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New Rules Mean New Worries for Some Mortgage Brokers

The new year has brought a potentially scary new regulation for many mortgage brokers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The policy, which took effect in January, has caught the eye of many in the industry because it puts into place some ...


Top 10 US Destinations for Buyers from China

While the United States real estate market is of growing interest to buyers from around the world, certain countries, such as China, are having a rapidly increasing impact on U.S. brokerage business. Chinese consumers of U.S. property—including those from mainland China and ...


How to Secure Your Spot as a Real Estate Leader

What You Need to Know to be Part of RISMedia’s 26th Annual Power Broker Report & Survey ...


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REALTORS’ Expectation Versus Reality

How reliable are REALTORS®’ subjective opinions of the market outlook? At the end of 2013, for example, REALTORS®, on average, expected home prices to be 4 percent higher in 12 months. Is this forecast in line with what economists are expecting? Does ...


10 Reasons to Buy a Brand New Home

Much like the rest of the real estate industry, new home construction is on the rise! Are you a real estate agent who sells or even specializes in new builds? ...


Get Ready to Meet International Service Needs

Where will your next corporate customer or foreign national purchaser hail from? Whether it’s Brazil, China or Belgium, it’s apparent that international activity is increasing, based on global mobility trends and home sale statistics. Are you ready for this potential new business ...


2013 New-Home Sales Climb Surprisingly High

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite the monthly ...


Recovery Hits Eighth Consecutive Month

Ongoing improvements show economic stabilization, with 87 markets reaching full recovery and housing market price gains nearing 2005 records ...


December Existing-Home Sales Rise, 2013 Strongest in Seven Years

Existing-home sales edged up in December, sales for all of 2013 were the highest since 2006, and median prices maintained strong growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Do Internet Customers Buy the Property They Called on?

We are aware some consumers find a home on the Internet and bring the property to the attention of an agent or broker they are already working with. And historically consumers would get interested in a property, call an agent who is ...


Taking the Temperature of the Market

Recently, Freddie Mac released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for January showing that four of the key housing indicators are all moving in the right direction, which bodes well for an ongoing recovery. ...


December Housing Production Tallies Third Highest Month for 2013

Following an unusual surge in housing starts in November, nationwide housing production fell 9.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 999,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the ...


Brian Buffini Shares What It Takes to Succeed in the New Era of Real Estate

Having trained millions of real estate professionals for success over the course of almost 20 years now, Brian Buffini, chairman and founder of Buffini & Company, knows what it takes to increase business in an altered real estate environment. In this exclusive ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Plummet 16 Basis Points

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow(R) Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.23 percent, down 16 basis points from 4.39 percent at this time last week. The 30-year ...