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Millennials Fueling New-Home Building Uptick

As the housing recovery presses onward, a new generation of buyers is leading the way: millennials. Not only is this younger generation full of fresh enthusiasm for homeownership, but they have a fresh idea of what their homes should look like, ...


Why Single Family Real Estate Rentals Are Here to Stay

Is the single family rental boom just another real estate bubble? Or are we witnessing the expansion of a new housing option, one that’s perfect for a generation burned by the housing bust? ...


Real Estate Has Changed – Are You Changing with It? Top Brokers Tell Us How

Yes, the real estate market is in recovery mode…but no, it’s not the same market it used to be. If you’re taking a same-show-different-channel approach to your business, you will likely ...


Real Estate Brokers Get Fierce in the Face of Inventory Challenges

With the current shortage of inventory across the nation, many real estate brokers are facing a challenge they haven’t dealt with in a long time. In today’s market, it’s no longer about getting buyers to buy—it’s about getting homes on the market ...


RISMedia’s Great Spaces: For Sale: Paradise Property, Walls Optional

Want to move to paradise? Who could blame you! This Hawaiian estate, located on the big island of Hawaii, is called Laule’a, or “a place of peace and happiness.” Happiness, indeed! Overlooking the fifth green of the Kona Country Club’s mauka course ...


Sellers Calling the Shots, Bidding Wars Are Back – Survey Finds Buyers Are Going ‘Above and Beyond’ to Force Deals Through

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive and released by Century 21 Real Estate LLC this week reveals a dramatic reversal in previous years’ buyers’ market status. A current lack of inventory is producing a surplus of offers in many markets, giving ...


Home Sales Soar, Consumer Confidence Returns—Multiple Offers and Demand for Advice Powers REALTORS’® Value

The more than 100 major real estate brokers who attended RISMedia’s Mid-Year Power Broker Forum earlier this month virtually all reported first quarter gains in transactions and dollar volume from 2012. Consumer confidence combined with near historic low mortgage interest rates ...


Why We Choose Safety over Excellence (and How to Reprogram)

Brett is over the moon. He has just received a long-awaited promotion and with it the opportunity to present to his firm’s key clients. But his excitement is short-lived: In almost every client meeting, he freezes up and stumbles over the ...


6 Steps Brokers Must Take to Protect Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction

For many brokers and agents, worry is mounting that popular real estate listing portals will do to the real estate business what Expedia did to travel agents—that is, make their business model and role obsolete. The fear that keeps some brokers ...


Extended Warranties Gain Momentum as Home Prices Increase

As home prices begin to rebound – as much as 9.7 percent this year by some estimates – more home sellers are purchasing extended home warranties (also called service contracts) to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Questions to Answer before Your Next Redesign

Why is it that website redesigns with the best intentions always seem to find a way to go awry? ...


The ‘Mobile First’ Mentality

We’ve all heard of the ‘mobile first’ mentality, persisted by quotes from tech giants such as Dr. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, who said, “If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy.” We ...


Carrington Real Estate Services REfueling Real Estate Careers

Standing out in the real estate market can be tough. In an industry that bears—fair or not—a reputation for being overcrowded and somewhat cookie cutter in nature, achieving a sustainable level of success requires tangible differentiation, a certain amount of boldness, ...


The Future of Mortgages

The current trend in real estate has been quite positive. For an extended period of time, we have seen pretty consistent growth in sales and home prices. After years of dealing with poor market conditions, we are all breathing a sigh ...


Immigration Reform Could Generate $500 Billion in New Real Estate Transactions

If current legislation that creates a path to legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants is passed, the nation’s Hispanic real estate leaders estimate that it would create a new pool of 3 million homeowners and pump more than $500 billion in sales, ...


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