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Market Insider: Regional Variations in Recovery

The national housing data have been quite impressive this year. Existing-home sales were up 9.4 percent last year and are on track to match with similar increases this year. New-home sales are showing even better percentage gains, though off very low ...


Optimizing Your Facebook Business Page for More Leads

Do you have a Facebook business page for your real estate business? You should. Facebook business pages are free advertising, as social media expert Erica Campbell Byrum pointed out in a recent article. ...


Amid Falling Foreclosure Rates and Rising Prices, Trade-Up Buyers Are Coming Back

With foreclosure sales in rapid decline nationwide and in high demand in many fast-rising markets, a report released this week by mortgage technology company FNC indicates that housing demand by trade-up buyers is rising as the home equity available to these ...


Survey Says: Business Opportunities Abound for Relo Departments

New business opportunities don’t always require new products and original services, but sometimes just a new approach. Some brokerage relocation departments are successfully re-directing expertise to reflect their local markets’ ever-changing needs by expanding, linking or repackaging existing services. ...


Luxury Homeowners Believe Homeownership Is a More Sound Investment Than the Stock Market: Survey

In largest luxury owner survey ever, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate study reveals multiple homes and high-tech amenities are the new norm for affluent homeowners ...


Increase Referrals to Increase Success

Everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you’re new to the work force or only new to the real estate industry, your literal or metaphorical Rolodex might be a bit bare. But as a real estate professional, your success relies on who you ...


Another 8.3 Million Underwater Homeowners on Track to Resurface Before 2015

While 10.7 million residential homeowners nationwide owe at least 25 percent or more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, another 8.3 million homeowners are either slightly underwater or slightly above water, putting them on track to have enough equity ...


Divorce and Home Values: Till Equity Do Us Part

(MCT)—Forget the whole “till death do us part” thing. ...


Marketing Strategies: Are You Proactive Enough?

What does it mean to be proactive? Does it mean not procrastinating? Does it mean "getting on the ball?" If you answered yes, you're right but there's a lot more to it. ...


July Home Prices Soar by over 12 Percent Year-Over-Year

The housing market continues its march forward, as home prices nationwide increased by 12.4 percent year-over-year in July when compared to a year prior, according to the July CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®) report. ...


Foreclosures Down 25% from a Year Ago: CoreLogic

There were fewer foreclosures in July than a year ago, while properties in the foreclosure pipeline also fell as the housing market continued improving, according to recent data released by CoreLogic®. ...


Setting a Higher Standard for Service

When it comes to great service, today’s customers don’t always know how to define it, but they definitely “know it when they see it.” Unfortunately, too many consumers have become accustomed to substandard service and are literally ...


U.S Agencies Propose an Ease in Mortgage Requirements

Big news is circulating the housing sector as six regulatory agencies recently proposed an eased version of the Qualified Residential Mortgage proposal. This new proposal provides more Americans with access to affordable credit while encouraging a reliable, safe financial system. The regulation ...


Home Prices Surge in June, Double-Digits Continue, All Tracked Cities Showing Gains

(MCT)—Home prices in large U.S. cities rose sharply in June, marking the fourth consecutive double-digit gain for the nation’s leading home price index. ...


Are Higher Mortgage Rates Prompting a Pause in New-Home Sales?

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 13.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000 units in July as higher mortgage rates prompted a temporary pause in buying activity, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. ...


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