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Future of Housing Finance Will Be Top Issue for Next President

The future of housing finance in the U.S. will be a key issue facing the winner of the upcoming presidential election. That's what a panel of industry experts told several thousand Realtors® gathered at a symposium, ...


REALTORS®, Are You Ready to Rally? Live or Virtual, Lend Your Support for the American Dream

REALTORS® from across the country are meeting with legislators, public policy makers and industry leaders this week to address pressing concerns and issues that affect homeowners, aspiring homeowners and real estate investors everywhere as the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & ...


Give Up the Rat Race

I am writing this as I am on a train on my way to Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Realtors® annual Midyear Conference & Expo. I am fortunate enough to be speaking at a few events while I ...


First Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Stabilizing, Sales Up and Inventory Down

Median existing single-family home prices are firming in many metropolitan areas, while improving sales and declining inventory are creating more balanced conditions, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. ...


As Market Recovers, How Agents Need to Approach e-Marketing

Website? Check. Blog? Check. Facebook page, Twitter handle, YouTube channel - check, check…and check. In today’s market, real estate professionals know that these web-based platforms are all must-haves in order to stay current and cover all potential business-generating bases in ...


Eye on the Economy: Waiting for Stronger Growth

The new year opened with hope that the 3 percent growth rate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reported for the end of 2011 would lead to stronger job growth and improving housing markets. While January and February offered positive economic ...


70 Percent of Affluent Homeowners Looking to DIY Projects to Save Money

According to the Summer 2012 Merrill Edge Report, many mass affluent Americans are willing to make short-term sacrifices in order to get their finances in better shape. The report, released on April 26 by Bank of America, explores the financial ...


79 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Mortgage Debt in First Quarter

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its first quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house. ...


Are You Where You Want to Be?

I don’t know how many people would openly admit this, but many feel they are just not exactly where they want to be yet in life. Some are close or on the right track, while others are nowhere near where ...


Get Involved: NAR Outlines Public Policy Priorities Ahead of D.C. Rally This Week

Many REALTORS® are asking the questions - why is NAR having this rally? Are there specific bills or legislation we are trying to pass or defeat? What is the urgency? ...


Jobs Report: Economy Adds 115,000 Jobs, Growth Slows in April

(MCT)—Hiring continued its slow pace in April as employers added a modest 115,000 jobs to their payrolls, providing more evidence that the economy has lost some momentum from early this year. ...


The Growth of Interactive Marketing and What It Means to Today’s Marketers

(eM+C)—"By 2016, advertisers will spend as much on interactive marketing as they do on television advertising today. Investment in search marketing, display advertising, email marketing, mobile marketing and social media will near $77 billion and represent 26 percent of all ...


Marketing Messaging: 3 Tips to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Website

Just having a website isn’t enough to set yourself apart in today’s highly competitive real estate market. If you’re looking to take your website to the next level, the following guidelines will help you increase the effectiveness of your website ...


Cyber Location, Location, Location: It’s a Market Reality

The abundance of online buyer-centered housing information has re-shaped consumer buying behavior, which in turn has changed the traditional real estate shopping process. The results of NAR’s 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers confirm this trend, as 88 percent ...


How Do You Start Your Day?

This is such a simple question yet it can have such profound results. Last week’s article, “Watch Your Mouth,” generated a lot of emails, Facebook messages and tweets. The majority of the messages were very positive and some of you ...


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