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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. ...


FHA Fees Are Holding Back First-Time Homebuyers

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. "It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty ...


U.S. Waterfront Home Values Twice as High as Overall Home Values

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of ...


What NOT to Do: Industry Leaders Reveal What They Learned from Their Biggest Mistakes at RISMedia’s CEO Exchange

Any successful real estate professional will tell you that the work they do never ends. And really, it never ends. For those in real estate, striving to improve isn’t some lofty goal—it’s a necessity. ...


U.S. Foreclosure Activity Increases 7 Percent in August but Overall Down from Last Year

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for August 2014, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 116,913 U.S. properties in August, an increase of 7 percent from the previous month but still down 9 percent ...


Final Push on 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are ...


The Most Affordable Cities for Millennial Buyers

It’s no secret young buyers have faced challenges when it comes to saving money to purchase a home of their own thanks to limited job opportunities and skyrocketing debt. Despite all this, the millennial generation still believes in homeownership. To help them achieve ...


Creating a Culture of Accountability: Gino Blefari, Incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates, Opens RISMedia’s CEO Exchange with Blueprint for Success

The challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today’s market are many, but key to doing so requires first and foremost the right leadership skills and accountability systems. ...


Competing in the Online World of Real Estate

Today’s homebuyers are hungry for information—and they expect to get that information with a few quick taps on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. Reaching potential buyers where they are is critical—and buyers are online. So how can real estate agents ...


Eye on the Economy: Existing Home Sales Improving

Existing home sales increased 2.4 percent in July, tallying the fourth consecutive month of increase. While the pace of existing home sales remains 4.3 percent below the July 2013 rate, the steady improvement for resales is positive news for the ...


How to Create an Environment of Success

Building a company, office or team requires recruiting. Some people recruit well, while others struggle to get even a few agents on board. The difference between the average and the exceptional when it comes to recruiting is that the exceptional ...


Tips that Will Immediately Help You Win More Listings and Convert More Buyers

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series. How do you win more listings and convert more buyers? First, develop a brand identity, separate your personal from your professional life on Facebook and remember that real estate is still a ...


Social Security: Guarding Your Reputation Online

As you may already know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. But hopefully, safety is not something you think about only once a year. Whether at a showing, in the office, meeting a client, or online, you and your agents should always keep ...


How Many Homes Fit on a Football Field?

Given that single-family homes have been generally getting larger, it may be tempting to assume that the lots they’re sitting on are getting larger as well. However, according to the Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold, the opposite is closer to ...


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