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Buyers and Sellers See Spring Buying Season Blooming into Summer: Survey

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage network, recently released the results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey indicating that consumers’ perception of the residential real estate market is increasingly positive. And, following a long, tough winter, consumers ...


Ask the Expert: What Are the Most Important Risk Management Practices?

The following Ask the Expert column features Michael Ryder, the National Program Director for Specialty Programs with Norman-Spencer Agency, Inc. ...


Existing-Home Sales Pick Up in April

Existing-home sales increased for the first time this year in April, while inventory meaningfully increased and home price growth moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors® Monthly sales gains in the West and South offset a modest decline in the Midwest while the Northeast was unchanged. ...


NAR Member Survey Shows Rise in REALTOR® Income and Sales Volume

Reflecting the 11.5 percent growth in home prices last year, income and sales volume jumped for the third year in a row, according to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile. The survey also found an increase in new and ...


Housing Supply and Demand Continue to Yield Unexpected Results

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for May, showing that regular supply and demand forces continue to produce unexpected results as the housing recovery readies to shift into a higher gear during the spring home buying season. ...


Celebs, VIPs and the Super Rich: How to become a Successful Agent to the Stars

Here at Great Spaces, we highlight the best of the best: lavish, magnificent properties owned by celebrities and other filthy rich clientele. Let’s face it: gawking at homes of the rich and famous that we will never be able to afford is (regrettably) ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Increased in April 2014

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for March 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased by 5 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. ...


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. ...


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