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Pending Home Sales Down in December but Remain on Uptrend

Pending home sales declined in December but have stayed above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Homeowners Take a Fresh Look at Remodeling

(MCT)—If you’ve put off redoing that kitchen or adding a deck while waiting for the economy to perk up, welcome to the club. ...


2013: Transition to “Normal”?

The trend of gradual but below-potential economic growth seen in 2012 is expected to carry over through 2013 and into 2014. This modest growth path combined with the real GDP growth rate during the recovery from 2009 to this point of ...


Museum Exhibit Showcases Micro-Unit Apartments

A new exhibit, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, opened Tuesday at The Museum of the City of New York, and will run through September 2013. ...


Existing Home Sales Hit 5-year High in 2012

(MCT)—Sales of existing homes ticked down in December from the month before, while the total for 2012 hit the highest level in five years, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Housing Starts End 2012 on a High Note

The year 2012 was a promising one for housing. With consistent improvements in housing construction and prices, home building is once again contributing to economic growth. And the December housing starts report capped off the year with confirmation of these trends. ...


Are You Picking the Right Horse?

Have you ever been to a racetrack and made a modest wager on a horse? Selecting the right short sale listing to buy can be just like picking the right horse to win a race. The more knowledgeable you are, the better ...


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces Conference Week Speakers

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced an impressive line-up of speakers for its upcoming Conference Week, February 24-28 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend Conference Week, which includes the network’s Annual ...


Marketing Strategies: Create Your 2013 Success Blueprint

Many people who want to create success for the New Year don’t realize that in order to do that, they need to have a blueprint for success. What does that mean specifically? It takes two things to create a blueprint for success. ...


NAR’s Code of Ethics Turns 100

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice this year, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) continues to lead the way by setting REALTORS® apart from other real estate professionals (nonmembers). The first Code of Ethics was ...


Real Estate Magazine Hot Topic Winner: Pocket Listings-Helpful or Hurtful?

Near the end of 2012, we put out a call to our readers, asking them for the most prevalent real estate topics they want covered in the New Year. This ‘Hot Topics’ contest ran into the first week of January, and we ...


The Money’s in Mobile

I have made the point over the past couple months that our mobile devices have taken over as the primary consumer search tool for most of us and will take over for the rest of us in the near future. Yes, ...


Building Your Pipeline: Why Now Is the Perfect Time

Generating more leads is probably permanently on your to-do list. But as we turn the page into a new year, it’s the perfect time to tackle this one head-on.  Why now? According to recent research, typical consumers think about the possibility ...


Housing Affordability Index to Set Annual Record for 2012

With 11 months of data reported, 2012 will clearly go down as a record year for favorable housing affordability conditions, and a great year for buyers who could get a mortgage, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Web 101: Fundamental Dos and Don’ts of Real Estate Websites

With an estimated 90 percent of home buyers conducting home searches online, you’d be smart to use the beginning of 2013 to beef up your web presence. Take a minute to discover the six things you absolutely must include on your ...


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