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The Ripple Effect of Home Buying

Using the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), NAHB Economics research shows that a home purchase triggers additional spending on appliances, furnishings, and remodeling. Such spending typically exceeds that of non-moving home owners and persists ...


Hear It Straight from Top Agents Who Close Online Leads – Oct 30, 2013

There are agents who get large numbers of online leads and successfully convert them to sales. But not every agent has the right systems in place to convert online customers, particularly in great numbers. To address this challenge, realtor.com® has arranged ...


REALTORS® Rise to New Heights in San Francisco to Tackle Industry Challenges

Registration is open to attend the 2013 REALTORS® Conference and Expo, “Rise to New Heights,” at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Nov. 8-11. Click here to register. Onsite registration will take place at the Moscone Center, South Hall ...


U.S. Default Seen Pushing Housing to the Brink

Housing largely dodged a bullet on the government shut down that went into effect October 1. The pending default, however, is an entirely different matter. As the October 17 default deadline nears, knuckles in the housing industry are turning white. ...


Real Estate Recovery Yields New Playing Field of Opportunities

“There’s no doubt that we’re in the midst of a market recovery, and it feels good to have the wind at our backs,” explained Richard W. “Rick” Davidson, president and CEO of CENTURY 21 Real Estate, during RISMedia’s 2013 Real Estate CEO ...


The Government Shutdown and Its Play on Housing

The government shutdown is causing a flurry of anxiety throughout the nation, and worry is accumulating throughout the housing industry. Despite a small fall cool down due to rising interest rates, the rebound was still moving forward with momentum, and industry ...


Home Buyers Value Environmentally Friendly Features

Homeowners frequently see their heating bills rise as fall begins and the weather cools. For this reason, homes with energy efficient and environmentally friendly features are often a priority to prospective buyers. According to the National Association of REALTORS®' ...


Crowdsourcing Part II: Getting Play from Other Social Media Sites

Last time out, we examined how Pinterest was becoming a great way for brokers to get the most out of crowdsourcing, but other social media sites can be just as valuable. ...


Changing Spaces in New Homes

How space is distributed in a new home is a frequently asked question. To collect information on this, NAHB recently surveyed its single-family builder members. The average percent distribution of finished space in the typical new home built by NAHB’s members is ...


Industry Leaders Align for Power Strategy Session at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

Revenue-generating trends, profitability success strategies to be discussed by top real estate execs Nov. 8th in San Francisco ...


Rebound Continues: Housing Markets Back to Normal in 52 Metros

Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the newly minted National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


Confronting the Inventory Shortage – Leading Brokers Offer Tried and True Strategies

As the real estate industry continues along the road to recovery, agents and brokers alike are being challenged on a daily basis, thanks in large part to a growing inventory shortage. “The Inventory Conundrum: The Current Outlook and Strategies for Coping ...


Housing Recovery Picks Up Steam despite Persistent Headwinds

With home prices and household formations rising and household balance sheets healing, the ongoing housing recovery is expected to gain momentum next year even as several challenges remain, according to economists who participated in a recent National Association of Home Builders ...


Crowdsourcing Part 1: Get in Business with Pinterest

By now, most real estate professionals have already successfully incorporated social and digital media into their real estate business, using networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. One site that not enough brokers are taking advantage of is Pinterest. Further, crowdsourcing ...


Are You Prepared for the Next Wave of Real Estate?

In markets across the country, the housing turnaround is in full swing. Low inventories and a rebound in sales are not only raising asking prices, but also bringing a return to new-home construction. While numbers have pulled back a bit from ...


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