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How Wearable Devices May Enhance Mobile Marketing and Improve Productivity

If you think you’re attached to your smartphone and tablet device now, get ready to obsess over the next big mobile convenience that you can literally attach to your body—wearable technology devices. While these devices aren’t mainstream just yet, ...


Only 10.7 Percent of All Mortgaged Homes Still Underwater

Nearly 950,000 homes returned to positive equity in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity in the U.S. to more than 44 million. ...


Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Acquires Move, Inc. for $950 Million Cash Deal

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced Tuesday that News Corp, the massive media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move, Inc. for $950 million in an all-cash tender offer. ...


Breaking: News Corp to Acquire Move, Inc.

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced today that News Corp has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move. Move has an exclusive, strategic relationship with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and NAR has given its consent to the acquisition. ...


Why We’re Better Together: Zillow CEO Explains why Zillow Plans to Acquire Trulia

As you’ve probably heard by now, Zillow recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia. The deal is not final and won’t be for some time, requiring both shareholder and regulatory approval in addition to customary closing conditions. ...


Housing’s Share of GDP: 15.5 Percent for the Second Quarter

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. ...


Months’ Supply of New Homes at Lowest Level Since June 2013

The August increase of the pace of new home sales pushed the months’ supply measure of inventory to its lowest level in more than a year. ...


You Can’t Take It with You: How Brokers Should Prepare for Their Exits, and Why Most Still Don’t

Their assumptions about the value of their business and ability to find buyers or management replacements can be overly optimistic. At 71, Ed Krafchow still has some unfinished business. ...


New Home Sales in August – Back on Track

In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that newly constructed single family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 504 thousand in August, up 18 percent from July and 33 percent from August ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: Core Values and a Great Culture, the Keys to Recruiting and Retaining

All real estate brokerages want to be successful, but in order to meet their goals and go beyond, they must first increase the success of their producers, according to the “Arming your Forces: Recruiting, Retaining and Motivating Must-haves” panel at RISMedia’s 2014 CEO Exchange. Moderated by RISMedia President & CEO ...


August Existing-Home Sales Lose Steam

As cash investors pull away from the housing market, August's existing home sales also slipped, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This decline follows four consecutive months of impressive gains. Sales increases in the Northeast and Midwest were outweighed by declines in the South and West. ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: 2015, the Year of Regulatory Enforcement—and What It Means for Brokers

In a real estate environment that’s often restrained by the legislative and regulatory climate in Washington, many brokers are finding it difficult to fully regain their footing post-downturn. ...


Agent Teams: A Winning Model (or Not)

Real estate agent teams started over a decade ago, and they are stronger than ever. When done right, they can be a win-win-win for all parties. Clients are provided with immediate information, accessibility and service. Brokers see high-quality business growth. Agents are ...


45 Percent of Buyers Use Open Houses as Key Part of Home Search

According to the 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 45 percent of buyers used open houses as a key part of their home search. Facts from the NAR surveys to home buyers say almost half of all home ...


CEO Exchange Exclusive: Master Real Estate Marketers Reveal Their Winning Campaign Tactics

With more options than ever for today’s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won’t cut it. On day two of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, the industry’s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. ...


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