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Dialogue and Techniques to Convert Leads

How are some top agents getting up to 10 percent or more conversions from realtor.com® Internet leads? ...


Housing Affordability Edges Higher in First Quarter

Slightly lower median home prices along with steady mortgage rates contributed to higher housing affordability in the first quarter, according to the recently released National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Policy Issues Top of Mind as REALTORS® Head to Washington

This week nearly 8,500 REALTORS® from across the country will advocate policies that impact the residential and commercial real estate markets during the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. REALTORS® will meet with legislators, congressional and regulatory staff, as well as top industry ...


Serving Green Homebuyers

At some point, chances are your agents will encounter buyers who want a home with eco-friendly features. These “green buyers” are likely to seek a variety of benefits from green homes, primarily within three areas: energy efficiency, health, and sustainability. Recognizing the ...


Realtor.com® Champions Accuracy for Consumers with Integrated Advertising Campaign

Accuracy in residential listings is so vital to home buyers that premier online listing service realtor.com® today is launching a national advertising campaign, Accuracy Matters, to educate consumers about the importance of relying on realtor.com® to provide them the most accurate U.S. ...


Consumer Optimism Toward Housing Continues Gradual Climb

Americans’ outlook toward the housing market continued to improve in April, perhaps foreshadowing an increase in housing activity in the coming months, according to results from Fannie Mae’s April 2014 National Housing Survey. The share of respondents who believe now is a ...


Power Broker Forum Zeroes in on Profitability

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A Closer Look at Inflation and Its Effect on Mortgage Rates

The current inflation rate is not worrisome, but is always worth a close look. Any surprise uptick in inflation automatically pushes up mortgage rates. ...


REALTORS® Report Positive Outlook in Commercial Market

REALTORS® who practice commercial real estate reported an increase in sales transaction volume and medium gross annual income last year, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Member Profile. ...


Survey: 13 Percent of Consumers Ready to Buy a Luxury Home

Nationally, 13 percent of surveyed consumers are ready to buy a luxury home and another 26 percent are considering a high-end home purchase, according to the Luxury Homebuyer Survey recently conducted by realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, ...


Mortgage-Interest Cap Plan Would Be Unfair to High-end Markets

Few in the real estate brokerage community think the latest proposal to cap mortgage interest deductions will actually become law in Washington. ...


Eye on the Economy: Mixed Signals as Spring Data Bloom

With the unseasonably cold winter now finally over, the spring home building and selling season has begun. Economic data thus far presents mixed news. For example, new home sales disappointed for the month of March. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department ...


The Changing Landscape of Rentals

America’s recent recession brought about many changes to the housing market, with one major impact being an increase of single-family rental housing units. Freddie Mac reports that the single-family rental market, not to be confused with multifamily, has expanded 16 percent (about ...


REALTOR® Party Convention and Trade Expo Takes on Washington

Nearly 8,500 REALTORS® and guests will gather together in Washington, D.C., May 12-17 for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo, where they’ll advocate policies that protect and advance investment in residential and commercial property. ...


Home Prices Up 12.9% from Last Year: Case-Shiller

In recent housing news, the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index tracked a 0.8 percent rise in February based on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is slightly better than the predictions of national economists; A Reuters poll of economists had forecast ...


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