovery is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent through the third quarter of this year, then gain momentum and prices are projected to grow 3.7 percent between the third quarters of 2013 and 2014 until ...


Building Your Pipeline: Why Now Is the Perfect Time

Generating more leads is probably permanently on your to-do list. But as we move ahead through the year, it’s a good time to tackle this one head-on. Why now? According to recent research, typical consumers think about the possibility of buying ...


Exterior Replacement Projects Provide Biggest Return on Investment for Homeowners, Say REALTORS®

Homeowners looking for the most return on their investment when it comes to remodeling should consider exterior replacement projects. According to the 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, REALTORS® rated exterior projects among the most valuable home improvement projects. ...


What Do Home Buyers Really Want?

Many in the housing industry are wondering not only what today’s home buyers really want, but also what they are ready to leave behind in light of current economic realities. A new study recently released by NAHB, What Home ...


The Echo Boom: The Next Generation

Sometimes it takes a 30-year industry veteran to have the clearest vision into the next 30 years of the industry. ...


The Consumer Retention Conundrum

• Only 18 percent of brokerages received repeat business. ...


S&P/Case-Shiller: Home Prices Closed Out a Strong 2012

Data through December 2012, released this week by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended the year with strong gains. The national composite posted ...


Bipartisan Policy Center Commission Recommends New Systems for Housing Finance and Federal Rental Assistance

A bipartisan commission of former Cabinet secretaries, former Senators and other leading housing and economic experts unveiled a new vision for housing policy this week, which aims to further our nation’s economic recovery and improve the lives of millions of Americans. ...


January Existing-Home Sales Hold with Steady Price Gains, Seller’s Market Developing

Existing-home sales edged up in January, while a seller's market is developing and home prices continue to rise steadily above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Sales rose in every region but the West, which is the region ...


Take the Survey Yet? There’s Still Time

As the real estate market moves further into recovery mode, leading real estate firms from around the country are seizing the opportunity to document their business growth by completing RISMedia’s 25th Annual Power Broker Survey. Due to the overwhelming survey response, ...


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