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Good News for Housing: Home Prices Continue Positive Trend

The Case-Shiller indexes of home prices increased again when compared to the previous month or the previous year. Both the 10-city and 20-city seasonally-adjusted (SA) indexes rose 1 percent and 0.9 percent respectively from May to June 2012. This is ...


Are You Relevant? How Brokers Can Keep Consumers

As real estate continues to recover, there is one essential question we must ask ourselves: How much does the consumer really need us? With the increasing popularity of web-based listing portals and virtual brokerage models, along with widespread access to ...


Sales of Existing Homes Improve as Prices Rise

(MCT)—Sales of existing homes are strengthening and prices continue to rise, stoking confidence in the housing market’s recovery. ...


REALTORS® Applaud FHFA for Expanding Short Sale Eligibility to Help More Struggling Homeowners

The National Association of REALTORS® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue new guidelines that expand eligibility criteria and streamline the short sale process. ...


A Bright July: Existing-Home Sales Improve, Prices Continue to Rise

Sales of existing homes rose in July even with constraints of affordable inventory, and the national median price is showing five consecutive months of year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Monthly sales rose in every region but ...


Back to School: College Towns Primed for 2012 Investors

As parents across the country prepare to send their college-bound students to school this fall, many quickly find housing can be a huge financial undertaking. Some are now considering buying homes for their students to live in with classmates, while ...


2 Systems That Will Make You a Lot More Money This Year

The unique perspective I have gained from speaking at over 50 events in the last year has taught me that while most people want the amazing and spectacular, what they really need is the simple. ...


Helping Sellers Maximize Their Profit Potential

For most people their home is their largest investment. It is most likely going to bring the greatest return on investment and it is perhaps the only investment that allows you to enjoy it while it increases in value. Therefore, ...


Economists Hop on Recovery Bandwagon

Bank of America’s announcement recently that it has significantly improved its home price forecast for the current year made headlines; in fact, the bank joins a growing list of housing economists who have seen the light and hopped on the ...


Implementing Systems for Real Estate Success

It’s no question the past few years have been challenging for real estate professionals. The good news is we are starting to see a break in the clouds as many markets across the country ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Improve in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved for a fourth consecutive month in August with a two-point gain to 37 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. This gain ...


It’s Time to Do Something Non-Tech for Your Business

It has been said that the wealthiest people on this planet are as wealthy as they are because they do things differently than everyone else. I am an advocate for modeling myself after successful people because I believe in the power ...


The Most Crucial Mistake You Can Make When Listings Are Low

When listings are low, competition for listings is high. Why do some agents thrive in this environment while others see their business dwindle? Many make a crucial mistake. ...


Taking Back Your Market: Recovery Strategies for Brokers

As the real estate market and general economy continue to make gradual progress toward recovery, proactive brokers and real estate professionals are striking while the iron’s hot, employing market-specific strategies to gain marketshare and increase business. ...


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. ...


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