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August Economic and Housing Market Outlook: A Shrinking Shadow?

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for August showing why the so-called shadow inventory might not be as foreboding as many thought; this is attributed to the rate at which excess housing is being absorbed. ...


Big Deal, Bigger Plans

This past December, Canadian-based Brookfield Residential Property Services (Brookfield RPS)—a master franchisor in the Canadian real estate market for 25 years with Royal LePage, Via Capitale and Johnston & Daniel—made big news when it acquired Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services. Having ...


Three Secrets Third-Party Aggregators Don’t Want Brokers to Know

There’s a battle raging between brokerages and third-party aggregators that compile real estate listings online and collect sales leads in order to sell them to agents and brokers. Several large brokerages are so unhappy with aggregators that they’ve turned off ...


7 Ways to Grow Your Business Now

Last week I called on my friend Jeff Lobb to provide what he thought were the 12 must have apps for real estate professionals. This week I want to talk about seven different ways to help you grow your business ...


New Home vs. Old Home – Which Home Is Best for Your Buyer?

The real estate market is full of a great variety of homes for potential buyers to choose from. One of the first decisions a potential buyer must consider is their preference for finding an existing home or building a new ...


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 ...


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