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Dodd-Frank: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage and Qualified Residential Mortgage mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards, have the potential to severely tighten an already rigid credit market, as well ...


Recharge Your Leadership Mojo: 8 Ways to Reignite Your Passion

It’s been a grueling five years. On the global stage, we’ve seen bailouts, rampant unemployment, sluggish consumer confidence, declining home values and rising prices. For those still lucky enough to be employed, all this doom and gloom has manifested as ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Stops You from Success

Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


Home Prices Continue to Rise

Data through May 2012, released 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 average home prices increased by 2.2 percent in May over April for both the 10- ...


Whether Your Glass Is Half Full or Half Empty, You Still Have Water, Right?

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking at an event where the overall mood of the attendees before I went on appeared to be a little negative at first glance. I usually try to make it a point to ...


Positive Self Talk: The Strangest Secret

In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and co founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history in the recording industry by being honored as ...


CEO Exchange: Break the Mold to Break New Ground in the Real Estate Recovery

Things may be getting better, but things have changed for good. Real estate professionals who are succeeding in today’s recovering but still fragile market know that a different approach to doing business is critical for increasing revenue and turning a ...


Single Family Rentals Ignite Management Boom

The explosion of single family rental houses bought by real estate investors and rented to a single tenant is creating a new category of property management companies to serve them. ...


Pending Home Sales Slip in June, Remain above a Year Ago

Pending home sales declined in June but marked 14 consecutive months of year-over-year gains, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Remains Bright despite Overall Slowdown

Recent data indicate a slowdown in economic activity for the remainder of 2012, yet modest growth is still expected, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. Breaking pace with a strong first quarter, consumer spending has weakened in recent months ...


12 Go-To Apps for Real Estate Professionals

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled “Enough Already” that received a lot of great feedback from so many of you. My basic premise was that many people are spending so much time trying to learn the seemingly ...


Are You Ready to Take Back Your Market?

While progress may be slow, all indicators point to a gradually recovering real estate market. Several markets are even reporting a shortage of available housing inventory, sparking price increases and bidding wars for the first time in many years. ...


How to Generate Viable Offers and Start a Bidding War

Instinctively, I know those of us listing and selling properties will benefit from the encouraging news in the media about the recovering housing market because it reassures potential buyers that the time to buy is now. But as Oprah Winfrey ...


REALTORS® Testify Broad Qualified Mortgage Is Critical to Bringing Certainty to Housing Finance System

The National Association of REALTORS® recently urged Congress and the Administration to develop a broadly defined Qualified Mortgage (QM) regulation. ...


Mid-Atlantic Housing Market: New Distressed Properties Report Examines Strength and Trends

With the potential for a new ripple of foreclosures and short sales in markets across the country, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) announced the availability of the first in a new series of data reports focused on "distressed" home sales, ...


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